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Why the Red Cross cares how video games treat war crimes

Why the Red Cross cares how video games treat war crimes | Game Development | Scoop.it
War has laws; why can't war games reflect them?
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Why the Red Cross cares how video games treat war crimesBy Brian Crecente

For nearly two years now the Red Cross has been putting certain shooting games under fire (no pun intended) for not acknowledging the rules set in place by the Geneva Conventions. The Geneva conventions were put in place to protect victims of national and international conflicts and now the Red Cross is questioning wether modern war games should include the rules followed in real warfare. Although the lack of war crime punishment in these games doesn't teach bad behavior it does lead to a bad misconception if what is allowed in wars. The Red Cross is not calling for government intervention but just for developers to take more time when developing to make more realistic games. The Red Cross has reported some support such as in the case of the game "Arma 3" as the developers have met with the Red Cross to talk. The Red Cross has also stated that in today's games, in game commanders are in humane and that the enemies are demonized and dehumanized 
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7 health benefits of playing video games

7 health benefits of playing video games | Game Development | Scoop.it
Gaming can reduce stress, refine motor skills, improve your vision, and more
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7 health benefits of playing video gamesBy Danny Gallagher Although gaming has come under fire for the past few years about wether it causes violence in real life, there are new studies that show some long term health benefits of gaming. The first one is that games can be therapeutic for children with chronic disease. The university of Utah concluded that children with conditions such as autism depression and Parkinson's felt more empowered and with a fighting spirit after playing games. It's been shown by researchers from deacon university that preschoolers who played games had better motor skills than the ones who don't. Video games also reduce stress and depression along with another study from the University of Washington that showed how games provide stress relief to the player. And although it may seem that games do the opposite, they actually improve vision. The final two studies showed that games improve decision making skills according to the university of Rochester, and according to North Carolina state university, kept people in their old age happier.
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Ellie's comment, October 14, 2013 5:00 PM
This article is very interesting. It shows the studies, negative and positive, for playing video games. This article is a good choose for a research paper because it shows different aspects. I never really played video games but it is interesting that if preschoolers play video games improve their motor skills. It also helps with vision and decision making. However, it can cause depression. During a old age, video games actually make the older person stay happy and entertained. The study was interesting and every aspect. Whether it is bad or good, video games look like there are never going to leave the world.
Victoria dellapace's comment, October 15, 2013 10:03 AM
This article is interesting. Although many say that games at bad for your brain and can rot children's minds, it actually has health benefits. Gaming can be helpful for chronic disease and can help children cope with it. As well kids with autism or depression. Kids can feel happier and more confident with better happiness.
Georgia Greenleaf's comment, October 15, 2013 9:31 PM
Not only is this article really interesting, but it is very informative to video game players who spend a lot of their time on their devices and aren't sure how it is affecting them positively. Most people think that playing these games can be negative to your health, but it has been proven by the University of Utah, according to Anthony, that children who have diseases such as Autism, Depression and Parkinson's feel more empowered after playing their video games. I think Anthony did a good job in his summary for this piece, talking about the main points very clearly and making clear statements about each one and tying everything together nicely.
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The Entertainment Software Association - Games & Violence

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By the entertainment software association It is true that games can cause increased aggression but do not correlate to real life aggression. If parents do want to make informed decisions on what games their children can play. One resource is the ESRB or entertainment software rating boards. This is the association that decides the rating of a game and describes factors that caused into its rating. In a study by Peter D. Hart research associates he saw that eighty five percent of parents are aware of the system and that eight eight percent of them find it useful. Another tip for parents is to see the parental controls on all new consoles that are based on a games ESRB rating. One last thing can be for parents to put time limits on their child's amount of gaming time. A study has shown that seventy nine percent of parents place time limits in their child's gaming time which is larger compared to the seventy two percent who do the same for television time.
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Should Modern Warfare 2 allow us to play at terrorism?

Should Modern Warfare 2 allow us to play at terrorism? | Game Development | Scoop.it
Leaked footage of a controversial airport level in Modern Warfare 2 has caused a wave of controversy online...
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Should Modern Warfare 2 allow us to play at terrorism?
By Keith Stuart

A lot of controversy has arisen over the game "Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2" as in its leaked footage, there is a video of a mission called "No Russian" which has you take the place of a deep cover agent acting as a terrorist going on a massacre in an airport. After the footage was leaked it has already sparked up a lot of controversy over the internet. This mission has now caused another evaluation of games as a form of entertainment what is acceptable to put in first person shooters. But the developer "Infinity Ward" is a trustworthy developer who is not afraid to add content like this in their games such as when in the first game of the series "Call of Duty Modern Warfare" there is a part of the main story where a nuclear device goes off killing hundreds of thousands of soldiers. Infinity Ward is not just trying to stir up controversy but put us in situations that toy with our personal morals.
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Violent Video Games and Young People - Harvard Health Publications

Violent Video Games and Young People - Harvard Health Publications | Game Development | Scoop.it
Parents, educators, and mental health professionals share concern about the potential effects of violent video games on children. Researchers are divided on the issue, but agree that parental oversight is key.
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Violent video games and young people Although scientist are still divided on wether violent video games have correlation with real life violence, parents do have ways that they can take precautions to protect their children from violent content if they think games do cause violence. Scientist can not come to a conclusion as to wether games cause real life violence as studies have been very contradictory of each other. For example a 2001 report stated that games do have a link to real life violence while a study in 2010 shows that game sales have boomed yet violence has lowered and that small levels of aggression after playing games don't correlate with crimes. If you do believe violent games cause real life violence there are a few things you can do to prevent them from getting In to the hands of children. Such as checking the official ESRB rating or setting time limits for games. 
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Benno Kass's comment, October 15, 2013 6:57 AM
I find this fascinating, I think the statistic about how violence has gone down in 2010 but yet the game business has been going up is really is going to be very helpful for your argument. I also like that you are telling people both sides of the argument so if they do want to limit their children's gaming. Although I do find it will be interesting to choose a side and defend it even with different scientists thinking different things.
Filippo Ravalli's comment, October 15, 2013 10:00 AM
This is an interesting article by Harvard Medical School. It talks about if there is a connection between violence in a video game and real life violence. In spite of people thinking that game violence can lead to real life violence, game development is a career field that still is growing and will continue to grow. Having people do these studies allows for the parents of younger video game players to see if having their children play games such as Modern Warfare will have a negative reaction on their lives. I think that this article shows that the decision of if game violence and real life violence are connected is up to general public and science can not currently prove it.