December 21, 2006

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Burger King released sales figures today revealing its three promotional video games, Sneak King, Pocketbike Racer, and Big Bumpin’ have sold over two million copies and over eight million combo meal deals in the United States in just four weeks.

There is controversy surrounding these games as they promote fast food, mischievous behavior, and sneaking and surprising.

November 02, 2006

Reality by Eran "pyxelated" Cantrell

A truly shocking illustration of young boy’s unfortunate addiction to the popular massively multiplayer online video game World of Warcraft.

From the artist Eran "pyxelated" Cantrell:

First, World of Warcraft- and videogames in general- were not specific inspirations in the creation of this picture. Obviously these "total experience" VR goggles don't really exist. I was more concerned with escapism in general. Not just the fact that it is a pervasive facet of our culture, but the fact that it is downright EASY. It's easy to relate to it, because everyone escapes into something when they can't handle life. I, personally, used to escape into books to avoid my problems.

Books, videogames, drugs, food, TV- anything can be used as a tool for escapism. Videogames, and other such distractions, are not the cause of the problem, they are only a symptom. If efforts are to be made, it should be at the source of things- the very nature of our society, and of our species. By attacking the symptom, and not the problem, we compromise ourselves, our civil rights and the very cause that we hoped to accomplish in the first place.

Reality by Eran "pyxelated" Cantrell [deviantART]

December 31, 2002

PvP web comic artist and author Scott Kurtz goes about discussing video games in moderation:

My grandfather had a saying which was passed down to my father and then to my brother and I. "Everything in moderation." It is the cornerstone of a good and healthy life. It is the foundation of a balanced existance. Learn it, love it, live it. Teach it to your children and force them to live by it. "Everything in moderation."

Even with video games in moderation, it may not be enough.

December 30, 2002

Everything Just a Game to Gamers

We seem to have struck a nerve with the talents at Penny-Arcade. Although we find our portrayal less than flattering.

Here We Come To Save The Day [Penny-Arcade]

We have received an overwhelming amount of letters about video game addiction and violence.

A large portion were argumentative rebuttals sent in by feral teenage gamers. However, we did receive many hopeful letters of encouragement and support from those parents who are dealing with their own video game addiction and violence in their families.

We plan to post their stories and more in our updated Articles section.

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