Recent events in the gaming world


Hello everyone! ¬†Due to recent events in my life such as catching up with university work, going on holiday to Spain and starting a new job I haven’t be able to blog as much as I’d like ūüė¶ Here is a catch up of all the events which have happened within the gaming world recently just to catch you, and me up.

Game Developers Conference

25th to 29th March 2013 saw the Game Developers¬†Conference¬†(GDC) being held in San Francisco, California, to catch up in full visit the following link¬†¬† Companies who attended the event included¬†Blizzard Entertainment,¬†Microsoft,¬†OnLive¬†and many more! Sony did not attend this event, I believe they are saving the best for E3 later this year, TechRadar quotes “A room full of potential PS4 developers got a run down of the system’s architecture, design philosophy and online features. However, as local multiplayer fanatics, we loved hearing that the system will use its controller tracking to automatically swap split screen, should players rearrange themselves on the couch.” ¬†Personally it will be¬†interesting¬†to see what will become of this and how it works, if it goes well perhaps other developers will look into this in the future.¬†UMB Tech¬†Game Network have confirmed that¬†GDC 2013 attracted¬†23,000 attendees, the largest crowd in the show’s¬†history. Future game ‘Battlefield 4’ seventeen minute footage was leaked, the footage is shown below.

Electronic Arts¬†Boss¬†denied there is any link between video game content and “actual violence”

Video Games and Violence is a topic of personal interest and hype in the gaming world as many gamers know video games do not cause violence, here are links to my other blog posts which feature this topic and

John Riccitiello, the boss of EA voiced the thoughts of many gamers in which he says video games can instead be good and they do not cause for any gamer to become violent or take part in violent acts.

Disney cancel the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ game

Sad news for any fan of Star Wars and gaming¬†LucasArts has been closed by Disney.¬†Star Wars 1313 which had a demo at E3 in 2012 will no longer go ahead. This game was set to place¬†“players in control of a deadly bounty hunter as he uses an arsenal of exotic weaponry to hunt down his marks and uncover the truth surrounding a criminal conspiracy.” However LucasFilm spokesperson Miles Perkins, spoke to¬†BBC, saying production on Star Wars 1313 has simply been ‚Äúhalted.‚ÄĚ Therefor this game could still get the go ahead at some time in the future.



BBC News (2013) EA denies games encourage violence. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

Game Developers Conference (2013) Game Developers Conference | Exhibitor List. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

IGN (2013) Star Wars 1313 . [online] Available at: [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

Mashable (2013) Disney Closes LucasArts. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

Norris, E. (2013)¬†Star Wars 1313 Isn‚Äôt Canceled, It‚Äôs Just ‚ÄėHalted‚Äô. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

Slash Film (2013)¬†Star Wars Bits: ‚ÄėStar Wars 1313‚Ä≤ Game Would Have Starred Boba Fett. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

Sony PS4 Playstation (2013) GDC 2013: Developer Conference record attendance at GDC 2013. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

TechRadar (2013) GDC 2013: top 10 moments from the conference. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].


Video Games and Violence


I am doing some research based on video games and violence.  Please can you take some time to complete my survey  and let me know your thoughts, all answers are anonymous.

For more information surrounding video games and violence check out my blog post,


Don’t forget to check out my other gaming posts below.

A brief look at video game violence ‚Äď A political and video gamer view

In the United States of America gun violence is an on-going problem. Many people want to see the numbers of gun crime decrease and in order to do this, to find solutions; they look at what the causes of gun violence could be – even before the tragic Newtown massacre of 26 people, which includes 20 children, which happened on 14th December 2012. Although this has now made American Politicians want to create a new legislation, which, when in place, could prevent a similar tragic event from occurring again.

People have often wondered if playing video games can consequently lead towards gun violence. Vice President, Joe Biden, met with video game industry representatives on Friday 11th January 2013 to discuss possible solutions. They were discussing whether playing video games does create gun violence. He has headed up, along with President Barack Obama, twenty-three executive orders and a number of suggestions (One of which is a requested allocation of $10 million to study violent media) to the Congress.

In today’s society, while it is important to note that not all video games consist of having an act of violence in them, it is the more popular video games that do feature violence in them. (For examples of popular video games see previous post;

In a talk with Casey Lynch, who works for IGN, Adam Sessler, the Executive Producer and Editor-in-Chief of Revision3 Games was quoted saying, ‚ÄúWe cannot ignore that the primary virtual interaction in the majority of popular games is an act of violence.‚ÄĚ

This blog post is neither agreeing nor disagreeing; it is quite simply showing important and relevant facts to discuss.

A study done by Keele University, showed that ‚Äúviolent video games help increase your pain tolerance by as much as 65%‚ÄĚ. This means that video games can be an effective way of easing pain. This study was aired on NBC on September 27, 2012.

(For more information on the study see ‘NBC – In Game’ video link at the bottom of this post)

Before coming to any conclusions, in order to have a knowledgeable argument it is important to not only consider, but study, both sides.

One reason why video games are being accused for violence is that, quoted from NBC,

‘”Wayne LaPierre, the executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association, has blamed Hollywood and the video game industry for the rash of U.S. shooting sprees. There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people,‚ÄĚ’ he said in a controversial speech last month, citing video games like Grand Theft Auto and Mortal Kombat. He called such games the ‚Äúfilthiest form of pornography.‚ÄĚ”

(For more information see ‘NBC link’ ‘will biden target violent video games and should he?’)

Although upon hearing this, California senator, Leland Yee, entitled this claim “mind-boggling.

A 2006 study, which was done by researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine, conducted MIR Brain scans on a group of 44 adolescents. Half of which played

‚Äú‚Ķthe high-octane but non-violent racing game ‚ÄúNeed for Speed: Underground.‚ÄĚ The other was the ultra-violent first-person shooter ‚ÄúMedal of Honor: Frontline.‚ÄĚ‚ÄĚ

Afterwards the brain scans of the people that played the violent video game showed an increase in emotional arousal ‚Äď and a corresponding decrease of activity in brain areas involved in self-control, inhibition and attention.

(For more on this study, visit the ‘NBC’ link, ‘does game violence make make teens aggressive’)

Interestingly two recent studies discovered that college students who teamed up to play violent video games later, showed more cooperative behaviour and sometimes less signs of aggression, than students who played the games competitively. David Ewoldsen, co-author of the studies and professor of communication at Ohio State University, wanted to go ahead with this study as he realised that the previous studies have all been looking at how players are individually, whereas now a majority of people use the game and consoles that they are playing on to connect with other players, not only on a national level but also international. “If you’re playing with a rival, and that rival is cooperating with you that violates your expectations — you’re surprised by their cooperation and that makes you even more willing to cooperate‚Ķthe point is that the way you act in the real world very quickly overrides anything that is going on in the video games,” Ewoldsen said. “Video games aren’t controlling who we are.”

(To see the in depth report of both studies , visit the ‘Science Daily ‘ link at the bottom of this post)


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Gamespot (2013) Violent game bill dies. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 17 Jan 2013].

IGN (2013) The Politics of Violence . [online] Available at: [Accessed: 17 Jan 2013].

IGN (2013) Obama Asks Congress to Commission Violent Games Study. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 17 Jan 2013].

NBC News (2013) Will Biden target violent video games? (And should he?). [online] Available at: [Accessed: 17 Jan 2013].

NBC News (2012) Violent video games can help ease pain. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 17 Jan 2013].

NBC News (2008) Playing the blame game. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 17 Jan 2013].

NBC News (2006) Does game violence make teens aggressive?. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 17 Jan 2013].

pwnrsmanual (2013) Favourite Game of 2012! As voted for by you (and hottest game of 2012 to purchase). [online] Available at: [Accessed: 17 Jan 2013].

Science Daily (2012) Violent video games not so bad when players cooperate. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 17 Jan 2013].