Episode 207: Kicks Are For Kids

In: Podcasts by Edie Sellers

24 Jan 2013

Hey, it’s a couple days after you should have recieved this episode. But it’s here. Finally.

This week, Nick Dinicola, Holy Goalie, and Edie Sellers chat up games, news, and babysitting tips.

Includes:

  • Borderlands 2 DLC;
  • Far Cry 3;
  • Dust: An Elysian Tail
  • Journey
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • Hitman Absolution
  • Hidden Path to bring a new Defense Grid;
  • Disney launches new game “platform.” dubbed Infinity;
  • The Obama Administration directs funding to study the effect of violent video games;
  • Google celebrates Frank Zamboni’s birthday;
  • Microsoft makes region switching a lot easier;
  • Dead Island: Riptide‘s collector’s addition is bloody full of bloody stuff;
  • Buck or Chuck: Storage Warfare; Avatar Karting 2; Bleed; Little Acorns Deluxe; 8 Bit Arcade.

Enjoy.

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5 Responses to Episode 207: Kicks Are For Kids

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Adrian

February 3rd, 2013 at 3:10 am

Yay, I just listened to this Episode today. We talked about the whole violence-thingy on our own podcast this week and I’m really amused: Not only did we come to the same conclusion like the three of you, but one brought up Dee Snyder as well! ;)

But after I read up on the violence and media research, I’m looking forward to the results of the research that’ll be funded by the congress. A lot of research on this topic is currently funded by pressure groups. If the research would depend less on their financial support, the results could probably be less biased. I’d like to see a study in which people like Brad Bushman und Chris Ferguson would work together, who have very different views on the matter.
And if they get enough money to work together, we could probably finally have studies that are less biased towards one or the other outcome.

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GamerEdie

February 3rd, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Yah, I have to agree with you. However, being a pessimist, I’m concerned that the results may not be so “scientific” rather than “political.”

And if they results are scientific, the results may be unnecessarily and possibly erroneously represented for political reasons.

Many studies have shown that video games have correlated with “aggressive” behavior in children. However, that has never been able to be shown to be “causative” to aggression, nor has it shown that the
aggressive behavior has resulted in violence on the scale of Sandy Hook.

Furthermore, video games are not the only thing to be a correlated with aggressive behavior in kids. So have cartoons. But no one is going to say that Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers are the reason Johnny shot up his grade school.

So, while I am a bit hopeful that there might be a serious dialogue about violent video games, I know in my heart that what’s going to result is more kabuki theatre on the part of people like Leland Yee, who has never let facts interfere with his political position when it comes to video games.

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Adrian

February 4th, 2013 at 7:32 am

Yes, that’s right. Despite Biden’s “Don’t be afraid of the facts!” it’s at least not unreasonable to remain sceptical against a possible political instrumentalisation of the results of future studies, no matter what the results are.
But let’s be honest, this whole concept to divide between aggression, aggressive behaviour and violence or even violent behaviour… that’s pretty tough for a political mind. And being reasonable and considerate with things that are a little more complicated than “depiction of violence leads to massacres” does not work with election campaigns.

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gamerEdie

February 4th, 2013 at 10:15 am

Exactly. Add in that the average Honey Boo Boo fan doesn’t understand the difference between causation and correlation and you’ve got a wicked devil’s brew that will only end up with Leland jumping up and down insisting that Boogie Bunnies caused the Iraq war.

Mark my word. No matter what these studies show, it will end up being warped into “video games cause violence.” And we’ll have a new round of legislation.

Fortunately the ESA has a nice war chest going, and they’re rested.

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Adrian

February 4th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Marked.

On the other hand, I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole who-payed-who thing is forgotten in a couple of years and we have this recurring discussion in society again and again.

But at least the current development shows a little more respect against the video game industry, compared to the earlier days of video game culture. Heck, here in Germany the BIU (our ESA equivalent) even awarded Crysis 2 with the German Games Award last year for having a greater educational value – and that with support and in cooperation with the government. Slowly there are even voices in the Bundestag that state that games have not only an economical value, but probably even a cultural value.
I hope that this fact’ll lead to a greater discussion, which will not only involve some people, but rather the society as a whole. When the 86 years old grandma, who’s playing GTA IV the whole day, won’t stop nagging her political representative about the fun she has with the games she plays, we’ll probably have a society that stops bothering about violence in media.
That’s what I hope for, at least… ;)

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