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Are 3D Movies and TV Bad For Your Eyes?

Are 3D Movies and TV Bad For Your Eyes?

A recent article in the New York Times references research done by Gifu University in Japan that indicates viewing 3D televisions (and movies) can cause unnatural eye movements which account for reports of some people feeling motion sick or having blurred vision afterward.

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FTC Report on Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children

FTC Report on Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children

Released in December 2009, this report details improvements and deficiencies in the current US marketplace with the selling of media products to children and teens. Of particular interest within the report are the compliance rates of specific retailers in making sure underage customers don’t have access to adult rated products.

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Video Games Not Recession Proof

Video Games Not Recession Proof

When the big economic unraveling began last fall, I was impressed to see video game figures not only holding steady but actually increasing in sales. However the latest numbers are showing that even this robust industry is losing points in the battle.

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More Than a Just a Game: Video Game and Internet Use During Emerging Adulthood

More Than a Just a Game: Video Game and Internet Use During Emerging Adulthood

This study from Brigham Young University is unusual in that it looked at young adults and how their video game and Internet use was related to their likeliness to become involved in risk-taking activities like drinking, drug use and recreational sex. The results indicate video game use was linked to ...

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Video Games - A Quick Guide to the Latest Systems

Video Games - A Quick Guide to the Latest Systems

Video games are always a hot commodity at Christmas, and this year it seems the manufacturers have whipped up an unprecedented frenzy. As I’ve spoken with parents, I detect they are more confused than ever about what systems are most suitable for their family, and which will hold the ...

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Video Games—A Few Fast Picks

Video Games—A Few Fast Picks

When people complain that they have a difficult time finding movies or television programs suitable for their kids, I usually respond, "Wait ‘till you look for a video game!"

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Unrated Movies Further Erode MPAA System

Unrated Movies Further Erode MPAA System

There is so much attention given to media rating systems lately that many may be led to believe that no mainstream movies are being released to DVD without some sort of rating stamped on the cover. However, a growing trend on store shelves shows yet another indication that the real ...

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V-chip for Video Games

V-chip for Video Games

If you’ve done your homework, and have enabled your "shields," your TV’s V-chip should be helping you manage what your children watch and your DVD players should have their content rating features activated. But what about your video game system? You may have decided your kids ...

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Take2 Interactive: Guilty of Mocking ESRB Ratings?

Take2 Interactive: Guilty of Mocking ESRB Ratings?

Is it a game publishers dream? Or nightmare?Just when you thought the controversy surrounding Take2 Interactive’s Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas was fading away, a new development has brought the game back to the forefront of news media—and likely cash registers.

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The Game of Revising Ratings

The Game of Revising Ratings

In the late 1980s, the MPAA introduced the PG-13 rating in an effort to make a stepping-stone between PG and R. Now, the Entertainment Software Review Board (ESRB) has made a similar move with their video game rating system—except it’s near the tamer end of the scale.  

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Former Teacher Brings Real Lives to Video Games

Former Teacher Brings Real Lives to Video Games

Many parents have bemoaned the time their children spend playing video games. However, there is light at the end of the screen with some of the latest recreational software, which actually have the ability to entertain, as well as <gasp!> teach valuable information to keyboarding kids.

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Video Games &ndash; Dangers Are More Complex

Video Games &ndash; Dangers Are More Complex

An 18-year-old relates the moment when he met the girl he currently dates…“It happened quite as chance, we happened just to see each other near the POD lift in Gfay, and started talking. Eventually things became more involved…”1

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