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The Big Picture consists of three types of content, namely: Expert Studies [Expert Studies], Articles [Articles], and Reviewers' Blog [Reviewers' Blog].

Reviewers' Blog

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… read more »

Expert Studies

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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Reviewers' Blog

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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Expert Studies

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 negative outcomes for men and women, that men and… read more »

Articles

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 greatest chance of giving them the best virtual bang for… read more »

Articles

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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Articles

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 creative geniuses are not sitting in the writers’ or directors’… read more »

Articles

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 won’t be playing any M or AO rated games,… read more »

Articles

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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Articles

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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