Can We Have a Reasonable Discussion About Video Games and Violence?

In 2008 I wrote a college paper titled, “The Backlash Against Violence in Video Games.” At the time, the latest Grand Theft Auto title has just been released and some of the best-selling video games came from “shooter” franchises like Call of Duty, Gears of War, and Metal Gear Solid. In fact, according to NPD (via BitgGamer), four of the top five games sold on the Xbox 360 were heavy on gun violence. So, just as with movies and other media, it was an era when violent content moved the needle on unit sales.

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Breaking: Sony to Show ‘Future’ at Feb. 20th Event. Yup, it’s the PS4. [Updated]


Attention PlayStation devotees, the date you’ve all been waiting for can finally be circled on your Crash Bandicoot-themed calendars. According to the Wall Street Journal (via The Verge), Sony will announce the PS3’s successor during a special event on February 20th at 6 PM. Details are scarce, but a Sony rep did tweet out an abstract teaser video with all kinds of Tron-like lasers and shit intended to, um, well just see for yourself. Maybe the PS4 is in there somewhere:

Source: YouTube via The Verge

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When the Day is Done: Afternoon Links – January 28, 2013

‘When the Day is Done’ is the title of my daily link-sharing repo, where I will post links from around the web on an array of topics that interest me and hopefully will interest you. Title is lifted directly from the title of one of my favorite Nick Drake songs. Not Drake, people. NICK DRAKE. Just clarifying.

Oldie but goodie from way back on Jan. 16, 2013. Simply one of the best features I’ve read in quite some time: “The Life and Death of the American Arcade.” The article’s layout is ingenious, the video’s production values top notch. Excellent reporting overall. And nostalgic to boot. — Via The Verge.

“Chris Bosh: Photobomb at the White House an Instant Classic.” — Via The Big Lead

Finally! “Boy Scouts May Lift Ban on Gay Members.” — Via New York Times

Amazon still has 12 months of Xbox Live Gold for only $35. That’s 40% off retail. Won’t last long at that price.

Grantland ranked the top 64 Chappelle’s Show sketches and squared them off in a March Madness-type tournament bracket. Here is the article in a single page. I won’t spoil it, but I will share my personal favorite. I mean nothing tops this for me:

And finally, a little quote from legendary film director, Ernst Lubitsch (who directed my favorite actress ever, Greta Garbo, in Ninotchka (1939)). “At least twice a day the most dignified human being is ridiculous.” — Via Criterion’s Tumblr