Here’s a quick summary of what’s happening with these new
and exciting games.
Party Kill is a survival battle game based on the classic The Lost Vikings game. It involves
leading three heroes safely through dangerous environments. Sacrificing one of
the heroes is necessary for at least one hero to survive.
- Learn to
Walk is a hilarious stilt walking game featuring a goat on stilts.
Quest for Epic Loot has a user guide a knight to plunder by sliding a
single finger or thumb.
157 is a mystery problem-solving game in which the user must search for a
solution to a power outage.
is a iOS game about a disaster-prone research ship.
is a throwback game filled with puzzles and combat.
Cleaner is a 1970s-based crime investigation game.
- Dr. Mario
World is a health game involving killing viruses by releasing capsules.
America’s epidemic of gun violence has been linked to video
games by President Trump and some commentators.
The data suggests otherwise.
Naturally, the first to object was Stanley Pierre Louis, President and CEO
of the Entertainment Software Association who claimed that video games have a
positive influence on society. He cited examples of video games being used to
support health and education efforts. He also claimed that scientific studies
showed that there’s no link between videogames and violence. What studies?
Benjamin Burroughs, a professor of
emerging media at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas says, “There are no
longitudinal studies that show a link between violence and video games. Certainly,
there is no linkage to gun violence.”
An AP article in the subject
states, “Indiana University researchers found [in a small study] that teenagers
who played violent video games showed higher levels of emotional arousal but
less activity in the parts of the brain associated with the ability to plan,
control and direct thoughts and behavior.”
Research by Patrick Markey, a
psychology professor at Villanova University, led him to conclude, “The general
story is people who play video games right after might be a little hopped up
and jerky but it doesn’t fundamentally alter who they are. It is like going to
see a sad movie. It might make you cry but it doesn’t make you clinically
It is pretty clear the video games do not lead
to gun violence. Still, some of these
games can be disturbing to young kids and teens. Their parents have a monitoring role to play.
To help them, since 1994 The Education Software Rating Board has provided
ratings designed to help parents decide what games are appropriate for their
children with ratings that range from “E″ for “Everyone” to “Adults Only” for
those 18 and older. Reviews of games
designed for parents can be found through Common Sense Media.