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WHO's Newest Mental Health Disorder: Obsessive Gaming

But parents shouldn't freak out just yet

(Newser) - The World Health Organization says some obsessive video gamers may actually have an addiction. In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the UN health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition, per the AP . WHO said classifying "gaming disorder"... More »

School Shooting Video Game Pulled After Backlash

Steam's parent company says 'Active Shooter' is being removed from its platform

(Newser) - A Seattle-area company has removed a school shooting video game from its online platform following widespread backlash , the AP reports. The "Active Shooter" video game was pulled days before it was to be released on the video game marketplace Steam. Valve Corp. as Steam's parent company said Tuesday... More »

Petition Demands Cancellation of School Mass Shooter Game

'Active Shooter' may allow users to play as a school shooter

(Newser) - More than 120,000 people so far have signed a petition calling for a game that simulates a mass shooting inside a school to be pulled from release. Active Shooter allows players to play as either the shooter or a SWAT responder and is due out June 6 on digital... More »

For 2nd Time, Russia Uses Video Game Footage for Syria

Channel One admits the error about scene from first-person-shooter game

(Newser) - Sharp-eyed viewers of a Russian media report on the Syrian war spotted a gaffe—Channel One mixed in an image from a video game with actual war footage. You can see for yourself at the 4:59 mark of this YouTube video , per Popular Mechanics . It seems an editor at... More »

Trump Boasts of Selling Fictional Planes to Norway

The F-52 only exists in the video game 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare'

(Newser) - America's allies should be getting those shipments of Super Mushrooms and Master Swords any day now. The Washington Post reports President Trump on Wednesday boasted about the sale of F-52 fighter jets to Norway. “In November we started delivering the first F-52s and F-35 fighter jets,” Trump... More »

Excessive Gaming About to Be an Official Disorder

World Health Organization to declare it as such

(Newser) - Habitual gamers, the World Health Organization is worried about you. In its upcoming International Classification of Diseases, the WHO is adding something called "gaming disorder," reports New Scientist . A draft makes clear that the label would apply only to those whose habit consumes their lives to an extreme... More »

He Was Witness to a Double Murder—From 600 Miles Away

Video game microphone captured shooting in Kansas

(Newser) - Cody Ha may have been 600 miles from his friend in Texas, but the 23-year-old Kansas man sounded as though he were in the same room via the microphones and headphones the pair used to communicate while playing video games online with others Saturday. Then, around 10pm, Ashley Martinez of... More »

Suit: KitKat 'Stole' the Look of This Popular Video Game

Nestle accused of 'blatant' invasion of copyright for the classic game 'Breakout'

(Newser) - Nestle ripped off the classic Atari game Breakout in an ad for KitKat, the BBC reports. The video game maker charges in a lawsuit that Nestle broke copyright laws when it swiped Breakout's "look, feel, sound, and imagery" by replacing the video game's colored bricks with KitKat... More »

Woman Lights Hair on Fire While Playing Video Game

AnaPlaying was burned, literally, by multitasking

(Newser) - A French gamer got quite a shock when she tried to do at least one too many things at the same time. Mashable reports Twitch user AnaPlaying was playing a game of League of Legends while live-streaming herself, chatting with fans, and flicking a lighter on and off. This, of... More »

China Introduces 'Husband Storage' Pods in Mall

Tiny rooms with gaming consoles let users play retro games

(Newser) - For men who are willing to accompany their wives to the mall but not actually inclined to shop with them, a mall in Shanghai has devised a novel answer: "husband storage" pods replete with retro video games from the 1990s, reports the BBC . The Global Harbor mall currently offers... More »

Halo Might Be Based on a College Fling

UCLA professor claims she was creator's muse

(Newser) - Catherine Halsey, a character in the video game Halo, is a scientist and atheist who considers herself smarter than her parents. The same can be said of Patricia Dickson, a UCLA associate professor of pediatrics—and she claims that's no coincidence. Dickson, who had a romantically tinged friendship with... More »

Two Ways Video Games Affect a Man's Sex Drive

They have less interest, but less of a common problem, too, says study

(Newser) - For guys who game, researchers have good news and bad news. The good news is that guys who play video games "chronically," which at least for the purpose of one new study is defined as more than an hour a day, are less likely to ejaculate prematurely than... More »

Nintendo Caught Off Guard by Popularity of the Switch

The company is projecting a seven-year high in operating profits

(Newser) - Nintendo thought its new Switch console would do well; it had no idea it would do this well. Time reports Nintendo sold 2.74 million Switches in March after launching March 3. The video game company only expected to sell 2 million, which is one reason the Switch is still... More »

This Might Be the Most Zen Video Game Ever

But would Thoreau appreciate a digital walk in the woods?

(Newser) - Henry David Thoreau distrusted technology, advocated surrounding oneself with nature, and believed people should "live deliberately." In 2017, he wouldn't even have to step away from his computer. Smithsonian Magazine reports the Game Innovation Lab at USC is releasing a video game based on Thoreau's most... More »

App to Improve Attention May Help People With Depression

Novel approach targets related issues instead of the symptoms of depression

(Newser) - Video games have become so pervasive that clinicians have moved from simply studying how they affect our bodies and brains to designing them with specific outcomes in mind. Such is the case with an app called Project: Evo, an app-based game that was designed ostensibly to improve attention. Science Daily... More »

A Boy's Night Playing GTA Ended Up With Real Cops

Ontario police thought they were dealing with an 'impaired driver' when calls started coming in

(Newser) - Yet another reason to not let young kids play M-rated video games: They may get ideas they carry over to real life. At least that's what apparently happened to one curious 11-year-old boy in Ontario, who cops say spent Saturday evening playing Grand Theft Auto, then set out in... More »

Game Developer Sues Online 'Harassers' for $18M

Digital Homicide founders say they've been stalked, harassed, and threatened online

(Newser) - Carping about a video game online to other players may be routine in the gaming world, but being sued by the game's developer isn't. But that's what may be in store for some online commenters who complained about Arizona's Digital Homicide Studios, a game-maker founded by... More »

11-Year-Old's New Video Game Came With Illicit Surprise

GameStop says it has no idea where the meth came from

(Newser) - The debate on whether or not video games are harmful to kids continues to rage. The debate about whether or not video games that come with methamphetamine are harmful to kids is probably pretty much settled. KPLC reports an 11-year-old opened the video game he bought Wednesday at a Louisiana... More »

Nintendo Goes for 80s Kids' Wallets With NES Classic Edition

No more blowing into old cartridges you found on Craigslist

(Newser) - Nintendo, drunk on the nostalgic success of Pokemon Go this week, is now setting its sights on 80s kids. The video-game company announced the NES Classic Edition on Thursday, Mashable reports. The mini version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System will be released this November and come preloaded with 30... More »

Women and Men Equally Strong Video Gamers

Nearly half of the gaming population in the US is now female

(Newser) - The hostility toward women gamers that was laid bare in 2014 during the GamerGate controversy extends to the stereotype that female gamers are inferior to their male counterparts. So researchers at the University of California, Davis , decided to track thousands of players in two multiplayer online role-playing games and compare... More »

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