Yearly Archives: 2012

December 19, 2012

Video Games Targeted By Senate In Wake Of Sandy Hook Shooting

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) has introduced one of Congress’ first pieces of legislation related to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.: a bill to study the impact of violent video games on children.

I disagree with this notion, as does the Entertainment Software Association. Though declining to comment now, they have always maintained that video games do not cause violent behaviour:

“The myth that video games cause violent behavior is undermined by scientific research and common sense,” said Michael Gallagher, president of ESA, in 2010. “According to FBI statistics, youth violence has declined in recent years as computer and video game popularity soared. We do not claim that the increased popularity of games caused the decline, but the evidence makes a mockery of the suggestion that video games cause violent behavior.”

That’s not to say I’m against the idea of a new study as long as it follows common guidelines for scientific research. If past studies1 are any indication, this one will only provide further evidence falsifying the claim.

  1. No need to thumb though scientific journals, even — a fresh article by The Washinton Post provides the facts quite convincingly. []
December 18, 2012
December 16, 2012

Vectrex Regeneration, a Vectrex emulator for iOS

30 years ago, a totally unique games console was launched using vector – not raster – graphics. It had such an impact that games are still being made for the platform today. We bought our first Vectrex in 1982 and we still love it! Built by Vectrex fanatics for a new generation of gamers.

Brillant stuff. Ars Technica has more details.

December 15, 2012

Google Maps out for iOS

iOS 6 famously included Apple’s home-grown Maps, and to be frank, they aren’t always awesome. While Google’s offering isn’t perfect, either, it will be nice to have both when out and about.

Correction: “aren’t always awesome” should be replaced by “are utter shit”.

The best (and worst) media errors and corrections of 2012

This correction by The Economist is hilarious:

Correction: An earlier version of this article claimed that journalists at Bloomberg Businessweek could be disciplined for sipping a spritzer at work. This is not true. Sorry. We must have been drunk on the job.