Illinois lawmaker seeks ban of Grand Theft Auto game following rise in carjackings

An Illinois state lawmaker wants to ban the sale of violent video games, including Grand Theft Auto, as carjackings have increased in the state.Rep. Marcus Evans Jr., a Democrat, has introduced a…

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‘Time’ cover shot on iPhone as Marcus Rashford honored for child hunger campaign

A Time magazine cover shot on iPhone features footballer Marcus Rashford as one of the 100 most influential people. Rashford is honored for his advocacy work on homelessness and child hunger.
He became a household name in the UK beyond footballing circles when he took the British government to task on child hunger in the first months of the coronavirus crisis…
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Monster Hunter Rise to Release on PC in 2022

Good news for PC monster hunters! According to an interview between Monster Hunter Rise’s director, Yasunori Ichinose, and Famitsu, the much anticipated game will eventually make its way to PC. Those of us without Switches will have to wait a bit to play the game. There’s no final release date yet, but it’s looking like… Read More »

Could the pandemic make the video games industry even more white and middle-class?

Games provide a window into other worlds, but for many BAME and working-class students that window is shut tightWhen the pandemic put the world on pause and we retreated to our living rooms, video games gave us a horizon to head towards when in reality we had nowhere to go. But, as the most recent UK games industry census showed, the people who make those video game landscapes all tend to look alike: 70% of the game development workforce is male, and just 10% are BAME. This creates a sort of gaming Stepford – miles and miles of video game real estate where characters and stories are almost identical to the ones that came before, because the architects all look the same and want the same things.The survey showed that 81% of people in the UK games industry are educated to at least undergraduate level, which is considerably higher than the 57% average for other creative industries. Meanwhile, 62% of those in British games studios grew up in households where the main earner worked in a professional or managerial role. Continue reading…

Video games have replaced music as the most important aspect of youth culture | Sean Monahan

The global video gaming industry took in an estimated $180bn in 2020 – more than sports and movies worldwideIt would be incorrect to say video games went mainstream in 2020. They’ve been mainstream for decades. But their place in pop culture feels far more central – to gamers and non-gamers alike – than ever before. In part, this is due to desperate marketers hunting for eyeballs in a Covid landscape of cancelled events. Coachella wasn’t happening, but Animal Crossing was open was for business. Politicians eager to “Rock the Vote” looked to video games to reach young voters. (See: Joe and Kamala’s virtual HQ and AOC streaming herself playing Among Us.) The time-honored tradition of older politicians trying to seem young and hip at a music venue has been replaced by older politicians trying to seem young and hip playing a video game. Yes, quarantine was part of this. But, like so many trends during the pandemic, Covid didn’t spark this particular trajectory so much as intensify it. Long before the lockdowns, video games had triumphed as the most popular form of entertainment among young people. Related: Refreshingly modern dinosaurs and a cyberpunk cat: our games picks for 2021 Continue reading…