Research + News | Topic: Video Games

The Growth Of eSports

In the same way that Gen Xers elevated extreme sports in the 1990s and fueled the launch of the X Games, younger Gen Ys and Zs are driving the growth of eSports. Read the report here.

Popular YouTube Gamers Kids Can’t Get Enough Of

YouTube gamers are super popular — but not always age-appropriate. Read the blog post from Common Sense Media here.

New York Teens Are Too Busy Playing Video Games To Have Sex

Sure, New York City parents still worry about their teens having sex, drinking and smoking — but the kids are far more interested in smartphones and video games like Pokémon and Grand Theft Auto, a new survey has found.

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Video Games Tied To Sexism In Teenagers, Says Study

A new study published by French and US researchers might give you one more reason to cut down the time your kid spends playing video games.

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Hollister Targets Teens Where They Live: Their Phones

The game activation, which was created with Rovio Entertainment and TreSensa, functions as an ad to connect the brand with loyal and potential shoppers.

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No Link Between Violent Video Games & Lack of Empathy

The finding, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, suggests that empathy is not blunted by playing violent video games long-term.

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In Teens, Strong Friendships May Mitigate Depression Associated With Excessive Video Gaming

Those who play games more than four hours a day may not develop addiction-like problems if they are socially engaged with others. Read the article here.

Blizzard Entertainment Creating NFL-Like League For Overwatch

Blizzard Entertainment announced the creation of the Overwatch League, an “ecosystem” for professional competition among the best of the best in the team-based shooter game that only launched in May but already has more than 20 million users worldwide.

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10 Most Violent Video Games of 2016 (and What to Play Instead)

Common Sense Media provides a list of violent video games with a host of solid alternatives. Read their list here.

This Is Nintendo’s Next Gaming Console, The Nintendo Switch

As rumored, the system appears to be something of a home console/portable console hybrid. Read the report here.