Research + News | Topic: Video Games

Gaming Gone Global: Keeping Tabs On Worldwide Trends

It’s now 2016, and gaming has firmly moved out of the basement and into the living room–and beyond. Read the data from Nielsen here.

Microsoft Bans Corporations From Using Minecraft as a Marketing Tool

Minecraft is a huge deal for a generation of kids, and it is a great way to reach that young, crucial demographic. But marketers are no longer free to use the block-building game however they want to sell unrelated products. Read the rest of the article here.

Three Reasons You Shouldn’t Call Your Teenager a Tech Addict

Fuller Youth Institute gives us three reasons why calling your teenager a technology/cell phone/social media/gaming addict might not be a good idea. Read the blog post here.

Study Finds Video Games May Have Positive Effects on Kids

Researchers at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and colleagues at Paris Descartes University and a number of other European universities assessed the association between the amount of time spent playing video games and children’s mental health and cognitive and social skills. They found that playing video games may have positive effects on young children.

Read the full article here.

Everything You Need to Know About Minecraft

Common Sense Media provides the scoop on this incredible — and incredibly absorbing — game, from how to play, how to “speak Minecraft,” and how to choose videos, games, and apps for every age. Read the article here.

Smoking Gun: Kids Overexposed To ‘Cool’ Cigarettes In Their Video Games

Hundreds of video games come out every year. Avid gamers have at least 326 news ones to look forward to in 2016. If previous years are any indication, many of these games will contain images of cigarettes and tobacco use. Read the full article here.

Certain Adolescent Brains Can’t Stop Gaming. That’s Good and Bad – Here’s Why

Psychologists refer to the addiction as Internet gaming disorder, identified as a “condition for further study” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Read the article here.

When Video Games Become An Addiction

Can video games be addictive? One U.S. expert has no doubts. Read the article and view the video here.

10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Gaming

The Fuller Youth Institute passes along helpful information for parents of gamers.

Read the article here.

How to Parent (or Teach) a Gamer

Tim Elmore says “the greatest way parents can help children with heavy gaming tendencies is to re-introduce external stimuli and pair those experiences with meaningful conversations.”

Read the rest of his blog post here.