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Ride to Hell and The Situation of Sexual Violence in Video Games

Posted on July 15, 2013

In late June, Deep Silver published a new video game called Ride to Hell: Retribution. The action game, which is available for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, has players taking on the role of a Vietnam War veteran who wages battles with a biker gang. In addition to receiving horrific reviews for its shoddy […]

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Posted in Entertainment, Marketing, Public Policy | 1 Comment »

The Selective Morality of Video Games

Posted on May 7, 2009

Modern day video games regularly feature violence and murder, sometimes with graphic details, such as blood or dismemberment.  Gamers are often rewarded for the most number of kills. While there has been some controversy about those games, talk of banning them has gone nowhere.  For the most part, in fact, people seem to be okay […]

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Posted in Entertainment, Life | 1 Comment »

Are Video Games Addictive?

Posted on April 9, 2009

Laura Parker of GameSpot Australia has an interesting piece on whether video games can become addictions.  We excerpt her piece below. * * * An addict is defined by his or her psychological compulsion to carry out certain behaviours or consume certain substances that are often detrimental to his or her health or well-being. Although […]

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Posted in Entertainment, Social Psychology | 4 Comments »

Resident Evil 5 and Racism in Video Games

Posted on February 13, 2009

Hilary Goldstein of IGN has an interesting piece on possible evidence of racism in the upcoming video game Resident Evil 5, which will be sold for the XBox 360 and PlayStation 3 and is expected to be one of the most popular games of the year. * * * What’s drawing the ire of many […]

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Posted in Entertainment, Implicit Associations, Life | 49 Comments »

Encourage Your Daughters To Play Violent Video Games?

Posted on October 8, 2007

We have examined violence found in videogames on several occasions (see “The Situation of First-Person Shooters“; “The Intersection between Tort Law and Social Psychology in Violent Videogames“). We have also examined how, because of stereotype threat, the situation in which women find themselves can dramatically influence their expectations and levels of confidence (see “Gender-Inbalanced Situation […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Entertainment, Social Psychology | 6 Comments »

The Intersection between Tort Law and Social Psychology in Violent Videogames

Posted on January 25, 2007

The increasing realism of videogames is unmistakable. With better graphics, enhanced sound, and more advanced plotlines, videogames are becoming frighteningly “lifelike.” While videogame humans still don’t look exactly like real humans, they will eventually. In fact, based on screens like the one to the left (which is from the game “Call of Duty 3“), that […]

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Posted in Law, Life | 12 Comments »

The Surprising Situation of Video Game Players

Posted on September 2, 2009

Tor Thorsen of GameSpot has an interesting piece on surprising new findings from the Centers for Disease Control on video game players, who tend to be older than you might expect, and also more depressed.  Below is an excerpt. * * * Often, games are dismissed as a youthful pastime. However, a new study by […]

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Posted in Entertainment, Life | 2 Comments »

Lil’ Poison: A 9-Year-Old Life’s as a Star Videogame Player

Posted on June 7, 2007

We have examined violence found in videogames on several occasions (e.g., “The Situation of First-Person Shooters“; “The Intersection between Tort Law and Social Psychology in Violent Videogames“). Bruce Lambert of the New York Times has an interesting story today on nine-year-old Victor M. De Leon III, better known by fellow videogame players as Lil’ Poison. […]

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Posted in Entertainment, Life | 1 Comment »

Suing the Suer: Video Game Company Sues Jack Thompson

Posted on March 20, 2007

In January, The Situationist featured a posting on the intersection between tort law and social psychology in violent video games. That post, which generated some wonderful reader comments, examined the legal maneuvers of attorney Jack Thompson, who has made it a personal and professional mission to prevent the sale and distribution of violent video games. […]

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Jeremy Bailenson on Virtual Reality

Posted on January 9, 2013

From Pacific Standard (a brief excerpt from a long, worthwhile article about the work of Jeremy Bailenson): A few years ago, a research psychologist at Stanford University named Jeremy Bailenson effectively proved the soundness of Anderson’s recruitment methods (pdf). A week before the 2004 presidential election, Bailenson asked a bunch of prospective voters to look at photographs […]

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Posted in Book, Illusions, Video | 1 Comment »

The Neuro-Situation of Wins and Losses

Posted on October 10, 2011

From Montreal Gazette: A new National Hockey League season is upon us, Major League Baseball playoffs are in full swing and the National Football League’s regular season has been in session for about a month. As you fixate on your television, watching every move of your favourite athletes and longing for that great play or […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Neuroscience, Situationist Sports | Leave a Comment »

Dr. Steven Hyman at Harvard Law Tomorrow

Posted on September 26, 2011

Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences (SALMS) Speakers Series: Dr. Steven E. Hyman, “Addiction as a Window into Volition” Tuesday, 9/27, 12-1 pm, Pound 101 SALMS serves lunch: Free Burritos! How should the law confront the “choices” of an addict? Though neuroscience research into addiction has advanced dramatically, few lessons have been incorporated into […]

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Situationism in the Blogosphere – July, Part I

Posted on August 21, 2010

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during July 2010 (they are listed in alphabetical order by source). * * * From BPS Research Digest: “It’s the way they move – politicians’ personalities inferred from their motion patterns” “People form impressions about the personality of politicians […]

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Students’ Situations Leave Them Less Empathetic (Situationist)

Posted on June 16, 2010

From University of Michigan News Service: Today’s college students are not as empathetic as college students of the 1980s and ’90s, a University of Michigan study shows. The study, presented in Boston at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, analyzes data on empathy among almost 14,000 college students over the last 30 […]

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Posted in Conflict, Education, Emotions, Life, Morality | 4 Comments »

Pinker and the Brain

Posted on June 12, 2010

Steven Pinker had a provocative op-ed in the New York Times on Thursday taking on all those Luddites out there who bemoan the technological marvels of the Google search engine, PowerPoint presentation, and Twitter account as sure harbingers of the death of the brain. Pinker places the latest panic in context and points out that […]

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Posted in Education, Entertainment | 3 Comments »

Should Addiction Be Criminalized?

Posted on April 2, 2010

From Big Think: Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, argues that abusers should be treated the same as anyone with a debilitating disease. * * * * * * Transcript: Question: How should drug addicts be treated in society? Nora Volkow: Drug addiction is a disease of the brain. It’s a […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Food and Drug Law, Law, Neuroscience | 2 Comments »

The Situational Effects of Dopamine

Posted on February 1, 2010

From Big Think: Drug addiction researcher Nora Volkow walks us through the singular chemical that drives substance abuse. * * * To review a sample of related Situationist posts, see “Are Video Games Addictive?,” “The Situation of Gambling,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “The Science of Addiction, The Myth of Choice.” To watch a related ABC […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Neuroscience, Video | 1 Comment »

The Situation of Fame

Posted on October 29, 2009

CNN‘s Elizabeth Landau has written an interesting article, title “How the ‘fame motive’ makes you want to be a star.”  Here are some excerpts. * * * As a large silver balloon floated its way over Colorado, millions of Americans spent hours glued to their televisions wondering if 6-year-old Falcon Heene, assumed to be inside […]

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Posted in Life, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

O’Bannon v. NCAA: The Situation of Signing Forms

Posted on July 23, 2009

Situationist contributor Michael McCann has a column on SI.com concerning a new lawsuit brought against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) over whether former student-athletes should be compensated for the NCAA’s use of their images and identities in such products as DVDs and video games. The case, O’Bannon v. NCAA, centers on forms freshmen student-athletes […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Situationist Contributors, Situationist Sports | 1 Comment »

Virtual Milgram

Posted on May 14, 2009

From ICT Results: Despite advances in computer graphics, few people would think virtual characters or objects are real. Yet placed in a virtual reality environment most people will interact with them as if they are really there. European researchers are finding out why. In trying to understand presence – the propensity of humans to respond […]

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Posted in Classic Experiments, Illusions, Video | 1 Comment »