IN THE NEWS: PRESIDENT TRUMP AND VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES
NEW YORK (AP) — Do violent video games drive young people to do things like shoot up schools? It’s a question that has been raised by none other than President Donald Trump in the wake of last month’s mass shooting in Florida. He has called the level of violence in video games and movies “vicious” — and thinks the issue needs to be discussed again with this latest fatal school shooting. However so far, some two decades of research has failed to show there is a direct link between to the games people play and what they do in real life.
IN THE NEWS: VIDEO GAME RESEARCH
WASHINGTON (AP) — On the surface, it seems to make sense — that playing violent video games can trigger violent actions. But one problem has vexed those who believe that: there’s little hard evidence to back up that theory. For example, a 2006 study by Indiana University found teens who play violent video games had higher levels of emotional arousal — but less activity in parts of the brain associated with planning, controlling and directing thoughts and actions. Another study by Villanova University found men who commit severe acts of violence actually play violent video games less than the average male. Another study by the same professor, Patrick Markey, at the same school found violence tends to dip when a new violent movie or video game comes out. Markey says so far, evidence either suggests no link or “goes in the opposite direction” when it comes to pairing violent entertainment with actual acts of violence.
ON THE WEB: VIDEO GAME RATINGS
CYBERSPACE (AP) — The organization that establishes ratings for video games has said its guidelines give gamers and parents a pretty good idea about what to expect from a particular title. The Entertainment Software Ratings Board was set up in 1994 by the software industry. It gives each title a rating based on five categories, ranging from “E” for Everyone to “AO” or Adults Only for games meant for players 18 and older. The individual ratings also provide details on the kind of content that might be considered objectionable — such as “intense violence,” ”blood and gore,” ”sexual content and/or strong language.”
Entertainment Software Ratings Board site: <a target=”—blank” href=”http://www.esrb.org”>http://www.esrb.org</a>
IN STORES: AMAZON – PRIME DISCOUNT
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is offering a new perk to some of its customers. The online retailing giant has launched a discounted Prime membership to those on Medicaid. The new fee is $5.99 a month — and is about $30 less than the $99 annual fee plan that most Amazon customers pay. Offering the discount is another way for Amazon to draw low-income shoppers to its site — and away from rival Walmart. Since June, Amazon has offered the same Prime discount to people using food stamps or other government assistance. Industry analysts believe Amazon is maneuvering to expand its Prime membership numbers, and to woo people whose first shopping destination may be Walmart. Besides two-day shipping, Medicaid receipts will get Prime’s other perks, like access to Amazon’s video and music streaming services.
Amazon site: <a target=”—blank” href=”http://www.amazon.com”>http://www.amazon.com</a>
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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