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    No news is good news... but at least it's new news

    Persuasive Games should pitch "Wii Fat" to Nintendo. Ho ho..

    And while I'm apologising for that joke, I suppose I ought to say sorry for the unremittingly miserable set of headlines that I chose to kick off the new year.

    Still, always good to remind pirates how naughty they are to the industry that feeds them. And a worryingly yeah-I-could-see-how-that-might-be-true "games re-wire your brain" story is one of my favorite repeating articles.

    The online racism (not to

    The online racism (not to mention rampant homophobia) in games is pretty depressing. Can't they at least think of creative insults? Honestly, I wasn't aware that this many racist people existed until online console gaming and youtube comments.

    The first console game I played online was SOCOM, and topping the leaderboards were names like KKKWHITEPOWER.

    I've heard plenty of stupid

    I've heard plenty of stupid comments on live, from kids talking about their day to eachother, to gamers talking making lude homosexual jabs at others. If you don't care for it, unplug the headset.

    The article on the CES roundtable is incorrect

    I pursued the link your site provides to the article about videogames' rewiring developing brains, and I was curious to read the source material of the presentation attributed to Jane Healy. Unable to find the material online--and unable to find Healy's name on the list of CES participants--I asked her directly for a transcript.

    News flash: Healy has never been to CES. The article linked here lifted a quotation from USA Weekend's December piece looking FORWARD to CES.

    In other words, the "news link" on your front page reports an event that never happened. You might consider researching the information you endorse.

    Videogames and child dev at CES

    I pursued the link your site provides to the article about videogames' rewiring developing brains, and I was curious to read the source material of the presentation attributed to Jane Healy. Unable to find the material online--and unable to find Healy's name on the list of CES participants--I asked her directly for a transcript.

    News flash: Healy has never been to CES. The article linked here lifted a quotation from USA Weekend's December piece looking FORWARD to CES.

    In other words, the "news link" on your front page reports an event that never happened. You might consider researching the information you endorse.

    NOTE: I tried posting this once before, but it didn't show up. Maybe I didn't fill out the spam protection field correctly. Apologies if it double-posts.

    Videogames and child dev at CES

    I pursued the link your site provides to the article about videogames' rewiring developing brains, and I was curious to read the source material of the presentation attributed to Jane Healy. Unable to find the material online--and unable to find Healy's name on the list of CES participants--I asked her directly for a transcript.

    News flash: Healy has never been to CES. The article linked here lifted a quotation from USA Weekend's December piece looking FORWARD to CES.

    In other words, the "news link" on your front page reports an event that never happened. You might consider researching the information you endorse.

    NOTE: I tried posting this once before, but it didn't show up. Maybe I didn't fill out the spam protection field correctly. Apologies if it double-posts.

    Re: Videogames and child dev at CES

    Thanks for pursuing this article Adilegian, it's always good to see readers questioning news stories and their sources.

    But if I understand correctly, the quote from Jane Healy is still valid even if it occured in an article about CES, rather than at a summmit held there (to which it was not explicitly attributed in the article). If you happen to know that the summit itself did not actually take place then obviously the piece is stretching the truth, but I don't think Jane Healy's lack of involvement in the summit alone is proof of this, nor does it invalidate the quote.

    Incidentally, this story was originally reported by UK newspaper 'The Daily Mail', and I'm not in the least bit surprised that they pick and choose their sources and quotes with a liberalism that belies that paper's reactionary politics. :)

    I should also note that in posting the news, neither myself nor GameCritics as a site "endorse" any of the stories. Personally, I try to stay away from anything that is pure rumour or speculation, but the authenticity or accuracy of sources cannot be totally assured in every link. The News Rundown is a way of directing viewers to noteworthy, controversial or thought-provoking items, and I guess it's a kind of unspoken disclaimer that we don't take responsibility for the reporting of those items. (Although I will and have updated the Rundown via. 'Comments' if new information comes to light regarding a story.)

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