Video Games in the News

Changing public perceptions of video games and dispelling gamer stereotypes are two crucial goals of VGVN and its members. Here we’ve complied our blog posts and some of the best articles about free speech, censorship and the benefits of video games.

Check them out below!

Q&Game with Andrea Rene of What’s Good Games

News September 18, 2017

For our latest installment of our Q&Game series, we asked Andrea Rene about her start in video game journalism and branching off to start What's Good Games.

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Top 15 Tweets That Sum Up How Everyone Feels about Joe Scarborough’s Attack on Video Games

Blog August 7, 2017

It’s pretty asinine to ever suggest that war is a good alternative to video games. But a certain someone woke up yesterday morning and thought it was a great day to do just that.

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Q&Game with Danny Peña of Gamertag Radio

Blog July 28, 2017

Four years after playing Xbox with Bill Gates in 2001, Danny Peña launched Gamertag Radio (GTR), a podcast to help unite the gaming community.

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Remember that Research Blaming Video Games for Keeping Young Men from Working? It’s Back.

Blog July 6, 2017

This week, the National Bureau of Economic Research published that research in a paper. It’s as bad as expected.

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At E3 2017, #ItStartsWithMe [You]

Blog June 7, 2017

We're making this year's E3 all about YOU.

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ESA Takes Up the Fight Against Chicago’s Amusement Tax

Blog News June 5, 2017

Recently, Chicago broadened its amusement tax to include online video game play and streaming services.

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Video Games Become the Focal Point of Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report

Blog June 2, 2017

Mary Meeker and her cohort released their latest edition of her internet trends, which basically reinforced what we’ve been saying all along – that video games are driving all the best changes in the world

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2017 E3 Contest Winners

Blog May 26, 2017

This year, we asked you to tell us about your gaming comeback story—about a time where you started a game, got stuck but finally came back to beat it—in exchange for 2 FREE tickets to E3.

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The Future Belongs to the Gamers

Blog August 12, 2016

80% of voting-age gamers plan to vote in Election 2016

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Help Us Protect the Rights of eSports Athletes

Blog June 6, 2016

eSports competition will mobilize on immigration issues and competitive games

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GG to Everyone Who Entered

Blog June 3, 2016

A recap of our E3 Ticket Giveaway
Wow. When we said that gaming culture was something worth getting psyched over, we weren’t kidding—and you guys really delivered.

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Two Tickets to Paradise (aka E3)

Blog May 13, 2016

For a few days every year, E3 represents the epicenter of that culture and we want you to be a part of it.

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Agenda Driven Science to Vilify Video Games is Getting Old

Blog April 18, 2016

The link between video games and societal impacts is a tired one.

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Pot Calls Kettle Black: Former Calif. Senator Leland Yee Heads Behind Bars

Blog March 1, 2016

Remember Senator Leland Yee from California? The guy who shut down gamers for their supposed lack of credibility when discussing violence and gun control? Here’s a refresher.

Well, it looks like the tables have turned. It seems that our anti-video game crusader is a hypocrite and will face a 5-year prison sentence for weapons trafficking and bribery.

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Success Means A Tax Free Internet!

News February 12, 2016

The Senate voted 75-20 in favor of passing The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA) 

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Neuroscience and the Games We Play

Blog January 11, 2016

How playing video games can actively shape the way we think and learn

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The Third Democratic Debate - Candidate Accomplishments Unlocked

Blog December 21, 2015

The Democratic presidential hopefuls gathered in New Hampshire for their final debate of the year.

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The Fifth GOP Debate - Candidate Accomplishments Unlocked

Blog December 16, 2015

Nine presidential hopefuls took the stage last night for the final Republican debate of 2015. We followed along closely.

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Video Game Voters Network Reaches 1 Million Members, Launches Voter Registration Campaign

November 12, 2015

Start Democracy will capitalize on the highly engaged video game audience

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US Presidential Hopeful Bobby Jindal Gets It Wrong

Blog October 7, 2015

US presidential hopeful and Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal is rightfully under fire for his recent comments 

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VGVN Statement on U.N. Cyberviolence Report

Blog October 5, 2015

A new report from the United Nations entitled, “Cyber Violence Against Women and Girls” has fallen into the tired strategy of using hyperbolic, outlandish and outdated notions of video games and gamers.  

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Teaching girls to write the rules at video game coding camp

News September 15, 2015

Video games are still largely aimed at a male audiences, which is no surprise since women make up a small portion of game designers and programmers.

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5 Surprising Tricks to Boost Your Creative Thinking

September 10, 2015

According to researchers at Penn State, their studies revealed that video game playing could make people feel more energetic and positive–and thus more creative.

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How Video Games Can Help With Depression and Anxiety

News August 29, 2015

Depression and anxiety can be huge obstacles for many of us. Scientists and doctors are seeing medically beneficial reasons for people to play video games.

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Advances in gaming information technology

News August 25, 2015

Gaming is currently growing at a faster rate than any other time in history, thanks to mobile device proliferation, falling data prices, industry players investing in technology, and an increasing number of people who can access the internet.

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Video games allow for pet ownership without the pet

News August 17, 2015

Nothing beats having a live pet as a companion, but sometimes due to allergies, housing or difficult schedules, it just isn’t possible.

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The 11 top-grossing video games of all time

News August 15, 2015

The video game industry is serious business. Analysts estimate that the video game industry is going to pull in north of $100 billion in revenues in 2015.

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Former Microsoft engineer invents video games for dogs

News August 11, 2015

Now a former Microsoft engineer and dog lover turned entrepreneur has a new idea: video games for dogs.

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Friendships fostered through online gaming, new research reports

News August 10, 2015

The report indicates video gaming has become as much about interacting with friends as it is about playing the game itself.

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Wells Fargo Is Mining Video Game Secrets to Make a Better App

News August 5, 2015

Wells Fargo & Co., lagging behind its rivals in mobile-banking prowess, is turning to an unlikely source for advice: the video-game industry.

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Wanted: More girls in high tech

News July 31, 2015

During a seven-week summer course put on by the national organization Girls Who Code, the students conferred with each other as they puzzled out solutions and wrote lines of code at the front of the classroom so the others could follow their logic, then in small groups, tested their results on the robots.

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WPI student hacks video game to help stroke patients rehab

News July 28, 2015

“Soda Drinker Pro” is a small indie video game that lets you walk around and drink soda. It’s also simple enough that it’s now being used by Myomo, a Cambridge-based startup, that is helping people with partly paralyzed or weakened arms to regain movement in their limbs.

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Online communities are changing video games to make them better

News July 27, 2015

One major advantage of playing video games on computers instead of game consoles is the ability to mess with the structure, look, and gameplay of your favorite titles.

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The History Of Video Games, By The Numbers

News July 10, 2015

111 billion: according to research firms, that's how much revenue the video game industry will generate in 2015.

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America’s Favorite Video Game Genres

News June 26, 2015

When it comes to genre, most Americans favor fast-paced action and shooting games, according to the Entertainment Software Association.

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How mobile is creating a new kind of gamer

Blog June 19, 2015

If Super Bowl XLIX was the first time you heard of Clash of Clans, you’re already behind on the times.

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Top 10 Ways Video Games Can Improve Real Life

News June 13, 2015

We love video games for their fun and entertaining nature, but even when we put the controllers down, video games or at least thinking like a gamer can positively influence the rest of our lives.

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Cheap And Fast, Online Voter Registration Catches On

News June 10, 2015

Voters in more than half the states will soon be able to register online, rather than filling out a paper form and sending it in.

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Let Your Children Play Video Games, Mark Zuckerberg Says

News May 26, 2015

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may not have gotten into programming had it not been for video games, the 31-year-old billionaire said this week during a town hall Q&A meeting.

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2015 Essential Facts: What It Means to Be a Gamer

Blog May 14, 2015

“What’s a gamer in America?” People have a lot of opinions on that question, but we prefer to keep them grounded in reality.

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How Much Do You Know About Video Games?

April 15, 2015

An infographic detailing the Video Game Industry.

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Video Games Could Actually Make You Smarter

News April 15, 2015

“A lot of people still view video games as a time-wasting activity even though research is beginning to show their beneficial aspects,” says Aaron Berard, a graduate student and lead author of the study.

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Video Games’ Place in American Culture

News April 14, 2015

Video games are one of the largest entertainment industries in America. The question is not who plays, but what games, on what device and with whom.

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Video games in the classroom? Welcome to the future of learning

News April 9, 2015

Since Oregon Trail made its way into elementary-school classrooms across the country, this approach has drawn skeptics who question whether students are learning or simply being entertained. To address such concerns, we must ensure that sound pedagogy forms the foundation of any gaming experience.

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3 Principles of Video Games That Can Make You a Better Entrepreneur

News April 9, 2015

Entrepreneurs face challenges every day, and they're constantly searching for "outside the box" solutions and ideas to overcome those challenges.

Perhaps the most "outside the box" solutions reside within a Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation or Nintendo Wii.

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Science Has Found the Secret To Being a Better Multi-tasker. And It’s Fun.

News April 1, 2015

There's apparently a really easy way to improve your multi-tasking skills, and it doesn't involve doing sudoku on a pogo stick.

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Meet America’s First Video Game Varsity Athletes

News April 1, 2015

Parents who think that video games are an academic distraction, take heart: pounding on the controller can now help pay for college.

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Business Innovation: What Market Leaders Can Learn From Video Games

News March 20, 2015

Businesses looking to innovate and stay ahead of the curve would do well to look to the computer and video game field for inspiration.

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Greece’s new finance minister used to manage virtual economies in video games

News March 20, 2015

Yanis Varoufakis is one of the most important men in Europe right now, and he used to work for Valve Corporation.

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Videogames: The Ultimate Spectator Sport?

News March 20, 2015

It's easy to understand why people watch professional sports. But what's the appealing of watching others play a video games?

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Get to know VGVN member, Terrence Ransom!

Blog December 1, 2014

Meet Terrence Ransom: a young innovator and passionate gamer.

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​Four Years Ago, I Watched Video Games Win

News November 10, 2014

I have two stand-out Election Day video game memories. One involves Fable II. The other involves a highlight of my career: going to the Supreme Court on November 2, 2010, to see a gaming industry lawyer argue—successfully—that games deserve the protection of the First Amendment.

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Get to know VGVN member Ryan Reynolds!

Blog October 14, 2014

Meet Ryan Reynolds: a community leader and lifelong video gamer.

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Patrick Scott Patterson Teams Up with VGVN to Rock the Vote

Blog September 11, 2014

"Video gamers are a passionate bunch. There is always a ton of debate going on within video game culture, but while the game discussions go on, I feel the true fight for video games is overly ignored. "-Patrick Scott Patterson

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Gamers Join Together to Rock the Vote

Blog September 5, 2014

With National Voter Registration Day just weeks away, we know November is coming – and we’re ready to make sure democracy is a multiplayer event.

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Girl Gamers: There Are More Of Them Than You Think

News August 20, 2014

Girl gamers have been considered a niche audience for a long time, but it’s time to stop treating them as a minority in the industry.

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Summer screen time: Why video games are good for kids

News August 6, 2014

Video games and their impact on kids are regularly debated, but some recent latest reports show that video games offer a lot of benefits for kids.

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How Gaming Makes You A Better Person

News July 16, 2014

How Gaming Makes You A Better Person [Infographic] by the team at Liberty Games

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Top 10 Comics Inspired by Video Games

News June 24, 2014

Like video games, comics inhabit a bizarre point in the art continuum, relying on multiple factors (some of which are unique to their form) to communicate with their audience. It seems fitting then, that there are a good deal of comics, mainly webcomics, that draw from video games for their inspiration. 

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It’s Time To Start Treating Video Game Industry Like The $21 Billion Business It Is

News June 9, 2014

The majority of video games in the U.S. are purchased and played by adults. The largest titles make money that Hollywood films could only dream of raking in, and the biggest players in the industry run multibillion-dollar multinational operations that employ thousands of people. 

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Who is the average gamer?

News April 25, 2014

We joke around a lot on this site about console gamers compared to the PC master race, as well as calling everyone old and loveless. However, the stats are out and the average gamer might not be quite as you imagined.

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Twitch is the largest live streaming site in the US, tops ESPN, WWE and MLB

News April 25, 2014

Twitch is the largest live streaming site in the United States by a wide margin according to a new report by Qwilt.

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Video games continue to break the mold

News April 23, 2014

Two of the gaming world’s most seminal figures, Rand Miller and Ken Levine, join to discuss the video game violence debate, and how video games continue to evolve and grow in popularity.

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How The Gaming Industry Helps People Help The World

Blog April 15, 2014

The social gaming industry is booming.

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What video game companies can teach us about innovation

Blog News April 15, 2014

New research from HEC Paris business school suggests that businesses should take lessons from videogame developers in order to achieve technological breakthroughs.

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Gaming Augments Players’ Social Lives: Study

News March 28, 2014

New research finds that online social behavior isn’t replacing offline social behavior in the gaming community.

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VGVN Playstation Network and Xbox Live Sweepstakes

Blog November 14, 2013

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are almost here! For those about to wait in line and pick up a system, we salute you! We also want to give you something to go with your shiny new video game system, just for spreading the word about the Video Game Voters Network.

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Spread the word about video game ratings

Blog November 6, 2013

We know you know the ESRB ratings, but there are many who still may need guidance in choosing video games for their families.

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Spreading Indigenous Culture Through Video Games

Blog September 23, 2013

How does an indigenous culture share its history in a world that's moving away from the paper trail?

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Who is playing and what are they playing?

Blog August 14, 2012

Do you know what the average computer and video game player is like?

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