Behold, one and all, the most unusual anomaly you’re likely to see all year. It is strange, bizarre, and shocking; a Fortnite player that never kills any other players! Gasp! Scream! Faint. Yes, we know, it is almost beyond belief. But we assure you, it is true. You might be thinking, why does this individual even bother playing? Wouldn’t their time be more wisely spent playing games less based around aggression? Like say, at a casino online? [Read more…]
If you don’t know about the Grand Theft Auto video game franchise you’ve probably been living under a rock. And, if you haven’t heard that GTA Online recently opened their much-vaunted in-game casino, you’ve also probably been living under aforementioned lump of substrate. Naturally, the controversy surrounding the new digital casino is nothing short of explosive, and for very good reason. Rockstar and 2K seem to almost be welcoming the backlash, given that the world is currently focused on video game microtransactions and loot boxes, and their similarity to casino games.
But it also just so happens that Rockstar and 2K are veritable masters at negating backlash. They would have to be, given the very nature of GTA. The franchise is nothing short of a moving target for those who are opposed to violence in video games. Adding a casino that accepts real money to the mix seems to be nothing short of a plea to be further attacked.
While the negative effects of video games are well known, there is a growing body of research that suggest playing video games could have a range of surprising psychological and physiological benefits. [Read more…]