Video games’ sexual double standard may have real-world impact

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German game developer Crytek caused a stir in the gaming press when the lead producer on its forthcoming multiplayer shooter “Warface” justified the game’s cartoonishly sexualized portrayals of female characters, saying it was what players wanted to see. This is the latest example of a common trend of treating female video game characters differently than their male counterparts — relegating women to derogatory supporting roles, giving them inhumanly exaggerated bodily proportions, and generally casting them as little more than sexual objects.

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'Grand Theft Auto V' sales blow past $1 billion in three days

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"Grand Theft Auto V" has crossed the $1 billion sales mark after three days in stores, a rate faster than any other video game, film or other entertainment product has ever managed, its creator Take Two Interactive said on Friday. 

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Young patients fight cancer, one video game at a time

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Jose Guevara was 16 when his doctor first told him that he had leukemia.

"They gave me a breakdown," Guevara told NBC News. “‘You have leukemia, you’re staying in the hospital,’ and they brought a wheelchair."

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Microsoft to unveil ‘new generation’ Xbox on May 21

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Turns out, that “special event” that Microsoft has been rumored to have in store next month is real. The Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant sent out invitations this morning asking reporters to “join us as we reveal a new generation of Xbox.”

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Girl Scouts chapter to add video game patch

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As recent campaigns across social media have shown, the game industry has slowly begun to own up to its troublesome legacy of sexism — expanding roles for women in the business while updating representations of them in the games.

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For troops at war, relief arrives in a package of video games

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In the early months of 2012, a soldier from the Indiana National Guard’s 713th Engineer Company stationed in Afghanistan sent a note asking for help:

My unit and I just suffered a HORRIFIC loss in just the first nine weeks of a 12-month tour out in Afghanistan, so I was hoping that a care package from you guys would help ease the pain a little for the guys that are still here in the fight. 

Video game may treat pain better than morphine

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Penguin power? A videogame may dull pain better than morphine. In 2011, the military conducted a small study using SnowWorld and got stunning results.

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