video games

Essential Pittsburgh
2:58 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

GamerGate Highlights Culture Changes and Clashes

A woman playtests Team Fortress 2 at Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany in 2007.
Credit wlodi / Flickr

Video games -- as well as the people who play them -- have changed a lot in the last 10 or 20 years. With improvements in gaming technology and a host of new video game platforms, more people are gaming than ever before. The old stereotype of video gamers as straight, young, white men has been challenged by a growing diversity of gamers, especially women. 

The recent Gamergate controversy, however, shows that some hardcore gamers are not happy with the diversification of the video game culture. Joining us to talk about Gamergate and what it shows about how video games -- and society -- are diversifying, is Max Parker, video game journalist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Health
3:55 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Pitt's New Center Will Advance Research on Technology, Media and Health

With an eye on examining both the negative influences and positive capabilities of today’s media and technology on health, the University of Pittsburgh has created the Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health (CRMTH).  

Director Dr. Brian Primack said although every generation tends to think its innovations will have dire negative effects, there are reasons to think today’s larger-than-life media portrayals do  have a significant impact on sleep and cognition.

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Business
7:45 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Leveled Up: How This Pittsburgher Achieved Every Kid's Video Game Dream

Mark Bussler poses in his "Intergalactic Space Arcade," where he broadcasts his reviews and answers online fan questions.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

For video game enthusiast Mark Bussler, simple, retro 8-bit games can be just as fun as complex modern ones.

He should know, and in fact, it's his business to know.

The 38-year-old of Oakmont has been collecting games since he was five, and today his collection reaches the thousands, all thanks to fans who send him old-school games and accessories to review on his website, Classic Game Room.

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Government & Politics
10:17 am
Mon March 11, 2013

PA Lawmaker Wants to Draw Game Developers to the State, Proposes Video Game Tax Credit

The video gaming industry is huge and growing, moving beyond what people think of as traditional video games. PA lawmaker wants to encourage growth in that sector in the commonwealth.
Credit Deanna Garcia/90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania’s film tax credit program is lauded by state and local officials as a success, and one state lawmaker wants to implement a similar tax credit program for another entertainment industry – video games.

State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) has introduced the Video Game Tax Production Credit bill aimed at attracting game developers to the state. He said the video gaming industry is huge and growing.  

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