video games

Talk of Iowa
5:20 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Video Games: The New Spectator Sport?

A listener submission of a comic published in "Toons" (published in Ames, Iowa since 1987)
Richard Lem

Do you know a teenager who plays video games as if it is his or her job? Well, some of those gamers are going pro - playing games in front of an audience and occasionally, getting paid.

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River to River
4:45 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Engaging in #GamerGate: "There is that fear going into it, as a woman"

Anita Sarkeesian, author of the video blog "Feminist Frequency," has been harassed for her critique of sexism within the industry
Anita Sarkeesian

This month, the video game industry has found itself at the center of a dispute that's led to intense debate under the Twitter hashtag #GamerGate.

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River to River
2:12 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Technology and Health

The National Institutes of Health recommends that kids should be limited to two hours a day to screen time.
Peter Merholz

Today, kids average six hours of screen time a day.  According to a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics, children whose parents limit screen time get more sleep, do better in school, have fewer behavior problems and lower their risk of obesity.  Doug Gentile, associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University, discusses the reverse results on the studies. 

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River to River
1:15 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Video Gaming In Iowa

Caitlin Monahan Flickr

As the video game culture continues to grow, several people in Iowa are making efforts to expand the industry even further. Host Ben Kieffer talks with a University of Iowa instructor who developed an entire curriculum based on video game journalism. Then, a recent Iowa graduate talks about becoming an editor at the world renowned gaming magazine, 'Game Informer.' Employees at the International Video Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa, join the conversation to discuss upcoming gaming events in the city.

River to River
1:18 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Media Violence

Call of Duty action shot
FireFish45 / Flickr

Ever wonder if consuming media violence makes someone more likely to act out violence in real life? On River to River, we’ll examine a new report by Iowa State psychology professors Craig Anderson and Douglas Gentile that says violent images such as scenes in movies, games or pictures in comic books, act as triggers for activating aggressive thoughts and feelings already stored in memory. Also, what can parents do about it?

River to River
11:00 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Congressman Braley and New Video Games Research

The 112th Congress convenes next week.  We'll check in with Iowa 1st District Congressman Bruce Braley on his priorities, including working with the Postal Service to streamline costs in an effort to keep a number of small town post offices open. Later, Iowa State University Associate Professor of Psychology Doug Gentile sheds light on new research understanding the positive and negative ways in which video games can affect cognition and behavior.