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Sunday, August 23, 2009
Forget Teens: Gamers Are 35, Overweight — And Sad, CDC says
- By Sharon Gaudin
- August 23, 2009 |
- 10:53 am |
- Categories: Social Media
When you think of a hard-core gamer, do you picture a teenage boy battling his friends in World of Warcraft?
The average gamer, far from being a teen, is actually a 35-year-old man who is overweight, aggressive, introverted — and often depressed, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (download PDF). The study also shows that when children and teenagers become game players, a trend toward physical inactivity and corresponding health problems extends — and is exacerbated — into adulthood.
“Among researchers, there is growing concern and uncertainty about the health consequences of video game playing,” the CDC reported. “Given the ubiquity of video games — industry estimates suggest that they are played in 65% of American households — these concerns may be justified.”
The study notes that half of gamers are between 18 and 49 years old, while 25% are 50 and older. The CDC also pointed out that of online gamers aged 8 to 34, nearly 12% showed multiple signs of addiction.
The study, based on a 2006 online survey of 552 people between the ages of 19 and 90 who were living in the Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington state, also shows differences between male and female gamers.
Men reported that gaming gives them a “reason to get together,” while women said they are looking more for a diversion than social interaction. Despite the fact that men and women offered differing reasons for playing, they experienced several of the same health effects.
Jim McGregor, an analyst at In-Stat, noted that his concern isn’t just with gaming but with social networks, as well.
“My issue is that it’s not just gaming. It’s social networking. It’s the Web in general,” said McGregor. “We’ve gained so much, but still it puts people in front of a computer screen for hours on end. It gives Americans just another reason to be fat, dumb and lazy.”
According to the CDC, both male and female gamers were more likely to report that they were overweight and had more poor-mental-health days and were less socially outgoing than non-gamers. Women were more apt to report that they experienced depression and other general health issues than women who aren’t gamers. Male gamers, for their part, were more likely to report being obese.
“One interpretation of these findings is that, among women, video-game playing may be a form of digital self-medication…. In short, they can literally take their minds off their worries while playing a video game.” noted the CDC. “Among men, the association among sedentary behaviors, physical inactivity and overweight status observed in children and young adults may extend into adulthood.”
Saturday, August 22, 2009
The Meek is a science-fiction/fantasy graphic novel in progress, and my largest project to date. The story revolves around three main characters and their struggle to control the fate of mankind. And giant battle salamanders.
The comic is currently updating at least once a week. You can read the comic and related info on its website, www.meekcomic.com.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
As said in a recent post, I've been tossing around three different game systems to settle on for my game with my step-daughter. I was aiming for simple a rule system that supports role-playing more than tactics and combat. The runners up were Savage Worlds, True20 and the old out of print, but still my favorite, Top Secret/S.I. Well... another system as returned to my radar, Microlite20. This fills a lot of what I am looking for in a system. This is basically d20 stripped down and easily functional without a lot of the D&D 3rd ed baggage. There is even a Microlite20 Modern version. Here's a quote from the site:
Microlite20 is a minimalist role-playing game designed to be usable with the majority of d20 supplements, rules and adventures with little or no advance preparation. The rules for character generation, combat, magic and level advancement take up a single sheet of paper, meaning it is perfect for introducing role-playing to new players, gaming one-shot adventures or tailoring into your own game system. Downloads PDF editions of the rules, supplements, adventures, including pocketbook editions. These use the PocketMod folding technique to create miniature books of the rules, spell lists, monsters and more – true backpocket gaming! Core Rules This is the real thing. Also available from the download section as a PDF. The Macropedia Everything else: User-contributed House Rules, suggestions and expansions. Here you will find alternative magic systems, mass combat, and more.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
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Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
IESB Exclusive: Master Chief and HALO May Be Coming to the Big Screen Sooner than Expected with a New Big Name Producer
HALO, the wildly popular video games that follow Master Chief, a cybernetically-enhanced human super-soldier, and his artificial intelligence (AI) companion, Cortana as they aide future humanity in battling the Covenant, a theocratic alliance of alien races, may be coming to the big screen much sooner than we expected.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
First Look at Matt Smith as the New DOCTOR WHO
Check out Matt Smith in costume as the 11th Doctor filming new episodes of DOCTOR WHO.
We have known for a while that David Tennant would not be returning, and also found out that Matt Smith had been chosen to replace him, but now we finally get to see him as the Doctor thanks to BBC (via Scifi Wire).
Next to him is Karen Gillian, who is playing the Doctor's new companion, Amy Pond.
In addition to Matt Smith taking over the role, there were also some additional changes made behind-the-scenes of the show. Steven Moffat is now the new lead writer and executive producer, who will be responsible for the "overall creative direction of the show, as well as plot and character arcs." As a fan of his shows and all his Doctor Who episodes, I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us this new season.
The new Doctor Who series will premiere in Spring 2010 in the UK.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
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Sunday, August 2, 2009
Those of us lucky enough to check in on the smaller panel “Cartoon Books and Abstract Studios Happy Hour” at the
San Diego Comic-Con last weekend by Jeff Smith (Bone) and Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Echo) were privy to some exciting news from both of the artists, as well as just a fun discussion.
The first news of the day was that Terry Moore’s newest book, Echo has been given a film deal by producer Lloyd Levin (Watchmen, Hellboy II) which means that we will be seeing a film adaptation at some point in the future. Echo is a sci-fi tale that tells the story of Julie Martin, a young photographer whose life gets turned upside down when she gets coated in a layer of metal that gives her strange powers. The series is currently on issue 14, with a planned run of 30 issues. Moore also said that his next goal is to get Strangers in Paradise produced as a TV series.
The other big news of the day came from Jeff Smith, who revealed much to the enjoyment of every Bone fan, that two new books will be coming out in the next two years. The first book comes out next summer, and will be titled Bone Stories: Tall Tales. The story follows Smiley Bone and Bartleby as they tell stories of Big Johnson Bone to three Bone Scouts named Ringo, Bingo, and Todd. The book will be written by frequent Bone collaborator Tom Sniegoski, with art by Smith.
The second announcement by Smith was that we would see a trilogy of prose novels, starting in 2011, written by Sniegoski, with covers and some interior art by Smith. The three novels will go under the title Quest for the Spark and will be an actual sequel to the original series. The crowd was very happy when Smith made these announcements, and I was right there with them.
Smith went on to talk about The Cartoonist, a documentary about his life and work which went on sale at the convention last weekend, which was then debuted at the show on Friday. The rest of the panel was taken up with a great Q&A that was loads of fun for those that attended. This was the most fun I had at my first day of the Con.
Microsoft announced at Comic-Con 2009 that it was overseeing production of a series of seven short anime films, together called Halo Legends. Financed by 343 Industries, the animation was created by five Japanese production houses: Bones, Casio Entertainment, Production I.G., Studio 4°C, and Toei Animation. Shinji Aramaki, creator and director of Appleseed and Appleseed Ex Machina, serves as the project's creative director. Warner Bros. will distribute Legends on DVD and Blu-ray in early 2010, Six of the stories are officially part of the Halo canon, with the seventh, made by Toei, is intended to be a parody of the universe.
Thursday, July 30, 2009 11:59 PM David McDonnellSEQUELSIndiana Jones returns to bookstores in September in what looks like the start of a new series of novel adventures from Del Rey Books (essentially launched by last summer’s bestselling INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL novelization by James Rollins). Veteran pulpster Steve Perry has written INDIANA JONES AND THE ARMY OF THE DEAD which takes Indy and pal “Mac” Michale (from CRYSTAL SKULL) to Haiti and an eerie encounter with voodoo and a legion of zombis! If zombies (or zombis) are good enough for Marvel Comics and Jane Austen, why not Indiana Jones? Incidentally, the original Indy paperbacks published in the 1990s by Bantam (and written by Rob MacGregor, Max McCoy and the late Martin Caidin) are all pretty good. They were republished last year to tie-in with CRYSTAL SKULL and copies are still available in many bookstores. If you need more Indy, STARLOG recommends them.