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YouGov: 35% of UK adults are aware of esports, but just 7% watch

35 per cent of UK adults are aware of esports, but only seven per cent of them actually watch esports, according to a new report from YouGov. Of those who watch, the majority do so online (72 per cent). Meanwhile, eight per cent of UK adults are interested in watching esports, …

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Candy Crush is Britain’s favourite game

The popularity of Candy Crush among women and older gamers has led it to be voted as the UK’s favourite title. That’s according to a YouGov survey of almost 2,000 Brits, who were asked to select their preferred title – past or present. Candy Crush was the clear winner among …

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Online sexism ‘really just a form of bullying’

A new study has said the hostility inflicted on women in many online environments is little more than a form of bullying. ‘Insights into Sexism: Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behaviour’ by Michael Kasumovic and Jeffrey Kuznekoff found that women receive up to ten times as …

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Boys are tired of gaming’s over-sexualised women, too

A new study has found that the majority of teenage boys in the US believe that games unfairly treat women as sex objects. A Time study by Rosalind Wiseman asked US school boys whether they believed female characters are treated too often as sex objects” in video games. 47 per …

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Minecraft beats out GTA for top gaming franchise on Youtube

A new study on YouTube gaming franchises draws one inevitable conclusion: There’s Minecraft, and there’s everyone else. NewZoo and Octoly’s infographic (shown below) ranks the top 20 gaming franchises on the popular video-sharing website, and it’s little surprise to see Mojang’s title out in front. Research also shows that 96.6 …

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Decade-long study dismisses link between games and behavioural problems

A British study of 11,000 children has failed to find any link between video game usage and attentional or emotional development issues. A report entitled ‘Do television and electronic games predict children’s psychosocial adjustment?‘ tracked the results of a millennial survey to track any possible relationship between screen time and …

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New study says some gaming is GOOD for kids

Well that makes a refreshing change. A short spell of video gaming each day can have a positive effect on the lives of young children, a new study has claimed. That’s according toa survey of 5,000 10-15 year olds by experimental psychologist Dr Andrew Przybylski published in medical journal Pediatrics, …

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Immorality in games could INCREASE morality in real-life

Many a Daily Mail headline would have you believe that violent games create violent people, but one new study suggests the opposite might be true. As reported by Polygon, a new research paper entitled ‘Being Bad in a Video Game Can Make Us More Morally Sensitive’ actually concludes that the …

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Study shows female gamers endure three times the trash talk

Results from an Ohio University study reveal females are much more likely to deal with negative, aggressive chatter than their male counterparts. Research published on Gamasutra shows players identified as women during Halo 3 multiplayer matches received three unfriendly reactions for every standard interaction, compared to male or unidentified players. …

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Having trouble sleeping? Games are to blame, uni claims

Research from Flinders University in Australia have linked late-night game-playing to disturbed sleep. MedicalXpress reports that 17 participants were asked tom play an unspecified newly released, fast-paced, violent video game” for either 50 or 150 minutes across two nights and then monitored as they slept in the university’s Sleep Lab. …

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