09 - Gaming

'Entertainment that involves participation in a structured activity, usually undertaken for purposes of enjoyment, where a challenge or challenges are presented to participants, who must follow rules in order to achieve particular goals, and where outcomes are uncertain (Moss, 2009, p.153).

 

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21st November, 2016

BBC News100 Women 2016: The women challenging sexism in e-sports

Video and article about the challenges faced by women in the professional gaming industry.
18th October, 2016

BBC NewsCan playing games help you
get a job and save more?

Article based around the concept of gamification, and how this has been utilised by individuals and industry.
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26th September, 2016

BBC NewsIs this the moment e-sports comes
of age?

Investors in two major sporting organisations have bought e-sports teams, in what is being seen as a foray into this so far largely untapped industry, that is seen as now being ripe for commercial exploitation.Link
23rd December, 2015

BBC NewsA new level of difficulty for the computer game industry

Feature highlighting the difficulties faced by retailers of computer games, particularly high street shops.
7th October, 2014

BBC NewsAlien attacks and Fifa 15 chants:
The art of video game noise

Video and feature explaining how sound effects help to create an immersive entertainment experience with video games.
24th July, 2014

The GuardianShould thieves in World of Warcraft be sent to real prisons?

Discussion around punishments for those who steal virtual items that carry a real-world value.
13th June, 2014

BBC NewsWhy does sexism persist in the
video games industry?

Feature exploring continued sexism in the video games industry against females, with the promotion of gender stereotypes and overall male dominant roles.
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7th April, 2014

BBC NewsAggression from video games
'linked to incompetence'

Feelings of aggression after playing video games are being linked to frustration at game difficulty, rather than violent acts committed during game play, according to a study by academic researchers.
25th September, 2013BBC NewsIn-game app fees face OFT consumer protection crackdownNews story about the Office of Fair Trading in the UK threatening to fine game producers for certain practices relating to in-app purchases.

30th August, 2013

 

BBC News

Virtual reality: Lessons from the past for Oculus Rift

 

 News article exploring the rise, fall and potential rise again of virtual reality in gaming, via the development of Oculus Rift, a new virtual reality head mounted display.

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12th October, 2012

BBC News Looking back to the future of video games

Feature exploring the trend for 'old' title video games being re-made and having  sequels produced for modern day gaming consoles.


1st October, 2012

BBC News Games industry tax relief plans under consultation

News article about plans by the British Government to introduce tax breaks for the animation and video game industries in an attempt to bolster British creative output similar to what already exists with the film industry.
16th June, 2012 BBC News Viewpoint: The UK video games industry faces difficult changes

Discussion feature that highlights changes that the UK video game industry is faced by, including changes in tax relief, increased online sales, and a greaster demand for social gaming.

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13th June, 2012

 

BBC Click

E3: Is cloud gaming the future?

Video feature exploring the changing nature of gaming, and the increase in 'cloud' or web based gaming services, that are now competing with established physical media and downloadable gaming markets.

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4th June, 2012

BBC News Sexual harassment in the world of video gaming

News feature looking at the problems faced by female gamers from some sexist male counterparts.


22nd March, 2012

BBC News Game sales surpassed video in the UK, says report

Sales of computer games in the UK have surpassed those of videos for the first time, new figures suggest.

The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) said sales of £1.93bn in 2011 made the gaming industry the country's biggest entertainment sector.



13th March, 2012

BBC News Why are grown men still launching tabletop war?

Feature discussing what attracts adult men to play table top fantasy games, with a special focus upon on Warhammer 40,000.


7th December, 2011

BBC Click The serious side of computer games

Video exploring how computer games can be used for serious purposes including education and advertising.


5th December, 2011

BBC News Video games debate: Susan Greenfield and Tom Chivers

Video of a debate examining the possible harmful effects of playing computer games.


5th December, 2011

BBC News Microsoft prepares major update for Xbox 360 console

The BBC iPlayer will be added to the Xbox in 2012 as Microsoft tries to centre its console on entertainment rather than just games.

Microsoft has signed up 40 media firms to provide both live and on-demand movie and TV services for the console.



11th November, 2011

BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat Illegal downloaded games 'up 20% in 5 years'

News story about a report by Envisional, which suggests that illegal downloading of games is steadily increasing.


31st October, 2011

BBC Radio 4 Today Are video games an art form?

Audio link to a discussion between Charlie Higson and Ekow Eshun as to whether computer games should be considered art forms, along with a discussion as to what constitutes art.


10th October, 2011

BBC News Can the UK raise its game?

News story and video about gaming industry executives who do not believe that the UK education system can deliver the skills it needs to compete globally.


6th October, 2011

BBC News UK 'must act to solve games industry brain drain'

News story about a recent study conducted by Tiga, the trade association for the UK's independent computer game developers, the findings of which suggest that key gaming talent is leaving the UK and going to countries that offer more favourable employment opportunities.


1st September, 2011
BBC News

Germany lifts Doom sales ban after 17 years

News story highlighting an example of censorship effecting the computer games industry, where in the absence of an official rating system a Government has made efforts to make a game inaccessible to teenagers, which it has now overturned.


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19th August, 2011

 

BBC Click

Extreme immersive gaming

Video games and simulation software designers have for years tried to make players feel like they are really part of the action.

As graphics and sound have improved a greater sense of realism is now possible but beyond the pretty pictures and rumbling soundtrack, how immersed in a virtual version of something can you get?

 

 

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11th August, 2011 BBC News Onlive 'cloud console' to get UK launch

News article about cloud based gaming operator Onlive launching it's internet based and console free gaming system in the UK. 

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28th July, 2011

Mashable Gamification: How competition is reinventing business, marketing and everyday life

Gamification is the use of game design techniques, game thinking and game mechanics to enhance non-game contexts. Typically gamification applies to non-game applications and processes, in order to encourage people to adopt them, or to influence how they are used.


18th July, 2011

 

BBC Click

Have computer games become boring?

Feature discussing how the number of computer game sequles being released is possibly stifling innovation for new game titles and formats within the industry. 

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27th June, 2011  BBC News US court rejects California ban on violent video games 

News story about a proposed ban on supplying violent video games to under 18 year olds in California being overturned due to it being in contravention with Freedom of Speech laws. 

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13th June, 2011

 

BBC News

Mobile threat to traditional gaming

News video about the impact that increasingly sophisticated games capable mobile phones will have on the gaming industry.

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9th June, 2011

BBC News
E3 Expo: Where players lose themselves in immersive games

Video featuring the latest immersive gaming gadgets that are designed to wholly enscapsulate gamers to heighten their sense and provide a more emotive gaming experience.


14th May, 2011

BBC News
Codemasters' games developer calls tax breaks unrealistic

News video about the need for tax breaks in the UK gaming industry. Tiga the UK games development trade body has argued that these are necessary, but one developer says otherwise.


26th April, 2011

BBC News
PlayStation data theft hits 77m gamers

News story highlighting the issue of hacking and data protection for online gamers, who have potentially had personal and credit card details stolen by a hacker of the PlayStation Network.


17th April, 2011

BBC News
Are colour blind gamers left out?

Discussion feature and video exploring the issue of colour blind people being unable to distinguish between certain colours in computer games.


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23rd March, 2011
BBC News
School report 2011: How dangerous are computer games?

Video investigating what the impacts can be upon young people when they spend long hours playing computer games.


23rd March, 2011
BBC News
Games industry wins tax relief

TIGA, the trade association which represents the UK games industry has described plans to enhance R&D tax credits as a "decisive victory" for its members in response to the UK Government's March 2011 budget.


10th March, 2011

BBC
Microsoft Kinect 'fastest-selling device on record'

News story about the Microsoft Kinect, which is is the fastest-selling consumer electronics device on record, according to Guinness World Records.


26th February, 2011
BBC
Do you own the gadgets you buy?

Discussion article and video around the legalities of protecting gaming systems and other gadgets from them being 'hacked' or 'jailbroken'.


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31st December, 2010


 BBC

Nintendo issues warning on 3DS games for children

News story that details Nintendo's decision to issue a health warning with its new 3DS hand held gaming console, the eyesight of children under six could be harmed.

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 2nd November, 2010  BBC
 Supreme Court considers violent games rules case

News story about the Supreme Court in the USA deciding whether children can be stopped from buying violent video games involving murder and sexual assault.

 

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10th October, 2010

BBC
Apps 'way forward' after gaming firms hit by recession

News story and video about the difficulties that the UK gaming industry is facing. More than 30 British game companies went out of business between July 2008 and March 2010, according to the developers' association TIGA.

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7th October, 2010

BBC
Call of Duty: Black Ops goes 3D

Story about the latest game in the Call of Duty franchise being released in 3D.

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13th July, 2010 BBC

'Virtual human' Milo comes out to play at TED in Oxford 

News video and story about a virtual human developed by Microsoft that reacts to a person's emotions, body movement and voice.

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21st June, 2010
BBC
Modern update for Medal of Honour

News video and article about the ongoing competition between Electronic Arts and Activision with EA launching a rival to Call of Duty.


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 18th June, 2010
 BBC  Gaming moves in 3D direction at E3 Expo

News video about the latest innovations in 3D and motion sensing gaming being demonstrated at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles.

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 16th June, 2010
 BBC
Sir Richard Branson on Virgin Gaming

News article and video about Sir Richard Branson's announcement at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles of Virgin Gaming, which will be an on line mutliplayer game format that will award winners cash prizes.

 
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 16th June, 2010
 BBC

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee on the future of gaming

News video from E3 of an interview with Stan Lee who talks about gaming as    an interactive entertainment experience where players participate in the story.

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 16th June, 2010

 BBC  Sony shows off Playstation 3D and its motion controller

News story and video about the new version of the Sony Playstation games console, which features a motion sensor for a more interactive gaming experience, and some games in 3D.

 
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 15th June, 2010
 BBC
Microsoft slims down Xbox console

News story and video about the new version of the Microsoft Xbox, which will have Wi-Fi and a 250Gb hard drive.

 
 15th June, 2010
 BBC Nintendo unveils 3D game gadget

News video and story about Nintendo, which has unveiled its new 3D handheld gaming system at a briefing in Los Angeles at the E3 games show. Called 3DS, the system can display 3D images that can be seen without using special glasses.

 
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 14th June, 2010  BBC  Microsoft unveils Xbox 'Kinect' motion controller

News story about the Kinect, Microsoft's motion sensing device to be used with the Xbox, and designed to give users a more physically involved gaming experience. 

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4th June, 2010

BBC

Fifa video game comes to Facebook

News article about Electronic Arts (EA) releasing their latest version in the Fifa football franchise onto online social networking site Facebook. This is instead of as a console game. Facebook players will pay between £1 and £2 for packs of players instead of around £30 for the console game. This alternative revenue generation idea will help EA in its battle against income losses due to game piracy.

 

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 3rd June, 2010
 BBC Bedroom gamers turn professional
Interest story following the lives of professional computer gamers who can earn in excess of £100,000 per year playing games.

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1st June, 2010

BBC

Police investigate Habbo Hotel virtual furniture theft

 News article about Finnish Police investigating the theft of 1000 Euros worth of virtual furniture from the online Habbo Hotel game. This article exposes the fragility of online gaming to theft, and the difficulty of policing and enforcement.


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25th May, 2010

BBC

Google Pac-Man eats up work time

News article about how search engine Google's inclusion of the Pac-Man game on its homepage cost employers almost 5 million hours of work time.

 

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9th May, 2010

Guardian.co.uk

The Whispered World

 

News article about how offering an escape from the daily grind is one of gaming's biggest boasts and yet, often the endless succession of mayhem, tumult and frenzy can become, well, a little tiresome.

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9th May, 2010

Guardian.co.uk

Red Dead Redemption: the best videogame ever?

 

News article: Will a game based in the wild west, by the team behind Grand Theft Auto, take the genre to a whole new level?

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6th May, 2010

Guardian.co.uk

Nintendo hit by global gaming downturn and rivals' renaissance

 

News article about how Nintendo has suffered from a revival in competition from Microsoft and Sony

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24th March, 2010

BBC

Budget 2010: UK games firms welcome tax breaks

 

News article detailing the chancellor's decision to offer tax breaks to the UK gaming industry has been welcomed as "fantastic news" by those who work in it.

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10th March, 2010

Times Online

OnLive threatens to end video gaming as we know it

 

News article about how this service could undermine the multi-billion pound business models of Nintendo's Wii - with New Super Mario Bros - Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox

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27th January, 2010

Guardian.co.uk

Back to the bedroom: how indie gaming is reviving the Britsoft spirit

 

News article about how Britain used to produce some of the most entertaining and idiosyncratic videogames in the world. Then the eighties ended. But are the glory days returning?

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10th November, 2009

Times Online

Business big shot: Kristian Segerstrale, computer games entrepreneur

News article about how Kristian Segerstrale may be only 32, but yesterday the London-based computer games entrepreneur sold his second company, earning himself £6.9 million.

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9th November, 2009

Guardian.co.uk

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - epic that takes games industry to new level

News article about the computer game: Modern Warfare 2 given West End celebrity launch, with the title expected to bring in £150m in UK in first week.

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24th September, 2009

Times Online

Sony triumphs with 3D gaming technology

 

News article about Sony still smarting from the theft of its thunder by Nintendo this morning, Sony has triumphantly recaptured the initiative with a demonstration of its 3D game technology.

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27th October, 2009

BBC

Thousands attend video game fair

 

News article about how thousands of video game fans in West Yorkshire have been trying out the latest titles at one of Europe's largest game fairs.

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31st July, 2009

BBC

Movie stars bring sparkle to gaming

 

News article about the duties of Hollywood stars these days extend well beyond simply acting and publicising their latest blockbuster movie.

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26th July, 2009

Times Online

Gaikai set to be the YouTube of gaming

News article about a new free and legal website bringing the best games to your computer - and end to expensive consoles and discs

 

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22nd June, 2009

Times Online

Three men get sole rating power for computer games

News article about how three men in Borehamwood will become solely responsible for rating computer games in the UK, after a plan sponsored by Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary, to have titles examined by the film censor was abandoned last week.

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5th November, 2008

Times Online

Computer games to out-sell music and video

News article: For years they have been the preserve of spotty teenage boys sitting in darkened rooms, but computer games will this year out-sell music and video in the United Kingdom for the first time, according to a report released today.

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20th October, 2008

BBC

Game delayed over Koran phrases

 

News article and accompanying video of how Sony has postponed the global release of a much-anticipated video game due to concerns that it may offend Muslims.

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11th September, 2008

Times Online

'Muslim Massacre' computer game condemned as tasteless by British Muslims

News article detailing how a computer game in which players control an American soldier on a mission to “wipe out the Muslim race” has been condemned as tasteless and offensive by British Muslim groups.

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20th August, 2008

Times Online

Computer games industry threat to downloaders: 'pay up or we'll sue'

News article: It is estimated that as many as six million people in Britain share games illegally over the internet.

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14th July, 2008

BBC

Gaming giants look to mainstream

News article about how the giants of the video games industry gather in Los Angeles this week for the E3 conference, and all sights are set on the mass market.

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13th July, 2008

Times Online

The rise of gaming is often underappreciated

 

News article about Game Group. Amid the noise of blue chips going bust, this Basingstoke-based company expects first-half profits of over £33m.

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20th May, 2008

BBC

Games consoles 'not green enough'

 

News story about how Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are not doing enough to eliminate potentially harmful chemicals and metals from their games consoles, Greenpeace has said.

 

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27th December, 2007

BBC

Cost headache for game developers

News article about next-generation consoles have wowed gamers with breathtaking graphics, surround sound and stunning game play since coming on to the market in the past year.

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20th June, 2007

Times Online

Law and Order game withdrawn due to Bulger image News

News article detailing how a computer game featuring a surveillance camera image of murder victim James Bulger is being withdrawn from sale in the UK following calls from the toddler's mother, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

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11th April, 2007

BBC

Games industry enters a new level

News article about the games industry which is larger than Hollywood, its virtual stars may live happily on a diet of bits and bytes, but the video games industry has not been able to insulate itself from upheaval.

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26th October, 2006

BBC

'Bully' video game hits the shops

 

News article of how a controversial video game about bullying is going on sale despite calls for it to be banned.

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