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How do you defend yourself in virtual reality? Imaginechina via AP Images

Sexual assault enters virtual reality

Underlying online harassment is the false idea that events that happen on internet aren't real. But whenever people are interacting, it's all real.
Fans cheer during The International Dota 2 Championships in Seattle, Washington earlier this month. Jason Redmond/Reuters

Just how big has eSports become?

The US$17 million prize pool at The International Dota 2 Championships shows how much the industry has grown over the past decade.
When the SWAT team bursts into your bedroom, it’s not only unpleasant but potentially deadly. Jason Eppink/Flickr

Doxxing, swatting and the new trends in online harassment

Two new forms of online harassment, 'doxxing' and 'swatting', are increasing in frequency. Here's how to protect yourself from them.
New words for today: druid, priest and warrior. Boy gaming via wckiww/Shutterstock

How Swedish children learn English through gaming

An hour of homework or an hour of World of Warcraft? It’s not hard to guess what many ten-year-old boys would rather be doing when they get home from school. But now research shows that in non-English…
There is no evidence that Call of Duty causes suicide. campuspartymexico

Don’t blame Call of Duty for teenage suicide

A British coroner has sparked anxiety among parents by linking Call of Duty, one of the most popular video games in the world, to teenage suicide. John Pollard says Call of Duty has “figured in recent…
Some are working but some have other business. Michiel2005

Tweets and cybersex: workplace web use is a minefield

Market research reports have indicated that many office employees in the UK spend at least one hour of their day at work on non-work activities. They are booking holidays, shopping online, posting messages…
The Last of Us is as gripping as many of the films you’ll see in the cinema. PlayStation Europe

We’ve delivered our Citizen Kane, now give gaming an Oscars ceremony

Hollywood’s most celebrated actors, actresses and directors are, by now, finalising their outfits and having their manicures in preparation for the impending Oscars ceremony on 2 March. It’s considerably…
Where are all the Parisians? Call of Duty avoids hurting people by simply pretending they don’t exist. Call of Duty

Realistic war games have collateral damage of their own

The Red Cross has called for makers of videogames to more actively embed and interrogate the laws of war by, for example, punishing players for killing civilians or using torture to gain information. However…
Is online gaming the next billion-dollar industry? The state of New Jersey is betting on it. www.shutterstock.com

Casinos are big winners as US states make a play for the online market

In the recent Hollywood science-fiction epic, Cloud Atlas, based on David Mitchell’s sprawling novel, the capitalist dystopia of Neo Seoul in 2144 is depicted as part of a world state called Unanimity…

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