A hot debate over the years has been whether or not video games make children more violent or not. Even in the days of the Super Nintendo there were questions of whether or not video games such as Mortal Kombat made children more violent. A UK study carried out at the University of Glasgow used surveys of mothers for over 11,000 parents in order to track children’s behavior over time. The key findings of the study were as follows.
Exposure to video games had no effect on behavior, attention or emotional issues.
Watching 3 or more hours of television at age 5 did lead to a small increase in behavioral problems in youngsters between 5 and 7.
Neither television nor video games lead to attentional or emotional problems.
There was no difference between boys and girls in the survey results.
This is one of the largest studies every conducted on the issue of video games effect on behavior and is interesting because it conflicts with other studies done in the United States. Do you believe playing video games can make a child more susceptible to violence?
This week’s Media Create sales figures are now in from Japan. After being boosted by the new and enticing hardware bundles last week, the Wii U has now dropped down to 17K. That’s a staggering drop from the previous week and puts it behind the PlayStation Vita. However, the Nintendo 3DS continues to do well with 81K units sold. Here’s the Japanese software and hardware charts.
- [PS3] Battlefield 4 (EA, 11/07/13) – 121,699 (New)
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 115,630 (2,847,101)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 40,205 (2,912,101)
- [PSV] Akiba’s Trip 2 (Acquire, 11/07/13) – 33,476 (New)
- [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 (Konami, 10/24/13) – 30,875 (167,584)
- [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two, 10/10/13) – 28,413 (559,679)
- [PSP] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 (Konami, 10/24/13) - 24,675 (98,856)
- [PS3] Akiba’s Trip 2 (Acquire, 11/07/13) – 20,230 (New)
- [3DS] Metal Max 4: Moonlight Diva (Enterbrain, 11/07/13) – 17,867 (New)
- [3DS] J Legend Retsuden (Namco Bandai, 11/07/13) – 17,675 (New)
- 3DS LL – 53,190 (58,627)
- 3DS – 28,627 (29,749)
- PlayStation Vita – 21,764 (27,618)
- Wii U – 17,737 (38,802)
- PlayStation 3 – 11,867 (11,148)
- PSP – 4,010 (3,680)
- Wii – 579 (477)
- Xbox 360 – 346 (328)
Yahoo Games have taken the opportunity to list which console launches were the best, and which were genuinely the worst. Unsurprisingly, Nintendo latest home console, Wii U, was listed as one of the worst console launches of all-time along with the Phillips CDi and the Panasonic 3DO. However, the Wii, the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super Nintendo were listed as the best console launches of all-time. Here’s the list.
Best console launches:
Worst console launches:
- Phillips CDi
- Playstation 3
- Wii U
This week’s Media Create sales figures are now in from Japan. This week saw the release of Sonic Lost World which performed worse than expected. The Wii U version of the Wii U version of the game failed to chart, whilst the Nintendo 3DS version only managed to come in at number eighteen. The Nintendo 3DS remains the best-selling format, shifting a reasonable 109,508 units this week. However, Wii U sales continue to decline with the console only managing to sell 2,598 units which put it behind PlayStation Vita.
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 229,402 (2,569,124)
- [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 (Konami, 10/24/13) – 83,883 (New)
- [PS3] BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (Arc System Works, 10/24/13) – 72,464(New)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 68,160 (2,825,377)
- [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, 10/10/13) – 50,286 (498,600)
- [PSP] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 (Konami, 10/24/13) – 36,002 (New)
- [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 (Konami, 10/24/13) – 24,331 (New)
- [3DS] Sentouchu Densetsu no Shinobi to Survival Battle (Namco Bandai, 10/17/13) – 17,009 (61,574)
- [PSP] Kamigami no Asobi (Broccolu, 10/24/13) – 12,078 (New)
- [PSP] Diabolik Lovers More, Blood (Idea Factory, 10/24/13) – 10,481 (New)
- Nintendo 3DS XL – 69,001 (94,988)
- Nintendo 3DS – 40,507 (59,590)
- PlayStation Vita – 24,513 (25,763)
- PlayStation 3 – 11,460 (11,643)
- PSP – 3,807 (3,651)
- Wii U – 2,598 (2,999)
- Wii – 742 (806)
- Xbox 360 – 351 (539)
Respected UK gaming publication EDGE has quizzed its readers to find out what they determine to be the best games of our lifetime. As expected there’s an incredible number of critically acclaimed titles in the list ranging from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask to Resident Evil 4. You can see the high-profile games that the readers have voted for, below.
20 – World of Warcraft
19 – Marjoa’s Mask
18 – Vice City
17 – Chrono Trigger
16 – Portal
15 – Red Dead Redemption
14 – Bioshock
13 – Ico
12 – The Last of Us
11- Dark Souls
10 – Super Mario Galaxy
9 – Metal Gear Solid
8 – Shadow of the Colossus
7 – Goldeneye
6 – Halo
5 – RE4
4 – Final Fantasy VII
3 – Half Life 2
2 – Super Mario 64
1 – Ocarina of Time
GfK Chart-Track has reporting that 5.17m boxed games were sold in the UK last month. This was in no small part helped by Grand Theft Auto V and FIFA 14, with Rockstar’s critically acclaimed game accounting for 52 percent of games sold last month. Grand Theft Auto V has already sold over 2.6m copies in the UK alone. Gfk says 45 percent more games were sold in September 2013 compared with the same month a year before.
This week’s Media Create sales charts are in from Japan. The Nintendo 3DS sales momentum continues with the platform selling 159.388 units, due in no small part to the well-received Monster Hunter 4. The platform sold an incredible 276.792 units last week. However, sales for the Wii U continue to remain in the 5,000 units territory, with no mention of a price cut for Japanese consumers. Here’s the best-selling software and hardware.
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4
- [PSV] My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Game
- [PS3] Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
- [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life
- [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
- [3DS] Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life
- [3DS] Nobunaga’s Ambition
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- [3DS] Yokai Watch
- [PSP] La Corda d’Oro: Full Voice Special
- Nintendo 3DS XL – 118,400
- Nintendo 3DS – 40,988
- PlayStation 3 – 10,749
- Wii U – 5,824
- PlayStation Vita – 5,155
- PSP – 5,082
- Wii – 965
- Xbox 360 – 610
GFK Chart Track is reporting that only one million boxed games were sold last month in the United Kingdom, 40.4 per cent lower than June and 33.3 per cent below July 2012. This puts July down as the worst month in UK video game retailer history. However, Nintendo says that it is pleased with the sales of the Nintendo 3DS, which gained market share last month. Here were the best-selling games in the United Kingdom during July.
- The Last of Us (Sony)
- Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Microsoft)
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo)
- FIFA 13 (EA)
- Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft)
- Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros (Nintendo)
- Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
- Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Activision)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Legendary (Bethesda)
Legendary video game developer Shigeru Miyamoto believes that games, like a physical toy, should remain the property of their owner. Miyamoto says as a consumer you should be able to keep things for a long time and have those things from your youth that you can go back to and experience again. This is a far cry from Microsoft’s controversial policy with the Xbox One which has transitioned game ownership to a more licence-based approach.
“What’s really important is viewing Nintendo almost like a toy company where we’re making these things for people to play with,” he said. “As a consumer you want to be able to keep those things for a long time and have those things from your youth that you can go back to and experience again.”
“I really want to retain that product nature of the games that we create so that people can do that and have that experience. To me that’s something that’s very important about entertainment itself. So from the approach of continuing to create things that are entertaining for people, that’s an important direction for me that I want to maintain.”
This week’s Media Create sales charts are in from Japan. Shin Megami Tensei IV, which is exclusive to Nintendo 3DS, is number one. The game sold 188,562 units which placed it higher than Kamen Rider: Battride War which launched for the PlayStation 3. Resident Evil Revelations launched in Japan and sold the most units on the PlayStation 3. The Wii U version of the survival horror title managed to come in at number ten, just beating the Xbox 360 version of the game. The Nintendo 3DS remains the best-selling console in Japan, while sales of Wii U dipped once again. Here’s the Japanese software and hardware charts.
- [3DS] Shin Megami Tensei IV
- [PS3] Kamen Rider: Battride War
- [PS3] Resident Evil: Revelations
- [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life
- [PSV] Valhalla Knights 3
- [PS3] Terraria
- [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- [PSP] Summon Night 5
- [Wii U] Resident Evil: Revelations
- Nintendo 3DS XL – 40,651 (24,123)
- Nintendo 3DS – 14,059 (13,001)
- PlayStation 3 – 13,318 (10,948)
- PlayStation Vita – 12,171 (10,931)
- PSP – 5,749 (6,524)
- Wii U – 5,648 (6,037)
- Wii – 1,192 (1,143)
- Xbox 360 – 382 (349)