Violence en The Bankable Legacy Of Grand Theft Auto <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Grand Theft Auto V</em></a>, was released last week to rave reviews and record sales. The video game sold over 13 million copies in the first 24 hours and is <a href="" target="_blank">projected to gross well over a billion dollars</a>. Rockstar’s satirical crime series has regularly topped video game charts, but it’s just as often been presented as “exhibit a” in the debate over violent video games and whether they have a real-life influence on players. <em>Grand Theft Auto III</em>, the first mainstream success in the series, was at the center of one such debate in the early 2000’s, but a decade later the franchise is more popular than ever.</p><p>Joining us to talk a little bit about the history of how Grand Theft Auto became a household name and its legacy on the video game industry at large is <strong>Dr. Jeremy Saucier</strong>, the assistant director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games. Also with us is <strong>Jamin Warren</strong>, founder of video-game arts and culture company, <a href="" target="_blank">Killscreen</a>.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:17:08 +0000 Virginia Prescott 35546 at The Bankable Legacy Of Grand Theft Auto Views On Violent Video Games <p></p><p>Violent video games - do they create real-world violence? It's a question studied for years, and renewed in light of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Meanwhile, some in Congress are calling for an investigation into the effects of these games on children. As part of a three-day series looking at the conversation post-Newtown, we're examining the debate over video game violence.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:51:45 +0000 Laura Knoy 19908 at Views On Violent Video Games Lebanese Fear Spillover Violence From Syria A rash of kidnappings in Lebanon over the weekend, coupled with deadly cross-border attacks by the Syrian army, are all worrying signs that Syria's troubles are continuing to spill over into its smaller and weaker neighbor.<p>In the most recent incidents, a Sunni sheik known to support the Syrian uprising was abducted. In retaliation, several Alawites aligned with the Syrian government were taken. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 21:08:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 6644 at Lebanese Fear Spillover Violence From Syria Bigger, Taller, Stronger: Guns Change What You See <a href="" target="_blank">A new study</a> out of UCLA suggests that when people wield a gun, they don't just <em><em>feel</em></em> bigger and stronger — it makes others think they <em><em>are </em></em>bigger and stronger.<p>In the study, survey participants were asked to look at pictures of a hand <a href=";representation=PNG_L" target="_blank">holding various items</a>, including a power drill, a caulk gun, a Mon, 16 Apr 2012 22:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 3161 at Bigger, Taller, Stronger: Guns Change What You See The Interrupters: Replacing Weapons with Words <p>A campaign known as CeaseFire aims to stop the cycle of violence in Chicago through the process of mediation.</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 16:42:45 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1839 at The Interrupters: Replacing Weapons with Words A Safeway in Arizona <p>Reporter and author Tom Zoellner claims the Tucson shooting of last year is more than a random act by a mentally ill aggressor - but stems instead from a larger culture of violence in Arizona.</p> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 16:57:56 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1361 at A Safeway in Arizona Socrates Exchange: Are human beings violent by nature? <div class="transcript"><p>When we look at the nightly news or study history we might easily come to this conclusion. We have armies and police forces, lawyers and judges, in order to protect us from each other. Is all of this violence a result of something inherent in human nature or the human condition? Or is violence exacerbated by society, for example through violent entertainment or by encouraging competition in all aspects of life? Is it possible to imagine a world without violence? But, is violence always a bad thing? Mon, 10 Jan 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 958 at Socrates Exchange: Are human beings violent by nature?