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Video Games May Help Kids Live Better, Happier Lives

Video games, when played in small amounts, may turn out to help children become more well-adjusted, according to a new study.

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Family Gaming at the Library

Hang out with other kids teens and families for an afternoon of gaming from 4:30-6:30 p.m. today (Monday, 7/21/14) at the Victoria Public Library. Enjoy such classic games as chess, checkers and Uno

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14 Signs You’re Playing Too Many Video Games

If you're starting to show the following symptoms, then you might want to put the controller down and go for a stroll around the block or call up some friends. Remember, some of your best friends don't need a power cord. Here are some clear signs you're playing far too many video games.

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Family Gaming at the Library

Hang out with other kids teens and families for an afternoon of gaming from 4:30-6:30 p.m. today (Monday, 6/16/14) at the Victoria Public Library. Enjoy such classic games as chess, checkers and Uno

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Family Gaming at the Library

Hang out with other kids teens and families for an afternoon of gaming from 4:30-6:30 p.m. today (Monday, 5/19/14) at the Victoria Public Library. Enjoy such classic games as chess, checkers and Uno

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Victoria Public Library Has Teen Gaming

As we sail past the 'middle' of summer, you may be looking for new activities for the kids. Well, you can always count on the Victoria Public Library for something fun and interesting to do on these hot summer days.

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Game Over: World’s Largest eBay Video Game Collection Sells For $1.23 Million

Holy Halo, Batman. The world’s largest video game collection ever sold on eBay fetched a whopping $1.23 million dollars. That’s 1.23 million gold coins Mario would have to collect to afford such a massive library of awesome.

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Are Violent Video Games Contributing To the Declining Crime Rate?

A new academic paper suggests that the proliferation of violent videos games over the past 20 years has contributed to the more than 50 percent decrease in violent crime over that time period.

The paper’s authors analyzed published studies on the topic of violence and video games, and were able to conclude that “though there is evidence that violent video games cause aggression in a laboratory setting, there is no evidence that violent video games cause violence or crime.”

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Play On! Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Video Game Sales to Minors

In a 7-2 vote, the US Supreme Court ruled Monday that it’s unconstitutional to ban kids from buying or renting violent video games, saying that despite fears the games may prompt children to emulate what’s seen in them, the government has no right to “restrict the ideas to which may be exposed.”

The decision in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association upholds that of the 9th Circuit federal appeals court, which previously tossed out a California ban on the sale or rental of such games to minors.

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Comparing 2011 Game Graphics With Atari

I'm amazed with how much game graphics have improved in the last 20-30 years.  First there was the Atari, then Nintendo, Sega, Playstation and Xbox.  This video is from a new game coming this fall called "Battlefield 3".  It's a mission where your in a tank and destroying any enemy in sight.  I personally can't wait for this to come out as it has quite a few people talking about it.

Now compare that video with other tank games from back in the day.  Compare it with "Tank" for the atari which made it's debut in 1974.  It's truly astonishing to see how far we have come in the gaming industry.  Even with the Sega and Nintendo.  When the Playstation and Xbox made their debut I was amazed with those graphics and now as I look back I wondered what games would look like in 2010. 

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