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For Advocacy Groups, Video Games Are The Next Frontier

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Kelly Kelley, who goes by the gaming pseudonym MrsViolence, streams her play nightly for her many fans to watch. Twitch.TV screenshot hide caption

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Hard-Core And Casual Gamers Play In Different Worlds

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A screenshot of the iPad game If, which aims to teach kids how to navigate interpersonal challenges and failures. NPR hide caption

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Video Game Creators Are Using Apps To Teach Empathy

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Independent developer Jonathan Blow's time-warping, mind-bending puzzler Braid turned a hackneyed plot — little guy rescues a princess — into a melancholy meditation on love and loss. Microsoft/AP hide caption

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Recently released sports video games are touting how their high-powered graphics portray players like the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant realistically. The realism extends to audio as well. 2K Games hide caption

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Calling The Shots: Realistic Commentary Heightens Video Games

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The Sony PlayStation 4 sells for $399. Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images hide caption

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Will New PlayStation, Xbox Click Beyond The Hard-Core Gamer?

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What's that worried look, Elizabeth? Could it be that there's more to BioShock Inifinite than meets the eye? Irrational Games hide caption

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Strenuous mental exercise like reading difficult books, solving tricky math problems — or, maybe, playing the right video game — can help keep a healthy brain sharp, research suggests. Images.com/Corbis hide caption

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Multitasking After 60: Video Game Boosts Focus, Mental Agility

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children have no more than two hours a day of "screen time." Marilyn Nieves/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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'Bioshock Infinite': A First-Person Shooter, A Tragic Play

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Gears of War: Judgment hit stores on Tuesday. Courtesy Microsoft Studios hide caption

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After Conquering Consoles, Hard-Core Gaming Shifts To Mobile

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Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello, seen here speaking at the E3 Expo in 2010, is stepping down, the company announced Monday. Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images hide caption

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Dad's 'Donkey Kong' Hack Recasts Female As Hero For Daughter

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The Tomb Raider video game franchise started in 1996. The latest version of the game starring Lara Croft (a character played by Angelina Jolie in film adaptations) is being released Tuesday. Courtesy of Square Enix hide caption

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