Violent Videogames Unhealthy for Some But Not All

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The debate over violent video games‘ harm to their users continues as psychologist Patrick Markey of Villanova (Pa.) University release a study which shows that harm from the games may be more related to the user’s pre-disposition than the game itself.

In a study he co-wrote in the journal Review of General Psychology, he says “If you’re worried about a video game turning your son or daughter into a killer, don’t worry about that. But is your kid moody, impulsive, or are they unfriendly? It’s probably not the best idea to have that child play violent video games.”

“Video games are not simply good or bad for everybody,” he says. “But for some individuals who have certain dispositions, if they play video games they’re much more likely to be negatively affected.”

New, Government-Funded Video Games Coming Our Way

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As if there wasn’t enough news about government waste at every level, here’s a new story just out:

The National Endowment for the Arts has declared Video Games a Valid Form of Art!

In case you haven’t been keeping track, the US Federal government has already spent more than $4,000,000,000 on what it calls “art.”

Specifically, the revisions for Arts in Media guidelines now state “all available media platforms such as the internet, interactive and mobile technologies, digital games, arts content delivered via satellite, as well as on radio and television.” Grantees can expect funding from $10,000 to $200,000, depending on the platform and complexity of the project.

Provide WiFi Internet Access In Your Own Car

Today our society has become both a notoriously car-centric and Internet lifestyle culture with more than 200 million cars on the road and millions of new WiFi enabled devices. [Listen to my interview with Autonet’s Co-Founder and Dynamic CEO, Sterling Pratz, here.]

With the Autonet Mobile Router, the in-car multimedia experience leaps forward, with wireless connectivityAutonet In-car Device that delivers high speed Internet to passengers in your car. No longer is content (DVDs, CDs, etc.) brought to the car, but instead entertainment is based on social media and interactive engagements (i.e. email, chat, games, Internet video).

With Autonet Mobile, every passenger can now harness the power and entertainment value of the internet within your car:

  • Connect Everyone in The Car to the Internet while you’re in motion and at the same time
  • Get in the Car, Surf the Web, IM, Chat, E-Mail
  • Easy for the Whole Family to use
  • No software needed

Sterling Pratz, CEO of Autonet Mobile, speaks about the latest technology available for cars and industry’s push toward Internet, GPS, etc in the car. At CES the company showcased their Autonet Mobile WiFi router which lets multiple passengers enjoy wireless broadband while in motion. They also announced an agreement with Delphi to explore new Internet based telematics and in-car entertainment products.

The Autonet Mobile Service:
The Autonet Mobile Service provides continuous connectivity for every passenger in the car. The Autonet Mobile WiFi router turns the car into a WiFi hotspot and is mounted in the car by the auto dealership – giving passengers immediate access to the Internet.

With the Autonet Mobile Service, the in-car multimedia experience leaps forward, with connectivity that delivers high speed Internet. No longer is content (DVDs, cds, etc.) brought to the car, but instead entertainment is based on social media and interactive engagements (i.e. email, chat, games, Internet video). The service is specifically designed for the in-car experience – users can chat, email, or play games without being dropped from the network, whether the car is on a city street, passing through a detour, in a tunnel, or anywhere else it needs to go.

Any WiFi-enabled laptop, handheld, mobile media player or video game console will work with the Autonet Mobile Service. And more than one device can be used at the same time so that multiple passengers can benefit from the connectivity at once.

How It Works:
The Autonet Mobile Service offers continuous connectivity through its patent-pending TRU Technology. The service has intelligent, dynamic automatic session management between high/low speed networks, which provides an even, reliable user experience. It is similar to a wireless hotspot, only on the go.

How to Buy the Autonet Mobile Service:
Autonet Mobile Service will be available for purchase at the Price Family automotive dealerships in Northern California.

Sterling Pratz
Co-founder and CEO

Sterling Pratz – A biography

With Autonet Mobile, Sterling Pratz has combined two of his passions: cars and technology. As a former professional race car driver he is intimately familiar with cars and the automotive market. His background provides unparalleled technical familiarity with cars, as well as relationships with some of the top car manufacturers, companies and driving clubs in the world. Pratz also held executive level positions with Xerox, INW and Computer Associates. As a co-founder and senior vice president with INW, he oversaw the creation of a branding initiative that launched the company in the U.S. market and contributed to its eventual sale to a large telecommunications company. Pratz holds a B.A. in business psychology from San Francisco State University.

The company identified a need: in-car entertainment systems based on the Internet. And, as a result, it is delivering the first service for the wireless car through the automotive after market. Overcoming technical and physical barriers, the company designed an in-car wireless Internet service that is easy to use, reliable, secure and fast.