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From 8-Bit to Orchestra: Concert Features Music from ‘The Legend of Zelda’

Posted on · For folks of a certain generation, if they were to hear the first few notes of the soundtrack to The Legend of Zelda video game, perhaps memories of their childhood would instantly be conjured. Well, you can relive part of your childhood — in higher-quality sound – when the global tour of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the […]

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Hate Crime Series and Ten Years Since the Smoking Ban: Thursday’s Show (November 17, 2016)

Posted on · The number of hate crimes against Muslims reported to police rose by 67 percent in 2015, according to numbers released by the FBI this week (Nov. 14, 2016). And, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been more than 200 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation since Election Day. With that in mind, on this […]

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Mapping the Realm of Digital Responsibility in the World of Pokemon Go

Posted on · Maybe you’re one of the many Houstonians – and people across the nation, for that matter – playing Pokémon Go, the mobile game that sends people out and about in the real world in search of not-so-real monsters. Or, at least, maybe you’ve heard about all the many ways Pokémon Go can go wrong – […]

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‘Distant Worlds: Music of Final Fantasy’ Showcases Evolution of Video Game Music

Posted on · Video games have come a long way since Pong – and so has their music. Case in point: on July 23, 2016, the Houston Symphony will host a performance called Distant Worlds, featuring the music of the Final Fantasy video game series. Recently, Dacia Clay of Houston Public Media’s Classical Classroom podcast talked with Lesley […]

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From 8-Bit to Orchestra: Concert Features Music from ‘The Legend of Zelda’

Posted on · For folks of a certain generation, if they were to hear the first few notes of the soundtrack to The Legend of Zelda video game, perhaps memories of their childhood would instantly be conjured. Well, those who grew up in the era of 8-bit video games can relive part of their childhood — in higher-quality sound – when the global […]

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What Are the Benefits of Playing Video Games?

Posted on · Some researchers say playing video games can actually be a good thing, especially if they’re designed to change a child’s behavior. That’s what Dr. Tom Baranowski with the Baylor College of Medicine is trying to do with the video games that he’s created. He says these games for health are making a difference in the […]

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What Do Violent Video Games Have to Do With Depression?

Posted on · Past research has suggested that playing hours of violent video games can make kids more aggressive. Now, a study from UTHealth is suggesting another negative side effect of these kinds of games: depression. We’ll discuss the findings and whether this means violent video games should be banned altogether.