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People who play sexist, violent videogames run the risk of developing unpleasant attitudes themselves, scientists have warned.
Microsoft’s Xbox boss has apologised following accusations of sexism after the tech company hosted a party featuring scantily clad women dancing on podiums. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer later sent a email to all employees, which was also posted online stating that the presence of the dancers was “unequivocally wrong”. While many large brands such as Microsoft have taken steps to promote a more inclusive environment for women, they are still falling woefully short.
Microsoft has announced that it will allow Xbox One, PS4 and PC gamers play together. Xbox One and PC gamers will be able to compete against each other in the game Rocket League, the company said. In a blog post, Microsoft ID@Xbox director Chris Carla wrote: “In addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live, we’re enabling developers to support cross-network play as well.
For decades, people assumed that playing games was a waste of time - and the popular press have been keen to link games to everything from obesity to psychosis. A test with 72 volunteers at Queen Mary University of London and University College London (UCL) found that playing Starcraft 2 for 40 hours led to people being faster and more accurate in psychological tests. Professor Brad Love of UCL claimed that the boost enabled people to think about multiple ideas simultaneously - ‘like Sherlock Holmes’.