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In the aftermath of mass shootings, debate over why these massacres keep happening — and how to fix them — bubbles up again. And, after the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Donald Trump again pointed to mental illness and violent video games.

Politicians singling out video games for inspiring violence isn't new. (Nor is the research debunking this connection.) In the past, however, moral outrage and blame came from both sides of the political aisle. Now, a recent article in The Atlantic argues that the topic has become an increasingly partisan issue.

UGA is using underwater gliders, a kind of autonomous robot, to collect data to help better predict hurricanes. Previous models based on satellite data could easily see water temperature at the surface, but glider data now adds important measures from below the surface that can impact the strength of hurricanes. On Second Thought talks to Catherine Edwards, assistant professor at UGA’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.

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Every year, fans of anime, gaming, comics, and animation assemble in Atlanta for MomoCon. Georgia’s film and television industry is well represented.

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Before Atari, Nintendo and PlayStation there was Fairchild Channel F. The 1976 model heralded an innovation that changed the gaming industry forever: interchangeable cartridges for consumer gaming consoles. The literal game changer was the brainchild of Jerry Lawson. 

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Poker and chess are both considered professional sports. Competitive gaming is now on that list. Esports is, in fact, booming. Market watchers predict revenues to hit $1.5 billion by 2020. The gaming industry is so big that Georgia high schools got the green light to form student esports teams in 2018. 

As the definition of athletes expands, so do demands to treat gaming-related injuries. Dr. Vonda Wright is an Atlanta-based orthopedic surgeon. She's currently partnering with game developers Skillshot Media to research and treat professional gamers. Wright spoke with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about her efforts. 

Dreamhack Atlanta

The world’s largest video game festival is coming to Atlanta this weekend.

From Friday to Sunday, Dreamhack takes over the Georgia World Congress Center.

Chris Rickwood

A video game is like a really complicated recipe. Every ingredient is necessary - from the animation, to the storyline, to the the sound effects. For Chris Rickwood of Atlanta, the music is the most important part of any game. He writes music for video games. He’s worked on songs for more than a hundred games. His compositions have been as short as two minutes and as long as an hour. We asked him to describe a couple of his favorite video game songs that have a connection to the Peach State.


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Video gaming and e-sports, or professional competitive gaming, is a burgeoning digital media industry in Georgia. The state is now home to more than 110 game companies, ranking it seventh in the country. An estimated 3,142 full-time employees work within the industry, where the average base salary is about $64,000.



We talk to Asante Bradford with the Georgia Department of Economic Development about how this industry will evolve in coming years.


Taylor Gantt

Online Gamers from around the world are in Atlanta this week to compete in the SMITE World Championships at the Hi-Rez Expo.  The tournament began on Thursday at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and there's over a million dollars in prizes at stake.