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Role Playing Games Desensitize To Real Experience
2013-10-29 08:54:58

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Role-playing video games (RPGs) can alter our experience of reality and desensitize us to valuable real-life experiences and important body signals, according to a study published this month in the journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. Ulrich Weger of the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany and Steve Loughan of Melbourne University in Australia studied what happens when gamers assume the role of and identify with a...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'