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Video Game Aggression Brought About By Failure, Not Violence
2014-04-08 05:37:21

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It isn’t the violent gameplay in video games such as The Walking Dead, Grand Theft Auto or World of Warcraft that fosters intense feelings of aggression in video game players – it's the failure that comes with gameplay that leads to hostile behavior. So blasting away at zombies, running over pedestrians in a high speed chase and hacking and slashing to the room of treasure doesn’t create the aggressive feelings; but rather the fact...

2014-04-03 10:09:55

Gaming journalists, video gamers have become more tolerant of violence as it has become more life-like Members of the media and others often have attributed violence in video games as a potential cause of social ills, such as increased levels of teen violence and school shootings. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has found that media acceptance of video game violence has increased as video game technology has improved over time. Greg Perreault, a doctoral student at the MU School...

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2014-03-26 03:05:47

Iowa State University Children who repeatedly play violent video games are learning thought patterns that will stick with them and influence behaviors as they grow older, according to a new study by Iowa State University researchers. The effect is the same regardless of age, gender or culture. Douglas Gentile, an associate professor of psychology and lead author of the study published in JAMA Pediatrics, says it is really no different than learning math or to play the piano. “If you...

Violent Video Games Self Control Unethical Behavior
2013-11-25 14:55:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ever since the horrific incident at Columbine High School, violent video games and mass shootings have been intertwined. Now, a new study from an international team of researchers has found playing violent video games not only increases aggression but can also cause players to exhibit less self-control and more unethical behaviors. The study researchers found these effects were strongest in teenage participants who scored high on a...

Violent Video Games Do Not Lead To Violent Lifestyle
2013-08-26 13:12:23

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study found that teens who play violent video games are not likely to become more violent or partake in anti-social behavior. The study, which was led by Christopher Ferguson of Stetson University and independent researcher Cheryl Olson, found that games such as Grand Theft Auto and Halo do not trigger teenagers with symptoms of depression or attention deficit disorder (ADD) to become more aggressive. The researchers found...

2013-08-05 08:04:09

A person playing a first-person shooter video game like Halo or Unreal Tournament must make decisions quickly. That fast-paced decision-making, it turns out, boosts the player's visual skills but comes at a cost, according to new research: reducing the person's ability to inhibit impulsive behavior. This reduction in what is called "proactive executive control" appears to be yet another way that violent video games can increase aggressive behavior. "We believe that any game that requires...

2013-06-25 16:27:24

Disputed Research on Harms of Violent Video Games Skews the Debate and Fuels Misguided Calls for Censorship, Group Says NEW YORK, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The popular notion that media causes people to kill is based on flawed research, and those who support it ignore ample evidence to the contrary, according to a report issued this week by Media Coalition, Inc. and distributed today to key congressional staffers. The group issued the 13-page report, Only a Game: Why...

Video Game Aggression Intensified When Characters Look More Human
2013-05-21 11:16:15

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Video games often allow players to stop an alien invasion, defeat the bad guy and save the world. However, realistic looking opponents in games could increase aggression in the players. Since the introduction of simple games such as Pong for the home nearly 40 years ago games have gone through several revolutions and today feature near photo-realistic graphics that can be displayed on HDTV sets. While the protagonists are often...

2013-05-04 11:53:17

Boys who frequently play violent games may be desensitized to physiological and emotional effects, suggests study in Psychosomatic Medicine Teenagers who are highly exposed to violent video games–three or more hours per day–show blunted physical and psychological responses to playing a violent game, reports a study in the May issue of Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published...

2013-04-05 23:00:16

Are we teaching kids the right message about war? App Treasure Hunter offers fun, educational smart phone apps as an alternative to TV and video game violence Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 05, 2013 Per Charles John of App Treasure Hunter: "Don't get me wrong, addictive shooting games and war games are fun but we need to teach kids the real virtues behind war and what it is really about - defending our country. One of our goals is replacing addictive shooting games with educational apps...