What is the Correlation Between Violent Games and Aggression?

Jay Maxwell By Jay Maxwell, 12th Feb 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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“The worst thing a kid can say about homework is that it is too hard. The worst thing a kid can say about a game is it's too easy.” ― Henry Jenkins

Violence and Video Games

Sami Yenigun reports for National Public Radio: The subject of violent video games have been brought to the forefront by the horrific escalation of violent crimes. The premiere question: Does violence in games make people more violent in the real world? The answer has not emerged, but one thing is apparent: Violence is a superb marketing tool. Among the most popular video game franchise is Call of Duty, a war game where killing is the primary objective. There is an inordinate amount of these games being circulated in the U.S.; one of them is at iStrategyLabs in Washington, D.C. It is a digital marketing company, and the central focus in the office is an 80-inch television, where employees often enjoy breaks shooting at each other. "It is a military game with a different strategic goal on each level, and essentially you need to achieve the objective, whether that translate into bypassing super soldiers or a checkpoint, without biting the bullet," says iStrategyLabs employee Megan Zlock, who identifies herself as a gamer.

Creating a Good Narrative

When creating a good narrative for these games, it is more realistic with violence. An ingredient of a good narrative involves conflict, and violence fosters conflict. Conversely, others who commonly engage in the office TV video game, stress that violence does not have to be a part of a good game, but infrequently it enhances the game. Iowa State University professor Douglas Gentile, who studies the effects of violent video games on children, says violent games tap into a primal instinct. "There are two things that force us to pay attention," Gentile says. "One is violence; the other is sex. Whenever either of those are present in our environment, they have survival value for us." Gentile explains that there is a fundamental reason masses of people think violent games are more thrilling than non-violent. "These gamers do have an adrenaline rush, and it's noradrenaline and it's testosterone, and it's cortisol — these are the so-called stress hormones," Gentile says. "That's exactly the same cocktail of hormones you drop into your bloodstream if I punched you." Do you consider getting punched in real life to be fun? Probably not, but experts assert that when done in a safe environment - coupled with a heightened sense of stress - it can be. Now back to our primary question, does video games make people more violent? Gentile says that his research shows that children who play more violent games by and large behave more aggressively. But, he adds, that doesn't necessarily mean school shootings.


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I am endeavoring to become a freelance article writer for now. Recent studies include a freelance writer's article and blog course offered by Growth Education.

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