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“Study Claims Video Games Make People Less Violent” or “Eat that Joe Baca”

July 29, 2010 1 comment

Via 1UP, via CVG, a new study shows that violent video games increase decrease violent behavior.

Wait, whaaaaaaat?

The study conducted by Dr. Christopher J. Ferguson involved taking 103 subjects, subjecting them to frustrating tasks, the nature of which remains unknown. The ending of Splinter Cell: Conviction was pretty frustrating, that’s a good guess. Anyhoo. After having undergone said irritating task, they were randomly selected to play no game, a non-violent video game, or a violent video game as a hero or a villian. The results were interesting to say the least.

“The results suggest that violent games reduce depression and hostile feelings in players through mood management.”

– Dr. Ferguson.

He even added that this research could be used to help patients with frustrations or violent behavior. There are loopholes of course. For instance, the study was conducted on adults, and the most galvanizing rallying cry of the naysayers has been that violent video games are corrupting out children. Additionally, with only 103 subjects divided further into four separate sub-test groups, the results may be a fluke instead of an accurate portrayal of society at large. It is also debatable whether the participants were optimal subjects for the study. Not to mention the other studies that suggest otherwise.

That being said, such on that Joe Baca!