There’s always plenty of talk about the effects of video games (including this recent article on the positive and negative effects of video games. Recent research on violent video games is pretty conclusive and you’re not going to like it: there’s good evidence that people if you play violent video games you might be less likely to a) notice aggressive events, b) perceive fewer or less severe injuries, c) feel less sympathy for violence victims, and d) have less negative attitudes towards violence. In this video I take a close look at this research as well as one study which claims the complete opposite: that violent video games are perceived by players as merely “rough and tumble play” and that violence actually enhances performance. Who should you believe? The video is about 28 minutes long.
Resources on Video Game Violence
- Feel free to download the presentation I used in this video episode. You can download them in Apple Keynote format: Violent Video Games, in PowerPoint format: Violent Video Games, and in PDF: Violent Video Games.
- You’ll find links to lots of resources on violence video games at Craig Anderson‘s web site.
- Center for the Study of Violence
- The effect of video game violence on physiological desensitization to real-life violence
- Carnagey, N.L., Anderson, C.A., & Bushman, B.J. (2006). The Effects of Video Game Violence on Physiological Desensitization to Real-Life Violence. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
- Anderson, C.A., & Dill, K.E. (2000). Video games and aggressive thoughts, feelings, and behavior in the laboratory and in life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78, 772-790.
- Safer Children in a Digital World: the report of the Byron Review
- Violent video games linked to child aggression
- Some good news: not all games are bad for you. Here’s an excellent infographic on the benefits of some games