Source of Video Game Aggression

defeatVideo games have been known to cause aggression. Often after people indulge in interacting with a world on screen they feel like they want to hurt or kill someone afterwards. Many have pointed to the violence in games like ‘Call of Duty’ or ‘Gears of War’ for the violent nature that people feel afterwards. However, it may not be using a chainsaw or shooting at cops that make people aggressive after playing, it comes down to losing.

It turns out that it is not the context of the game at all, but rather how you feel when you lose a certain level for the sixteenth time or your friend beats you, yet again. That anger is very real and troubling. University of Oxford researchers conducted an experiment that measured aggression vs. competence in a game. Players were given a game to play, a sort of version of Half-Life 2. They were presented with a violent version of the game and a non-violent version. One had a tutorial with instructions on how to play and the other game did not. Many people believe that the more violent game would result in the most aggression. However, the results shows that those who were presented with the game without the tutorial (regardless of violent content) showed the most aggression after playing. Dr. Przybylski was one of the researchers conducting the study and said, “we focused on the motives of people who play electronic games and found players have a psychological need to come out on top when playing…This need to master the game was far more significant than whether the game contained violent material…If the structure of a game or the design of the controls thwarts enjoyment, it is this not the violent content that seems to drive feelings of aggression.”

So, it may be a relief to know that teenagers killing zombies on screen or shooting everyone in sight is not necessarily making them aggressive. It all comes down to how well they play the game. If they are successful they feel happy, if not look out for aggressive behavior. It all comes down to the idea of gaming, not the content of the game itself.

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Video Game and Media Page http://ift.tt/1jz3Zx0

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Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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