Gamers not fuelled by violence, study says (Kitchener – Waterloo Record)- About: Psychic News

Spilling the blood and guts of an opponent and other macabre acts of violence do not make video games more enjoyable for players, according to a new study. Lead author Andrew Przybylski, a graduate student in social psychology, said they began the project after noting the popularity of games like World of Warcraft, Halo 3 and Team Fortress 2, which have a “good deal of violent content. In one portion of the study, the investigators took the first-person shooter game Half Life 2 and modified it using a programmer’s tool kit to make a violent version and a non-violent version. Craig Anderson, director of the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State University, said the studies were very well done methodologically and make an important contribution to our understanding of what motivates people to play video games. read more

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