Published on February 6th, 2013 | by The Doc
Call of Duty Under Fire Again
There is now another scientific paper out arguing that violent video games lead to aggressive behaviour. The researchers used innocent French university students and let them play games like Call of Duty 4 before testing their ‘hostile expectations’. The students aggression was also measured by how long a winning competitor would expose the loser of the trial to an unpleasant noise. The results showed gamers playing non-violent games like Dirt2 and Pure were less likely to have hostile expectations and expose losers in the trial to unpleasant noises.
This is not a new idea, and there are plenty of researchers that still argue that violent video games are not necessarily predictive of aggressive behaviour. We are reminded that association or correlation is not proof of causation and to beware of using video gaming as scapegoats for the rest of societies ills…maybe we should not watch so much TV news!