A pair of boffins set up a study to test video-game related aggression. Dr Simon Goodson and Sarah Pearson monitored the heart-rates, breathing, and mental states of 30 people before and after having them play 3 Xbox 360 games. The games in question were Project Gotham Racing, an unnamed First-Person Shooter and a â€œ3D Table-Tennis game.â€
According to the pair of eggheads â€œPrevious researchers have made sweeping generalisations about the nature of videogames. This study is one of the first to use one of the latest games consoles that have a much higher level of realism.â€
So which of those games is most likely to turn you into a dispassionate psycopath?
Surprisingly, it wasn’t the ultra-realistic death trainer/simulator, or the world’s most frustrating update to pong (Damn you Sulayman, damn you to heck! Gaaaargh!)
No, in fact they found that PGR caused the greatest change in heart rate and brain activity, while the FPS resulted in the the least change.
"Surprisingly the results showed that the driving game made participants more agitated and aggressive than the game with graphic violence. Given the high levels of realism in modern games a re-evaluation of the relationship between videogames and violence is needed."
Think about that the next time you contemplate bugging somebody before they come 1st in Midnight Club, only to have your interruption have them lose. It may save you a trip to hospital. With a fork lodged in your neck.
Source : Eurogamer
Last Updated: April 2, 2009