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New Study 'Links' Sports Games With Aggressive Behaviour

Jonathan Lester
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New Study 'Links' Sports Games With Aggressive Behaviour

The Daily Fail Mail has published the results of a tenuous new study that purports to link (once again) violent games with violent behavior... but this time around, it's sports titles that have come under the pseudoscientific spotlight. According to new research set for presentation today at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference in Glasgow, analysis of 40 male and female players has led to the sensational conclusion that conceding goals can make people angry.

The heart rate, respiration and brainwave activity of 40 male and female subjects was measured during gaming sessions of an "Xbox 360 sports title" and a violent videogame, and apparently, the results demonstrate that killing a virtual enemy caused little in the way of a stress reaction. However, conceding weak goals and fluffing tackles created high levels of angry brain activity. Much as would happen if your team let in a soft goal during, you, know, a real football match.

So, apparently violent games don't cause violence. Sports games do.

We all know how people react when England play in the World Cup, and we found these strong emotions could be reproduced by playing a football video game.

The player can identify with a real-life experience and call up those emotions and aggression more easily than in a situation they would not have encountered, such as killing an individual. There is much concern over the effects of violent video games and how these contribute to general aggression.

However, this research indicates that “killing” someone is not as “real” as playing a sport, and that the brain recognises this and doesn’t react in the same way. - Dr Simon Goodson

However, it seems that the whole study was a complete waste of time - as even the project lead admitted that the findings don't technically prove anything in particular.

These findings suggest it cannot be automatically assumed that violent content leads directly to aggression, and that further research should attempted to uncover the aspects of video games which can lead to an aggressive response.

I apologise for wasting your time. Troll harder, Daily Mail.

In all seriousness, this study actually goes a long way towards disproving the perceived links between violent videogames and violent behaviour, and we'll keep you posted on the full report.

Add a comment5 comments
ODB  May. 4, 2011 at 13:40

love the way that they ignore the violent game not making people violent and turn it on sports games

@ Daily Mail - MUST TRY HARDER

Jonathan Lester  May. 4, 2011 at 13:59

I think that the Daily Mail have well and truly overplayed their hand this time. If anything, the findings demonstrate no correlation between violent games and violent brain activity... meaning that they've managed to negate their usual 'games cause violence' argument with their own story.


ODB  May. 4, 2011 at 14:38

Ah but they have ignored that fact and turned it onto to Sports games. Average Daily Mail reader wouldn't spot that

Funny thing is, if a game came out where you had to beat immigrants etc they'd be all for it

Gerald  May. 4, 2011 at 14:44

You beat immigrants in FIFA every time you play Arsenal

Jerec  May. 4, 2011 at 15:57

My Brother can agree to this study, he gets so angry when I beat him at FIFA its hilarious, but I have to admit I do too, but not at conceding goals, its the way game doesn't pass the way I pointed the analogue stick or the way a player just stands still whilst the ball slowly rolls towards him and then into the opposite sides defenders legs as he intercepts.


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