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We’ve seen plenty of psychiatric studies in recent years that examine the behavioral effects of playing video games, especially violent games. For example, earlier this year I interviewed Dr. Craig Anderson, a professor of psychology at Iowa St. University who is recognized as a leading expert in the effects of media violence. These psychological examinations have long suggested there are significant effects of playing hours and hours of violence video games, but there hasn’t been as much hard scientific data to indicate what the effects are exactly.
I predict the fall of violent games pretty soon.
    
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Damn better get my kid off these games... HAHAHA Nah can't wait to see him play Crysis... I swear that kid doesn't even love me, cuz when I get home I don't even get a "Hi daddy! or Love you," it's "Can I play farcry?" Also you do know that they say video games give you the same effect of crack. Better switch to crack I guess.
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Originally Posted by LORD ORION View Post
Riiight...
So they are playing a game with an involivng story that intentionally tries to provoke an emotional response... and they get one.
Then they play some mindless racing drivel and don't have an emotional response.
Surprised? No
You are smarter then the average scientist apparently.

Posted by: LORD ORION | November 29, 2006 at 10:51 AM
My thoughts exactly.
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Researcher is from Iowa State University. So I am not worried.
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We're sending kids to fight in wars and we're worried how much a headless zombie popping out of the dark while intense music plays might affect someone? We need to un-F ourselves. At this rate we're commiting global suicide in 20 years.
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again.... right so super mario affects the brain - technically its violent. but what way does it affect the brain? do i go around and stomp on people....

NO! hell i dont lol

actually come to think of it, even racing games could be violent if you crash it. but then again, if it doesnt affect your brain, technically i think you would have to be dead
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Researcher is from Iowa State University. So I am not worried.
LOL! That's like saying that the local community college is doing a study on Video games affecting the human brain. Iowa state...lol
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I think this is BS... they make stupid games like "the Suffering" where you go around shooting zombies and their blood splurts across your screen and declare that it dwarfs brain activity.
then they do a study on that game... not games that people who buy games worth playing

These kind of games give games that actually have a strategic goal (BF2, CTF on CS:S, etc) a bad name.
-Shooter games promote hand-eye coordination, and mindless violence games promote mindless violence.
-RTS games promote strategic thinking
-MMORPGs promote people skills

ALSO, playing games forever on a CRT monitor is the root of all the "games affecting brains": they flash, LCDs dont, that really does make a difference, try telling that to my mom. =\\

And the activity in your brain thing, i think that has to do with your hand-eye coordination... after playing a marathon of BF2, you're a lot more alert then you were when you sat down. Simply put, it helps your brain to work faster and with less effort.

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Well of course its gonna affect brain activity. Anything you do affects brain activity. Who are they comparing these gamers against? Coma patients?
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Let's step back from the school violence, the video games the parents, politicians, etc..

How can anyone say:"violent games are effecting adolescents minds" when ALL around them is a deluge of violence on the streets. By both perps and police. Violence from bullies, violence from parents and family. Horrifying violence overseas. All out military interventions are currently being executed a several locations all over the world.

In a controlled experiment, we would first have to remove all of the above to determine if video games were the cause of violence in adolescents.
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