I know I’m hard.
Now we know, too. What are we going to do about it?
Yeah, unlike a lot of commenters here, I don’t see the problem in an open request for some accountability. If someone is discussing or making a contribution to the discussion via art about a topic like this, it’s not unreasonable to suggest they learn something about what they’re saying/doing. It’s not all on game makers, but it’s not all on anybody. We just have to call it out when we see it.
You might be right. It’s ambiguous.
Don’t take someone’s words at face value just because they say they’re a psychologist. Ask to see some supporting literature. It’s a given after decades of research that exposure to violence, real or simulated, increases the likelihood of aggressive behavior. It’s so well understood and accepted that it’s actually Psych 101 material now. There have been hundreds and hundreds of studies on this. So I’m somewhat skeptical of this guy’s argument from authority.
“Research on exposure to television and movie violence suggests that playing violent video games will increase aggressive behavior. A meta-analytic review of the video-game research literature reveals that violent video games increase aggressive behavior in children and young adults. Experimental and nonexperimental studies with males and females in laboratory and field settings support this conclusion. Analyses also reveal that exposure to violent video games increases physiological arousal and aggression-related thoughts and feelings. Playing violent video games also decreases prosocial behavior.”
Great article. I kept thinking of things to jump into the comment section to say, but the article kept addressing my thoughts. Very cool piece.
The reason it’s important to regulate violent media so kids don’t see it is exactly as someone said above: adults can separate fantasy from reality. While studies show that aggression affects people of all ages, adults can reason better than kids. Age limits are important.
I addressed the difference between correlation and causation. Social scientists are well aware of it, too, so it’s not a very good gotcha.
You are not a violent individual, but people like you are more likely to be violent individuals than people who haven’t had a lot of exposure to violent media. That’s just what the numbers show. Yeah, you can point out caveats and anecdotes, but researchers’ interpretations of data means something. Your dismissal of all social sciences isn’t an appealing argument.
There are games that Flappy Bird is far more similar to than Canabalt. Even though it wasn’t the first to have the same exact mechanics, the most likely suspect he ripped off is Helicopter Game, which went viral in the early 2000s. I remember everybody was playing it.
Yeah okay. Not based on all the other video games that had the exact same mechanics.
All I can say is good luck.
Oh my god, I love this game. Such a great atmosphere.
Yeah, it’s kind of shitty. I’m lucky I didn’t already have DKCR3D. I pity you.
I don’t see how tighter regulations would affect you unless you’re a young kid.
Man, I’d love to play TIE Fighter with a flight stick again. That was like a whole year of my life when I was a kid.
Still doesn’t look like one, unfortunately. Twitter isn’t canon.
Wow, you said "Where?" and got a bunch of likes. Good job. The problem is that this stuff goes back a long time, and it’s Psychology 101 material. There was enough evidence to show that exposure to aggression simply caused more aggression to debunk the idea of catharsis. http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1126171?uid=3739832&uid=2&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21103996284511
As for more recent studies, just hit Google Scholar. Search for terms like exposure, aggression, violence, simulated, etc. Here’s one from last year. http://yvj.sagepub.com/content/11/2/132.abstract
You also brought up banning games, which I don’t agree with and clearly stated wasn’t the issue. "Not censorship, just regulation." Remember that?
Regardless of what you want to label "the cause" in someone’s violent crimes, the research shows a correlation between heightened exposure to violent media and perpetrating violent acts. The correlation has been settled for a long time. The causal link has been studied for decades.
Yeah, better parenting and being a responsible adult is a great ideal. Unfortunately, the government doesn’t deal with ideals, it deals with reality and should address issues as they exist, not as we wish they were.
I should also point out that I agree with some of their stances. I think regulation in video games and all media is a good thing. Not censorship, just regulation to keep violent stuff away from kids. There is a lot of empirical evidence that exposure to real and simulated violence makes people of all ages more violent. And I’m more loyal to science than to my political ideology.
It was critically acclaimed.