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eabarth

  • joined Nov 04, 2012
  • last login Jul 28, 2014
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Poor PS4 owners. I’ve had these games for years

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a 3DS and a Wii U (…are these two devices even aware I’m the same user?)

Um yeah. Do you even own them?

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Also, the study I linked to is a cumulative study, which I why I felt comfortable posting ONE link. Because it sums up quite a lot of research. You’re acting like anybody can publish whatever nonsense they want without peer review or repercussions. That’s not really how it works, bud.

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Um the conclusive evidence that has already been established did make it into the legal system. That’s why we have regulations and age restrictions on games. Are you oblivious?

Show me evidence that there is a consensus in the research that exposure to violence has no effect on people’s behavior.

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I agree. People need to do their own research. I’ve done mine. Confirmation bias? I’ve been a gamer since I was old enough to hold a NES controller. I just don’t lie to myself and say that exposure to violence doesn’t lead to aggression. I agree with keeping kids out of violent movies and from playing violent video games.

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I know I’m hard.

Now we know, too. What are we going to do about it?

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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.

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You might be right. It’s ambiguous.

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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.

http://pss.sagepub.com/content/12/5/353.short
“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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

http://www.play-helicopter-game.com/

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Yeah okay. Not based on all the other video games that had the exact same mechanics.

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COMMANDER BLOOD.

All I can say is good luck.

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Oh my god, I love this game. Such a great atmosphere.

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Yeah, it’s kind of shitty. I’m lucky I didn’t already have DKCR3D. I pity you.

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I don’t see how tighter regulations would affect you unless you’re a young kid.

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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.

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