At a time when video games are once again being bandied about as the reason for a terrible and heinous crime it's good to see some science back up the fact that not only are gamers more grounded in reality when playing a game as opposed to when watching a movie, but that the media coverage of violent games encourages people to go out and buy them.
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has released a report which includes some of the following choice comments:
We were particularly interested to see that this research suggests that, far from having a potentially negative impact on the reaction of the player, the very fact that they have to interact with the game seems to keep them more firmly rooted in reality.
People who do not play games raise concerns about their engrossing nature, assuming that players are also emotionally engrossed. This research suggest the opposite – a range of factors seem to make them less emotionally involving than film or television.
Indeed, movies are far more engrossing than games and they allow your mind to wander, to place yourself into that situation. Games, which have strict rules of action and interaction, require the mind to focus on getting through the game, not on the story.
The best games, however, meld great story telling and action which is why I do get emotionally attached to games like Twilight Princess
, KOTOR II
, or Beyond Good and Evil
Plus, the study is British, so it has to be smart, right?
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