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  •  I'm OK with more - and un-politicized - study. (2+ / 0-)
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    I suspect that a series of concentrated studies would find not a correlation between gaming and violence or even FPS and violence but rather a correlation between violence and a subset of sustained, uninterrupted FPS play.  I've got some violent games that I'll play (particularly the Assassin's Creed series, and the political commentary of Grand Theft Auto is priceless, although it's definitely not a series for high school kids) but on the whole, I'm at home playing the games more popular in Japan, which tend towards more social/historically-based games.  For instance, I'm playing a remake of a game right now, Eternal Sonata, which is a fairly standard Japanese RPG - except the storyline's premise is that it's what Chopin's mind, delirious with illness, despair, and homesickness, cooked up in the days and hours before he died.

    It sounds creepily irreverent but it's actually beautifully moving to this classically-trained pianist.  It's an amazing and haunting tribute to a person whose life story would otherwise go unknown outside of music circles and his native Poland & Austria.

    But, of course, when the next Assassin's Creed 3 DLC comes out, I'll play that too.

    As said above, it's known even within the gamer community that some FPS games and servers are uniquely toxic places, particularly some FPS games where a lot of players are on microphone, which seems to be a place where a few bad apples vent their hateful spleens.  If that's the case, let's take a look at it.  And if it's not, let's bury the issue and move on.

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 11:51:45 PM PST

    •  To be honest, I question whether that study would (2+ / 0-)
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      Silvia Nightshade, Steve Canella

      even matter if it did exist. Is there anything that we regard as healthy for the mind if people do it to the near-exclusion of anything else? High achievers IRL tend to be neurotics or otherwise hard to deal with who just happen to be focused on productive things rather than, say, making sure that they've caught all 649 pokemon.

    •  Most FPS communities are cesspools (4+ / 0-)

      which is actually the major reason I don't play online FPSs. But MOBA communities (League of Legends in particular) are at least equally bad, and so are some RPG subcommunities (Diablo, WoW PvP).

      There's no particular reason this should be so - LoL, Diablo, and WoW are all cartoonish fantasy universes with no unusually 'mature' content. They might all be classified as 'violent' in that they involve pretend-killing things, but they don't share much in common with Call of Duty from a thematic or gameplay perspective. Thematically, there's not much to differentiate WoW PvP from PvE.

      But gamers self-sort based as much on social factors as on content/gameplay factors. We play the games our friends play. We play the games where our style of interaction is the norm, or at least relatively socially-acceptable. Nice people mostly don't play LoL (or at least we don't participate much in the community), not because we wouldn't enjoy LoL, but because we don't want to be around the assholes who are already there. Meanwhile, assholes mostly don't engage much with the Elder Scrolls community, if they play the games at all, because assholery isn't welcome there.

      There's no reason to think the same dynamic isn't in place when gamers choose FPS titles. There are a lot of differences among FPS subgroups - the Half-Life, Halo, and Crysis communities have very different reputations from the Call of Duty, Unreal Tournament, and Battlefield communities. Fundamentally, though, in multiplayer mode, they're all the same game.

      "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

      by kyril on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 01:59:49 AM PST

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