Gaming May Not Release Violent Emotions

An interesting study published in the journal Emotion goes against most research dealing with gaming.  According to this paper, if you kill your opponents in a game, you are likely to feel badly — not exultant.  If you are killed yourself, you are likely to feel a sense of pleasure.

The scientist has a couple of possible explanations.  If you kill someone, even within a game, your sense of morality may kick in, leading you to believe that it was wrong and you may feel distressed.  By being killed yourself, you remove yourself from the very intense game for a few seconds, allowing your system to relax.

There were only 36 gamers in the study.  Although the results are provocative, further study will be needed to verify these results.

[from Wired]


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