Thursday, July 05, 2007
Unsociable Gamers, Violence and M rated Games
Video gamers it appears lead healthy social lives and gaming itself is a highly social activity, according to none other than the American Medical Association.
"Contrary to the stereotype of the solitary gamer with no social skills, we found that children who play M-rated games are actually more likely to play in groups - in the same room, or over the internet," says Olson. "Boys' friendships in particular often centre around video games."
A second survey of young gamers by Massachusetts Centre for Mental Health found two-thirds of boys and one in four girls played at least one M-rated game "a lot in the past six months." even though the rating should restrict their access to such games. The Grand Theft Auto franchise was the most popular game with boys, and the second-most popular with girls.
"Violent game play is so common, and youth crime has actually declined, so most kids who play these games occasionally are probably doing fine.
more details on technology.sympatico
Mike from Fpsrantings.com
led me to an interesting article from the Economist.com, suggesting that all that negativity we gamers face is nothing more than a fear of a new culture.
photo (conan from nihilistic software's) as featured on Destructoid.Com
Now what about the great gaming taboo, nudity?
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