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Twitter: @TheDustinThomas

Greetings and salutations.

TheDustinThomas here, you probably don't know me, but I write things here on Destructoid from time to time. Occasionally I get on the front page:

The Most Inexplicably-Often Rented Games At Blockbuster

The Top 10 Videogame Pro Wrestlers

A Retrospective of Pro Wrestling Videogames from the Perspective of a Pro Wrestler

I'm also the host of a pretty sexy gaming podcast that I do with a couple buddies of mine. You can download and subscribe to it here. You should totally do that.

All of my games writing you can find on DToid, but I also write about other things on my personal blog. Here's my top 5 most read blogs:

Let Me Tell You About My $250 T-Shirts

Tempting of the Doon

5 Ways Getting in Shape Has Messed with my Head

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Why I Already Dislike Planet Fitness

You may notice that most of those blogs are somehow related to pro wrestling. Why? Because I spent 10 years as a professional wrestler before retiring in October 2013 due to back injuries. I actually wasn't too bad.

A bit about me? Well, obviously I love to write. It's not a paying gig yet, but I'm certainly trying to make that happen.

I'm a happily married man, and my wife is smokin' hot.

I have a huge, manly beard.

God comes first in my life above all else. I'm a leader at my church, as well as the head of our media department.

I've been a metalhead pretty much my entire life.

I'm also a die hard fan of The Simpsons.

Other miscellaneous fact.

-Dustin
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Hey everybody, this quarter of college I'm taking a class about mass media. I have to do a research project, and the topic I chose is more or less "Is video game violence desensitizing?"

Being born in 1985 and growing up with the NES, I still remember a time before the ESRB was around and games weren't being banned for being too violent.

My exact topic is this:

"I plan to study whether or not video games are desensitizing people to violence. Being an avid video game player my entire life, I often find that when viewing other violent media (horror films, The Walking Dead, etc.) that I can handle pretty much all of its violent content without trouble. However, when viewing real-life violence (the Daniel Berg video, animal cruelty), I still tend to get a bit squeamish. I would like to study whether this is just my own personal view, or if other people have this problem."

And my hypothesis is:

"I expect to find that people in my demographic are more likely to have my same viewpoint, whereas an older demographic are more offended by violent media, and a younger demographic is less so."

One of the ways I've chosen to do my research is by talking to members of the gaming community for their opinions, and since you guys are the best community on the net, I'm asking for yours.

If you wish to help, please leave your opinions in the comments, along with your comment, please leave your gender and age, as I'm also going to do research based on gender and age demographics. Please note that by leaving comment, you're giving me permission to use your comments in my paper, and if you don't want any information or your opinion seen by fellow DToid members, please feel free to private message me. Much appreciated guys.

-Dustin



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