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pierrerodriguez avatar 10:59 AM on 01.23.2008  (server time)
U. of Maryland's "New" Study on Videogames

Cooper Lawrence lies to sound like she knows what she's talking about. Here is a direct quote from her debate with Geoff Keighley on Fox News:

"Darling, I gotta go with the research. And the research says there’s a new study out of the University of Maryland right now that says that boys that play video games cannot tell the difference between what they’re seeing in the video game and the real world…"

That "new study" is from 2005. What does it say?

100 college students with an average age of 19 were interviewed about violent depictions in games. The study showed that most of the students interviewed recognized that the games depicted negative themes and harmful stereotypes, but didn't think the content was harmful to them. Can someone tell me when college student were ever considered adolescent "boys?" Here is a quote from just one of the 100 students interviewed:

"The game doesn't make people violent -- it's just a game," said one subject, a 19-year-old woman, in a confidential interview with Killen's research team. "If they're violent, it's something wrong with them."

Granted, some people have a hard time separating real life from fantasy. Most, if not all, of those people have mental problems. Problems that existed before they played video games.

I don't know about you guys, but playing videogames has made me believe that I can bang alien lesbians, shoot a cop in the head, and then take a hit from a rocket launcher without any consequences whatsoever.

Below is a link to the full article that talks about the study. The article does mention claims that adolescents are more vulnerable to impulsive behavior due to playing video games, but it does not mention where that research comes from. Nevertheless, it still seems to me that Lawrence misrepresented this study to bolster her bullshit claims on Fox News. I'm still waiting for her response.


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