A study conducted by Paul J.C. Adachi, M.A. (PhD candidate, Brock University, Canada) reveals that competitive video games may lead to high aggression levels, which could lead to a variety of real life issues, problems and causes for concern.
In one experiment, Adachi tested 32 male and 28 female college students, letting them play either, Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe, Left 4 Dead 2, Marble Blast Ultra or Fuel. The heart rate of each participant was recorded before and during playing a chosen game.
The game playing phase of the experiment was followed by a “taste test”, in which the participants were informed was a different test for another study. The test required participants to pick a selection between four hot sources, which were arranged in an ascending least hot to hottest order.
The test revealed that the subjects who opted for Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe and Fuel were more akin to hotter hot sauce, compared to those who went with Left 4 Dead 2 and Marble Blast Ultra. Their heart rates were also significantly higher.
“These findings suggest that the level of competitiveness in video games is an important factor in the relation between video games and aggressive behavior, with highly competitive games leading to greater elevations in aggression than less competitive games.” Adachi shares.
What do you think?
If you’ve played Mortal Kombat VS DCU and Fuel, you know how highly competitive and violent these games can get.
Think there’s some truth in competitive games bringing out the aggressive side of gamers?