Violence in Games may Reduce Hostility

The belief that violent videogames increased aggressiveness between players is still quite common, though it isn’t as omnipresent as was in the 90’s, when many studies claiming to proof this link came out. Most of those studies had some methodological issues, and the most common one was to assume that videogame players were mostly kids or teens.

But now a Texas A&M research conducted by Dr. Ferguson may discredit this belief, since the study suggest that playing violent games actually “reduce depression and hostile feelings in players through mood management”. The experiment was quite simple; 103 young adults were assigned a frustrating task to perform. Afterwards, they were randomly selected to or play no game at all or a non-violent game or a violent game, either as a hero or as a villain.

Dr. Ferguson added that “It probably won’t come to a surprise to gamers that playing games may reduce stress, although others have been skeptical of this idea. This is the first study that explores this idea, however. It does seem that playing violent games may help reduce stress and make people less depressed and hostile.”