Sunday, March 11, 2007

Video Games: An Opera in 3 Act

Act I. First, they'll make you try to kill someone:

Playing violent video games like Doom, Wolfenstein 3D or Mortal Kombat can increase a person's aggressive thoughts, feelings and behavior both in laboratory settings and in actual life

Act II. But then you'll be able to perform life-saving surgery to save the person you almost killed (THIS IS THE RECENT RESEARCH):

Doctors who reported having played video games at least three hours a week sometime in their past worked 27% faster and made 37% fewer errors on the surgical tasks compared with those who had never picked up a game controller, according to the study in the Archives of Surgery.

Act III. Then, and only then, can you sue the video game manufacturer for warping your little mind.

First posted at Psyche Killer qu'est que c'est on 2/28/07

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