Playing Soccer Video Games 'Makes You More Aggressive'

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Playing Soccer Video Games 'Makes You More Aggressive'


Byline: Jenny Hope Medical Correspondent

COMPUTER football games make players more aggressive than violent ones, psychologists claim.

While participants remain 'numb' when they see someone being 'killed' on screen, apparently harmless games that mirror real life can have a far greater effect.

There has been a huge debate about whether watching violent video games can desensitise young people's responses.

Governments around the world have introduced laws to control the sale of games, along with rating systems to alert parents and consumers to the scale of violence.

After 24-year-old Tristan van der Vlis opened fire in a shopping mall in the Netherlands last month, killing six and wounding 17, it was reported that he had been playing a violent game entitled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. But psychologists Dr Simon Goodson and Sarah pearson, from the university of Huddersfield, found stronger physical and emotional reactions among volunteers playing football games. The study, to be presented today at the British Psychological Society's annual conference in Glasgow, investigated whether events that cause emotional responses in reality trigger similar responses when played in video games. …

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