U of R Study Links Anger in Gamers to Frustration, Not Violence

Published 04/07 2014 06:29PM

Updated 04/07 2014 08:54PM

Violence in video games is often blamed for causing aggression in players but a new study by the University of Rochester says that may not be the case.  Researchers found hostile behavior is linked to a player's failure to master a game and its controls and not the game's violent content.  The study found this to be true in non-violent video games as well.  The U of R study is the first to look at the player's psychological experience instead of focusing solely on its content.  Researchers say the findings offer an important contribution to the debate about the effects of violent video games.

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