Violent computer games can be GOOD for you

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  1. Daredevil

    Daredevil On Vacation! Administrator

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    Violent computer games can be GOOD for you: They increase your tolerance to pain by up to 65%

    By Eddie Wrenn

    PUBLISHED: 06:07 EST, 7 September 2012 | UPDATED: 07:22 EST, 7 September 2012

    Violent video games in which players have to shoot enemies can actually be good for people, a university has claimed - after discovering the games give people a higher pain threshold.

    A study at Keele University found that 40 volunteers were able to stomach pain for 65 per cent longer after playing violent 'first person shooter' games, than those who had played a non-violent golf game.

    Participants played both the violent and non-violent game on separate occasions for 10 minutes and then placed one of their hands in ice-cold water to test their reaction to pain.

    Take the pain: There could be an upside to games such as Call of Duty, currently in the news following the death of a 14-year-old boy


    This study was released on the same day as computer games hit the news following the death of a 14-year-old boy.

    A coroner warned that parents should not allow their young children to have access to 18-plus video games after schoolboy Callum Green, 14, hanged himself after playing the ultra-violent Call Of Duty.

    He regularly played the 18-certificate game with his stepfather despite it featuring graphically realistic scenes of soldiers carrying out gruesome killings.

    After being grounded by his mother following a row he was found hanging by his school tie from his metal framed bunk bed.

    At an inquest in Stockport, Greater Manchester coroner John Pollard said he could not understand why anyone would want to play the video game series - which has sold 100 million copies around the world.

    On average, participants kept their hands in the icy water for 65 per cent longer after playing the violent game, indicating that playing the game increased the participants’ pain tolerance. Heart rate was also shown to increase.

    The researchers suggest the increased pain tolerance and heart rate can be attributed to the body’s natural ‘fight or flight’ response to stress, which can activate descending pain inhibitory pathways in the brain reducing sensitivity to pain.

    The study was prompted following research by the same Keele University team showing that swearing increases people’s tolerance for pain.

    Dr Richard Stephens, a senior lecturer in psychology at Keele University who led the study, said: 'We assumed that swearing eases pain by sparking an emotional reaction in participants - most likely to be aggression - in turn setting off the body’s fight or flight response.

    'This latest study was a test of that assumption in which we set out to try and raise participants’ aggression levels by having them play a violent video game.

    An image from Unreal Tournament: The research follows a study by the same Keele University team showing that swearing increases people¿s tolerance for pain

    'We then tested the effect on pain tolerance. The results confirm our predictions that playing the video game increased both feelings of aggression and pain tolerance'.

    Intriguingly, the new study suggests that playing violent video games may be a good way to cope with pain, at least in the short term.

    Dr Stephens added: 'Pain researchers have already been exploring the use of virtual reality as a way of helping people better deal with pain.

    A group in Seattle, USA encouraged children with severe burns to explore a snowy virtual landscape while their dressings were changed. This reduced the amount of pain and discomfort they felt during this procedure'.

    The results have been published in the journal Psychological Reports, which specialises in empirical, theoretical, mainstream, and alternative views on issues in psychology.

    Read more: Violent computer games can be GOOD for you: They increase your tolerance to pain by up to 65% | Mail Online
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  3. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    The article missed the dark side..

    These guys have serious mental problems, Sadistic pleasure for example..

    Call of duty is ultra - violent ?
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  4. EzioAltaïr

    EzioAltaïr Regular Member

    Aug 27, 2012
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    Video games should only be played by those people mature enough to understand the difference of real life and in-game life.

    And CoD needs to tone down that violence. In Black Ops they have made it too realistic. Guys hands chopping off, A guys severed hand getting glued to his stomach when shot with a shotgun. What's the point of rating it 18? Kids are gonna play it anyway.

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