posted on May, 6 2013 @ 07:12 AM
I design and program video and mobile games. I love games. I love to play games, including COD.
I stopped making violent games because I am absolutely sure playing violent games alters the brain and makes people more prone to acting out violence
in the real world. Our brains are plastic and how we use our brain alters its structure and function (neuroplasticity).
Games are powerful; that's why they are used to rehabilitate people with brain injuries.
Certain areas of the brain light up when we make a kill on COD and it is a reward for killing. The neural pathways don't know the difference between
a cyber kill and an actual kill. People with low ability to recognize or inhibit violent actions will be influenced to act them out.
The definitive study, analyzing 130 research studies involving 130,000 subjects worldwide, was published in the March 2010 issue of the Psychological
Bulletin, an American Psychological Association journal. It reports that exposure to violent video games is a causal risk factor for increased
aggressive thoughts and behavior, and decreased empathy and positive social behavior in youths. The data prove conclusively that exposure to violent
video games makes more aggressive, less caring humans — regardless of their age, sex or culture. “We can now say with utmost confidence that
regardless of research method — that is experimental, correlational, or longitudinal — and regardless of the cultures tested in this study [East
and West], you get the same effects,” according to Craig Anderson, director of Iowa State’s Center for the Study of Violence.
Those of us who think we are immune to the effects of violent video games are just fooling ourselves. A guy will be really aggressive to his
girlfriend or wife if she wants him to stop after a few hours and go do something. We will actually be rude to people we care for to protect our
playing. And while we play to light up our brains, real life goes on. It is an opiate, an escape and we just have to admit it.
If you still don't believe it, why do you think the US Army recruits video gamers? It isn't just for their eye-hand coordination, it is for their
ability to detach from the reality of murdering innocent people including women and children.
U.S. Army Recruiting Gamers