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Can positive video games make us better people?

 
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Can positive video games make us better people?
A computer simulation giving people temporary superpowers may actually cause them to behave more empathetically in real life, according to a study conducted by researchers from Stanford University and published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Because prior research has shown that playing violent video games can produce aggressive behavior, the researchers sought to see whether a similar effect could be produced with empathy. Researchers decided to use Stanford's Virtual Human Interaction Laboratory to imbue people with a superhuman ability that they would associate with being a superhero.


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Re: Can positive video games make us better people?
Are there any positive video games out there?
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02/12/2013 08:26 AM
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Re: Can positive video games make us better people?
Really, games where you play the hero and help people out should be considered positive, and that is most games. I find RPGs to be the most positive. Nothing feels better than saving the entire world from evil. :P
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Re: Can positive video games make us better people?
There's a Wii game called 'Gravity' which is a problem solving game. I guess you could include those as positive.

I do like the idea of it though, a really positive game embued with all you say.
It's all about the 'vibe'
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02/12/2013 08:31 AM
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Re: Can positive video games make us better people?
Stop bashing video games, when there are thousands of movies, tv shows and commercials with violence in them.
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Re: Can positive video games make us better people?
So... a game in which you have superhuman powers and you save people?

How revolutionary, I've never come across fifty bazillion games just like that!

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Re: Can positive video games make us better people?
No one here is really bashing video games, I love them. Have spent half my life learning how to make them. :)
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Re: Can positive video games make us better people?
I think games should have more positive tones overall. Games shouldn't be depressing. Most people play games to escape reality. If I wanted to be depressed I would turn on the news.
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Re: Can positive video games make us better people?
So... a game in which you have superhuman powers and you save people?

How revolutionary, I've never come across fifty bazillion games just like that!

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Nah, more to what the OP is saying. I get it.

Heck, at 45, I've played video games since C64 and before that, with Tandy TRS80, and Sinclair/ZX Spectrum.

If studies show that tendencies wear off in a negative sense, then so should positive ones.

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It's all about the 'vibe'
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Re: Can positive video games make us better people?
I would think that having "superpowers" in a video game might lead to violence as well. People start thinking they are some kind of moral authority and begin judging others according to their own doctrine.
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