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Study Reveals : More Blood Doesn’t Mean More Fun

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Yeah this is a 'Nerf Baton', trust me!

Yeah this is a 'Nerf Baton', trust me!

(Canadian Press) – Spilling the blood and guts of an opponent and other macabre acts of violence do not make video games more enjoyable for players, according to a new study.

The findings could have implications going forward for game designers, who may decide not to put as many resources into ratcheting up the gore factor, the authors suggest.

Researchers at the University of Rochester and the think-tank and consultancy company Immersyve, based in Orlando, Fla., reached their conclusions after conducting two surveys of 2,670 frequent game players and four experiments involving more than 300 undergraduates.

Lead author Andrew Przybylski, a graduate student in social psychology, said they began the project after noting the popularity of games like “World of Warcraft,” “Halo 3″ and “Team Fortress 2,” which have a “good deal of violent content.”

“So we wanted to know if the violent content by itself was motivating because these games also do offer compelling challenges and stories,” he said from Rochester, N.Y.

“We found that, on average, violent content didn’t add to motivation for play.”

In fact, he said the games are popular because they offer players meaningful opportunities to interact and work together, or to feel effective and exercise choice.

“The reason why children gravitate to something like ‘Halo,’ ‘Halo 3′ or ‘World of Warcraft’ or ‘Team Fortress’ isn’t necessarily because they want to get at the blood or the acts of violence,” said Przybylski.

“What they’re really chasing is having their psychological needs met. Cranking up the violence knob doesn’t automatically make a game automatically more fun.”

The work was published Friday in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.