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Study: Violent video games offer stress release, but at a cost

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MADISON, Wis., July 9 (UPI) -- A new study finds that violent video games offer momentary stress relief, but the respite comes at an emotional price. According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin, video games may also encourage aggression.

As part of the study, 82 undergraduate communications students at Wisconsin were recruited to play violent video games. Most of the participants had little to no experience with violent games.


First, half the participants played a video game named "Maximum Frustration," which was designed to elicit its title. Next, all of the participants were randomly assigned to play either a non-violent (LittleBigPlanet 2) or violent (Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage) PlayStation 3 game. Following 18 minutes of play, the participants filled out a survey about their emotions and attitude toward the game.


i play up to 4 hours of GTA5 and hitman absolution which are somewhat violent racked with profanity...but ive never had any violent tendancies towards anyone


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