Does Playing Video Games Make Players More Violent?

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Are Some Players More Susceptible Than Others to Video Game Effects?

  • Barrie GunterAffiliated withMedia and Communication, University of Leicester


The search for blanket effects of video games disguises the fact—empirically supported—that different players do not all react in the same ways to video game violence. Some players come to video games with already established aggressive predispositions. These can encourage them to seek out violent entertainment, and also mediates the way they respond toward video game violence. There are other individual differences associated with gender and personality that moderate the way players react to video games. More needs to be done to establish which individual difference factors are important in this context. However, enough evidence already exists to show that it is misleading to accept many findings concerned with the supposed effects of violent video games as being true of everyone who plays them.