Violent Video Games Can Make Players Sensitive to Real-World Moral Codes

Violent video games may not cause players to become desensitized to the “real world.”  In fact, Mathew Grizzard, PhD, assistant professor at the University at Buffalo Department of Communication, found the opposite to be true. His findings reveal “heinous behavior” in the virtual world does not lead players to become less moral but might actually increase players’ sensitivity to real-world moral codes.   The study showed that players that committed heinous acts in video games had feelings of guilt that elicit pro-social behavior in the real world.

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