According to a new study by the Rochester University the aggression that is caused for some video game players is caused by the frustration level of a video game. However the amount of violence displayed does not lead to more immediate aggression in players.
Across the experiments, researchers found it was not the narrative or imagery, but the lack of mastery of the game’s controls and the degree of difficulty players had completing the game that led to frustration. The study demonstrated that aggression is a negative side effect of the frustration felt while playing the video game. “When the experience involves threats to our ego, it can cause us to be hostile and mean to others,” Ryan explains.
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Video gamers’ aggression linked to frustration, not violent content