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Blood and Violence: exploring the impact of gore in violent video games


Ashbarry, L and Geelan, B and de Salas, K and Lewis, I, Blood and Violence: exploring the impact of gore in violent video games, Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (CHI PLAY 2016), 16-19 Otober 2016, Austin, Texas, pp. 44-52. ISBN 978-1-4503-4456-2 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1145/2967934.2968111


Violence is a key element in video games and despite the extensive research in video game violence, there is still a debate on its psychophysiological effect. There is a lack of understanding on the elements of video game violence that influence aggression. The present pilot study examines the effect of blood and gore in a first-person shooter with participants playing in one of the two conditions, with or without blood and gore. To assess the effect of blood and gore, and thus violence, a number of elements were measured including physical arousal, individual differences, personality, and game experience. The results suggested that blood and gore had no effect on aggression-related associations and cognitive processes. The findings did suggest that previous game experience had a significant effect on increased physiological arousal when engaging in violent content featuring blood and gore. Furthermore, a personality trend emerged showing an effect on arousal and cognitive processes. As the study was preliminary, definitive conclusions cannot be drawn, however the findings warrant further investigation.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:violence, video games, aggression, arousal, psychophysiology, blood, gore, player experience
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Information systems
Research Field:Information systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Other information and communication services
Objective Field:Other information and communication services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ashbarry, L (Ms Louise Ashbarry)
UTAS Author:Geelan, B (Mr Benjamin Geelan)
UTAS Author:de Salas, K (Associate Professor Kristy de Salas)
UTAS Author:Lewis, I (Dr Ian Lewis)
ID Code:111934
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2016-10-17
Last Modified:2017-11-13
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