Negative Potential of Video Games (page 2)

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  1. For example, see Video Game Violence: The Savage Se7en, an article that “take a trip back in time and revisit seven of the most ‘controversial’ titles in video game history.” Also, see Digital Death: The 10 Best Video Game Kills Ever at
  2. Anderson, C. A. and Dill, K. E. (2000). Video games and aggressive thoughts, feelings, and behavior in the laboratory and in life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 78(4), p. 772-790.
  3. Gentile, D. A., Lynch, P. J., Linder, J. R., and Walsh, D. A. (2004). The effects of violent video game habits on adolescent hostility, aggressive behaviors, and school performance. Journal of Adolescence, 27, 5-22. Available online: Also see other publications from Dr. Gentile at Carnagey, N.L., Anderson, C.A., & Bushman, B.J. (2007). The effect of video game violence on physiological desensitization to real-life. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Vol. 43 p. 489–496. Available online:
  4.  There is evidence to suggest that people who watch violent television are more likely to play violent video games and that media violence in general is related to aggressive diagnoses. For examples see Kronenberg, et al. (2005). Media violence exposure in aggressive and control adolescents: Differences in self and parent reported exposure to violence on television and video games. Aggressive Behavior, Vol. 31, pages 201-216.
  5.  BBC News. (August 10, 2005). S Korean dies after games session. Available online:
  6.  Brody, L. (August 19, 2006). Can you be a video-game “addict”? The Record. Available online:
  7. Thompson, S. H. (November 3, 2002). Clicking the habit. Tampa, FL: The Tampa Tribune.
  8.  Computer and Video Game Addiction Fact Sheet. National Institute on Media and the Family. Available online:
  9.  Sanchez, L. M. . August 23, 2002. Violent Video Games and Operant Conditioning: Physical and Psychological Effects. Maxwell School. Available online:
  10.  National Institute on Media and the Family. Available online:
  11. To learn more about schedules of reinforcement, use a web search engine with the phrase “operant conditioning.” Visit as one place to begin.
  12. For more information about gaming addiction, check out Computer and Video Game Addiction from the National Institute on Media and the Family website at
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