Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Penny states, “So, while the electronic game industry vehemently counters claims that interactive electronic games have any real-life consequences, psychotherapists employ simulation technologies precisely because they have effect in people’s lives.”

There are cases where some say simulations (video games) have no affect on people’s lives, and there are others that say they do.

A classic example is the Columbine shooters. A study was done that stated the shooters played the Doom video games. However, I do not believe that it was proven that the game affected any of their real life actions.

The army, and other institutions, has used simulations to train people in their specific job area. This is on the side of the argument that simulations do affect people’s real life actions and decisions.

Do you think that games do actually have a consequence on real life choices and decision making?


At 11:32 PM, Blogger Taco said...

I know that Nascar drivers use games ("simulations") to train on their way to a certain event at that track. They can set their car up nearly exactly as they will in real life (gear ratio, drag, etc.) and test the track in all conditions. It helps them to memorize the course, where they're going to shift and lots of other things. But that goes right along with the military examples that you and I have both used.

At 2:13 PM, Blogger Steve said...

I think simulations have a certain affect on choices but not alot. Simulations are not the real. As much as they prepare you for the "real" situation you won't know how you will react until you get to the "real" situation.


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