In a world where videogames are often the scapegoat of human tragedy, it’s with great relief we read about studies like the one put forward by Texas A&M International University associate professor Dr. Christopher J. Ferguson. He states that violent games in fact help relieve stress and depression.
“In this study, 103 young adults were given a frustration task and then randomized to play no game, a non-violent game, a violent game with good versus evil theme, or a violent game in which they played ‘the bad guy.’ The results suggest that violent games reduce depression and hostile feelings in players through mood management,” Dr. Ferguson explained.
“It probably won’t come to a surprise to gamers that playing games may reduce stress,” he adds, “although others have been skeptical of this idea. This is the first study that explores this idea, however. It does seem that playing violent games may help reduce stress and make people less depressed and hostile.”
While this study has yet to evolve before it can prove anything, Ferguson suggests that videogames might increasingly be used in therapy with both teens and adults.
And let’s not forget the ultimate fact: there has yet to be one case in which playing videogames can be linked to violent behavior, and backed up by actual science, non-Jack Thompson science.