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Do Video Games Lead to Violence

A project was conducted by the Department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Cyprus International ​​University (CIU) to scientifically examine the question "Do Video Games Lead to Violence?", which has been a topic of discussion for many years.

Project leader Assist. Prof. Dr. Çağın Kazımoğlu, Lecturer in the Department of Computer Engineering, stated that video games have become an indispensable hobby for young people nowadays and many people in the society think that video games trigger violence and aggression. Assist. Professor Kazımoğlu mentioned that they carried out an experimental study to measure this obscurity.

Assist. Professor Kazımoğlu said that a detailed literature review was carried out within the scope of the project and factors that cause aggression in human behaviour were determined. Kazımoğlu added that Alp Akca, a CIU Management Information Systems student designed a game to reward these behaviours. Kazimoglu stated that violence factors were directly applied to the levels of violence and aggression in the game, with the direct effects of violence and aggression on people being examined. They got responses from many participants, who were between the ages of 18-30.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Çağın Kazımoğlu stated that the participants, who participated in the experimental study, first filled in the Buss-Perry aggression scale, a psychology tool which is used to measure violence and aggression, After filling in the scale, they played the designed game as much as they wished. They then filled in the scale again after playing the game. Kazımoğlu stated that they analyzed in detail the effect of playing video games on violence and aggression in young people and noted that the answers given by the participants were statistically analyzed.

Kazımoğlu pointed out that the video game did not increase the tendencies of the participants in a negative way and he stated that in this experimental work it was scientifically proven that video games do not direct negative feelings of young people such as causing violence and aggression.

Last updated: 02-08-2018