Sunday, January 22, 2017

Study Claiming Video Games Make Players Better Real-Life Shooters Gets Shot Down

You mean a mouse and keyboard doesn't make you a better shooter in real life? Say it isn't so! Duh.

Titled "'Boom, Headshot!': Effect of Video Game Play and Controller Type on Firing Aim and Accuracy," the study was chiefly the work of Ohio State University's Brad Bushman and Jodi Whitaker, his Ph.D. student at the time. (You can read an archived version here.) Bushman has produced several other studies on violence in media and served as a member of former President Obama's committee on gun violence, and his faculty page proudly reports that a colleague calls him a "myth buster," with the "myths" in question including the idea that "violent media has a trivial effect on aggression."