There is a popular viewpoint pushed by those who campaign against the likes of Manhunt 2
, and it runs a little like this: motion-controlled on-screen violence is more likely to corrupt players than that which is played through pressing buttons. Senators
have used this argument in the past, as have journalists
, but they're both wrong. Gloriously, wonderfully wrong
. Who says so? Science
says so, that's who.
A new study
from the labs of Villanova University has revealed that swinging a Wiimote and pressing a button generated the same amount of "hostility and aggressive thoughts in" 118 college students (68 female, 50 male). The participants played either Manhunt 2
or Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2008
, with each individual having their levels of "psychoticism" tested before and after play. Nobody completely flipped out
, and whether flailing with a controller or pressing a button, levels of hostility remained even -- and thus another anti-gaming myth crumbled.