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By Anne Harding

Thu Jan 18, 12:52 PM ET




NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Playing video games can satisfy deep psychological needs and, at least in the short term, improve people's well-being, new research shows.


The more a game fulfilled a player's sense of independence, achievement and connectedness to others, the more likely he or she was to keep playing, Dr. Scott Rigby of Immersyve, a Florida-based virtual environment think tank, and colleagues from the University of Rochester in New York found. And the more fully a player's needs were satisfied, the better he felt after playing.


"We think this is really one of the first validated models of what is going on psychologically when people are playing video games," Rigby told Reuters Health in an interview. To date, he noted, research on video games has focused on their potentially harmful effects, such as promoting social isolation, addiction, and violence.


While the findings don't prove that "video games are always good for you," Rigby noted, they do help to provide a more balanced understanding of people's motivations for playing them. "We're trying to in some sense normalize how people look at video games, rather than seeing them as having some mystical power to addict."


In four studies reported in the journal Motivation and Emotion, Rigby and his colleagues sought to understand people's motivation for playing the games and the games' immediate effect on well-being.


In the first study, they had 89 people play a simple game involving jumping to different platforms. In the second phase, the researchers compared the experience of 50 people who played two 3-D adventure games, one very popular and one less so. In the third study, 58 people tried four different games, while in the fourth the researchers surveyed 730 members of an online gaming community who were experienced in playing "massively multiplayer online" games.


Players' enjoyment of games depended on whether the games made them feel competent and independent, and, in the case of multiplayer games, connected to other players. Players who enjoyed their experience showed increases in well-being, self-esteem, and vitality after playing, while those whose needs weren't satisfied reported lowered vitality and mood.


"Video games we think have tremendous potential to impact people, particularly today's video games which are incredibly rich and complex," Rigby said. "This creates very fertile ground psychologically."


Mastering challenges in video games can be a healthy way of coping when opportunities for feeling independent or competent are scarce in the real world, he argued.


"Video games in some ways are very good at satisfying these psychological needs," Rigby noted. "Often times real life is not as clear...real life often can make you feel ineffective."


SOURCE: Motivation and Emotion, December 2006.



--I told my ex video games were good for me. Looks like she was SOOOO wrong for leaving me. I love you guys and gals.
 

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I think there is a major issue when your other half leaves because of too much playing video games.


I think both can satisfy psychological needs but only one can fulfill your physical needs.
 

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...real life often can make you feel ineffective."

Only if you are in fact ineffective. In that case, the correct solution is to re-order your life so that you become effective. I don't think playing video games is an adequate substitute.


If one has low self-esteem because they don't have a job or an education, the answer isn't to accept the situation and learn to feel good about ones self by playing video games. The answer is to get an education and a good job. The self-esteem will take care of itself.
 

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Honestly, playing on Live has been pretty fulfilling for me in a way. I know that sounds pathetic, but I just moved not too long ago to a new city (Chicago from Detroit) with my girlfriend, where neither of us really know many people, and as much as I love her, it felt like we were stranded on our own island at times. Getting out and playing some video games with some long distance friends and even strangers has really alleviated that a lot.
 

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Guys, I was being sarcastic about the ex. I guess I should use italics from now on when I'm joking about something.
 

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I think both can satisfy psychological needs but only one can fulfill your physical needs.

Well, if you're single long enough, you can handle that on your own...
 

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Honestly, playing on Live has been pretty fulfilling for me in a way. I know that sounds pathetic, but I just moved not too long ago to a new city (Chicago from Detroit) with my girlfriend, where neither of us really know many people, and as much as I love her, it felt like we were stranded on our own island at times. Getting out and playing some video games with some long distance friends and even strangers has really alleviated that a lot.

So who/what is giving her that fulfillment?
 

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John, I think it comes with batteries
 

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So who/what is giving her that fulfillment?

Is there some new Xbox hardware I don't know about?

...Taking the 'San Andreas - Hot Coffee' mod to a new level...
 

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everything in moderation. it works well if you have numerous interests, i work about 55 hours a week (trying to find a job that i work less hours) play video games about 7-15 hours a week, play basketball in a men's league every monday, weightlift 3 times a week and shoot guns when i can (i own a couple). So i don't really feel the need to escape, because i am doing so many different things....
 

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i think the real sad thing here is there are so called "professional" Doctors that have the time and funding to waste on these type of ridicolous tests when there are REAL issues in the world that need to be addressed long before this.


Games can be fun. There's nothing more to it. You are bored, need something to do, games fill the void. Just like throwing a baseball did 50 years ago to these sale old farts that do these tests. They didn't have technology,we do, and our kids 25 yrs from now will probably have some crazy VR that we don't understand too.


There are people out there that do anything in the extreme whether it's gaming or washing their hands too often. I wash my hands too, does that make me crazy?


Let us game, F#$%% off.
 

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Didn't the ps2 in japan have a vibrating pad you could but that would work with the duel shock. I wonder what that was for?, I think extended play on G4 had this at one point...



But I agree if you play so much games it sacrifices you GF then somthings wrong.., although if she was the type that hates video games altogether claiming their childish..
 

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Alright, get back to playing games.
 
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