Influences of Media and Ethnicity on Violent Video Games
Tomac, Rachelle A.
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The experiment studied how changing the ethnic identity (i.e., Arab terrorists or Columbian guerillas) of ‘bad-guys’ in a first-person shooter game would affect participants’ attitudes toward the game. Participants in the ‘Arab’ group found the game to be significantly more fun and more anxiety provoking than the ‘Columbian’ group. Television viewing habits had a significant influence on the results. Overall, participants who watched greater amounts of television experienced more anxiety, tension, fun, and satisfaction. Participants in the ‘Arab’ group who watched higher amounts of television experienced more anxiety and tension as the result of the interaction of media influences and ethnicity.