Sunday, August 07, 2011

We All Want To Be Superheroes

In a really short article with no links by, a study found that video game addicts become hooked because they want to be like the people they are portraying in the game. The study of 1,100 people found that gamers enjoy trying different roles in order to achieve a personal ideal. Whether this be becoming the opposite gender, a soldier, or a superhero.

My response, um, duh? I have 5 articles in one of my film theory books about movie's influence on audiences at a social and psychological level. Subconsciously, we all want to be a superhero. That's why we go to see the movies. We may not be the people on the screen, but we watch and pretend that we are, even if we're not aware of it.

Just tell me who wouldn't want to be a superhero? I'm sure if I asked everyone, they would come up with their own special power and look. We'd all be running around in spandex and wearing underwear as outerwear if we could so without ridicule.

Anyway, full findings from the study will be published in Psychological Science. On the plus, the researcher leading the study did not blame video games for any wrong-doing. In fact, he lauded them for allowing people to reach their ideal goals without causing serious harm to themselves or others in reality.


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