Violent Video Games Make Kids More Aggressive, Says Researcher

By on 03-19-2013

Iowa State University professor Douglas Gentile says it’s clear that violent video games make kids more aggressive but stops short of claiming that they create homicidal tendencies. In a talk with NPR, Gentile said that that video games featuring violent content “tap into a primal instinct” and release stress hormones in the body such as cortisol and testosterone, the same hormones released in real-life conflicts.

While Gentile says video games alone don’t create murderers, he does admit they’re likely one part of the equation. USA Today confirmed that of 2012’s top 10 best-selling video games, exactly half were rated M for Mature.