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Wednesday, December 14, 2005
 
Eight Myths About Gamers
8:38 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

PBS.org is offering an essay by MIT professor Henry Jenkins on eight commonly believed myths about those who play computer and video games. Jenkins' essay covers several misconceptions including the belief that games have led to an epidemic of youth violence, that women never play games, and that game playing is socially isolating. The essay offers some interesting conclusions which are often contrary to those put forth by others in the media.

7. Video game play is socially isolating.
Much video game play is social. Almost 60 percent of frequent gamers play with friends. Thirty-three percent play with siblings and 25 percent play with spouses or parents. Even games designed for single players are often played socially, with one person giving advice to another holding a joystick. A growing number of games are designed for multiple players for either cooperative play in the same space or online play with distributed players.
To read the rest of the essay click on the link below.

PBS.org: Eight Myths About Video Games Debunked


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