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violent games affect school grades, claims German report

From Gamer.tm: "A study conducted by the Kriminologischen Forschungsinstituts Niedersachsen (KFN) in Germany has found that the consumption of violent media – including violent videogames – has a direct impact on a child's school grades.

"Using boys as a sample group, the study found that the average grades for German, maths and general studies for children who regularly play games cleared for ages 16 and above were 0.1 to 0.5 below the national average. By contrast, boys who never play such games typically receive grades slightly above this.

"In the case of games cleared for ages 18 and above, the effect was even more profound. According to the results, the average grades of children who regularly played such titles were 0.3 to 0.66 below the national average, while those that never played such titles were again marginally above.

German schools use a numerical grading system, where one is the highest grade attainable and ten the lowest. All age ratings were based on those awarded by the Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontolle (USK) board."

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Jack Bauer3506d ago

my pre xbox 360 grades (rarely played games)... C-, C, B-, U(F)

my grades last semester (always play games)... A+, A+, A, A

ceedubya93506d ago

A great study habbit to me. And you have real world results too!

InMyOpinion3506d ago

If I had to choose a genre I'd say RPG's.

What if you think practicing guitar is more interesting than studying. Does that make guitars bad for our children? I think it has to do with the personality of the student, and the environment he/she lives in. If your life outside of school is very stressful you might find more comfort in playing games(or the guitar) than in studying.

killax35633506d ago

It sort of depends on what grade level you're at also. High school (being relatively easy) there won't be much of an effect. College there will be a bigger effect.

Post-graduate work (more difficult by far), there will be a big effect of video games. I'm doing post-graduate work now and I have to admit, my Battlefield 2142 playing is adversely effecting my studies. I think for other genres, such as driving and racing games, the negative effect isn't nearly as big. I think alot of it has to do with the fact that in order to get good at online FPS you really need to know the maps, which takes time and mental focus away from other things a person should be doing (like studying).

mintaro3506d ago

my genre of choice (ill probably get some heat for this) MMORPG's, and just to name the most famous of them all, WoW

seems like the type of genre that can turn a johnny appleseed, to a gerky mcfertinbergerferter...

Mr PS33506d ago (Edited 3506d ago )

Just look at these kids grade's that own an Xbox
I Mean the kids are thick as SH1T !!
The little rednck, hillbillie, sh1t kickin, smacktalkin, fuc*ers

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