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Submitted by paybackprahl 1019d ago | news

University author argues that games 'where you must kill to survive' are good for female children

PSU writes:

"An academic thesis published in December 2012 argues that "predation play" - a descriptor of video games that encourage survival at any cost - offers valuable lessons and inspiration for young females.

Elena Bertozzi of Long Island University published her article, titled "Killing for Girls: Predation Play and Female Empowerment," in the Bulletin of Science Technology & Society several weeks ago. "Videogames that simulate predation - games in which the player is being hunted by others and must kill to survive - have long been the province of young males," Bertozzi claims. "Playing games that virtually simulate predation . . . has many benefits for female players."" (Culture, Industry)

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1019d ago
Lol he must be some dad who wants to protect his daughter from horny boys later on in life.

-Gespenst-  +   1019d ago
The author is a woman.
SilentNegotiator  +   1019d ago
Killing to survive in a video game = Female empowerment ?

....pass the weed, Dr. Bertozzi. I think there are better ways to teach girls to grow up to be good little feminists than "killing for necessity in video games"
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matrixman92  +   1019d ago
well then...thats a change
TekoIie  +   1019d ago
Is this a false flag attack? This logic could easily be twisted :/
Kingthrash360  +   1019d ago
* looks at 17 year old daughter. ..looks at her boyfriend.....*... agreed..
KwietStorm  +   1019d ago
Her entire point is that girls are not exposed to situations where they gain experience in predation roles, and violent games will teach them how to handle being put in a corner, in regards to gender disparity. Far Cry 3 is apparently a great place to start.

LOL so what would she have young girls do? Stealth stab men in the neck and go on AK-Killing sprees any time they feel discriminated against for being a female? Her coherence in her "studies" is laughable.
KiraxYamato  +   1019d ago
Tomb Raider!
DivineAssault  +   1019d ago
killing to survive is the only way
anticlimax  +   1019d ago
"Bertozzi points the finger of blame at societal norms, which she says "prioritize nurturing and prosocial behaviors" at the expense of competition and necessary aggression"

So men are raised to become aggressive and competitive while women are raised to become nurturing and prosocial, and the problem thus lies with how women are raised?

The article is based entirely out of quoting other research articles out of context, Prof. Bertozzi did not do any research of her own, never mind the kind of expensive, longitudinal design that is necessary to draw such conclusions.

Even if I agreed with such a strong causal link between gaming and personality development, the underlying logic is totally wrong. Do we really need more competitive, individualistic people? Because there really is just too much solidarity and empathy in the world today.

The idea behind the article is that men are often selfish and abusive and that in conclusion, to even things out, so should women. Shouldn't we look for ways to make everyone more nurturing and prosocial instead?

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