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The Psychology of Shooters

In order to get a better understanding of why the shooter genre is so pervasive in video games, we look to esteemed psychologists and authors on the subject for answers.

Sometimes it seems like no matter what you're looking at in a video game, you're doing it down the barrel of a gun. There are, of course, games with tutorials that can't be reduced to "shoot it and then shoot it some more," but violent games in general-and shooters in particular-are enormously popular. Understanding why is an important question that hasn't gone unnoticed by psychologists interested in video-game violence beyond the typical "does it make us sociopaths?" angle. Some experts even believe shooters help satisfy basic psychological needs.

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