SPOnG: "Hold The Press! Video Games 'Teach Aggression' Shocker"

Iowa State University has released a rather hokey press release regarding new research entitled: Violent Video Games as Exemplary Teachers: A Conceptual Analysis. The research appears to indicate the that more you play 'violent' video games, the more violent you become.

Here's how the university kicks off its story: "Like other fathers and sons, Douglas Gentile and his father have spent many hours arguing about video games. What makes them different is that Douglas, an Iowa State University assistant professor of psychology, is one of the country's top researchers on the effects of media on children. His father, J. Ronald Gentile, is a leading researcher on effective teaching and a distinguished teaching professor emeritus of educational psychology at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York.

"Through their discussions, they realized that video games use the same techniques that really great teachers use."

So far, so not bad. In a non-judgmental way, and certainly not in a way to garner headlines, son and pop then instigated research based on techniques that really great teachers use? Apparently not, here's what - according to the University, happened next:

"That realization prompted us to ask the question, 'Should we therefore be surprised that violent video games could teach aggression to players?', said Doug Gentile, who is also director of research for the National Institute on Media and the Family, and co-author of the book "Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Public Policy" (2007, Oxford University Press)."

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