Video Games: Positive Agents Of Socializaiton


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Video Games: Positive Agents Of Socializaiton

  1. 1. Video Games:Positive Agents ofSocialization<br />By: YurijBryndzia<br />With Help from: Professor Joseph Straubhaar<br />And Doctorate Candidate Matthew Payne<br />
  2. 2. Background<br />Texas Interdisciplinary Plan:<br />Digital Entertainment<br />Inspired by SXSW<br />Decided to act upon passion of video games<br />
  3. 3. What do Games do exactly?<br />Pass the time?<br />Degrade your social skills?<br />Convince you to do drugs, have sex and kill for fun?<br />
  4. 4. ANSWER:<br />NONE OF THE ABOVE!!!<br />Video games are creators of emotion<br />
  5. 5. So What?<br />The growing trend in games is the simulation of social situations that reflect the ones we face in everyday life.<br />Through the increased exposure of these social situations, games can teach the player positive social behaviors through these emotional experiences. <br />
  6. 6. Shock Therapy for Your Heart<br />In most games you develop close connections with non-playable character allies and endure through conflicts and as such relate future interactions based on those situations.<br />Example:<br /><br />
  7. 7. Is That Even Plausible?<br />Key Concepts to Know<br />Procedural Rhetoric<br />Processes that result in certain actions used to persuade the player that their actions bear particular consequences<br />The “half-real”<br />Balance of rules and fiction<br />The “magic circle”<br />Mindstate player immerses into through video games<br />
  8. 8. The “Magic Circle”<br />One of the ways in which a game is delineated from what is outside the game.<br />The gamespace which the classic game model (right) explains the immersive properties of the magic circle<br />
  9. 9. Procedural Rhetoric<br />The art of persuasion through rule-based representations and interactions<br />Games and their rules embody cultural values<br />Processes executing rule-based symbolic manipulation<br />Practicing the controls and other in-game functions develops this rhetoric<br />
  10. 10. The “Half-Real”<br />Rules and Fiction<br />Rules cue the player into imagining the gameworld<br />Fiction cues them into understanding the rule of the game<br />Combination of rules and fiction creates an effect that emulates the real world<br />Stylized simulations<br />Some actions are obvious since they emulate elements of the real world<br />
  11. 11. The Big Idea<br />The intersect of these concepts make it possible<br />‘The magic circle’ also known as flow state is one of full immersion<br />In full immersion the Player builds PR <br />Player‘s sense of the “half-real” intensifies<br /> Games as creators of emotion have the potential to impart social lessons in this way<br />
  12. 12. Another Tug on the Heartstrings<br />In some games there are groups that are openly discriminated against and the option to be a part such a group, like in Dragon Age<br /><br />
  13. 13. Evidence Accumulated<br />Although the concepts themselves are evidenced by prior research, the link between those ideas and my argument are strengthened by recent studies.<br />Effects of Prosocial Video Games (June 2009)<br />Environmental Priming (2009)<br />
  14. 14. Prosocial Effects Study- Findings<br /><ul><li>Effects of Prosocial Games on Prosocial Behaviors
  15. 15. Video games aren’t inherently good or bad
  16. 16. Prosocial – helping others (not necessarily non-violent)
  17. 17. General Learning Model used to understand exposure to video games</li></li></ul><li>Prosocial cont’d<br /><ul><li>Playing Video Games is a continuous cycle of learning
  18. 18. Short term effects include learning the game’s skills and fiction
  19. 19. Long term effects include changes to perceptions, attitudes, and conditioned emotional responses</li></li></ul><li>Environmental Priming- Key Results<br />Dr. Jorge Pena’s study on Environmental Priming (2009)<br />Environmental Priming – Belief that different environments elicit different responses<br />Study proved virtual environments have subtle but powerful effects on our interpersonal behavior and impressions of others<br />
  20. 20. One Last Feel-Good Moment<br />The positive decisions you make in certain games, like Bioshock, are rewarded with endings like this one<br /><br />
  21. 21. Weaving the Basket<br />Threading it all together<br />The Magic Circle, Procedural Rhetoric, and the Half Real happen simultaneously<br />As a result, it grants the emotions that video games generate for the players the potential to allow them to internalize the positive social behaviors they encounter.<br />
  22. 22. Conclusion<br />If one can accept that games simulate real life situations within the frame of interactive fiction by generating emotions in mirror image circumstances, then it is plausible to believe that video games can teach positive social behaviors to its players in this way.<br />
  23. 23. Questions?<br />