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    Ohio State U Retracts Paper that Claimed Violent Video Games Gave Players Better Aim with Real Guns

    Ohio State U Retracts Paper that Claimed Violent Video Games Gave Players Better Aim with Real Guns



    A 2012 paper on the effects of violent video games authored by Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University, along with Jodi Whitaker, who’s now a professor at University of Arizona, has been retracted following its inability to meet scientific standards after peer review.

    The paper, titled “Boom, Headshot!: Effect of Video Game Play and Controller Type on Firing Aim and Accuracy” presented controversial evidence that video games —specifically first-person shooters —could train players to be better marksmen and improve their aim with firearms.

    In the last decade, anti-video game lawyer Jack Thompson cited Bushman’s research into violent video games, which Bushman co-produced with Craig A. Anderson.

    Critics of the 2012 study cited irregularities with the data he presented, and OSU put one of them on notice for misconduct. Correspondence to an academic publication called Communication Research, where the paper was first published, prompted the publication to issue a retraction. Researchers Patrick Markey of Villanova University and Malte Elson of Ruhr University Bochum alerted the publication to irregularities in the data. Bushman was unable to confirm the sources of his data because the original research records were unavailable.
    We’re tempted to suggest a conspiracy here — but it’s just liberals agreeing yet again that conservatives have hidden, evil motives, because modern liberals simply can’t conceive of any other reason to disagree with the liberal consensus.

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    Most of the video game crowd I've run into usually wet themselves the first time they hear a real rifle or handgun fire.

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    Nice to see some people putting that quality OSU education to good use...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishbone View Post
    Most of the video game crowd I've run into usually wet themselves the first time they hear a real rifle or handgun fire.
    We’re tempted to suggest a conspiracy here — but it’s just liberals agreeing yet again that conservatives have hidden, evil motives, because modern liberals simply can’t conceive of any other reason to disagree with the liberal consensus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishbone View Post
    Most of the video game crowd I've run into usually wet themselves the first time they hear a real rifle or handgun fire.
    You would be hard pressed to find an enlisted man under 30 that doesn't have a LOT of hours logged with first person shooter games, or video games in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GURPS View Post

    In the last decade, anti-video game lawyer Jack Thompson cited Bushman’s research into violent video games, which Bushman co-produced with Craig A. Anderson.
    How old is this article? That should read former attorney Jack Thompson, as that douchknuckle got disbarred over a decade ago.

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