Gaming is a Man's Game

| 30 Dec 2008 12:07

In another almost obvious scientific discovery, a Stanford study has found videogames fill men's desires to dominate, conquer and control the world.

Most men like games, particularly ones with lots of tackling, shooting, and most importantly, bloody guts. Previously this was a pretty accurate assumption. Now, Professor Allan Reiss of Stanford's Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research has done the scientific research to prove the hypothesis.

After hooking up his test subjects, a selection of men and women, to an MRI machine and having them play simple games, Reiss' team noticed large increases in activity in multiple parts of the brain: the mesocorticolimbic centre, nucleus accumbens, amygdala and orbitofrontal cortex. All of these sectors are "reward centers" that give the person a feeling a gratification.

Excitement in men increased as their game performance improved and the began winning their respective games. Women were mildly amused, but were clearly shown to be less satisfied by gaming and winning than men.

"These gender differences may help explain why males are more attracted to, and more likely to become 'hooked' on video games than females," explained Reiss. "I think it's fair to say that males tend to be more intrinsically territorial. It doesn't take a genius to figure out who historically are the conquerors and tyrants of our species - they're the males. Most of the computer games that are really popular with males are territory and aggression-type games."

Source: Telegraph

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