Are Games Making Players Prejudiced?


Posted July 1, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

A study conducted by the University of New South Wales in Australia suggests that gamers are threatened by turbans. Here's how they put it:

Research volunteers played a computer game that showed apartment balconies on which different figures appeared, some wearing Muslim-style turbans or hijabs and others bare-headed. They were told to shoot at the targets carrying guns and spare those who were unarmed, with points awarded accordingly.

People were much more likely to shoot Muslim-looking characters - men or women - even if they were carrying an innocent item instead of a weapon, the researchers found.

This is not exactly surprising, given the number of videogames that have come out recently in which turban=bad guy, but it is disturbing, so, as a public service to the planet earth let us reiterate this:  Turbans are worn by awesome people of many religions, including Sikhs and old-school swamis from movie serials of the 1930s. All religions are equally exciting and super-special, so we should be tolerant of everyone. All the big prophets and holy men agree: It's all love. Stop shooting turbans.

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Are Games Making Players Prejudiced?