A new study out of jolly 'ol England suggests that driving video games like Project Gotham Racing cause more aggressive responses in test subjects than shooters. Maybe it's just in England where they drive on the wrong side of the road and have those roundabouts!
The findings are due to be presented at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference by Dr. Simon Goodson and Dr. Sarah Pearson. They summarize their study as such:
Research has suggested a link between videogame violence and aggression using cognitive and physiological evidence. However, previous researchers have made sweeping generalisations about the nature of videogames. Using the latest hi-definition console both cognitive (BSPAQ) and physiological (ECG EEG & Respiration) measures were taken of participants playing a violent shooting game a driving game or a 3D table tennis game.
Results suggest that rather than a game containing graphic violence a driving game had the greatest impact on the participants. Given the high levels of realism in modern games a re-evaluation of the relations between videogames and violence is needed.
This certainly makes sense to me... I get pretty aggressive at cheating, rubber-band AI in racing games and LA traffic has forever ruined any chance of my enjoying a nice drive. Additionally, the shooter actually caused less of an aggressive response when compared to the 3D table tennis game (undoubtedly Rockstar Table Tennis). There is no word on which shooter was played in the study.