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What's A 'Prosocial' Video Game? One Professor Explains

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Posted July 7, 2009 - By pklepek




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What's A 'Prosocial' Video Game? One Professor Explains

I was recently reading a study about the impact video games have on children that didn't focus on violence. Rather, Iowa State University professor Douglas Gentile and other researchers were looking at how "prosocial" titles can actually encourage children to share and support others.

You can read through their entire findings here.

What exactly is a prosocial video game, though? Could that include a video game that was technically violent, but had players helping one another succeed? I asked the Dr. Gentile to list a few games TheFeed readers might know. Here's what he told me.

"Well, a truly prosocial game wouldn't have any aggression (by the player-controlled character), although even violent games can have some prosocial aspects or acts," explained Dr. Gentile.

He then listed some examples (hint: Gears of War co-op doesn't count).

  • "Zoo Vet -- Where you care about the condition of the animals and help them when they are ill or injured"
  • "Animal Crossing -- Where you help other characters in your town by running errands for them etc."
  • "Super Mario Sunshine -- Where you clean off graffiti around the city, although there are some levels with aggression too in this game"

Can you think of any other games that would fall into the "prosocial" category?

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