Just a Game? Unjustified Virtual Violence Produces Guilt in Empathetic Players

  title={Just a Game? Unjustified Virtual Violence Produces Guilt in Empathetic Players},
  author={Tilo Hartmann and Erhan Toz and Marvin Brandon}
Many avid gamers discount violent conduct in video games as morally insignificant as “it is just a game”. However, recent debates among users, regarding video games featuring inappropriate forms of virtual violence, suggest a more complex truth. Two experiments (N1 = 49, N2 = 80) examined users’ guilt responses in order to explore the moral significance of virtual violence. In both studies, justification of virtual violence and users’ trait empathy determined guilt in a structurally similar way… CONTINUE READING

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