Longer you play, the more hostile you feel: examination of first person shooter video games and aggression during video game play
Article first published online: 10 AUG 2007
© 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Volume 33, Issue 6, pages 486–497, November/December 2007
How to Cite
Barlett, C. P., Harris, R. J. and Baldassaro, R. (2007), Longer you play, the more hostile you feel: examination of first person shooter video games and aggression during video game play. Aggr. Behav., 33: 486–497. doi: 10.1002/ab.20227
- Issue published online: 5 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 10 AUG 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 MAY 2006
- Manuscript Received: 15 NOV 2005
- video games;
- General Aggression Model;
- first person shooters
This study investigated the effects of video game play on aggression. Using the General Aggression Model, as applied to video games by Anderson and Bushman,  this study measured physiological arousal, state hostility, and how aggressively participants would respond to three hypothetical scenarios. In addition, this study measured each of these variables multiple times to gauge how aggression would change with increased video game play. Results showed a significant increase from baseline in hostility and aggression (based on two of the three story stems), which is consistent with the General Aggression Model. This study adds to the existing literature on video games and aggression by showing that increased play of a violent first person shooter video game can significantly increase aggression from baseline. Aggr. Behav. 33:486–497, 2007. © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.