I just finished writing a paper for my Child/Adolescent Psychopathology grad course in which I reference Kotaku twice (http://kotaku.com/5966096/league-of-legends-using-neuroscientist-to-stop-players-being-vicious-jerks?post=54932340 and http://kotaku.com/5311939/guest-oped-the-impact-of-homophobia-in-virtual-communities). It's about cyber bullying and violence in video games; I propose that cyber bullying has a moderational effect on how violence in video games impact adolescence, and that it is the interaction effect produced by the two (rather than violence alone) which produces the already-observed increase in antisociality following playing certain games. The format of the paper is to propose a study, pretend that it's been done, and then write it up as though the results are significant, and then again as if they're not.

Using Kotaku as a resource makes papers a lot more fun to write, but also I find myself back on here over and over and over just sort of... browsing. Looking at the articles I've already read. Clicking through comments, you know. Which would be why I am awake at 4AM finishing a paper.


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