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Aggression and Video Games

Violent Video Games Reduce Brain Response to Violence and Increase Aggressive Behavior, University of Missouri Study Finds from MU News Bureau on Vimeo.

It’s an issue that experienced video gamers have heard plenty about. Playing violent videos games has been correlated with increased violence. I have heard enough about this issue, but time and time again it has been brought up by researchers. I’m looking at the video above in particular, which follows a study by the University of Missouri. Subjects were shown images, some violent, after playing different video games. Those who played violent games had the least brain reactions to violent images. Alright, so playing violent games desensitizes people to unpleasant images.

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Is Legend of Zelda the Greatest Game of All Time? + Zelda Anniversary!

As you may know, this year marks the 25th anniversary of my favorite video game series: The Legend of Zelda. There’s a reason why the LOZ series is acclaimed, and that’s due to the quality consistency every game delivers. I will be putting out some Zelda-related content for the next few days, but today I will discuss one of the most controversial games ever made: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Every moment is memorable. For example, I clearly remember this from the Forest Temple

What is so controversial about this game? Half the world thinks it’s overrated, and the other half adores it. Since “half of the world” consists mostly of the generation of gamers that experienced OoT when it first came out, many argue their love for the game is nostalgia. Also, those same people have played so many modern games that OoT’s limited technology is too dated to immerse them. Remember: from here on, everything written is my opinion. No need to judge :D.

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Creativity: Old School vs. New School

The first legend of Zelda game that I ever beat was Twilight Princess. Needless to say it was an amazing experience; it had great set pieces, a memorable character, and a touching, haunting story. And that’s just the presentation. The game play was smooth; doing a roll in Ocarina of Time will always feel clunky from now on. The temples were nothing short of excellent, with the exception of the last one. So, how does a game with better graphics, game play, budget and hype levels still feel like a step back from Majora’s Mask?

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