"Computer games and violence"
New results from media effects research
Educational and political consequences
November 20th, 2008, 9 am - 5 pm, Hochschule München
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Computer games differ in content and mode of representation.
With their incredibly high speed, action games freeze the player on
a level of excessive virtual killing and orgies of violence, counteracting
a sensitive and human personality development in children and youth.
Blunting the senses is only one effect of violence in computer games. At the
same time, interested circles from the political, economic, and scientific
sector are claiming that effects research has, if any, produced only
contradictory results and that no effects of virtual violence on the
behaviour of children and teens exist.
The Media Convention in Munich on November 20th, 2008 intends to oppose
this aimed disinformation through the new findings on the part of media
effect research and to deduce political and educational consequences herefrom.
International media researches will be presenting four new longitudinal
studies proving the consumption of violence through computer games as a
cause of personality changes and real-life violence.
Prof. H. Lukesch (University of Regensburg) will be providing a fundamental
overview of effect research methods-essential for understanding the effects
of media violence-while Prof. D. A. Gentile (Iowa State University) will be
presenting the US American state of research as well as his own longitudinal
study. Three topical German long-term studies (Dr. I. Möller, University of Potsdam;
Dr. Hopf, School Counselling Services Eastern Upper Bavaria; Dr. T. Mößle,
Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN), Hannover) are going to
support violence-based behavioural and personality changes in children and
adolescents living in Germany. Furthermore, findings on the "creeping societal
militarisation and brutalisation" will be revealed (Dr. R. Fromm, Munich) and
the analytical results of players' reactions to public criticism demonstrated
(Prof. G. L. Huber, University of Tuebingen). Finally, an examination of an expert
opinion on the protection of minors against harmful media content in Germany-produced
for the federal government by the Hans Bredow Institute-will be conducted with
respect to its scientific lopsidedness (Dr. R. H. Weiß,
The Media Convention "Computer games and violence" is a mutual event hosted by
The Munich University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule München) and LMU Munich
(Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität) and addresses parents, scholars, students,
scientists, and politicians alike.
Please register early: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Hochschule München, Building R, Lothstraße 64, 80335 Munich,
Roter Würfel (R 1.046), lecture hall: Blauer Hörsaal (R 1.049)