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Historical Society Historian
 Post subject: To make video games part of science...
     
         
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Missing since: 10 May 2006
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Hello everyone.

In the past, we've been studied objectively as a part of the internet culture beyond our own understanding, and certainly outside of our knowledge. I personally believe what that certain individual did was unethical.

So here's the thing: I am fascinated with the concept of video games as an actually recognized medium for both psychological study and entertainment. Furthermore, I believe that video games could be the incoming wave of the future in therapy and psychological treatment. Already, video games are used to treat PTSD and phobias. I want to take it a step further, and I look to you, the Silent Hill fanbase, to help me.

I'm especially interested in what the recent SH:SM game did as far as "you pick your game." So I am asking you, the forum-goer, legitimately and straight-forward: in order to study video games as a legitimate medium, may I look at your posts in this forum in order to further research how your gaming patterns reflect your personality? Please post a simple "yes" or "no." I promise no names will be disclosed, no personal information given, in the final potential publication.

If you want video games to be recognized as more than mere "toys," and certainly above the label of "filth" that certain individuals want to call them; if you want to fight against those who would want to censor video games claiming they cause children damage; post "yes." Together, we can scientifically legitimize video games as something more than just a toy.


[EDIT] For those interested in the other ways games are being used in therapy: Tetris reduces PTSD symptoms, virtual simulation games treat Iraq soldiers with PTSD, an earlier look at the same therapy, and video games are a cheap and effective tool in treating phobias. I've seen the full set-up for the Iraq soldiers therapy "game"- they even give them properly weighted fake guns to hold and release certain smells that would trigger their symptoms, like burning rubber, smoke and cooking meat. It's an incredibly immersive experience, as it needs to be- you can't recreate that experience in any other way and still keep it ethical.[/EDIT]

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Last edited by lain of the wired on 13 May 2010, edited 1 time in total.

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Cafe5to2 Waitress
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Yes!
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Gravedigger
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Yes

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Historical Society Historian
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Historical Society Historian
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Godaamit, Yes :D!


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Historical Society Historian
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I see them more as art than science, for the most part, but yes.

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Historical Society Historian
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Fuck yes.

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Moderator
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Why the hell not.

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Just Passing Through
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I`m a newbie in the forum, but yes.


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Hope House Careworker
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are we all just gonna say yes until this gets locked?
its a yes by me anyway


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Missing since: 08 Jan 2006
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Yes, it's fine by me, though I'm not sure what value any of my posts may have. I'd be interested to see what you do with this. 8)

Is there any particular reason you put this in the SH:SM Spoiler section? I know Shattered Memories seems to be a large part of your reason for considering this project, but the subject itself could go in Lakeside since the topic of concern is video games in general. You'd probably get more replies outside of the spoiler forum.

Just let me know if you want the thread moved.


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Historical Society Historian
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^Hmm...I have to think on that. Wider subject sample is always good for validity, but I'm not sure it would give me the data I need. :|

It's just a qualitative set up, so far. If I can build up enough of a case for my hypothesis, I plan to contact Climax and see if I can get more information about the determining factors in the game, how/why they chose the particular tests they did and how they decided the meaning of the player's choices, and see if there's any way those concepts/algorithms could be used in a practical therapeutic application.

Basically, I'm sort of utilizing the game as an already-done experiment and trying to see if there's any meaning to be extracted from the results.

...Does that make sense? :?

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Sure does. :)


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Just Passing Through
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Historical Society Historian
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I don't know why you even ask this question in a game related community. The answer is right in front of you, lain. It's obvious that like 99,9% of the people around here will say yes. And I am one of them.

But just to make sure:
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I see them more as art than science, for the most part

I agree.

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Historical Society Historian
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Yuki wrote:
I see them more as art than science, for the most part, but yes.


I agree- they are mostly art and entertainment. Right now, anyway. But don't we have art therapy? Play therapy? Why not game therapy? :)

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Yes.

I think it could be an incredibly useful tool. Unlike other forms of "entertainment", video games have a level of immersion that movie/books could never reach. SH:SM was a shining success to the idea of psychology based games, games that pick up on subtle characteristics, patterns, choices, etc. that a player makes that they are not even aware of. The fact that I got the "sexual" themed Raw Shocks and the boobzilla version of Cybil was sort of an eye opener for me. I had not really thought of myself as so sexually exposed. I thought I had hid my sexuality very well, but even when "hiding" it, the game picked up on that and I have begun to explore that side of myself a little more freely and openly. I think that can be plainly seen by both people around me and even by my posts here on the forum. I am beginning to understand that it isn't a "bad" thing to be a little kinky. :wink:

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Yes!

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yup

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No. Heheheh... I mean, yes.


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