Violent Video Games and Behavior – A Survey

Do you ever find yourself thinking, “You know, I wish I could help my friends at DHGF in some way.” Well now you can! You can help me get an A! Or at least a B+.

You see, I’m a junior at Syracuse University, and for my applied anthropology class, somehow, some way, I’ve convinced my professor to let me do my final project on looking at the relationship between video games and violent behavior. Other people in the class are looking at how they can help people with AIDS in Africa or solving world hunger. I’m doing mine on video games. I’m awesome!

So anyway, I have a survey here, so if you fancy yourself an enthusiast of violent games, please take a moment and fill it out. Send your answers to me through email at cemarsh@syr.edu. Please note, your answers won’t be seen by anyone but me, and the final paper won’t be published here nor anywhere else. If you don’t play violent games, but know someone who does, by all means pass this along to him or her. If you neither play violent games nor know someone who does…well, feel free to ignore this entirely. Thanks a lot!

1. Please indicate your gender
a. Male
b. Female

2. Please indicate the range into which your age falls:
a. <10
b. 11-14
c. 15-17
d. 18-21
e. 21-25
f. 26-29
g. 30+

3. How long have you been playing video games?
a. <1 year
b. 2-4 years
c. 5-7 years
d. 8-10 years
e. 10+ years

4. How many games do you own that are rated “M” for “Mature” by the ESRB or are given a similar rating through another body?
a. 0
b. 1
c. 2
d. 3
e. 4
f. 5+

5. How many games do you own that are rated “E” for “Everyone” by the ESRB or are given a similar rating through another body?
a. 0
b. 1
c. 2
d. 3
e. 4
f. 5+

6. How much time per day do you spend playing video games?
a. <1 hour
b. 2-4 hours
c. 5-7 hours
d. 8-10 hours
e. 10+ hours

7. Of your game playing, how much time do you spend playing games that are rated “M” for “Mature” by the ESRB or are given a similar rating through another body?
a. <1 hour
b. 2-4 hours
c. 5-7 hours
d. 8-10 hours
e. 10+ hours

8. Of your game playing, how much time do you spend playing games that are rated “E” for “Everyone” by the ESRB or are given a similar rating through another body?
a. <1 hour
b. 2-4 hours
c. 5-7 hours
d. 8-10 hours
e. 10+ hours

9. Of the games you own, how many are first person shooters, as in, your character wields a weapon and the game is played through a first person perspective?
a. 0
b. 1
c. 2
d. 3
e. 4
f. 5+

10. Do you play games depicting such violent sports as football, boxing or hockey?
a. Yes
b. No

11. Do you play games depicting such violent forms of entertainment as organized fighting or professional wrestling?
a. Yes
b. No

12. Which of the following best describes your mood after playing a violent game:
a. Agitated
b. Relaxed
c. Neutral

THE FOLLOWING QUESTION IS FOR GAMERS UNDER THE AGE OF 17 ONLY. THOSE THAT ARE 17 OR OLDER, PLEASE SKIP TO QUESTION 14

13. Of the games you own rated “M” for “Mature”, how did you come to own them?
a. Parent or legal guardian bought them for me
b. Someone over the age of 17 bought them for me
c. I bought them myself
d. I don’t own any “M” rated games

14. Do you participate in such violent sports as football, boxing or hockey?
a. Yes
b. No

15. Do you enjoy watching such violent sports as football, boxing or hockey?
a. Yes
b. No

16. Do you participate in such violent forms of entertainment as organized fighting or professional wrestling?
a. Yes
b. No

17. Do you enjoy watching such violent forms of entertainment as organized fighting or professional wrestling?
a. Yes
b. No

18. Have you ever instigated a fight?
a. Yes
b. No

19. Have you ever participated in a fight?
a. Yes
b. No

20. Have you ever stood by and watched a fight between two or more individuals?
a. Yes
b. No

21. Have you ever participated in good-natured horseplay with one or more individuals (ex. “Ëœpretend” fighting)?
a. Yes
b. No

22. Do you find yourself being aggressive in situations that don’t call for it?
a. Yes
b. No
c. Sometimes.