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Before Breakfast Bull…

May 28, 2008

I haven’t had my cereal yet, but already two important things have been brought to my attention. They probably both deserve their own post… but… eh.

Firstly Mr. Incredible was reading Game Revolution this morning and came across this delightful study. “Proving” that video games are “in fact” a guy thing.

From the Daily Mail article:

In the first study of its type, scientists wired up a series of men and women to an MRI scanner while they played a video game.

This enabled the researchers to monitor the players’ brain activity as they tried to win onscreen territory by clicking on a series of balls.

Professor Allan Reiss, who led the research, said women got the hang of the game and understood how to win the most territory, but were not as driven as men.

‘The males were just a lot more motivated to succeed,’ he added.

After analysing the MRI data, the researchers found participants of both sexes showed activation in the brain’s mesocorticolimbic centre, the region typically associated with reward and addiction.

Male brains, however, showed much greater activation. The amount increased as they gained more territory.

And then from later in the article:

‘I think it’s fair to say that males tend to be more intrinsically territorial. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out who historically are the conquerors and tyrants of our species.’

I’m just going to take this moment to point out that if you use a game you KNOW will appeal to men more than women (i.e. one whose goal is gaining territory) then uhm… how is your study valid again?
Based on the number of women I know addicted to Bejeweled and Scrabulous I’m not buying it.

What this “proves” is that games that involve clicking little balls in order to gain more territory are more appealing to men than women. And I totally agree with that, because that sounds like a stupid game.

Nextly, On the Radio this morning I heard the good news. And I know EVERYONE in the fatosphere is going to be so excited.

Teh FaTZ Epidemic is OVER!!

No, srsly:

A new analysis from the federal government shows the obesity epidemic among U.S. children and teens has hit a plateau.

It’s good news because it means the obesity epidemic isn’t increasing.

But a third of U.S. kids remain either overweight, obese or morbidly obese.

Oh wait, so there is a plateau and stuff but make sure you don’t leave those fatty kids alone. We can’t stop shaming them, because if we do they might turn into fat adults and then eat the universe.

Blech.

And now for some Lucky Charms, part of a balanced breakfast.

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3 Comments
  1. Laura permalink

    My favorite part of the NPR story about the childhood obesity plateau is that one of the guys they interviewed actually told us all to go park outside a school and count the fatass children. Your head asplode!

  2. Elizabeth Twist permalink

    As a woman who brought a PS2 into a relationship, I totally object to the y-chromosome=natural gamer theory. I agree totally that it’s in the nature of the game they chose. I couldn’t give a stink about conquering territory. I’m way more into blowing sh*t up and collecting treasure (a la Ratchet and Clank, for e.g.)

    And also:
    ‘I think it’s fair to say that males tend to be more intrinsically territorial. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out who historically are the conquerors and tyrants of our species.’

    These dudes need to be reminded of Queens Elizabeth I and Victoria. Lizzie I took England from chaos to stability, and Victoria – hello, British Empire, anyone? I’m not saying it was a good thing…I’m just saying it was a thing.

  3. Exactly Elizabeth. Not to mention it is possible that these kinds of reactions may have been socialized, and that perhaps the enjoyment of video games is developed over time. Who freaking knows. I just hate that they did a pretty questionable study and now it is a “fact.”

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