The Immersion project invokes a lot of response
On the onset let me clarify that I am not against videogames or children playing them. On the face of it, I don’t believe that games have so much of an influence on anyone’s mind, so as to influence them into violence. Having said this let me also say that the modern times that we live in peer pressure, lack of self control and lack of boundaries does influence our actions. Kids are under enormous pressure to perform well in all fields and haggard parents find reprieve when kids are busy…busy playing games. Limit…limiting playtime and setting boundaries supports a healthy environment, where children get their kick out of playing the games and parents need not worry about the negative influence of gaming. Recently Robbie Cooper worked on the Immersion project, which captures the emotions of children when they are deeply engrossed in playing their favorite video game. He has captured exclusive footage of the children playing games and will use it as a sociological research or an art project.
The reactions of the children are really amusing and makes you wonder, are our children so vulnerable to the gaming stimuli? In the experiment games such as Manhunt, Grand Theft Auto, Halo 3, Call of Duty, GTA 4, Tekken and Star Wars Battlefront were used. The children who are most expressive in class, according to their teachers, are also the most expressive in front of the screens. Others – particularly the hardened gamers – remain utterly expressionless: ‘Nothing. Not a glimmer of emotion. If you couldn’t see the hands moving, you wouldn’t know anything was going on at all.’
To know more about this experiment head here.