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All those years of Mortal Kombat just might have served a purpose for some gamers. According to a new study from Keele University, violent video games can actually help people increase their physical pain tolerance by a significant amount. Kind of makes all those concerned mothers and pro-active parent groups seem pointless, eh?
If you always wanted to make a career out of being an MMA fighter because you were good at performing fatalities in Mortal Kombat 2, then there's no better time to start than now. Seeing all those heads getting ripped off may have made you more tolerant for taking a straight-edge punch from a world class fighter like Bas Rutten or Matt Hughes.
According to the Keele University study [via WebProNews], Dr Richard Stephens, a senior lecturer in psychology at Keele University expounded on the findings, saying...
“We assumed that swearing eases pain by sparking an emotional reaction in participants – most likely to be aggression – in turn setting off the body’s fight or flight response. This latest study was a test of that assumption in which we set out to try and raise participants’ aggression levels by having them play a violent video game. We then tested the effect on pain tolerance. The results confirm our predictions that playing the video game increased both feelings of aggression and pain tolerance”.
The test included having participants play a violent video game and then dipping their hand in freezing cold ice water and then having another group of participants not play a game and simply dip their hand in freezing cold ice water. The difference was that those who played the violent game managed to keep their hand submerged in the freezing cold water an average of 65% longer than the participants who didn't enjoy engaging in headshots and fatalities.
This is probably a smile-inducing bit of information for parents who want to raise tough as nails kids or for basement dwellers who always wanted to become superheroes, or for neckbearded couch-sitters who felt as if they could try their hand at the popular machete face-slapping game.
A little bit of Call of Duty or God of War each day and soon your kid just might build up enough resistance to pain to become the bare-knuckle street brawler that your grandfather always hoped you'd become. Never let the dream die, never stop committing fatalities.
You can learn more about the study by paying a visit to the Official Keele University Website.