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A New Study Says That Video Games Are a Guy Thing, Because They Appeal To Men's Urge To Conquer

Video Games Are a Guy Thing? Someone Forgot To Tell Us

When I read this article on a study that said guys are more into video games than women (it's infuriatingly titled "Games Are a Guy Thing"), I thought I'd do a poll about it — and then I realized what a big Duh that was. Of course video games aren't "a guy thing" — but do our reasons for playing them differ based on our genders?

The study says that video games appeal to a man's need to conquer, which I can't argue with, because I think I play video games out of my need for fun, not because I want to be the dictator of Sims land. Games, they say, activate the mesocorticolimbic (I dare you to pronounce that correctly) center, or the place where addiction and reward are based. There's more activity here in men's brains than women's, which is interesting, to say the least. Sometimes I feel very addicted to a certain game (I can quit anytime, I swear!), but I have always felt my boyfriend needs to play a little more than I do.

I would really like to see a video game/brain study on what causes video game burnout, but in the meantime, what are your thoughts on the video-game-as-guy-thing?


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