CLuciantonio

CLuciantonio

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    Play Fighting: The Emotional Release of Competitive Fighting Games

    As a fan of fighting games and someone who has been described as "overly competitive," I would like to see someone’s take on the idea that allowing people to essentially fight out their problems virtually is as rewarding as any physical confrontation. I have friends within the FGC (fighting game community) who work out all their aggression for the people they hate by playing them at a round of Street Fighter or going a set in Marvel Vs. Capcom. While they never throw a punch, they claim to feel all the satisfaction and their opponent all the humility as their chosen character beats the other. I have felt this feeling before, but I would like to challenge someone to put it better in words, or at the very least comment on this phenomenon.

    • I believe this was discussed in part in the book hasn't theft childhood. The authors were studying 8-14 year olds though and the effects of violence on their minds. – fchery 5 years ago
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    • I guarantee that any game with truly competitive combat can act as a genuine stress relief mechanism. That is a two way street, however. While it can and does alleviate some tension, it can also (especially in the case of MUDs, which are something of a specialty for me) make it far worse due to the emotional investment one tends to (almost subconsciously) throw into games of this nature. I've seen in my 8 years playing Avalon for instance, a LOT of rage - and I'm talking the shouting screaming "I'm going to kill your mother" type fury. An interesting phenomenon for sure. – Elsalvador 5 years ago
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    I would add Broly to this list. He is such a ridiculous villain who was grossly over hyped and built up to the point of comedy. I never felt he did anything threatening and his character was so bland. He’s just the strongest. Oh, but I’d say Pan deserved way higher ranking than she got.

    Top Ten Misused Dragon Ball Characters
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    I would add Roky Erickson to this list. A godfather of psychedelic rock and a staple of the Austin music scene, he was an interesting character who deserves more recognition for his compositions.

    The Most Influential Musical Acts You Never Have Heard Of
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    I feel that sense of loneliness so pivotal to the feel of Fallout is undercut by how powerful your character is. I found it hard to get lost in the atmosphere of the game because I never felt helpless. Any person I would come across either helped me through intimidation, or died. Hard to feel lonely when there wasn’t a threat in the ever expanding wasteland.

    Loneliness in Fallout