Topic-icon Video games offer active military, veterans coping mechanism for stress

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8 months 14 hours ago #45824 by Kazara
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In a recent Games Studies article, Banks and co-author John Cole surveyed active duty U.S. military and veteran gamers about their use of video games and game avatars to deal with these stressors and other service-related challenges. The research team asked about their military experience, general gaming habits, favorite games and their gaming avatars.

The exploratory study found that about half of the gamers used video games to cope with challenges associated with their military service. Their coping mechanisms included escapism, managing self-diagnosed physical and/or psychological ailments, seeking social support (particularly through massively multiplayer online games) and connecting with civilian life.

"Those who used video games to cope tended to have served longer, and they reported high escape, fantasy and skill-development motivations for gameplay," Banks said.

While their favorite game genre was fantasy, military-themed games were a close second. Many of the favorite games involved the military through storylines, gameplay mechanics or avatar tendencies.

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