Asylum reports on The Immersion Project, a short film by British fillmaker Robbie Cooper which captures the faces of 9-16 year-olds as they play violent video games.
UK newspaper the Telegraph offers more details:
Head-on film footage [captures] children as they play a number of more or less violent videogames – Halo 3, Call of Duty, GTA 4, Tekken and Star Wars Battlefront…
The results are variable, and intriguing. 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.’
(There is one expression – an agonised open-mouthed gape, with lips pulled in to cover the teeth – that is seen on several children’s faces playing the first-person shooter Call of Duty. It seems, oddly, to be unique to that game.)
Ultimately, reports the Telegraph, Cooper plans to settle on 75 kid subjects and film them for 18 months as they interact with a variety of violent images, including games, films, TV news footage and online videos. Their facial expressions will be recorded and then interpreted by a psychologist and a sociologist.