Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent Games

December 16, 2008 -

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.


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Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

WTF is a psychologist or a sociologist suppose to gather from a facial expression?  A psychologist gets his/her information on a patient from hours upon hours of dialogue with said patient.  A sociologist studies particular effects of culture and society through history and statistics.  How can watching a few minutes of facial expressions from kids who shouldn't be playing those games to begin with going to determine anything except that people make dumb faces while playing games?

I do kind of "zone out" when I play games, but that's because I'm focusing on the task at hand.  I am equally distracted when I'm putting together a PC, reading a good book, or writing.

Waste of money and time and any results that are determined from this will be easily shot down due to the flimsy nature of it.

 

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Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

I took a few psychology and sociology classes over the past year and a half. I might be wrong, but when they study facial expressions they're looking for subtle signs of emotions.

IDK how you're supposed to interpret a "blank stare", but I wouldn't say its cause they're desensitized. 7 times out of 10, I "zone out" and I have this blank stare too, but thats because I'm concentrating (especially in online multiplayer, where you cant pause the game and it stops).

Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

Ahh, more fodder for fucking stupidity... Maybe those people with blank expressions have such an expression, not because of desensitization but the fact that they can distinguish fake violence from real violence!

Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

I like the kid who looks like a cross between a boy and a girl who I think is playing GTA4. When I play Metroid Prime or fly a plane in San Andreas, my head moves, but I don't think I make any expressions. Multiplayer is a different story though.

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Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

Whenever I play video games I tend to zone out. I have never lost my cool in a violent game though.

Playing golfing games has led to fist fights though. Go ahead, be a smart ass to me when my ball stops rolling one inch from the pin or skips the pin and just hangs over the edge, see if I don't retaliate.

Tiger Woods and Hot Shots Golf have caused me to curse the heavens and fling many controllers to their doom. I could get capped all day long in Call of Duty and shrug it off, but for some reason Golf games get my blood boiling.

Board games too. Don't ever play Monopoly with me. Shit gets intense, yo.

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Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

Should 9-16 be playing games like GTA 4 and Call of Duty? I thought they were M rated. Why can't people comprehend that there are games that are not meant for kids, just like there are media not suitable for children.

Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

M rated games don't do anything to 9-16 year olds.

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Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

Be perfectly honest though. Should a kid still in the single digit age brackets and slightly above be playing the hardcore high end "M" rated games like GTA and Manhunt. I should hope not.

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Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

That's what I was thinking. The kid in the green that they had talking looked way too young to be playing an M-rated game like GTA.

Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

9 year olds, hell no, but once a person is say 14/15 i don't really see a problem.

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Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

 DEAR GOD, these kids are ugly! These expressions should be rated M! 

Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

Joy, yet more for anti gamers to latch onto.

Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

This video is ridiclious. At least one of those games sounded like GTA 4. If not, it was GTA 3.

WHY THE HELL ARE THEY GIVING TEN YEAR OLDS GTA?

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Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

Uhh ... research, perhaps?

Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

Alright. My roomate sticks his tongue out and squints his left eye whenever he attempt to perform a headshot in Quake. Interpret that.

I furrow my brow and glare at the screen when I face Voldo with Taki in Soul Calibur 4, even when I'm winning.

Next, I'll bet they'll try to interpret the faces people make suring sex. This sounds like a waste of both time and resources.

Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

I don't think it is a waste of time. Combine the data with facial recognition software and let the game watch the player. The game could make decisions based on the player's face & body language.

Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

Oh it is, it is... but might only as much as the government typically wastes in other shit...  You should see how much of NASA's budget goes to nothing of importance, mostly people who just sit in an office and do absolutely nothing all day every day other than what they damn well please.  That is the government for you.  Hell, look at the FTC too, they do things to make it look like they are doing something every now and then, but they have no intent in actually doing anything at all.

Of course, I am not really doing anything right now either...  shhhh.

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Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

So when do we get the study of facial expressions while watching pornography? Or has the media finaly backed off of that golden calf?

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Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

I read both articles and neither of them said anything about the government having anything to do with this project. Besides, this isn't just research, it's also art. Art is pointless by nature.

Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

So it isn't a state school that these kids go to?

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Re: Film Project Captures Faces of Kids as they Play Violent

Got any numbers or evidence on that NASA claim?

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