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.


Comments

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.

 

Tea and cake or death! Tea and cake or death! Little Red Cook-book! Little Red Cook-book!

Tea and cake or death! Tea and cake or death! Little Red Cook-book! Little Red Cook-book!

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.

---------------------------------

Internet troll > internet paladin

-------------------------------------------------------- Believe in something! Even if it's wrong, believe in it! GET OFF MY PHONE! -Glenn Beck

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.

"

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.

--- Official Protector of Videoland!

--- Official Protector of Videoland!

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.

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

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.

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

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?

The Honest Game - http://www.thehonestgame.org

The Honest Game - http://www.thehonestgame.org

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.

Nido Web Flash Tutorials AS2 and AS3 Tutorials for anyone interested.
How to set Xbox 360 Parental Controls

Nido Web Flash Tutorials AS2 and AS3 Tutorials for anyone interested.
How to set Xbox 360 Parental Controls

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?

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

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?

Nido Web Flash Tutorials AS2 and AS3 Tutorials for anyone interested.
How to set Xbox 360 Parental Controls

Nido Web Flash Tutorials AS2 and AS3 Tutorials for anyone interested.
How to set Xbox 360 Parental Controls

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

Got any numbers or evidence on that NASA claim?

-Gray17

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Will Code Avarice's Paranautical Activity make its way back onto Steam?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Neo_DrKefkaI was called a traitor for speaking out on harassment and I was put on a list for people on twitter to mass report me. Only GamerGate site that has come out of this that has been reputable would be TechRaptor. 2/210/25/2014 - 7:09pm
Neo_DrKefka@Neeneko The reason why I ended my support of #GamerGate was the fact KingofPol (The guy who was sent the knife) ended up saying crap about those with autism. At this point I confronted the community and some big wig writers on the #GamerGate side. 1/210/25/2014 - 7:08pm
NeenekoIt would also mean they have to confront that the sites already mostly cater to them and wiping that small percentage of otherness just does not justify new sites.10/25/2014 - 6:55pm
Neeneko@ quiknkold - problem is it has never been about freedom, it is about dominance, ownership, and priviliage. women and minorities should be the ones leaving and creating their own spaces, not them!10/25/2014 - 6:54pm
Neo_DrKefka@Mecha I hear you about KingofPol this is a guy who is using GamerGate to boost his career. Most of his streams are crap about him talking about him being drunk. What happened to him was wrong but it doesn't change the fact he has instigated much of this10/25/2014 - 5:40pm
Craig R.And I'll be perfectly happy in never seeing the phrase 'false flag' ever again, as it is one of the worst notions to ever come out of the camp of the tinfoil brigade that is already completely overused.10/25/2014 - 3:50pm
Craig R.Gone for a week and come back to find GG didn't go away at all. Dammit.10/25/2014 - 3:48pm
Matthew Wilsonif they were serious, they would go to youtube. most youtube game reviewers tend to revew games as product, and tend leave social issues out of it.10/25/2014 - 1:42pm
quiknkoldif the gamergaters were serious, they'd realize that Kotaku and Polygon arent the only games in town, and that with the freedom of the internet, they could create their own websites and achieve the goals they are trying to achieve without arguement.10/25/2014 - 1:35pm
james_fudgehe should have called the police.10/25/2014 - 1:20pm
TechnogeekAt least my statement still holds if it does turn out to be a false flag.10/25/2014 - 1:03pm
NeenekoThough I admit, since doxxing and false flag where heavily used tactics of the GG supporters, while they are not historical tactics used by detractors, I am skeptical how much it is really 'both sides' doing it in any real volume.10/25/2014 - 1:01pm
NeenekoOne thing that makes all of this messy is 'false flag' is a serious concern here. It does not help that the original GG instigators were also known for doing elaborate false flags to discredit feminism themselves.10/25/2014 - 12:59pm
MechaCrashThe guy who got the knife is the one who advocated doxxing, by the way, and was getting court documents about Zoe Quinn so he could publicly post them. It doesn't make what happened to him right, but he deserves no sympathy.10/25/2014 - 12:42pm
TechnogeekNo, that's a pretty shitty thing to do and I fully support the responsible parties getting a visit from the relevant legal authorities.10/25/2014 - 12:17pm
Neo_DrKefkaSomeone anyone tell me how two wrongs somehow make a right? This is becoming exhausting and both sides are out of there minds!10/25/2014 - 11:40am
Neo_DrKefkaSo two GamerGate supporters received a knife and syringe in the mail today. The same GamerGate supporters who said how awful it was were seen in other tweets gathering lists and sending our similar threats or harassment to shut down the other side....10/25/2014 - 11:36am
NeenekoJust look at how interviews are handled. Media tends to pit someone who is at best a journalist, but usually entertainer, against an expert, and it is presented and percieved as if they are equals.10/25/2014 - 7:38am
Neeneko@MC - Focusing on perpetrator does nothing for prevention, the media and public lack the domain knowledge and event details to draw any useful conclusions. All we get are armchair risk experts.10/25/2014 - 7:36am
Neeneko@AE - no name or picture, I like it.10/25/2014 - 7:34am
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician