Shock! Scientists say video games feed male need to dominate

Stanford researchers declare that video game playing stimulates parts of the male brain that delight in stomping on others.

Chris Matyszczyk
2 min read

I always thought video games were a modern day artform.

But Professor Allan Reiss of the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research at Stanford University has proved such an elevated idea to be mere liberal tripe.

His research shows that video games stimulate the parts of men that so many other activities just cannot reach: the need to conquer, stomp on, dominate, crush, destroy, maim, annihilate, and turn to ashes and dust.

Women, apparently, understand video games, but their neurology doesn't house the same desire to conquer, stomp on, etc., etc.

Can you see his mesocorticolimbic center begin to throb? CC Rebecca Pollard

"These gender differences may help explain why males are more attracted to, and more likely to become 'hooked' on video games than females," Reiss was quoted in the Daily Telegraph. "I think it's fair to say that males tend to be more intrinsically territorial. It doesn't take a genius to figure out who historically are the conquerors and tyrants of our species--they're the males."

You mean Cleopatra just sat back, played with her asps, and refused to conquer? How sad.

For those of you who are more scientifically inclined, the area of the brain that was put to the test in this research is called the mesocorticolimbic center. And in the case of the men, their mesocorticolimbic center resembled a particularly powerful volcano the minute a simple console was placed before them.

"Most of the computer games that are really popular with males are territory and aggression-type games," explained Reiss.

It is so heartwarming when science confirms what so many secretly feared.