GAME/SHOW: Why Do Games Make Us So Freakin Angry?


If games are supposed to provide users with entertainment, why do they make us so angry? The people at PBS-funded webseries, GAME/SHOW discusses this topic in their latest episode.

Games make us angry. Who hasn’t come down to the wire in Street Fighter IV, toe to toe with some jerk named “ryukiller4eva,” and suddenly you make a stupid mistake and KO, you are done. What do you do? Take a deep breath, slam your controller against the wall, try to pull it into two pieces, scream?

Experiencing anger while we play video games is very real, but why does it happen, and does it help us? There are physiological reasons, emotional reasons, and psychological reasons for our anger, and your crazy drive and steaming ears just might help you succeed.

In August of 2013, PBS kicked off a brand new weekly web series called GAME/SHOW, hosted by gamer and reporter Jamin Warren. The show provides relevant commentary on the current state of the video game industry in the same style as other PBS-funded web series such as Idea Channel.

You can follow GAME/SHOW on Twitter at @pbsgameshow or on Facebook. If you have suggestions, ideas or feedback about the program, send them to [email protected].

Check out Game/Show’s take on the anger behind gameplay right here:

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