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First-Person Perspective, Violent Content From

  • By: Erica Scharrer
  • In: Encyclopedia of Media Violence
  • Edited by: Matthew S. Eastin
  • Subject:Mass Communication, Aggression & Violence, Violence & Society

The first-person perspective is a formal technique of visual media wherein the camera assumes the point of view of a character. This technique allows the viewer to see and hear the world as if through the character’s eyes and ears. While first-person perspective is sometimes used in film and television, violent content shown from this perspective is more frequently found in video games, most markedly in first-person shooter games. The first-person perspective is thought to exacerbate the effects of violent games through an increase in presence and an increase in identification with the violent character. There is growing evidence that first-person perspective taking stimulates particular neurological routes directly related to human self-consciousness. Increasingly, violent first-person shooter games have become associated with the military in both ...

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