Hind, P. A. (1995). A study of reported satisfaction with differentially aggressive computer games amongst incarcerated young offenders. Issues in Criminological and Legal Psychology, 22, 28-36.

Abstract:  Investigated the satisfaction reported by young offenders following the playing of 2 interactive computer games requiring identical skills but involving differing levels of perceived aggression and planning for successful completion. Questionnaires and measures of self-esteem were administered to 72 incarcerated young offenders aged 15-18 yrs. 40 of these Ss had a record of violent offending. Ss’ responses were compared to a control group of 30 young, male non-offenders. Ss were asked to play 2 short computer games, and to rate their satisfaction with both. The results indicate that the computer game which involved pattern planning to achieve success was reported as being less satisfying than that which simply required the “destruction” of objects. Further, between group differences were obtained on game satisfaction and self esteem scores. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)