As a medium still in its relative infancy, gaming is under constant scrutiny from those who are studying the effects interactive media may have on the human brain. A breakthrough study conducted out of Eastern Colorado University reaffirms something many have argued over the last two-plus decades: Dragon Ball Z games do in fact cause Super Saiyan behavior.
History tells us that with research such as this there will be those who refute the results, but the UEC staff claims that there is very little room for doubt after concluding their study that observed and surveyed nearly 3,000 Dragon Ball Z gamers across many of the franchise’s entries like Burst Limit, Ultimate Tenkaichi, and the entire Raging Blast sub-series. Prevalent behavioral patterns among those involved in the research included the sudden transformation to acutely apelike creatures and the longing to defend their homeland from Frieza.
“Not only did a majority of subjects commonly experience instantaneous change in hairdo to a spiky, vertical, blonde style, but many of them also mourned the loss of Krillin.” said Samantha Buswell, lead researcher.
If the results of this study are widely accepted moving forward, it will drastically alter the conversation about Dragon Ball Z video games. Parents, politicians, and news media have led the years-long opposition to the medium because so many believed Dragon Ball Z games were negatively affecting those who played them, especially children.
“I’m glad we have this sort of data to confirm our suspicions as concerned mothers,” said Heather Painter, 39, whose son Daniel was a part of the study. “I’ve known for a long time that these types of games were hurting him. He can’t even produce a spirit bomb anymore. He used to love spirit bombs.”
We asked for Daniel’s firsthand take on the results, to which he replied “Kamehameha!”