STRESS TEST

EDGE - - WAY OF THE STREET FIGHTER -

While there’s no threat of phys­i­cal in­jury to play­ers of fight­ing videogames (be­yond a bit of RSI in an over-ea­ger thumb, per­haps), Goto-Jones be­lieves the stress that par­tic­i­pants un­dergo when en­ter­ing tour­na­ments, or even lower-level matches, is com­pa­ra­ble to that of com­pet­ing mar­tial artists.

“It’s ar­guable to me that the key de­ter­mi­nant of stress is the stakes in­volved,” he says. For Goto-Jones, the ba­sic cat­a­lyst for stress is di­rectly linked to our “in­ten­tion­al­ity” and our sense of the im­por­tance and sig­nif­i­cance of the out­come. In terms of the pres­sure and strain that play­ers of fight­ing games un­dergo, at least, Street

Fighter and mar­tial arts are com­pa­ra­ble.

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