Video game shooting is different from real shooting.
|Battle Rifle, my Halo weapon of choice (source)|
|As a female Halo player myself, I think these Lady Spartans are awesome! (source)|
Personally, I like shooter video games. I'm playing Halo 4 like the rest of the world right now and I played the heck out of Mass Effect earlier in the year. I have also shot real guns.
And guess what? shooting real guns is just not really my thing. I find it a little bit scary and not that fun or exciting. The idea of going to a shooting range and shooting guns at paper targets for an hour sounds really boring to me. Shooting skeet or something moving, like an animal, also sounds pretty boring.
I am skeptical about the idea that the dopamine released during shooting video games transfers to more enjoyment while shooting real guns. I am willing to change my mind upon seeing some data, but having seen nothing to support this direct transfer, I don't think it exists.
This post is written in response to "Addicted to the Bang: The neuroscience of the gun." by Steve Kotler and Jim Olds. (They don't actually claim that dopamine release during video game shooting directly causes addiction to real shooting, but I think that someone might get that idea from the article.)