It looks like it’s going to be one of those back-and-forth items between research showing gamers to be social outcasts and research showing non-gamers to be social outcasts. This is research to the latter effect. According to the article:
Playing games apparently gives young males social confidence, according to the study, while those who don’t play video games had a significantly greater risk of becoming anti-social.
Which certainly should come as a surprise to all those advocates of the evils of video games and gamers in general. In its own light, it certainly makes sense, because the researchers cite the Viginia-Tech shooter as a prime example:
“It’s interesting if you look at what happened a year ago at Virgina Tech… [the attacker’s] suitemates who he shared a dorm room with said that he didn’t play video games at all and that struck them as really odd because everyone else did.