2.19.2007

Researcher Finds Scant Evidence

Linking Violent Behavior to Video Games

Thanks to GamePolitics for this one.

I have a friend named Nancy.

What makes her feel violent? Parent Teacher conferences.

What relieves those violent feelings and lets her relax? GTA: Vice City.

Trust me, saying video game violence leads to real violence misses the point. I don't feel violent after playing a video game and neither does anyone else after playing a video game. Sure, you get a surge of adrenaline, but you also get the same surge after riding a roller coaster. Do roller coasters lead to violence? Of course not.

Just like the people who blamed their actions on music, today's blaming of video games needs to be recognized for what it is: refusal to take responsibility for your own actions.

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