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For gamers, the debate over whether violent video games make players violent is as old as time itself. Many have probably heard this argument from their parents, teachers or the news. Every time the perpetrator of a horrible act is discovered to be a gamer, newspapers and pundits wonder if the killer’s taste in video games had anything to do with their actions. Over the course of decades, research on video game violence has pointed in both directions, some of it suggesting games do cause aggression while others suggest the opposite. So where does the [...]
For as long as violent media has existed, there have been those who believe that exposure to it is the driving force behind a majority of real-world crimes. When Columbine High School was tragically attacked by two of its own students, many news outlets were quick to blame the perpetrators’ behavior on their self-professed love of video games, namely Doom and Wolfenstein. While further analysis eventually found no credible evidence to support that theory, it begun an epidemic of media blaming nearly every violent crime on video games —and the occasional movie— if it was found that the perpetrator had even a passing interest.
Christopher Ferguson, a researcher [...]