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When People Talk About How Video Games Cause Violence, This Probably Isn't What They Mean

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The evidence that violent video games cause violent behavior remains lacking, but that doesn’t stop the games from being blamed for all sorts of violent acts. Usually, this blame is suspect, but perhaps in some cases, you can make a link between video games and violent behavior. Like in England, where a man has just been convicted of killing his partner, apparently because she stayed up late playing Grand Theft Auto on a TV in their bedroom. Of course, one would be hard pressed to argue that the game really made him do it; the fact that he attacked the woman with two knives and stabbed her in the chest 20 times would indicate the guy had some other issues. But we’ve seen plenty of cases where video games get blamed for abhorrent behavior, while other causes get ignored, so why not here, too?

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Bone... of contention!

My (ex)wife threw my PS1 out the window of our 3rd story apartment. This kind of fighting between couples is normal–just not the murder part.

No, this kind of fighting is normal between people are clinically insane and/or have no business living together. On the other hand, I think I just figured out why the divorce statistics are so high.

Tgeigs says:

Stop pretending there isn't a connection

I for one can attest to the connection, and video games have been responsible for a timeline of reprehensible actions throughout my life. This is one of those times, but feel free to share your own story:

6 y.o. — As a mere 1st grader, I was caught hallucinating on mushrooms, breaking into a pet store and demanding where they kept the turtles. When the clerk looked confused, I snarled “traitor”, slapped him in the face, and proceeded to the turtle section in the back. There I carefully laid them out on the tile floor and proceeded to do a semi-homosexual leap in to the air (one fist in the air and a blank expression on my face) and crushed the slimy quadripeds beneath my shoes. Apparently I was rushed to jail while screaming that someone owed me a princess.

Tgeigs says:

The Story Continues

16 y.o.– At the request of my family, I accompany them to the supermarket. While wandering down one of the aisles, a tall slender man with white hair is walking the opposite direction. He apparently knew my father, and asked him “are you coming to the reunion?”

Sephiroth!, I thought. Here? How could that be?

But that wasn’t the time for thought, it was the time for decisive action, so I promptly crane kicked him in the nuts, reached for one of those plastic displays, and beat him to death with it, screaming “That was for Aerith you snowy son of a bitch!”

Fortunately, as it was close to Easter, there was a plethora of Chocobos located in convenient nearby packages marked “Peeps”. I peeled one out, hopped aboard, and rode it into the sunset.

top says:

I think, as a parent I’d rather have my child be addicted to games which I have the control over with rather than my kid be involved in drugs. I have the power to monitor my kid’s computer usage compared to him using drugs behind my back. I have read an article: http://www.goarticles.com/cgi-bin/showa.cgi?C=1421576 wherein it was discussed a game helped a student in his financial crisis in real life and it somewhat gave me a new outlook in games.

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