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by Mike Masnick




Stopping Crime By Getting Kids To Play More Video Games

from the gives-them-something-to-do dept

We've discussed how little evidence there really is about video games leading to youth violence. While studies have been spun to show both sides, there's no actual link being shown. In some cases there are correlations, but it's usually easy to explain -- during a game, of course people are going to get excited and involved in the game play. However, for many it appears to be a way to let out aggression, not build up new aggression that gets let out on real people. This is clearly supported in the fact that youth violence has continued to drop significantly as video games have become ever more popular. Despite the efforts of some who want to blame video games for anything a child ever does wrong, it appears that some police officers are recognizing the good side of video games. Boing Boing points us to a story about police in Edinburgh who are organizing video game tournaments with troubled youths. The result? Youth crime in the area has dropped by half. Seems to take a lot of the sting out of the claims of those who like to blame the video games.

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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Jan 2006 @ 6:21pm

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    yay, now when i play counter strike i can tell my parents i am doing this so i dont hurt anyone. YAY, i can play bf2, CoD2, quake4, FEAR, ET:QW and FarCry in peace now! thank you honest unbiased science :D

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    man, 18 Jan 2006 @ 8:15pm

    man

    man that is so true Total pwnage

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    shloky, 18 Jan 2006 @ 10:08pm

    Not necessarily gaming

    Wouldn't any organized group activity decrease crime in an area with a high amount of "at risk" youth?

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      cax, 19 Jan 2006 @ 1:19am

      Re: Not necessarily gaming

      Wouldn't any organized group activity decrease crime in an area with a high amount of "at risk" youth?
      Is there anything else near as good at bringing kids together?

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      Anonymous Coward, 19 Jan 2006 @ 11:16am

      Re: Not necessarily gaming

      Wouldn't any organized group activity decrease crime in an area with a high amount of "at risk" youth?,
      Sure but not many kids play Parcheesi, or arrange flowers, or work in soup kitchens... But a fair number of them play halo.

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    Stanton, 18 Jan 2006 @ 10:17pm

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    realy? oh thank the lord! >.>
    hmm wait.. this cant be right....
    last game i played i ended up pounching my cuzin for he was kicking my ass.... and he woulnt tell meh how o.o oh well yay >.> well on the other hand online games i dont hit no one...
    the players can pee meh off o.o i mean wall hacks other hacks then thay go have the nerve to say meh team is noobs... o.o boy we showed em >. i bet we tought them even hacking dosnt work vs skilled players... lol

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    dorpus, 18 Jan 2006 @ 10:30pm

    How come

    How come Mike is eager to support a statistical correlation by calling it "causation" when he likes the conclusion, while he also says correlation is not causation when he doesn't like the conclusion?

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      Xanthir, 19 Jan 2006 @ 12:48pm

      Re: How come

      I can agree with dorpus' comments somewhat. While Mike didn't come out and say 'causation', it is implied in his comments.

      Making comments like that which imply that video gaming actually causes a reduction in youth violence hurts your point. Without control groups and such, there is no way to establish anything more than a correlation.

      On that note, the correlation that exists does indicate a link between an increase in video-game playing and a decrease in youth violence. This is clearly indicated by publicly available FBI crime statistics, and is completely opposite what some of the anti-video-game crusaders enjoy saying.

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    giafly, 19 Jan 2006 @ 3:18am

    Statistics

    There's a statistical problem with such results:
    1. Youth crime for single neighbourhoods is partly random (this study is for the Moredun area of Edinburgh), up some months and down others.
    2. Police tend to act when crime figures happen to be high, above the average, which means that next months' figures will usually be lower by pure chance.
    3. Thus police can usually claim success for almost any action to reduce crime.
    The same approach is used to justify speed cameras.
    1. Police choose places where there have been most accidents recently (accidents are partly random too).
    2. They install cameras.
    3. And when the next batch of accidents randomly happen elsewhere they claim success.

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    PsychoKaiser, 5 Feb 2006 @ 10:15am

    YES!! Now I can tell my parents to shut up when they catch me pwning someone on Halo2 and Battlefield 2

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    ann, 2 May 2006 @ 10:55am

    comment

    i've you play on video games for too long then it can cause long term damage for your eyes

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    bimbo, 2 May 2006 @ 10:57am

    i don no

    wat is dis

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    YOUR MOM, 29 May 2007 @ 6:56am

    so ur saying Grand Theft Auto is good?
    Case closed. bitch

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