Good News! Shoot 'Em Up Video Games Don't Make Us All Killers!
from the in-case-you-didn't-notice dept
While people are busy debating whether or not driving video games turn people into bad drivers, I'm sure everyone will be happy to know that violent video games don't turn children into killers. Jack Thompson must be so disappointed. This sounds like a more academic version of the point that a few people made two years ago, noting that as violent video games have become more popular, youth violence has actually decreased. This particular study looked at youth homicides and found that in the past ten years, as violent video games grew more popular, the rate has decreased 77%. The person who did the research notes that video games probably are close to meaningless compared to "community and family violence, suburban alienation and less parental involvement." Of course, that doesn't make for nearly as interesting headlines as being able to blame random school shootings on video games, rather than angry messed up kids.