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    25 Years of Research on Violent Games

    After the violence in Newtown ó and really, any violent mass shooting these days ó it didnít take long before pundits were blaming violent video games for the violence. As happened with comic books in the 1950s, video games have become a scapegoat for deeper societal problems.

    Senator Jay Rockefeller proposed a bill mandating that the National Academy of Sciences research the effect of violent media on children, and President Obama himself asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the relationship between violent media and actual violence to the tune of $10 million dollars in taxpayer money. These calls for more research come despite the fact that previous studies do not support the existence of a strong link between violent media and violent behavior.
    http://cbldf.org/2013/01/kotaku-take...t-video-games/

    Excellent read. For those who don't have the patience to read a long article, it pretty much shows that competition, not video games, leads to violence...

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    Obama needs to see this asap so he can issue an executive order banning sports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Locke View Post
    http://cbldf.org/2013/01/kotaku-take...t-video-games/

    Excellent read. For those who don't have the patience to read a long article, it pretty much shows that competition, not video games, leads to violence...
    Isn't online gaming competitive? If so, when (around 2007?) did online gaming (particularly FPS) start becoming popular? Does realism account for anything? If so, wouldn't there be a difference between the 8-16 bit days and the gaming of today?

    EDIT: Online FPS probably started getting big around the time the original Xbox launched (Halo). And I could be wrong, but didn't the largest increase in online gaming start around 2007 or 2008?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Breed View Post
    Isn't online gaming competitive? If so, when (around 2007?) did online gaming (particularly FPS) start becoming popular? Does realism account for anything? If so, wouldn't there be a difference between the 8-16 bit days and the gaming of today?

    EDIT: Online FPS probably started getting big around the time the original Xbox launched (Halo). And I could be wrong, but didn't the largest increase in online gaming start around 2007 or 2008?
    That sounds about right, but I don't know for sure. The latest generation of consoles are the first to make online gaming easy and accessible to all, and they came out around that time I believe.

    Realism has little to do with anything as far as gaming and violence goes. In fact, gaming has little to do with violence at all. It's a scapegoat for the fact that we have a societal problem no one wants to acknowledge. It's easier to say that tangible thing over there is the problem instead of admitting we're the problem...
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    And the last line in the article sums it up perfectly...

    Comic books were censored for decades despite a lack of scientific evidence that they caused violent behavior, and the current discussion regarding video games echoes the past. Like comic books, video games are constitutionally protected creative speech, and no amount of fallacious fear mongering justifies their censorship, especially by the government.
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    Yeah I really liked it too. Here's some news on Fallout 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Locke View Post
    http://cbldf.org/2013/01/kotaku-take...t-video-games/

    Excellent read. For those who don't have the patience to read a long article, it pretty much shows that competition, not video games, leads to violence...
    I'm sure there are still ppl out there that think porn will make everyone that watches it a rapist, or someone that watches violent movies a mass murderer. Or even if you own a gun, you are going to want to kill dozens of ppl, because your mommy called you stupid. The far right and left really need a reality check IMO.

    Good read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ohall View Post
    I'm sure there are still ppl out there that think porn will make everyone that watches it a rapist, or someone that watches violent movies a mass murderer. Or even if you own a gun, you are going to want to kill dozens of ppl, because your mommy called you stupid. The far right and left really need a reality check IMO.

    Good read.

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