READER REPORT:

Stop blaming video games

CRAIG BARRETT
Last updated 13:30 03/12/2013
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GAME BLAME: Grand Theft Auto V.

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It seems to be a modern trend these days to blame video games for a large majority of society's problems.

A lot of media in the US highlighted the fact that the perpetrators of recent shootings such as the Washington Navyard shootings played Call of Duty and other "shoot 'em up" video games. But extensive studies have shown that video games do not encourage violence in normal people without any psychological issues (I will attempt to link to a couple of these at the conclusion of this piece).

But it is not just the US that has this problem. There has been a lot of discussion in the media about the recent Roastbusters issue. Author Maggie Hamilton went on Seven Sharp and suggested video games like Grand Theft Auto were encouraging that type of violence.

If half of these news reporters and other social commentators sat down and played the video games that they are saying cause violence, they would see that the actual violence depicted is rather unrealistic.

I play a lot of violent video games. I do not have any criminal convictions. I have never even been in a fight. I have never punched someone. Stop blaming video games for social problems. There are far more important social issues that need addressing.

This site has a couple of studies on how video games affect children. Have a read of a couple of their reports if you are interested.


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