Friday Flame Wars: More Violent Video Game Studies?

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the US government has called for a study of the relationship between video games and societal violence. Congress will fund research commissioned by the CDC into “the effects that violent video games have on young minds.”

Meanwhile, a bill introduced in Congress after the Connecticut shooting that called for a study into the effects of violent video games and other media on children died on January 2. Seven similar studies have been conducted by the FTC since the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, and none of them found any link between violent video games and violence in children.

Is there some merit to further studying the effects of violent video games on children? Will society ever be content with any result other than a direct correlation between violence in games and violence in children? Are there better ways to prevent tragedies like Columbine and Sandy Hook?

Let’s hear what you think.

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4 Comments on Friday Flame Wars: More Violent Video Game Studies?

timfads

On January 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Well someone has to be blamed. I mean that is more important than anything else in America. You can point to the mentel health field, but that gets too vague and really how many ‘crazy’ people are going to admit to being crazy or even think they are. Too messy, need to skip putting blame there. Guns are always a nice target but people and the NRA have already started going ape over the blame being laid at thier feet, so scratch that. Too much of a hassle. Better attack video games. Those home bodies wont cause much of a fuse.

JawaEsteban

On January 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I’m with timfads, spot-on. The two overwhelming mob responses every time something happens that upsets them are 1) ‘We have to do something!’ and 2) ‘We have to blame something!’. Pathetic, really. Weak-minded easily frightened fools.

You know what happened last time the mob demanded that we ‘do something’? We got the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security, which has just been working out so well for everyone. The chance of being killed by a terrorist in America is significantly less than being struck by lightning after being mauled by a bear, yet we have massively inconvenienced literally millions of passengers for more than a decade trying to prevent it. Psychotically illogical.

Roughly 400 children, and I mean small children, die every year in swimming pools. Close to 5000 end up in the hospital every year after almost drowning. (stats:consumer product safety commission) Somewhere between 40,000 and 50,000 Americans die horribly in motor vehicle accidents every single year. (stats:US dept of transportation) Not one word in the national media.

However, 20 kids get shot in a school, and suddenly everybody loses their friggin’ minds? Really?

It may actually turn out that some link exists between video games and youth violence. I doubt it, but let’s just roll with the possibility. I also, and I can’t stress this point enough, do not care. Not worth screwing over millions of gamers to address a statistically insignificant problem.

Yeah, I know that sounds cold. It is. it’s also math.

SevenCell

On January 19, 2013 at 12:06 pm

@JawaEsteban
It’s a good point, but ask yourself, would you report a dog biting a man or a man biting a dog?

@American Government
You know the best way to prevent shootings?

GET PROPER GUN LAWS.
Render it illegal and impossible to buy military-grade fully automatic weapons at supermarkets. Carry out (proper) background checks on people wishing to purchase functioning firearms.
Violent videogames don’t kill people, people kill people. With guns.

Frothy Turds

On January 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Nobody has ever killed someone by throwing a Blu Ray disk at them. Even if you want to bullsh*t yourself into thinking videogames cause violence, despite the existence of literally no supporting evidence (as well as swathes of evidence that actually contradicts this view), it all goes back to the same thing – they commit violence WITH FIREARMS. So the fact they have ridiculously easy access to firearms is still the damn problem.

The NRA is a minority voice in the US, yet the state continues to bow to their whims because they’re all feeding from the same trough. Corruption unabated.