Posted on May 30, 2007, Andrew Violence and Video Game Link in Upcoming Executive Intelligence Review
The gamers may be facing a tough battle ahead of them, as evidence between video games and the link to violence surface. Here’s yet another source supporting the link between the two.
The feature is an interview with Dr. Craig Anderson of Iowa State University, who is publishing a few books on the subject, actually. And if you’ll notice, our favorite panelist Don Phau, which we have encountered before, has interviewed the good doctor recently. But that doesn’t mean we automatically should be alarmed.
“Public policy never flows, and shouldn’t flow directly, from scientific research,” Anderson said in the feature, responding to the idea of banning video games. “The scientific research is certainly relevant, but there are other concerns that have to be taken into account as well. The most obvious one is that there are legal concerns having to do with First Amendment protections involving free speech…”
That’s not bad. Our favorite video game makers are, indeed, protected by the same laws which protect Hustler Magazine. Oddly, the idea does comfort me quite a bit.
There are sure to be some angry parents out there looking for scapegoats, but I think there’s hope that Congress and other legislatures might cease to hear about creating laws banning video games. Although, minors may have a very hard time getting M-rated games in the near future…