Posted on May 2, 2007, Andrew XFire Hosts Video Game Related Violence Debate
The debate rages on–do video games make people violent? Do they pose a threat to society? Should we wear clothes in public?
While the answer to the last question is an obvious yes, the first two have caused problems for a number of gamers around the country, and even the world. We do throw around stories about this ad nauseum (that means “to the point of being sick” for all you non-Latin speakers), but anyone wanting to get a sense of a very educated debate can read about the one that took place at Stanford last week, hosted by XFire.
Both sides went at it, with topics such as whether or not Congress should regulate game sales, whether violent video games should be aimed at teens, and whether or not the ESRB’s rating system actually keeps violent video games out of the hands of children.
I can’t pretend I don’t have an opnion about this, so I won’t. Let’s try not to let a ten year-old play San Andreas, but at the same time don’t pull kids out of school for playing Counter-Strike, okay?