An intelligent and reasonable essay on the alleged effects of violence in video games. The author, L.B. Jeffries, focuses on the arguments driving the debate.
"Whatever effect the interaction in video games may have on a player's behavior, it's still a long way away from ever influencing anything except how people compete. After all, games still don't really interact with people's morals or beliefs. For as much as games may try to reflect reality, they still largely confine player input to the competitive structure of winning or losing. As long as the interaction merely determines your score and whether you "win" a game, the meaning of that interaction can't really extend beyond it."
The essay appears in the online culture journal PopMatters.