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A History of Controversy

PalGN writes: "Videogames are no stranger to controversy. Years after bad taste pioneers like Custer's Revenge and Death Race, you're still more likely to turn on the TV and see a segment worrying about the impact of some horrible new game than you are to see somebody praising innovation or exciting developments in the medium. It seems that it often only takes the mere suggestion that videogames are behind the latest tragedy to fire the media into hysteria again. Such was the case with the horrific Virginia Tech shootings, where some outlets mistakenly reported that the perpetrator, Seung-Hui Cho, had been inspired to act by violent videogames, when in fact there was no evidence to support the claim.

For a long time, many gamers have felt poorly represented by such reports, even if (as in the case of Custer's Revenge) the complaints were probably justifiable. But in the scheme of things, are videogames really that controversial? "

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