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Proof Video Games Don’t Cause Violence

The infamous Brown vs. EMA case may have ended in favor of us gamers but that wasn’t the first and won’t be the last attack on video games. Interactive entertainment has long been a scapegoat for violence and delinquency and it looks like there is no end in sight with proponents of restricting video games saying they’ll keep trying. In all of this nonsense there has only been opinion vs. educated opinions but never any set facts to prove or disprove one side or the other. Well one of GamingCollege’s members (GOODKyle) has written a seven page research paper (with credible sources) that seemingly proves video games and interactive entertainment don’t cause violence. In the video below he cites and compares guns, drugs, sex, genetics, and society which all wrap up to a very compelling , educated case that in the field of violence…video games should be nowhere near it.

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Lelldorianx2108d ago

While I agree, your sensationalized "proof" is a bit strong. Evidence, perhaps. Use the scientific method, here, don't be a sensationalist.

TheGOODKyle2108d ago (Edited 2108d ago )

I agree with you, don't get me wrong. But if the proof is strong why would it be downgraded to just evidence?

gcolley2108d ago

it is not definitive proof

kneon2107d ago

Because there is no way to definitely prove this one way or the other.

JhawkFootball062107d ago

Guns don't kill people. People kill people

Derekvinyard132107d ago

yo kyle you would love this. http://www.youtube.com/watc...

and look at parts 2 and 3. watch when the kid shoots the gun lolol

TheGOODKyle2107d ago (Edited 2107d ago )

I appreciate they're on our side but they go about a very immature way of showing it.

SilentNegotiator2107d ago

LOL, well, with the "evidence" that people like Jack Thompson provide, I think it's fair enough.

Reborn2108d ago (Edited 2108d ago )

Anyone with sense knows games aren't the reason for violence.

It's the person who does it fault. Too much 'pass the consequences' and less, "take responsibility for your own actions". However, when the action is praised, you'll see how many people wish to put their hands up to claim the fame.

TheGOODKyle2108d ago

You sir are wise. I'd give you a cookie if I could.

N311V2108d ago

I have to agree with Lelldorianx regarding that this evidence is not strong enough to be classed as "proof video games don't cause violence". You have a lot of correlational evidence that violence is associated with a number of different factors however cause and effect cannot be assigned with a correlation. What you've presented in this paper is evidence that a person's tendandcy towards violence is complicated and should not be attributed to any single factor (such as video games).

As an evolutionary geneticist I found section relevant to my vocation particularly interesting. I recall reading somewhere that populations of incarcerated males have higher testosterone levels than members of the general public. I'd be quite surprised if testosterone level isn't genetically predetermined, given that this hormone is correlated with aggression it could also add weight to you argument. Again, that argument being that attributing a violent act to any single cause (video games) is unlikely to be achievable or realistic, not "proof video games do not cause violence".

blackhammer2107d ago

Everyone has a trigger. right? Just gotta find it.

Droid Control2107d ago (Edited 2107d ago )

I killed 6 people before I ever played a video game. Since Playing COD every night I haven't killed anyone. Why? Violent video games are an outlet for my pent-up anger-rage issues with my daddy.