Logic Ties Violent Video Games To Violence

The “Violence Prevention in Pennsylvania” report by the Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on Violence Prevention admits that “a direct causal link between violent video games and violent behavior has not been established to date,” but it perpetuates the scapegoating of video games through logical fallacies, guilt by association, inaccurate paraphrases, false equivalencies and the blatant omission of the reasoning of one of its own members.

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Anon19743772d ago

This witchhunt is no different from when comic books were the cause of all teen violence, then Dungeons and Dragons, then Saturday morning cartoons, then Heavy Metal or Rap music. Unstable individuals are unstable. It doesn't matter if they're into Call of Duty, Gwar or My Little Pony. Videogames aren't the cause of mental health issues, but examining how the mental health system in the US is failing people would make too much sense, wouldn't it now?

Poverty is also a major, known factor when looking at violent crime statistics, but I guess it's easier to point at the videogame boogie man (despite the amount of studies that exist that conclude there's no link) then to actually deal with societal problems. God forbid politicians actually start addressing real problems...

PoSTedUP3772d ago (Edited 3772d ago )

very well said. the only thing i would like to add, upon doing my own research is:

to put it short, Cali's crime rate across the board from say 1990 would increase as the polulation increased, every year. but Right when GTA:SA released in 2005, the Crime rate started to Decrease Every Year Across Every Crime even as the polulation Continued to Increase!!! (dispite rape only fluctuating very slightly, then continuing to decrease with all the others). and if GTA:SA would Influence Any Place In The World (if violent video games Really caused violence) it would no doubt be CaliForn-i-A.

the facts are there. i would only guess that this is because 1.) more people were indoors playing GTA. and 2.) GTA shows people that there are consequences for their violent actions (e.g. cops gunning you down, punching someone and them punching you back or pulling a gun etc.).

hazelamy3771d ago

where are all the reports that link owning a gun to shooting somebody with a gun?


Elden Ring's manga paused so the author can play the DLC instead

Elden Ring's manga has been put on hiatus so that the artist can play the DLC.

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phoenixwing24d ago (Edited 24d ago )

Well 6 month hiatus it is. If not longer lol


15 Great Games Where Every Minute of the Experience Feels Earned

GB: "We take a look at 15 amazing games that had the perfect length."

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coolbeans48d ago

Pretty good list. Botany Manor would be the newest addition that encapsulates that title.


Anyone else not blown away with graphics these days? Me neither

Talal writes: "I'm talking about having that rush of excitement - that feeling you get when you know you've just made a memory for a lifetime."

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OptimusDK51d ago

There are different games. Some have gamplay at it highest priority, some have the story, some have the replay value and choices... There are a lot of different game experiences.

It is laughable that just now graphics does not have anything to do with that experiene. We have had many games of that type over time. This is just the one that have come closest to feel like playing an actual movie. Just look the the Digital foundry walkthrough it is a masterpiece in that perspective and hence wrth trying. But yes do not do it for the gameplay - but that was never the goal of this experience.

GamerRN51d ago

It's because it's on Xbox. When Xbox has amazing graphics, they don't matter. When PlayStation does, it's a game changer!

Lightning7751d ago

Pretty much my thoughts. They were technical marvel's on PS and still are. The moment Xbox puts out a graphically intense game is doesn't matter suddenly.

4 years ago this month would the UE5 tech demo debut with the girl flying (tech demo said it was only possible on PS5 because of the SSD. Glad to finally see it in its glory.

fr0sty51d ago

FFS, gaming journalism has really gone downhill. At least hire people with a basic grasp of grammar... "Me neither" means the exact opposite of what the "author" is trying to say. That's like saying "I could care less"... lol.

S2Killinit51d ago

Maybe because the gameplay being dull allowed it to have the amazing graphics and people are not as impressed by graphics alone anymore? I mean there is a lot of sites saying the story and the gameplay are lackluster. So what are we supposed to enjoy then? Cgi graphics are beautiful but since they arent interactive, they dont impress me as much as they used to. Thats an extreme example, but you get my drift.

Terry_B51d ago

When Playstation (Sony) does it..its usually a great game and not a cinematic experience..or at least something new at the time..like Until Dawn back in 2015.

1Victor51d ago

@gamer:” It's because it's on Xbox. When Xbox has amazing graphics, they don't matter. When PlayStation does, it's a game changer!”

The game looks as good as any other PlayStation game in my eyes why can’t you and the other hardcore Xbox be happy about it and drag PlayStation into every conversation and force PlayStation hardcore to look into the game and find flaw that most games have in one way or another.
@light: “ 4 years ago this month would the UE5 tech demo debut with the girl flying (tech demo said it was only possible on PS5 because of the SSD. ”
Yes at that time it was only possible on PlayStation SSD how ignorant of you to think that after 4 years the technology wouldn’t evolved and move to a industry standard 🤦🏿I wish your mentality wasn’t so naive and narrow to post stuff like that 😩 in a year or 2 a new game will come out that might look better, it’s the nature of the industry.

Now that the distraction is gone I feel that is a good thing that the graphics in games are starting to hit the rooftop and hopefully the developers will put more thoughts into story and gameplay mechanics than just the next shiny oily skin of old.

Reaper22_51d ago

So true. Not surprised by all the negativity. It's a really good game and looks better than any game I've ever seen. GOTY nominee for sure. Like I said before, sony screwed up big time by not purchasing Ninja Theory.

Asplundh51d ago

Pretty much. It's like how the Switch and Steam controller using haptic feedback in their controllers wasn't a big deal but then Sony did it and it was then a "game changer".

fr0sty51d ago

The game runs at as low as 21fps... That isn't much to brag about no matter how good it looks.

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MajorLazer51d ago (Edited 51d ago )

We've had graphical gamechangers before, such as Crysis but those games still had gameplay to compliment it. Hellblade pretty much has none, and only achieved such graphics through being incredibly linear and having very small, closed off environments where very little is happening.

Vx_51d ago (Edited 51d ago )

GFX does not mean anything if the game is boring. It is simple like that and these major companies need to understand this simple concept.

Games are like your lady, she may be beautiful to look at for a while but then it gets boring if her character isn't interesting and fun to be with.

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Kneetos51d ago

Mario kart 8 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Sonic188151d ago

Horizon forbidden West has great graphics and great gameplay

GamerRN51d ago

Yeah but graphics don't matter, remember?

anast50d ago


I've been pretty consistent in saying that we need both.

GamerRN49d ago

So until dawn, too human, or whatever those series of games were... Graphic masterpieces it garbage with no gameplay?

VincentVanBro51d ago

I agree and I actually think Forbidden West looks better than Hellblade 2. I easily prefer looking at it at least.

Sonic188151d ago

It does look better in my opinion as well. I don't know why it looks better but there's something about the Decima engine or that guerrilla games is using tricks that we don't know of