Grand theft summer vacation

In an op-ed for the Detroit Free Press, Professor Brad Bushman critiques the work of Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson, recent book Grand Theft Childhood. The book has given cheer to video gamers (and the video game industry) in which a longtime media violence researcher strongly disagrees with the authors' conclusion that violent games aren't all that bad for younger players.

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Cat3858d ago

I submitted both, and if you read each you will see that what you link to is a response from the authors while this is the original editorial (to which they responded).

pharmd3857d ago

she is right

on topic: this will be interesting to say the least, something tells me its a cross between a real argument and trying to get press!

SPECTRUX3857d ago

the part of the article where he talks about noise blasting is invalid because it would be the same with any competitive activity. when you win, you feel good and want to express your dominance over the loser. aggressive behavior was not related to violent games, it was to winning. this guy and this article are stupid

RebornSpy3857d ago

There is no way video game violence is worse for a child than an unstable life. Also, those kids that are quoted have worse problems than violent video game exposure if they want to shoot ppl when they grow up. BS.

Fanboy Slaughter3857d ago

It said on the bottom of the article that this guy has been researching media-related aggression for over 20 years.

I'm willing to bet that this guy was also scared of Contra, Metal Gear, Mortal Kombat, and other "violent games" that would now be considered very tame.

Somebody needs to tell Chicken Little that the sky's not falling, and if he wants to be useful, he needs to tell a few thousand parents to stop planting their kids in front of the TV while they conduct custody battles in their preparation for the divorce they're about the blindside the kid with.