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German Researchers See Pentagon Link to Violent Games

Gamepolitics.com report that a pair of German researchers have claimed violent video games are a creation of the U.S. military.

Writing in the latest issue of Current Concerns, Renate and Rudi Hänsel call for a ban on violent game and echo the military conspiracy theme espoused in the U.S. by followers of fringe political figure Lyndon Larouche.

Here is an excerpt:

"During the nineties the killing simulators, employed for hand to hand combat in the US army and police, were released by the Pentagon to be sold for private use on the public markets. As a consequence the computer and video game industry that had co-operated with the Pentagon from the very beginning, boomed. Since then the so-called killer games have wreaked havoc among children and youths.

The US army's electronic training programs for killing people must be taken back to the US barracks, where they came from. They have to disappear from civil society altogether. They may be appropriate for the purpose of national defense or fight against crime; they have no place, however, in children's rooms or in living rooms."

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DirtyRat3809d ago

I for one can't believe somebody could write a report like this with a straight face. "Killing simulators"!? It's actually worrying to think that supposedly intelligent people have such conservative and completely ignorant views about an entire entertainment medium.

Considering Germany's recent ban on Paint balling I hope that these extreme views about gaming do not spread to other EU countries.

DarthMorbus3808d ago

I think it's made for the intention of sensationalism and nothing else. They want to get their name in the press and this is the easiest way for them to do it.

Phantom_T3808d ago

We can just blame them for every world war two game currently made.