I'm not sure how many of you have heard this, but there's a guy who murdered 3 people and said that playing video games made killing easy for him. Here's the story about that here...
This comes not that long after the American Psychological Association released a report apparently affirming that there is a link between video games and aggressive thoughts/decreased sensitivity to violence. Story about that is here.
It doesn't take a genius to see where this is all headed. This event will be used to spearhead further attempts by various groups to do things like censor games, shame game development into changing direction towards certain ideologically motivated ends, be used as a political talking point, etc...
But, sorry to those folks, games don't cause violence. At all.
A guy that says playing games made it easier for him to kill should no more be believed than a person telling their child that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.
Ask anyone who has ever even used a gun how different it is to do so versus doing so in a game. Ask a solider who has had to kill people if it ever felt "easier" after going through simulations during training. It's a load of garbage.
The man clearly had pre-existing issues and shouldn't be trusted.
But to move on to the possibility of games increasing aggressive thoughts, I remind people that any activity where competition is present does so as well. Aggression is fueled by the desire to succeed, and aggression is not inherently bad or negative.
When you play sports, you are aggressive and have aggressive thoughts throughout the game. It's only natural. Doesn't mean you're going to go and kill someone after the game, or even during the game. It also doesn't mean that you are less likely to feel a negative emotion about violence either, because you were only being aggressive to succeed, not aggressive to harm.
That's the problem with "reports" and "studies" like these, they operate under the base reasoning that Aggression = Bad = Violence and ignore so many subtleties and the nuance of day to day life.
This guy killed 3 people because he was nuts. He didn't kill 3 people because he played a shooter. Even if he hadn't played a single video game, his pre-existing mental issues could cause him to watch a movie/show, or read a book and still come to the same end result.
I don't know how many times it needs to be proven, even with multiple courts and professionals insisting every time, that games do not cause violence but with each new incident of someone trying to blame it on video games, we have to restart the fight to disprove it.
There are hundreds of millions of gamers in the world. If gaming were really responsible for violence, even making violence easier, then we'd see violent crime increasing exponentially but it isn't. In fact we've all seen that violent crimes have DECREASED. Many attribute that to video games being an excellent way to dump aggression and stress in a harmless way and I can personally attest to that myself.
We have to come to accept that there are people in the world who are messed up and stop blaming their actions on entertainment. Everyone is responsible for their own actions, no matter what those actions are.