January 11th, 2013
11:30 PM ET

KTH: Studies on video games and violence

Vice President Biden met with representatives of the video game industry in his efforts to find ways to curb gun violence. Keeping Them Honest, research on the link between games and acts of violence shows conflicting results.

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  1. johnny doe

    So if they are linking today's violence to video games, the aggressive nature one can "learn" from the game play what game should you link to the beheading that happen in other regions of the world that may not have video games. What should you link to the violence of the inquisition back in the days? The violence portrayed in all world wars. Violence from young children to grown adults is violence. Human nature has lived a history of violence, it is ignorant to single out video games when it is innate in us. Society has "numbed" our aggressive nature to be civil and obedient people to live "harmoniously". If the studies identify games as the reason for violence in kids, so they can act out their aggression, then one can then say religion, the Bible and Quran is the reason for the violence in society. Wars are fought in the name of God or Allah. ( I'm sorry if I am just singling out these two religions but they stand out the most right now. ) If the vice president is saying video games is the root of this evil, then he should state that religion is the cause of all evil.

    January 14, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
  2. Danny Hunt

    Repetitive Suggestions

    The only evidence that I have is repetitive suggestions and not violence from cartoons, movies, books, etc.

    1. repetitive suggestion to kill or hang yourself when depressed.

    2. repetitive suggestion to "hit back" through gun violence when abused, isolated and censored by organized crime to become "visible".

    Criminal harassment and mobbing participants Influence of the Mind, repetitive suggestion.

    January 14, 2013 at 12:23 am |
  3. Ryan

    Yes because video games are the only media kids are exposed to where they see violent acts involving guns. They'd never see a violent movie coming out of Hollywood.

    January 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm |
  4. Ryan Walker

    If there is a great concern for desensitization being one of the causes for mass shootings then I am surprised that human silhouette targets haven't been brought up. Human silhouette targets as a solution to combat soldiers who had great difficulty in shooting a human (as homicide can be considered the greatest sin). This was a great issue in the civil war, wold wars as it was discovered that many of the soldiers refused to defend themselves. Fast forward to today's soldier and law enforcement personnel who train using real life appearing targets–it minimizes the hesitation. Here in Canada, it is banned to use any type of human silhouette target unless your military and law enforcement (I am a sniper in a tactical/"swat" team).

    January 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
  5. Dominick

    You have to be kidding me. I'm 17 and like most teenagers, play video games, almost all of the interesting ones involve killing. Call of Duty. Halo. Battlefield. The Elder Scrolls. Grand Theft Auto. And many, many more. Now, does playing these games make me violent? No it does not. Normal teenagers with no mental illnesses do not go out and massacre people. I actually have over 70 days logged on Modern Warfare 2, which is around 1,680 hours, or around 2.5 monthes of playing time. However, I have not killed anyone in real life because I do not have any mental illnesses. Tens of millions of kids play violent video games almost every day, and it only takes 1 mass shooter who played a video game to ruin the reputation of millions of others.

    January 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm |