And the debate on the effects of video game violence on the human psyche continues! Today, President Obama addressed the hotly debated topic of gun control, and cited wanting to put more resources and funding into making the attainment of fire arms harder. In his speech on banning military-grade assault rifles, limiting the size of gun magazines to 10-round clips, and establishing universal background checks for anyone trying to purchase a gun, he also mentioned video games. In his brief talk on the subject, he asked Congress to provide $10 million for the Centers for Disease Control and other scientific entities to research the causes of gun violence.
“While year after year, those who oppose even modest gun safety measures have threatened to defund scientific or medical research into the causes of gun violence, I will direct the Centers for Disease Control to go ahead and study the ways to reduce it.” He went on, “And Congress should fund research into the effects that violent video games have on young minds. We don’t benefit from ignorance. We don’t benefit from not knowing the science of this epidemic of violence.”
The Entertainment Software Association responded with a statement essentially saying what many of us already know: the research out there right now does not support a correlative relationship between games and violent behavior. With this huge push to obtain more data, however, it will only be a matter of time before we see results either congruent with that notion, or suggesting just the opposite.