News Desk: President Obama Calls for More Research on Link Between Video Games and Violence

Gun bans and video games.

By Bradly Halestorm. Posted 01/16/2013 18:00 4 Comments     ShareThis

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.

Source: Polygon

4 Responses to “News Desk: President Obama Calls for More Research on Link Between Video Games and Violence”

  • 132 points
    gekslupis says...

    I believe there have already been studies in the past and that they concluded that video games had little to no effect on the mind. I am glad to see it will be reasearched rather than just banned and censored.

  • 57 points
    Po-Yi Ho says...

    This money would be more efficiently used for education research because we know absolutely nothing about education.

  • 66 points
    Demyx says...

    I’m so sick of programs talking about Violence on Video Games. Parents think that games are for kids therefore games should not have adult content. I get it. But I’m a 32 years old male, if you are a lazy parent that don’t bother to check on your kids I’m sorry for you and your kids but I am not going to educate your kids for you, a game is not going to educate your kids for you. Also using the same logic if fictional violence has a direct relationship with real violence most of the students that grew up studying Shakespeare should be criminals by now since most of Shakespeare’s best works include: rape, suicide, torture and murder. Stop inanimate objects for people’s stupidity.

    • 66 points
      Demyx says...

      I didn’t know there wasn’t an edit option here ^_^. Last sentence supposed to be “STOP blaming inanimate objects for people’s stupidity”.

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