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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Are violent video games really affecting us negatively? Some people agree that this genre of video games is bad for us... "Guns don't kill people. Video games [...] kill people."-Wayne LaPierre, executive vice-president of the NRA "We are no longer worried that children are missing schoolbecause of video games, though. We are worried that theyare murdering their classmates because of video games."-Tom Bissel, critic and writer of Extra Lives : Why video games matter Aurora, Colo., movie theater gunman James Holmes, Jared Lee Loughner, who killed six and injured 13, including Rep. Gabby Giords, in a 2011 Arizona shooting, and Breivik , who killed 77 people in Oslo, all were active video game players"--FOX News,'Training simulation:' Mass killers often share obsession with violent video games "If you shoot somebody in one of these games, you don't go to jail, you don't get penalized in some way you get extra points!"Dr. Phil, Children and Violent Video Games Let's look at the statistics 78%Non violent games 12% Violent games Number of violent video games overall in average Sales of Video Games Compared to Youth Violence, 1996-2005 Juvenile Violent Crime by Type and Year, 1995-2008 Ratings and parental controls help parents make appropriateentertainment choices for their families: Computer and video games are rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board(ESRB), whose system includes age recommendations and content descriptors. TheFederal Trade Commission credited the video game industry with outpacing otherentertainment industries in curtailing the marketing of mature-rated products to children In addition, an August 2013 study conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associatesfound: 85 percent of parents with children who play video gamesare aware of the ESRB ratings; 73 percent of parents regularly check a games rating beforemaking a purchase; 64 percent are aware of content descriptors; and 82 percent check the ESRB ratings regularly Authorities that state that violent video games do not cause violence: Psychological studies purporting to show a connection between exposureto violent video games and harmful effects on children do not prove thatsuch exposure causes minors to act aggressively. US Supreme Court Justice Media violence - specifically video games - are not a major risk factorfor violence. We did find rising links between media violence, television violence, and short-term aggressive behavior. But that is significantly differentfrom violent behavior allegedly caused by playing video games...-US Surgeon General This analysis does not find support for either a causal or correlational linkbetween violent media and subsequent aggression in viewers. Why the beliefof media violence effects persists despite inherent weaknesses of researchis somewhat of an open question.-christopher Ferguson, PhD, Professor of Behavioral, Applied Sciences and Criminal Justice So while the majority of the people claim that violent video games cause violence, there is little evidence supporting it. Sources : -
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