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Virginia Tech G.A.M.E.R. Lab: Violent Games Do Not Cause Violent Crime

A Virginia Tech researcher who has studied video games in a specialized lab for almost 15 years, says there is very little evidence violent games result in violent crime.  Charles Fishburne reports.


Charles Fishburne: Following the weekend tragedies in El Paso, Texas and Dayton Ohio, President Trump said a firm stance against violent video games could prevent future mass shootings.  But Professor James Ivory says not.

James Ivory: When it comes to violent crime, video games don’t really matter.

Fishburne: Ivory was quoted in a New York Times article that questioned why politicians were quick to blame video games. 

Ivory: And in that kind of climate when we blame videogames for horrific violent crime, we are really only distracting from crime prevention efforts that address real causes of violent crime.

Fishburne: Ivory’s conclusions are supported by the American Psychological Association which says there is “scant evidence” violent video games promote violent activities.

 Ivory: We have mixed opinions in the professional community about very abstract forms of aggression, but virtually no evidence for effects on serious violent crime.

Fishburne: Charles Fishburne,  VPM News.

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