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Expert Explains That Video Games Don't Cause Violence

Despite what you may have heard from President Trump, video games don't incite violent behavior. Brut spoke to an expert about how politicians and pundits turned them into the "bogeyman." 🎮

Considering the Effects of Violent Video Games on Violent Crime

Economist Michael R. Ward has been studying the connection between video games and violent crime for years. Ward’s 2011 study found that when a popular but violent video game is released, violent crime actually goes down. “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. We must stop or substantially reduce this, and it has to begin immediately.”

Video games are an increasingly popular leisure activity. As many of best-selling games contain hyper-realistic violence, many researchers and policymakers have concluded that violent games cause violent behaviors. Evidence on a causal effect of violent games on violence is usually based on laboratory experiments finding violent games increase aggression. Before drawing policy conclusions about the effect of violent games on actual behavior, these experimental studies should be subjected to tests of external validity. The study uses a quasi-experimental methodology to identify the short and medium run effects of violent game sales on violent crime using time variation in retail unit sales data of the top 50 selling video games and violent criminal offenses from the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) for each week of 2005 to 2008. We instrument for game sales with game characteristics, game quality and time on the market, and estimate that, while a one percent increase in violent games is associated with up to a 0.03% decrease in violent crime, non-violent games appear to have no effect on crime rates as stated by Michael Ward in the scholarly journal “Abstract”.

The link between violent video game exposure and aggressive behavior is one of the most studied and best established. Since the earlier meta-analyses, this link continues to be a reliable finding and shows good multi-method consistency across various representations of both violent video game exposure and aggressive behavior. In the wake of mass shootings, video games are often blamed and threatened with legislation.

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08/07/2019 9:57 AMupdated: 08/07/2019 12:51 PM
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28 comments

  • Vic B.
    10/28/2019 12:25

    This so studies that you boast are 30% accurate we was kids once and we tried almost everything we saw on TV either it was the Fallguys truck jumping or knocking out someone with a Bruce lee kick we’d start a fight cause we want apply what we saw!!!

  • Samir S.
    08/17/2019 05:53

    Video gaming addiction is now a Mental Health Disorder as per WHO. Here is the link for all of you psychopaths: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.livescience.com/amp/65580-video-game-addiction-mental-health-disorder.html

  • Samir S.
    08/17/2019 05:44

    https://m.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/addicted-gamers-wearing-diapers-avoid-pause-video-/3041133/#

  • Samir S.
    08/17/2019 05:40

    In China, those mainly the youths who are addicted to these video games are literally using adult diapers because they are so addicted to it that they do not want to leave the game console and they even don't have time to pee or poo. And, it's nothing to do with psychology 😂😂😂

  • Shirish S.
    08/15/2019 04:40

    Ask a psychologist not a damn gamer...

  • Rajendra H.
    08/14/2019 18:16

    I dont understand how a game can force us to commit suicide..Are we so week minded..?

  • Sai R.
    08/14/2019 13:32

    Behind this a ton of angry Indian parents who think video games shud be banned just because their children are addicted to it. After all, those same parents buy their 10 year olds a smartphone, buy them games of higher age ratings and failed at teaching what's good and what's not. This is just an excuse to escape the fact that u can't control your child. Own it guys, the mistake's on you firsthand. A small micropopulation of irresponsible parents can't decide what shud we and what shud we not play. Lazy parents

  • Samir S.
    08/14/2019 06:01

    Never been a video games freak ever...There are many more murder cases registered in India where the guilty was an addict of PUBG. It may not be proved yet but psychologically these games are certainly causing anxiety and restlessness.

  • Don S.
    08/13/2019 16:09

    What u give Same u get as result.

  • Sai R.
    08/13/2019 15:37

    I fucking passed my European history by playing assassin's Creed. Now let that sink in.

  • Pyn S.
    08/13/2019 03:17

    They were paid by the guns manufacture company to blamed video games

  • Avinash S.
    08/12/2019 18:15

    Need Obama once again pls 🙏🙏

  • Pande H.
    08/12/2019 15:52

    You are the pass an executive order & stop them in USA.

  • David G.
    08/12/2019 07:30

    Violence is embretted in the American culture....and is visible to anyone and everyone everywhere!

  • Muhammad I.
    08/12/2019 03:48

    Although I do not believe video games make people violent. But these games, particularly shooting games, I believe, making people normal to the killings others have done. An economist? Seriously?

  • Mohammad A.
    08/12/2019 02:46

    😂

  • Aline M.
    08/11/2019 20:33

    The video game Expert has an absolutely idiotic study! Children actually try to copy the moves, hits , actions as they see in Games & always try to replicate while playing with their friends or family members

  • Jaevein
    08/11/2019 20:04

    ako eber disu sai lua.. 😆

  • Divakar K.
    08/11/2019 19:49

    There is no evidence of gun violence with video games like artic melt with global warming.

  • Liona R.
    08/11/2019 19:27

    Trump is the best president America has ever got Fuck the previous ones