Video Games and violence and bad data and death and stuff.

There was a post here.

First off, I like video games,

I play ’em a lot,

and I’ve played them since I was, like, 5.

So check that, first off, and then check the pdf linked in the article from the US Supreme Court:

And check this great quote:

“The State’s evidence is not compelling. California relies primarily on the research of Dr. Craig Anderson and a few other research psychologists whose studies purport to show a connection between exposure to violent video games and harmful effects on children. These studies have been rejected by every court to consider them, and with good reason: They do not prove that violent video games cause minors to act aggressively (which would at least be a beginning). Instead, “[n]early all of the research is based on correlation, not evidence of causation, and most of the studies suffer from significant, admitted flaws in methodology.” Video Software Dealers Assn. 556 F. 3d, at 964. They show at best some correlation between exposure to violent entertainment and minuscule real-world effects, such as children’s feeling more aggressive or making louder noises in the few minutes after playing a violent game than after playing a nonviolent game.7 Even taking for granted Dr. Anderson’s conclusions that violent video games produce some effect on children’s feelings of aggression, those effects are both small and indistinguishable from effects produced by other media.In his testimony in a similar lawsuit, Dr. Anderson admitted that the “effect sizes” of children’s exposure to violent video games are “about the same” as that produced by their exposure to violence on television. App. 1263. And he admits that the same effects have been found when children watch cartoons starring Bugs Bunny or the Road Runner, id., at 1304, or when they play video games like Sonic the Hedgehog that are rated “E” (appropriate for all ages), id., at 1270, or even when they “vie[w] a picture of a gun,” id., at 1315–1316.8”

So I’d just like to point out that our highest court has determined that these studies shouldn’t even be used as evidence because of their serious flaws. And they’ve also commented that, you know, even if there is a correlation between video games and violence, there’s no more serious connection between any other media and violence. Even Bugs Bunny.

So is there reason to be alarmed? Nah, not really. In fact, there may be good news.

So, you know, video games might even make you smarter. And they might make you better surgeons,

But then, of course, there might be the consideration that these articles are biased, and perhaps based on shoddy evidence. But so were the ones that your article hinted at, and even the SCOTUS agrees with me there.

So, yeah, I’m just saying, I hear this shit all the time from people, that video games cause violence and that we should be worried. But the data’s just not there, you know? I don’t find any reason to believe that “the effects of games on players’ behavior is proven.”

And regarding the article you linked to, the only relevant quote in there was “there isn’t solid evidence for a direct link between games like those in the “GTA” series and awful acts of real-world violence.” The rest of the article is just that guy saying “but maybe there is an effect here, even if we don’t have the data to suggest that!” If the guy can’t even give me something tangible to grab onto, why the hell should I believe his suspicions?

I’m just angry about this now, and I guess I should go kill someone, since that’s a lot of what I do when I play video games.

Or maybe I’ll read some literature, like one of my favorites, The Iliad. (no joke, actually, I love The Iliad, it’s not just for the example) 

Or maybe I’ll watch a movie, like a few of my favorites: Die Hard, Taxi Driver, Lethal Weapon, etc. etc. etc. (also some favorites of mine)

I think you understand the idea.


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