opinion

Study: No Link Between Games and Violence

Tom Hymes
Ars Technica is reporting on a new study that shows no linkage between violent video games and aggressive behavior.

The researcher, Dr. Christopher Ferguson from the Texas A&M International University, used a process of meta-analysis to address the problems inherent in understanding such a complex relationship, but in the end the study's conclusions were pointedly clear.

"Results from the current analysis did not support the conclusion that violent video game playing leads to aggressive behavior. However, violent video game playing was associated with higher visuospatial cognition. It may be advisable to re-frame the violent video game debate in reference to potential costs and benefits of this medium."

So there you have it. Another study proving something we knew all along. Or did we? And do we?

Something tells me that neither the general public nor Congress will even remotely heed these new findings. And why should they listen to some egghead researcher over their gut feeling? This is America.

We are a superstitious people and we're going to keep it that way. We want to demonize the video game manufacturers and we sure as hell want to make a connection between watching pornography and the dissolution of the Republic.

This is just the way it is. This is who we are. I don't even understand why these people engage in this research.

No one cares!