Researcher: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal Behavior

A researcher at England’s University of Essex says that there is little evidence to suggest that video games are harmful. Patrick Kierkegaard, writing in the current International Journal of Liability and Scientific Enquiry, adds that, in his view, games do not lead to aggression.


He also suggests that previous studies linking games and aggression are biased.


As reported by Science Daily:



Kierkegaard explains… there is no obvious link between real-world violence statistics and the advent of video games. If anything, the effect seems to be the exact opposite and one might argue that video game usage has reduced real violence.


As others have done, Kierkegaard cites declines in US juvenile crime at the same time that video game sales are increasing:



Violent crime, particularly among the young, has decreased dramatically since the early 1990s. With millions of sales of violent games, the world should be seeing an epidemic of violence. Instead, violence has declined.


 


Kierkegaard said that the inherent bias found in many studies indicates a need for more details research on video games and their effects on youthful players.

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175 comments

  1. Iliad says:

    All it takes is one juror who thinks execution is immoral and stonewalling the rest, the others giving in just so they can go home, or to prevent them from having to repeat the whole process.

     

    And stop using your own quotes as evidence jack, I might as well say you learned law from watching TV and had someone forge your degree and bar liscense and then 5 minutes later say:

     

    2008, may 16, Iliad, self proclaimed master of the universe and all facts pertaining to anything commented that: "Jack thompson learned law from watching tv and had his law degree and bar liscense forged from a crackhead behind the 7-11" Game politics reports;

     

    OH MY GOD IT HAS QUOTATONS AROUND IT NOW, THAT MEANS FACT, FFAAAACCCTTTT

  2. Iliad says:

    I was waiting for someone to play the devils advocate, to some extent I agree, although I believe this is much more close than ice cream sales/shark attacks, I see your point, but THAT is just silly.

     

    I still do believe that video games had to have had SOME effect, and I think its a large one, on youth violence declining, even if im playing the devils advocate game to the fullest extent, are there other factors? Of course, are video games neccasarily the cause of the decline? Maybe not, but at least it works to somewhat debunk the theory that they cause youth crime rates to rise.

     

    Either way, its SOMETHING.

     

     

  3. Iliad says:

    You guys keep giving him leeway with the lie that youth crime even went up in the first place, many examples have been given so far to disprove his entire argument that youth crime is on the rise in the first place! I love that even if what he is saying WERE true, which it isnt, then we could still disprove it, but we shouldnt even be getting that far, we still havent gotten past the lie that youth crime is up at all.

     

    So jack, I have a question, when you were going around to schools playing the debate game, how come you werent calling them losers and jackasses? Was it because they had auditoriums full of people including the parents you so frequently lie to? TV cameras? What was it?

     

    Or was it because your entire "crusade" is a complete facade, and you are just a collosal hypocrite.

  4. Anonymous says:

    That is a BLATENT lie, and even if it were true, which its NOT youth crime has been on the decline for 20 years, funny enough the same time games have been on the rise, so even if it DID go up, (which it didnt) that still wouldnt mean anything. Hell I could say something fantastic like, that is proof that video games brought out the best in humanity the world has ever seen and the youth crime statistics from the past 20 years prove it, and now its just peaked so there is nowhere to go but back up.

    But A: only you would say something so insane based on so little.

    And B: its STLL more credible a connection than any pitifull not even as good AS anecdotal trash evidence you have ever supplied to your biased choir.

  5. GryphonOsiris says:

    You know, Albert Einstein once said “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” He also said “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”

    So Jack, welcome to insanity and stupidity as all your arguements are the same ones from 5 years ago, with all of the same lame attempts to prove them right with your own concocted ‘evidence’, misquoted statements, and outright lies.

    As a teacher I had once told me, best to have someone proof read your work before you submit it, that way they can find the glaring problems with it. In your case, have 2 dozen people proof read it.

  6. Raidur ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    rofl, thanks, now I’m going to have to do up stats and both keep them for my next game and give them to the DM of my current game. Only problem is with the failure record, its probably going to be a CR 1/100 or so.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Send it to Jack Thompson\\\\\\\’s medication nurse. I\\\\\\\’ll put the apologies in my drool cup.

    Because something doesn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t seem \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”right \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” here….

  8. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Jeezus titty f#cking Christ, it’s like you’re trying to get us to pitty you…dumbass.

     

    -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  9. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    HAHAHAHA! Dude, you’re effing awesome! This shit is better than TV!

     

    -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  10. Kincyr says:

    not if Dennis disables anonymous posting or sets up an IP ban

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  11. JackDon'tKnowJack says:

    FYI, Jack’s most current iteration of his “website” (in quotes because it’s merely parked in his name at GoDaddy and without any content) is rescuejustice(dot)com. He’s tried the website thing before but his sites are quickly hacked to death. One particularly amusing hacker had it playing “I Wonder Why He’s the Greatest Asshole” or something equally hilarious. 

  12. Wyvern says:

    I just realised that when he gets disbarred, we’re gonna be seeing a lot more of this Idiot. Oh Lord…

  13. Dog Welder says:

    Jack,

    Your 1st grader argument style must win you lots of points in court.  Oh, wait!  You lose every court case!

    First off, your link to statistics are from CANADA, a place that is, at best, fictitious.

    Here’s a snippet from a link from the United States:

    • The violent crime rate increased 1.3% from 2004 to 2005. From 1996
      to 2005 the rate fell 26.3%.
    • The property crime rate decreased 2.4% from 2004 to 2005. From 1996
      to 2005, the rate fell 22.9%.

    SOURCE: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/cvict.htm#summary

    (See how easy that is?  I just destroyed your argument with 2 minutes of fact checking on an official government site.)

  14. Dog Welder says:

    Jack,

    Your 1st grader argument style must win you lots of points in court.  Oh, wait!  You lose every court case!

    First off, your link to statistics are from CANADA, a place that is, at best, fictitious.

    Here’s a snippet from a link from the United States:

    • The violent crime rate increased 1.3% from 2004 to 2005. From 1996
      to 2005 the rate fell 26.3%.
    • The property crime rate decreased 2.4% from 2004 to 2005. From 1996
      to 2005, the rate fell 22.9%.

    SOURCE: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/cvict.htm#summary

    (See how easy that is?  I just destroyed your argument with 2 minutes of fact checking on an official government site.)

  15. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    This is a HUGE breakthrough! I never thought that all the hype might be bullshit!

    -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  16. Dog Welder says:

    I guess in that case, one could say that Jack also condones the mental molestation of minors as well as giving convicted murderers a break in sentencing because they play video games.

    He admitted the latter and continues to prove the former.

  17. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Thanks for giving killers a scapegoat. Especially one that DOESN’T WORK! Was it the game, or his fucked up childhood that saved his ass? But seriously, WELCOME BACK, JACK!!

    -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  18. Nekowolf ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I never did understand the concept of “Don’t feed the troll” simply because it doesn’t matter. Trolls will come with or without provoking them. The reason for this is they don’t care. A person like JT, if it even is the real JT, will come with our without us, so might as well burn him down.

    I just get this image of him slouched over a keyboard, drooling and snorting and just making these disgusting gutteral noises as he slaps his clawed, stiff hands over the key, just looking for anything, attempting, every hour to comment, every day as he scours Google like a hungry dog at partly-eaten carrion, just hoping he can get through his ban while talking in tongues to himself and the occassionally muttering of a intelligable words. “Naaaaa…evil games…prostitution…gay porn to Congress…phallic compensation…!” I should make a monster based off of him for D&D.

  19. Cattleprod says:

    And then I turned around and called him a lying coward, which gives a clue as to how genuine my respect was.

  20. Anonymous says:

    One would think that a crusader against evil would have better things to do than abuse posters on a message board (especially ones that, by his own words, he believes to be children).

    One would be wrong

  21. This is why Jack sucks as a lawyer says:

    Jack’s failed legal career is summed up pretty nicely in his posts.  Only a very incompetent attorney would keep linking to studies that either fail entirely to prove his point, or prove the point of his opposition, while insisting that they do, indeed, prove his point.  Jack, please keep jumping up and yelling “AH HA!” with your pseudo-science (none of which any court has accepted thusfar).  Your failure as an attorney and human being never ceases to amuse me.

  22. Icehawk says:

    Y’know, there comes a point when you just have to have a certain amount of respect for a man who can stare at the sun and insist it’s night time.

    No I don’t.  A person like that either needs to be corrected and educated to be allowed into society or needs to be put away somewhere to protect society.   Honestly would you join in the beliefs of a fool?

  23. Cattleprod ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Y’know, there comes a point when you just have to have a certain amount of respect for a man who can stare at the sun and insist it’s night time.

    That doesn’t change the fact he’s a lying coward, why didn’t he get pre-emptively banned in the new version? And did he need his son’s help to bypass the spam blocker?

  24. Kincyr says:

    Jack Thompson invented the “Video Games Made Me Do It” defence which gives criminals lesser sentences. He isn’t in favor of protecting the innocent, he’s in favor of protecting the criminals.

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  25. Majestic_12_x ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Hey Jack? I’ve been having some problems logging onto your website. Everytime I type in the URL,
    http://www.jackandgoliath.com, I keep getting a “Coming Soon…” site that pops up. Is this the actual htttp://www.jackangoliath.com? If so, what does “Jack Black Skin Care” and “impotence” have to do with the issue at hand? I don’t think you should be mixing personal issues with your (un)professional matters.

    On a more serious note though; did you fail to read anything about James Stitt? Let’s take a look at some quotes from the Fayetteville Observer shall we?

    “Artigues said Stitt seems at times to live in a fantasy world and she
    wasn’t even sure that the version of the murders he described to her
    was the truth. He told a different story — in which Grand Theft Auto wasn’t mentioned — to his girlfriend, according to earlier testimony.”

    “Artigues testified that Stitt could be diagnosed with disrupted
    attachment disorder and childhood trauma disorder. People with these
    disorders have flawed development in parts of their brains, she said,
    which makes it hard for them to control their emotions, control their
    impulses or foresee the consequences of their actions.”

    Now Jack, I’m no psychiatrist, but these quotes make Stitt seem a couple cards short of a full deck, wouldn’t you agree? It seems like you’re really trying to grasp for straws here Jack. I’m surprised that you didn’t try and help the poor guy out with his legal defense. Oh, sorry about that, I forgot that you can’t represent anyone at the moment since you’re already embroiled in a professional misconduct case against your good name. My bad.

    Well Jack, it’s almost summer time so I’d suggest laying down the vitriolic rhetoric and enjoying some beach time under the sun.

  26. Andrew Eisen says:

    Not surprisingly, nothing in the articles you link to say anything about the video game argument being persuasive.  That’s just you making an assumption.  In fact, here’s a direct quote from the second article you linked to:

    Dr Artigues (‘ the last witness Stitt’s lawyers put on the stand Tuesday in their bid to save him from execution’) actually, “did not suggest that there was a connection between the video game and the murders”.

    I’d say the more likely scenario is that not everyone on the jury (it has to be unanimous) was comfortable putting a young man with severe childhood issues to death.

     

    Andrew Eisen

  27. Andrew Eisen says:

    Yes, if you compare today with yesterday then violent crime is indeed on the rise.  However, if you were an intelligent human being, you’d look at it in the proper context and examine the crime rates over the last several years.  If you did that, you’d see that the general trend is a decline and a quite steep decline at that.  The upticks you are citing are upticks from an already low point.

    I’m not saying an uptick in violent crime isn’t a concern but it certainly does nothing to back your claims.

     

    Andrew Eisen

  28. DarkTetsuya ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t integrate a ‘mark as spam’ feature … but I guess how else would his posts show up undeleted?

  29. Rodrigo Ybañez says:

    This is pathetic. You even can´t give a reasonable context to the links you are posting. Every link you posted counters every one of you statements. Even in the first link doesn´t mention Grand Theft Auto was a factor on the sentence.

    You have the comprenssion reading skills of a retarded child.

  30. Andrew Eisen says:

    Come on Thompson, you’re not that stupid so stop acting like it.

    These stats are for Canada, not the US.  Even so, the 3% increase is an increase from an already low point.  Just look at the graph in the article you linked to.  See the downward slope from 1993 (about the time people started complaining about violent video games)?  Yeah, overall youth crime has been on the decline.  A slight uptick (again 3% up from the previous year’s already low point) does nothing to prove your point.  Especially when said uptick was caused by “increases in mischief and disturbing the peace” and not violent crime.

    Also, I’m not really impressed by a high rate of kids accused of homicide.

     

    Andrew Eisen

    Edit: Spelling

  31. Rodrogo Ybañez Garcia says:

    Wow, Mr. Thompson, you are on fire today. Anyways, the text you are showing us doesn´t even name any for of entertainment. No books. No music. No movies. No games. Nothing.

    Just gangs and guns. You just proved to us videogames has nothing to do with real life crime.

    Don´t cry…

  32. gs2005 says:

    Once Thompson loses is license to “practice law”, then he’ll probably be posting more hateful, ingenuous, ignorant comments than ever before.  I guess the soon-to-be-former lawyer has nothing better to do with his time than annoy other adult gamers with his prevarications.

  33. gs2005 says:

    Once Thompson loses is license to “practice law”, then he’ll probably be posting more hateful, ingenuous, ignorant comments than ever before.  I guess the soon-to-be-former lawyer has nothing better to do with his time than annoy other adult gamers with his prevarications.

  34. Arad ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    If that’s the case, then video games could be indirectly causing your son’s anger!  Video games make Jack Thompson angry, which causes him to act like a whackjob.  Thompson’s whackjobbery elicits angry outbursts from video gamers!  Clearly it’s this middle man that is the crucial causal link!  People play video games and are perfectly fine, but everyone in contact with Jack Thompson develops violent tendencies!

    Ban Jack Thompson!  For the Children!

  35. Saint13 says:

    You know, in the 16 years I’ve been raising my boy, not once has he displayed any negative traits that could be blamed on video games.

    However… every time he reads something about Jack Thompson online or sees him on the news, he becomes a bit foul-mouthed and extremely angry, generally going on a tirade about people who have no clue trying to force him to fit into an invalid stereotype.

    In general, Mr. Thompson (and I am 100% sincere about this)- you have actually been the cause of more extreme behavior from my son than any video game ever has.

    Of course, I just credit his sense (and warn him to be sure he’s using appropriate language in the appropriate venues), but it gives one food for thought.

  36. Orange Soda says:

    The Fayetteville Observer link only says that the jury unanimously voted for Life in Prison. It doesn’t say why. I think it’s more likely the guy’s history of mental problems. As for everything else in that release, way to inject yourself into something that has nothing to do with you. Stuff like that is why you’re called a massacre chaser.

    Incidentally, this also has nothing to do with the news article above. Couldn’t you have at least posted this as a reply to the article that actually IS about the Stitt case? Interrupting a conversation with something that has nothing to do with the conversation is rude, online or off.

  37. IllegallyMindedJohn says:

    These are good arguements that we’ve spoken before, but now that it’s labelled as “research”.. hopefully it would get picked up on by someone else.

    Now, if only we could get a MD or PhD attached to his name.

  38. Arad ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    All this post needs is a shameless plug of his book, and you’ve got the groundwork for virtually every Jack Thompson statement ever. 

    Also, I heard that 22 year old murderer also ate carrots and watched FOX news!  Clearly they contributed to his murderous rampage!

  39. Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jack Thompson continues his crusade against personal responsibility and the First Amendment.  Until disbarment that is.

  40. Icehawk says:

    Querstionable that is even JBT.  Even if it is most here know that they can make the perfect arguement and jackie will act the child and have a tantrum and refuse to admit he was wrong.  As pointless as trying to shout down the wind.   Better I think to avoid the wind by go indoors. 

    Or in short.  Dont feed the Troll. 

    As for the study itself.  As noted many times, those that do not want to see it will not.  Though even jackie should remember that all his “studies” ever supposedly proved was increased agression and agression is Not violence.  We use agression to get a job or to compete in any event etc.  

    If violent crime was down which I would have thought jackie, Yee and the rest would like rather then rant against, then their would not basis for this BS.  Cannot “save us” when we are not in danger. 

  41. Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Ah, what a plesant surprise upon waking up.  Thompson proven wrong by a study, and then again wrong by the posters of this Blog.  Leaving him breaking down and regressing to his inner 1st grader.

  42. Anonymous ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE – MAY 15, 2008 VIDEO GAME DEFENSE HELPS SAVE NORTH CAROLINA KILLER FROM DEATH PENALTY Today a North Carolina jury sentenced a 22-year-old murderer to life in prison rather than imposing the death penalty. http://www.fayobserver.com/article?id=294067 Part of Stitt’s defense was his obsessive play of the Grand Theft Auto video games, and it was obviously persuasive. It was put before the jury in a very clever fashion, and it worked: http://news.spong.com/article/15391/Murderer_Tries_GTA_Mitigation_to_Avoid_Execution?cb=579 Miami attorney and anti-video game activist was on CBS’ 60 Minutes three years ago asserting that this particular game franchise, Grand Theft Auto, has figured in many other murders, including the deaths of three Alabama policemen. See this 60 Minutes story with Thompson at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/03/04/60minutes/main678261.shtml Thompson was right then, and the sentence in North Carolina proves it. Increasingly, the criminal defense bar will be using the “video game defense” because of the video game industry’s aggressive and illicit marketing of adult games to minors. Contact Jack Thompson for more information at

  43. Bianca says:

    …and in other news, bears shit in the woods, the grass is green and the sky is blue.  Now let’s go to Ollie for te weather.

  44. Anonymous says:

    I noticed this too, my intial reaction was “the philosopher?”

    Quite frankly I am not impressed by either side of the argument, crime goes down when video game sales go up, its reminds me of now infamous research that stated that shark attacks went up when ice cream sales went up. Conversely I find it hard to believe that  video games cause violent crime based on the evidence of statistics alone. In general I am uncomfortable with what is social science being touted as hard scientific facts.
    remember kids, a correlation is not a causation.

  45. Belgarion89 says:

    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/glance/offage.htm

    Headline even says that “serious violent crimes committed by juveniles has generally
    declined since 1993.”

    1993, by the way, is the same year Mortal Kombat first came out.  I agree, it’s still too high, but there’s not even a correlation with video game sales, much less cauation.

  46. Nekowolf ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Just as a bit of a random thought, I wonder if he has any relation to Søren Kierkegaard…Doubt it, but, it was an interesting thought to me nonetheless

  47. JohnnyD says:

    Unfortunately…

    “The property crime rate dropped 4% from 2005, as the rate of break-ins
    fell 5% to its lowest level in over 30 years. The rate of motor vehicle
    theft also declined, down 2%”  (isn’t a big part of GTA stealing cars?)

    Given that the average gamer is 34 years old (I am 32), I should be more concerned about adult crimes…  But they are down… hmmmm… 

    Also, good analysts, like me!, never use one data point to prove a trend.  For example, mischief is DOWN 6% since 1996.   Disturbing the peace is up overall, but then what is the definition?  Noise complaints?  Yeah, I am really worried about that! 

    Next, Criminal Code violations are down 16% since 1996.  Hmmmm..

    Last, “Since the introduction the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) in 2003, the proportion of youth formally charged by police has dropped from 56% in 2002, pre-YCJA, to 42% in 2006″  Wow!  So there are more laws to charge people with, but the rate is DECLINING. 

    Stats are actually really cool Mr. Thompson, but as my boss would say: “Giving metrics to stupid people produces stupid interpretations”.  I would love to see your ANOVA analysis of the crime information Statistics Canada has.

    JohnnyD
    – Proud Canadian – Senior Metrics Analyst

  48. Jer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    You cannot be serious? That is the most childish thing I’ve seen. That just screams “I LOST, but I won’t admit it.”  Mr. Thompson, please for your own sake GROW UP!!!

  49. Christian Astrup ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    You know its extraordinary that he is getting so many second chances – any regular user would have been permanently banned for behaving even half as poorly as him.

  50. DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Mr. Thompson, please stop making people in your age bracket look like they need to be in a mental institution. I’m less than half your age. You’re humiliating yourself.

  51. TBoneTony ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I am really thinking of writing something to my local Paper in Australia when it comes to talking about the R rating being accepted by the end of the year as mentioned earlier today, this research will add more ammunition to my informed piece of writing to my Local Paper in the Youth Issues section.

  52. DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Mr. Thompson, where in that does it mention video games? It doesn’t. How does this aid your cause?

  53. DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Mr. Thomspon, perhaps you didn’t notice the NEGATIVE SLOPE at the end of that graph? That means a decline.

    Plus the fact this study is less recent than another person posted, let alone what this article gave.

    Was there really a need for the caps lock in that other comment, Mr. Thompson? We’re not six years old, Mr. Thompson, you know this.

  54. Skyler ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    JT, those stats are from Canada… how is your legal bludgeoning going to solve anything in a different country?

    Once again Mr. Thompson, you accuse any accredited dissenter of being paid off… by who? The evil underground legue of video games makers? The military? The FBI?

    Anyways, Kierkegaard (for a moment I thought he was the existentialist) is not saying that your brain scans and studies never took place. He is commenting on their BIAS and questions their scientific validity.

  55. Arad ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Isn’t it interesting that Jacko makes these claims with no real proof to support it?  For your viewing perusal:

    http://blog.wired.com/games/2008/04/gaming-real-vio.html

    And

    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/glance/tables/viortrdtab.htm

    The numbers do not lie…unless the Justice Department is conspiring with the video game industry, just like the DoD. >_>

    Also, since this is turning into an ‘OMG MY EXPERTZ DISAGREE’ war, I feel I must post this.  Enjoy, Jacko.

    http://cad-comic.com/comics/20051012.jpg

  56. Anonymous says:

    This is why we never let him post, he gets really abusive and really childish, very quickly. I’m more or less amazed why Dennis even let him post given his past track record with us. We try to have civilized debates with him but this is what it degenerates into.

    In short, Jack Thompson is a troll.

  57. Anonymous says:

    Ok this just proves that gangs are a problem, not video games. Ok crime is up, I’m seeing nothing pertaining to video games as the reason for blame here. Last I checked gangs are usually formed from a bad home life and constantly being out on the streets doing no good in the first place anyway, not cause they were sitting at home playing video games or “murder simulators” as you call them.

  58. Anonymous ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    In light of the above, please send apologies to Jack Thompson at the
    Dennis McCauley Home of the Criminally Insane. Send it to Jack Thompson\\\\\\\’s medication nurse. I\\\\\\\’ll put the apologies in my drool cup.

    Honestly, you people are embarrassing. Youth crime is up, and this tool says it is down. He is a useful idiot of Strauss Zelnick and the maniac Sam \\\\\\\”Forgive me for molesting your child with porn\\\\\\\” Houser.

    Jack Thompson

  59. Anonymous says:

    HERE ARE THE FACTS, YOU LYING LOSERS! THIS \\\\\\\”RESEARCHER\\\\\\\” CAN\\\\\\\’T EVEN GET HIS CRIME STATS RIGHT! UNBELIEVABLE. SOMEBODY GET DENNIS MCCAULEY A DARVOCET:

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Increasing violence among teenagers and other youths appears to have contributed to a nationwide crime spike, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
    Gangs and gun violence are partly to blame for the rise in crime that is on pace to increase for the second straight year, says Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in a prepared speech.

    In response, the Justice Department is pledging to spend nearly $50 million this year to combat gangs and guns, and will push Congress to enact new laws to let the federal government better investigate and prosecute violent crime.

    FBI data from last fall show violent crimes, including murders and robberies, rose by 3.7% nationwide during the first six months of 2006. Those findings came on top of a 2.2% crime hike in 2005 — the first increase since 2001.

  60. Anonymous says:

    Source this claim or it doesn’t exist. You should know this by now, baseless claims don’t go very far here at all and you sir are the king of baseless claims.

  61. Anonymous ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Here it is, ace. Read it and weep:

    http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/070718/d070718b.htm

    The crime rate among young persons aged 12 to 17 rose 3% in 2006, the first increase since 2003. The rise was driven by increases in mischief and disturbing the peace. The rate of young people accused of homicide was the highest since 1961, when data were first collected.

    And the researcher\’s source is what, Hal Halpin of ECA?????

    Jack Thompson

  62. DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Site this supposed source of yours, please, Mr. Thompson. That’s what they teach you in Middle School, or is Vanderbilt the only place you’ve ever seen a blackboard?

  63. Anonymous ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    In fact, the latest violent crime stats show youth crime is up, not down. So this industry tool can\’t even get that right. Incredible.

    Jack Thompson

  64. RudyJudy says:

    http://www.gamepolitics.com/2007/02/27/new-research-sees-correlation-between-violent-bible-passages-and-aggression/aprilaire

    Okay, please tell me that article was a joke. A correlation between violent Bible passages and aggression? That’s insane. Look, regardless of what the "facts" say, it’s almost common knowledge that if a child experiences an act of violence in a video game that they do not see in their home…clearly they are learning violence.

  65. Andrew Eisen says:

    You really suck at this, Thompson.

    First of all, there are no video game violence brain scan studies out of Harvard.  I’ve been asking you for years to cite one and you’ve consistently failed to do so.  Maybe I’ve overlooked it but until you can back up your claim, I will firmly believe you are wrong or have the wrong school.

    Indiana State: This study used an MRI to look at the difference between the brains of normal kids and kids with disruptive behavioral disorders when playing violent games.  It concluded that kids with DBD have less activity going on in the frontal lobe (decision-making and behavioral control) when playing violent games.  The games used?  A racing game and a James Bond game.

    A more recent study from the same school had about 44 kids play Need for Speed: Underground and Medal of Honor: Frontline for 30 minutes.  It concluded that the ones who played MoH had more brain activity in the emotional arousal area.

    Michigan: A look at the brains of 13 males who played an unspecified violent game showed a “brain activity pattern that may be characteristic for aggressive thoughts.”

    Not a damn one of these studies proves anything Thompson claims they do.

    Oh and while the APA did release a resolution in ’05 that recognized the possibility that violent video game play may increase aggressive behavior (and made suggestions like teach kids media literacy and do more research) it absolutely did not find what Thompson often claims they did.

    All you have to do is read the info Thompson cites to see he’s full of it.

     

    Andrew Eisen

  66. DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Mr. Thompson, those studies don’t prove your claims one bit. Stop spreading these falsehoods.

  67. Zerodash ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Nice try asshole.  The FBI’s stats on crime still prove youth crime is down.  Brain scans aren’t crime stats.

    Oh, and don’t forget that the Flat Earth Society was founded on Christian beliefs.  Those are YOUR people.

  68. Anonymous ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Nice try. All the Harvard, Indiana State, and Michigan University brain scans prove otherwise. Follow the money, and you\’ll see whose pocket this guy is in.

    The heads of six major health organizations have testified to just the opposite, as have two Surgeons General. Again, nice try. You gamers really need to be consistent and join the Flat Earth Society.

    Jack Thompson

  69. Iliad says:

    He is childish and abusive, and I dont know if this is dennis’ reasoning, but the way I see it, I can deal with some internet troll abuse, (I think we are all used to it) in exchange for the oppurtunity to argue with him.

    I would rather he be able to ocme comment here, that was he cant cry discrimination, he can come here and get schooled fair and square on his terms, honestly I would rather he not be banned.

    Unless he just gets so horrible with flaming we cant get anything done or talk about anything without it getting ruined, and I dont think its at that point yet.

  70. Iliad says:

    Hell national geographic is more violent than rocky IV, not to mention, I would argue that the function of the brain they are referring to is simply a part of the fight/flight reflex. They have no evidence it would be used as a “guide” it seems to me like its meant for recognition, so you know what to run away from and if you are in trouble or not.

  71. Ixian says:

    Well, this is a little odd. None of my pubmed and none of my google searches were able to find this supposed publication. Not even a reference to it happening. The only times I’ve seen it this hard to find a published scientific article has been when the researchers did crap work that wouldn’t pass any true form of peer review. As such it is more than safe to disregard your “studies” as utter bull crap until such time they appear in a real peer reviewed science magazine. And before you even think of commenting back about it’s supposed peer reviewed nature, I’ve seen enough examples of BS science getting a fake peer review from someone they’re friends with and trying to hide that fact. The Discovery Institue, basically head of the Intelligent Design push these days does this as often as it thinks it can get away with fake reviews. Until I can find this article in a real science/psychology magazine this article is not science and none of your statements based on it can be taken seriously.

  72. Ixian says:

    Yeah, the APA study. The one I read through and performed multiple text comparison scans and found not a single claim of yours is supported by it. That study…

    You are in serious need of your own advice, learn to tell the truth, and get yourself checked by a certified psychologist. Your sociopathic actions along with your pathalogical lieing does not help anyone, nor does it set a good example for the “kids” you supposedly are trying to protect from the evils in this world.

    I’ll be checking pubmed for publications by John Murray and reading them as I get the time to. Without having read anything of his, I’m still confident that nothing he’s published actually supports your views. I’ve seen your type of tactics far too often with the fanatically religious, including the Creationist/ID and anti-vaccine groups. You simply quote-mine an article, and lift the parts you can twist into your own meaning when taken out of context, then claim the entire article supports your views even when the article in full context completely disproves your statements. I’m getting rather sick of seeing crap like you claiming anything and pointing to articles like this, which at best is morally wrong and contemptable. My suggestion, as it always has been, is either change your ways or get some SPF 10,000 for your afterlife as you’re current actions have you on track to goto a place where warm doesn’t even begin to describe it.

  73. Mnementh2230 says:

    Jack, you just got owned.  Intellectually schooled.  Verbally (so to speak) lambasted.

    care to comment?  Or do you have the minerals to do so?

  74. Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Beautiful comeback Andrew.  Hey Jack, the APA doesn’t agree with you.  Think about backing your arguments up with facts any time soon?

  75. Dog Welder says:

    Any more witty replies, Jack, about doing our own research?  Perhaps you should do some.  Or learn to read more than every 4th word of a study.

  76. Dog Welder says:

    Any more witty replies, Jack, about doing our own research?  Perhaps you should do some.  Or learn to read more than every 4th word of a study.

  77. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Storing away violent images sounds like a good thing to me. It could be handy should a person ever be in a dangerous situation. Seriously, none of that sounds bad or “scary” as this researcher claims. That all depends on what a person does with his or her knowledge. Broad generalizations and a failure to cite a positive application.

     

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  78. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Did you also see how they noted that parental involvement nagated most of that?

     

    -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  79. Monte ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Hey, while Eisen explains why your wrong about the APA study, and while we are on the subject of APA studies and the concept of proving a link between media and violence you may want to take a look at this:

    http://www.gamepolitics.com/2007/02/27/new-research-sees-correlation-between-violent-bible-passages-and-aggression

    Short version, instead of using video games they used the holy bible! and the results shown an “increase in aggression” for those who read violent passages as well as passages that say God condoned the violence…

    The Deseret News reports that the researchers believe their findings are consistent with other studies which show correlation between aggression and violent movies, music and video games.”

    And it seems that one of the researchers was  Dr.Bushman, the same psychologist from the APA study you constantly misquote. Essentially, the study says that books, including the holy bible, can yield similar results as those that the APA study shows for video games…

    Frankly, when it comes to media resulting in making people violent, i do not say EITHER study proves such a thing… These are correlation studies, not causation; very big difference… not to mention there is a very strong difference between aggressive thoughts and translating that into real world violence anyway. For instance, if a person gets mad/frustrated at something, or if they start getting highly competitive, i’m sure those would result in “aggressive thoughts” but NOT become violent because those are normal human emotions…

    Though i guess if you back up the APA study so much and use that as “Proof” agianst video games, then i guess you except that books including the holy bible can also have a casual link to teenage aggression

  80. JackDon'tKnowJack says:

    Doesn’t Jack ever tire of being wrong? On the simplest of points? Like with what univeristy John Murray is associated? If he can’t get the plain and simple facts straight, then what hope has he on the more complex facts like the meaning of the results of Murray’s neurological study? Hopeless.

  81. Andrew Eisen says:

    John Murray is a Kansas State University professor, not Harvard.

     

    His big brain scan study was done in collaboration with the Mind Science Foundation and at the University of Texas Sciences Center, not Harvard.

     

    The study itself had 8 kids (ages 8 to 13) watch less than 10 minutes of either National Geographic or Rocky IV.  The study concluded that violence is arousing and engaging to the brain.  Said Murray:

     

    “In the results of our initial, and very limited study, of children’s brain activations while viewing entertainment video violence, suggest that the violence is arousing, engaging and is treated by the brain as a real event that is threatening and worthy of being stored for long-term memory in an area of the brain that makes ‘recall’ of the events almost instantaneous.

     

    This is as ‘scary’ as it gets; even more than an “R” rated slasher film. Here, we see normal children storing away violent images in a manner that could be used to ‘guide’ future behavior. Naturally, this is only the beginning of the story and we need to conduct much more extensive research on neuroimaging and violence, but we have identified the reasons why parents and politicians, people of all political persuasions, should take action to reduce media violence.”

     

    So, unless you’re referring to a different study or a different John Murray, you’re still citing studies that do precious little to support your position.

     

     

    Andrew Eisen

     

    Edit: Links removed.  Spam filter doesn’t like them.

  82. Andrew Eisen says:

    Thanks for the hint.  I’ll look up John Murray and his Harvard brain scan study later.

    In the meantime, of course I can find the APA resolution.  I can also read it.  What’s more is I can understand it and it does not say there is a causal link between teen agression and violent game play.

    Buy hey, don’t take my word for it.

    Yale University’s Dr. Dorothy Singer, who co-chaired the study committee, told GP via e-mail that claims of the APA finding a “direct causal link” between games and actual violence are “…wrong and misinterpreting the statement… nowhere do we make such a claim in the resolution, nor does APA… Our studies cited were correlational… there is a difference.

    Dr. Elizabeth Carll (left), who chairs the organization’s Interactive Media Committee added in an e-mail to GP yesterday, “There was no reference to direct causal link in the APA Resolution on Violence in Video Games and Interactive Media. I scrolled through my email and saw Dorothy Singer’s response as well and we are in agreement.”

     

    Andrew Eisen

  83. Anonymous says:

    Darling Eisen: The brain scan studies out of Harvard pertaining to violent entertainment, and the brain scan studies out of Indiana University and Michigan State deal with video games. John Murray is the key guy in the Harvard studies and one of our experts in the Alabama case. The Harvard studies apply to video games as well, Murray says, who is repeatedly published in peer-reviewed science journals. If you, you jackass, can\’t find any of this on the Internet, then you are even more inept than I thought you were. Do your own research, which, of course, you don\’t want to find. By the way, get a dose of honesty. Or get some help from the American Psychological Association, which found the causal link between these games and teen aggression in August 2005, or are you unable to find that report as well, Andy?

    Jack Thompson

  84. Iliad says:

    Speaking of not wanting to find things jack, you “find” a copy of grand theft childhood yet- Or are you still “looking”

     

    Or do you have some half assed claim of bias on the authors-

    WAIT! let me guess, they’re spies from the video game industry… DAMN shoulda caught that one.

  85. Anonymous says:

    he’ll just make someone (who actually cares about him) to make his posts…

    his son (whom he made to buy a copy of GTA, forgot which version thou), maybe his wife, that psychiatrist who deemed him sane but turns out to be part of his church, or a trained monkey or troll

    5 bucks says it’s the last one

  86. GryphonOsiris says:

    I say they get a zap collar for JT. Whenever he logs into GP, sends an e-mail to some new agency, or calls said news agency, he gets an electric shock the straightens or curls his hair. In fact, this would make a great Pay-per-view event. How many times will he try it before he passes out?

  87. Aliasalpha says:

    Well it IS hard to tell the difference since jack usually sounds like a 14 year old troll. There IS the lack of his usual “Jack Thompson, Attorney (and you’re not!)” signature but then again the impending disbarment may have managed to penetrate even his arrogance-armoured skull.

    Hey maybe we could program a special sub-site of GP just for him, a Troll Trap. It would mirror the main GP site so he could see when he’s in the news but every time he posts, a pre-generated reply script picks out keywords & refutes his arguments and continues until the end of time or until he changes his mind (I suspect the end of time part would happen sooner)

  88. pominator ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Even if it isnt Jackie boy, the BS marathon is still amusing, so we let it continue anyway.

     

    Why do you think the government hasn’t put him away yet? it is funny just to watch him make an idiot out of himself in public because he can’t cause any real trouble, we tend to just keep him in his bubble where he thinks he is all powerful and anyone outside of the gaming community will take his word as gospel

    I repeat- funny to watch right?

  89. Calantyr says:

    Apologies for my ignorance, but was the person who posted comments to this article *actually* Jack Thompson? I have to ask because, no offense intended if it actually turns out to be him, but it sounds like a fourteen-year old troll just trying to amuse himself by pretending to be him. I noticed the name field was empty and it was just signed JT so I’m not sure how to check.

  90. JackDon'tKnowJack says:

    Think of it as the person serving two back-to-back life sentences for murder (in a State with no death penalty) who, while incarcerated, kills another inmate and a prison guard. The State certainly can and maybe should prosecute the subsequent murders, but what’s the worse that they can do? They tack on two more life sentences?    

  91. -Jes- ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Eh, look at any picture taken the last ½ year of Jack. He DOES look like a bombed out house – figuratively speaking, that is.

    Poor old geezer doesn’t know when to stop smacking his head against a wall.

  92. Mnementh2230 says:

    Jack, all your claims in this thread have thusfar been proven either false or to originate in Canada, whose crime statistics don’t apply to the US because they have different laws and a different culture.

    You’ve once again been caught lying your ass off.  Even the graph from Canada shows a downard trend again in 2006.

    Care to comment?  Do you have the courage to admit you were wrong?  Care to send your apologies to the gamer community at large?  I’m willing to bet you don’t have the minerals.  Prove me wrong.

  93. Xen says:

    Some people say that a fresh cup of coffee in the morning will make the rest of their day go smoothly. For me, nothing beats reading Jack Thompsons arguments getting smacked down at the start of the day. 

    I have a feeling today is going to be a good day

  94. Smellybird says:

    Hey, I know this isn’t relevant to this particular topic guys, but this si the first time I’ve seen the new relaunched site and it looks amazing! Great job!

     

    Bit of relevance:

    I agree with Kierkegaard.

    End.

  95. Nekowolf ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    If it’s really him, I figured it may have something to do with the updates done to the site.

  96. Nekowolf ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    If it’s really him, I figured it may have something to do with the updates done to the site.

  97. shaoron ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    what!? oh no! he’s gonna sue me!

    i gotta hide!

    where oh where should i?

    pffft! he’s threat is as bad as an old dog who barks loudly but doesn’t have any teeth left and could barely even move…  

  98. Guillaume says:

    Oh shocking news.

    And another study proved that scratching one’s nose does not cause global warming. I’m telling you.

  99. Guillaume says:

    Oh shocking news.

    And another study proved that scratching one’s nose does not cause global warming. I’m telling you.

  100. kaemmerite says:

    Facts are meaningless!  You can use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true!

  101. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    You know he’s gonna claim you threatened him and try and get you banned for that. What a fucking BABY!

     

    -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  102. shaoron ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    wow…. for every argument Jack Thompson throws against the gamers, he gets thrown back 5 times on counter arguments and other sources, 5 times getting laughed at his sorry logic and 10 times getting insulted…

    Seriously Jack, are you really THAT much of an idiot?

    the way you’re going, you’re gonna get disbarred, and then you and your house will look like a bombed out hiroshima building.. FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING of course… <_<

  103. potatojones83 says:

    I was wondering, as I sometimes do, after looking at some of those crime statistics and what not…do those take into account something like repeat offenders? What I mean is, the report says something like youth crime is up 3% or 1.6% or whatever the amount may be, but do they count one person or the same group of people commiting multiple crimes or are they all individual acts? Maybe it’s just me but I would think counting multiple crimes from the same person could have a significant impact on those figures. Kind of a “one bad apple spoils the batch” type of scenario.

  104. JackDon'tKnowJack says:

    Jack, despite having picked video games as his most recent crusade, ain’t the most computer- or technology-savy person you’ll ever meet. It’ll take him above-average time to adjust to the new posting format. Or to actually one day gain the ability to actually play a video game. He likes to claim that he’s got a life and therefore doesn’t play but the more simply truth is he’s yet to figure out how to switch on an XBox.  

  105. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    The answer lies in a picture of a ham sandwich on fire, whilst eating a squirrel and singing “Understand Your Man” by Johnny Cash. Think hard my son…

     

    -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  106. TheEdge says:

    I thought Mr.Jack Thompson couldn’t post bullsh*t comments on this site?

    It’s idiots like him that make me think The Who’s”My Generation”is my anthem.

  107. TheEdge says:

    I thought Mr.Jack Thompson couldn’t post bullsh*t comments on this site?

    It’s idiots like him that make me think The Who’s”My Generation”is my anthem.

  108. TheEdge says:

    I thought that tool Thompson couldn’t comment on this site.I thought Dennis banned him from commenting.

    Maybe he found a way around.

    Why can’t leave us gamers alone!?We don’t post stupid,untruthful,and downright retarted things on any website or blog site of his.So can’t he do the same.Also,why be anonymous when you just post your own name at the end of every comment,Mr.Thompson?

  109. Fireborn says:

    Instead of bringing up stats in court that either don’t support his arguement, or aid the defense, maybe he should use himself as evidence of the damage video games do.  Addiction, mental instability, increased rage, anger, hostility.  He is his own best evidence at trying to prove what video games can truely do to an already warped mind…And if he does use it in court someday, let me just say that I freaking called it! 😛

  110. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    This one got through.

     

    -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  111. Momgamer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’ve been trying to reply to Bruce-from-the-Psychology-Department all day, and every time I try the post just vanishes.  Anyone got any clues?

  112. Momgamer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’ve been trying to reply to Bruce-from-the-Psychology-Department all day, and every time I try the post just vanishes.  Anyone got any clues?

  113. Mr.Pat says:

    That would be the Jackass lawyer. He doesn’t deserve the respect to be referred to by his name, so I lump him in the same category as the most hateful woman I know of; Ann Coulter – hence, Mann Coulter.

    They pretty much share all the same values and ideals outside of video games too, right up for a desired christian theocracy, so it tends to fit him rather well.

  114. shady8x says:

    Shouldn’t the title be: ‘Another researcher ignored by the media’?

    He may be right but its not like any anti-game advocates will listen…

  115. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Who the hell is Mann Coulter? Did he post an obnoxious comment that I missed?

     

    -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  116. Mr.Pat says:

    Seriously, the man does nothing but act like a four year old, can’t back up his own claims, spams your comments with his press regurgitations, and contributes nothing. And yet someone using the word “confront” around him is a viable means to kick out a longtime reader?

    Seriously, thats completely messed up.

  117. Mr.Pat says:

    Seriously, the man does nothing but act like a four year old, can’t back up his own claims, spams your comments with his press regurgitations, and contributes nothing. And yet someone using the word “confront” around him is a viable means to kick out a longtime reader?

    Seriously, thats completely messed up.

  118. Pominator ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @gs68

    Because the messages were just planted in your brain waiting for activation when the time comes, one day you will wake up and the program will just take over your mind, you will just become a zombie working for the ECA and you will go and kill everyone you see, this is what Jack Thompson is trying to protect us all from! DONT YOU SEE?!

    /sarcasm (I wonder if Jackie boy will actually buy into that…)
    @Article

    Yay! Facts!
    Shame that people ignore them or try to debunk them because they do not fit into their blinkered view of the world and how things actually work.

  119. gs68 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’ve played light gun games since I was what, 8 or 9 years old.  Why am I not a school shooter yet?

  120. Gamer137 says:

    About time a research case used common sence and reliable statistics. I have been saying that 2nd quote for ages and finally someonje with credibility agrees.

  121. Gamer137 says:

    About time a research case used common sence and reliable statistics. I have been saying that 2nd quote for ages and finally someonje with credibility agrees.

  122. Waffles says:

    And here I thought Jack Thompson would have given up on us “losers”. I commend you for still being perserverent Mr. Thompson, despite you’re arguments being shot to hell.

  123. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Hella. Unfortunately it’s unethical to tell a subject that he’s holding a real gun (it would really be fake of course) and see if he shoots someone. That would be a result. Goddamn ethics of science…

    -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  124. CyberSkull says:

    Measuring “aggression” based on μseconds of an air horn doesn’t really prove anything relevant to everyday life.

  125. KayleL says:

    Jack, I like to ask you one question that would make my year. What is your response to the book “Grand Theft Childhood”

    EDIT: Sorry for the double post, but I don’t see a delete button.

  126. KayleL says:

    Jack, I like to ask you one question that would make my year. What is your response to the book “Grand Theft Childhood”

  127. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    HAHAHAHA! I can’t wait for kim to be dissbared! We’ll get to fuck with him all day!-GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  128. Wyvern says:

    I just realised that when he gets disbarred, we’re gonna be seeing a lot more of this Idiot. Oh Lord…

  129. Chalts says:

    You do realize the Flat Earth Society isn’t serious, right? Nobody has legitiamtely believed in a flat earth since the third century BC.

  130. Mirrikat45 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’m not sure what we’ll blame it on. Maybe… the internet will help, maybe not… Maybe we’ll just blame it on the internet. “Tron Guy videos make children kill!”

  131. TrentHowell ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Sadly, as good as this report is, it’ll fall onto deaf ears to the ones that really need to read this. For us this report is stating what we already knew. But if a debate ever came up with JT or Leland this would make great matierial as it flies in their face of what they are constantly attacking.

     

    @Mirrikat45

    Kinda makes you wonder if(or what) our generation will scapegoat, the whole video games are bad thing will get blown over when our generation fully takes control, but what pop culture media form will we put on the spot. Almost every generation has done it to something, or will the combination of realization and the internet(or mass communication in general) be enough for us to look at the facts before pointing fingers.

  132. Mirrikat45 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

        Forgot to say: One of the reasons games is often blamed in situations where a person snapes and kills people is because they are normal. They dont have the ability to comprehend the actions of the killer. This is because the killer was mentally disturbed where as normal people are not. So because they can’t comprehend why somebody would do these things they look for a way to explain it.

    However, unfortunatly it seems that they don’t use much rational themselves while picking their scapegoat. For now it works, the older generations dont understand video games and are therefore easy to convince. But what are people going to blame when the video game generation takes control of the country?

  133. Mirrikat45 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Obviously  games do not manufacture killers. People with
    unstable mental states lose contact with reality. They begin to have
    irrational behavior and unorganized thought processes. Because these
    people don’t experience reality in the same way as other people they
    begin to withdrawal from social norms and often seek out a way to
    enact their fantasies or find a place where their irrational thoughts
    become rational. So it would not be hard to believe a crazy person
    with the ability to kill to enact killing people in a game or even
    watch a movie with lots of killing.

    However these people experience the game differently. Instead of
    realizing the game is fiction and doesn’t exist due to their
    experiencing reality in a distorted way, may find the game realistic
    and enjoy their actions in a way a normal person will not.

    Bottom Line: Games do not cause people to kill other
    people. People who kill other people look for media in which their
    psychosis is norm.

  134. Christian Astrup ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jack has his ears plugged with his fingers and is singing “Yankee Doodle” as loud as he can at this time.

     

    Therefore he will be completely oblivious to this research in the future. That is all.

  135. gs2005 says:

    Leland Yee (and Schwarzenegger to a lesser degree) is not interested in facts, or actual constitutional rights since it goes against his anti-video game agenda.

  136. Video Game Otaku ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    This is great… too bad things like facts and truth are irrelivant to people.

  137. Mr. Manguy says:

    Violent crime, particularly among the young, has decreased dramatically since the early 1990s. With millions of sales of violent games, the world should be seeing an epidemic of violence. Instead, violence has declined.

    More ammunition for use.  Of course this won’t shut certain people up…

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