Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello recently spoke out on the idea that video games can be a catalyst that leads to real world violence during a conference call with analysts to discuss the company's latest earnings. Acknowledging that the industry faces a "perception issue" when it comes to videogames Riccitiello also said that games can also be "a voice for good," and that there is no research to back up claims that video games directly cause real world violence.
"There's been an enormous amount of research done in the entertainment field about looking for linkages between entertainment content and actual violence, and they haven't found any," he said. "Hundreds of millions of dollars of the research has been done [and] has been unable to find a linkage because there isn't one."
"Now, having said all that, and with all, if you will, humility about the world we live in, we understand that while there may not be an actual problem, given all the finger pointing going on in the press, there appears to be the perception of a problem, and we do have to wrestle with that," he added.
Riccitiello also went on to say that the industry was "stunned and horrified" by the recent shootings in Connecticut but that video games were not the cause. He believes that other members of the ESA need to step up to help tackle the issue of video games having a perception problem.