Anyone think we should keep studying the effects of violent video games?
There has been a lot of research over the last 15 years or so into how violent video games affect those that play them and not a bit of it has convinced a single, solitary court in the U.S. that such games pose any danger to those who play them. Granted, most of the research is really poorly done, something else courts and various academic reviews have pointed out. Hell, even the authors of some of these studies have admitted to sloppy methodology.
Then again, maybe we haven't found the true effects of violent video games because most of the studies are not well thought out (or, perhaps, not adequately funded). Or, maybe this area of study is spinning its wheels because it's the same few researchers (Craig Anderson, Brad Bushman, etc.) performing the vast majority of them?
You know where I'm going with this. What do you think, readers? Is it time to give it a rest or should we continue studying violent video games? Vote in the poll and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below or in an email to us at SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com. Or both!
EZK and I will discuss this topic and reveal the poll results on next week's podcast.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen