Poll Results: Will Leland Yee’s Arrest Negatively Affect the Viability of Anti-Video Game Arguments?

Last week we asked our readers, "Will Leland Yee’s Arrest Negatively Affect the Viability of Anti-Video Game Arguments?" The majority of votes went to the option that basically said anti-game research will continue unabated and unashamed, despite one of its biggest advocates showing that he didn't really care about the issue at all.

Around 62 percent of the vote went for the option, "Nope. Yee’s ilk will successfully scapegoat video games until something scarier comes along." It also shows that our audience is a cynical bunch, but whose opinions are formed by the reality of anti-game research, which continues to use flawed methodology to drive research in the direction they want it to go in.

Around 25 percent of the votes say that no one takes them seriously anyway. While the gaming public may not take them seriously, the less informed – the general public and politicians don't know any better, unfortunately. Finally 13 percent said that, in the wake of Leland Yee's alleged criminal activities, no one will listen to them now.

Thanks to everyone who voted in last week's poll – look for a new one later this week. For a more in-depth discussion – guest starring Jeremy Powers – check out the latest episode of Super Podcast Action Committee!

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    BearDogg-X says:

    That would be Craig Anderson, and even then, his credibility has been undermined by his admittance to SCOTUS that his own work is flawed.

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    black manta says:

    Jack Thompson's been disbarred and discredited.  Col. David Grossman looks and sounds increasingly like a raving lunatic.  Joe Lieberman's retired from politics.  And now Leland Yee's political career lies in tatters, convicted of the very same sorts of crimes he railed against.  I think the leading figures of the  anti-game movement – save for Dr. Craig Ferguson – have been had their credibility seriously undermined.  And even the news media isn't pursuing the whole "violent video games" angle in the wake of a tragedy like they used to.  I think it's pretty much done.

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    Neeneko says:

    True, there will always be busy bodies, but we seem to be exiting the erra where there is significant mainstream political capital to be won by jumping on the topic.  Just like people still complain about books and comics and tv and movies, games will probably be complained about for a long time to come, but with less consequence.

    Then again, who knows, maybe someday they will be like theater, who's moral panic is pretty much dead at this point.  Even the modern concern of debauchery (and gasp homosexuality) in the theater community is fading away again.

    mmmmm…. debauchery…. wait… what were we talking about?

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    RedMage says:

    There are plenty of other crotchety busybodies who will scapegoat games until the next scary scapegoat comes along, but Yee was one of the most pronounced. These indictments are going to irreversibly tarnish any criticism he can make, up to and including those stupid alerts each holiday season on which games to avoid.

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