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Aug 26 2009

Destructoid makes a few observations on the death-toll of video-games (murders, suicides and so forth) [thanks for the link, Tigro].

I’m going to add a couple extra data points here.

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The state of California has now spent rather more than half a million US dollars on its violent video games. The bill would make the renting or sale to minors of video games unlawful, if ‘the state’ determines those games to be ‘violent’. Note that that violent rating seems to be entirely independent of the existing ESRB ratings system.

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May 21 2009

Remember the failed Utah bill created by Florida ex-attorney Jack Thompson? It was designed to make the sale of mature-rated video games to minors (by retailers if they also advertised that they did not do so) a deceptive trade-practice.

As it panned out, the bill was denied by the governor on constitutional grounds. Thompson raised the ire of the Utah legislature, and has been having another go-around with the bill in Louisiana as SB152.

It hasn’t fared so well there, either.

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Given that the number of gamers worldwide who have played or presently play violent video games is roughly estimated to be somewhere around 250 million, and the number of shootings, school shootings and violent crimes associated with violent video games is (roughly) 10-20 per year….

Would that not suggest that there is some alternative explanation for these outbursts of violence than the video games?

In fact, there’s a far stronger correlation between violent crimes and eating carrots, or riding bicycles than there is for video games.

Besides, didn’t we used to blame these shootings on television? When did we stop blaming TV for violent crimes?