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[Y!]Video games turn kids into killers? Not so, says new book.

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While their digital pastime is often credited with eroding the state of contemporary literature, gamers have found an unlikely ally within the pages of a new book.Penned by Harvard Med School researchers Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olsen, "Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do" refutes common conceptions about the causal relationship between violent video games and violent behavior.
In other words, playing a few hours of GTA IV will not result in your kid stealing a car, careening through traffic and gunning down civilians.
"What I hope people realize is that there is no data to support the simple-minded concerns that video games cause violence," Kutner told Reuters News Service in an interview.
Their findings are a result of a two-year study of over 1,200 middle-school students. Unlike most studies set in sterile lab environments using psychological triggers, much of their data was collected by -- brace yourself -- actually talking to their young subjects.
The researchers did note a link between mature-rated titles and aggressive behavior, as a significant number of both boys and girls who played M-rated titles reported getting into more fights over the past year than kids who didn't play M-rated games.
However, Kutner and Olson point out that this simply demonstrates a correlation between violent games and aggression, not that one causes the other, suggesting the possibility that the kids attracted to mature-rated games were naturally aggressive to begin with.
Ultimately, "Grand Theft Childhood" advises parents concerned about their child's behavior to consider a wider range of factors than just their interest in violent games, including bad grades, too much fighting and, of course, obsessive gaming, so you might want to start trimming down those marathon sessions of Halo 3 when mom's around (or better yet, get her to play along with you).
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Take that Jack Thompson!
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Sorry, but it's a re-post. But it really is a great article for those who haven't read.
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but seriously, i dont think theres a connection.

in my opinion, the "increase" in crime these days is more likely attributed to violent shows on tv and in movies than games. i mean, sure kids can blow stuff up in gta, but they also realize that if they mess up, they'll be arrested or they'll be gunned down by other gangs
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anyone who blames video games for shooting is a complete idiot...
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Video games are just an enabler. They bring out flaws that were already inside the person. Its like saying alcohol turns men into wife beaters, despite the fact that hundreds of millions of people consume alcohol on a regular basis without harm.

But Mr.Thompson would never attack alcohol, since I think its obviously something he actually understands quite well.
    
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crime has infact decreased alot since the days of Doom
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post #8 of 8
movies and tv are about as responsible for violence and crime as video games are. so guess what? NONE OF THEM ARE.

the reason the number of crimes have gone up is... wait for it.... the population has gone up! more people, more crime.
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