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[Reuters]Violent video games GOOD for most kids

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"Violent video games are like peanut butter," said Christopher J. Ferguson, of Texas A&M International University. "They are harmless for the vast majority of kids but are harmful to a small minority with pre-existing personality or mental health problems."

He added that studies have revealed that violent games have not created a generation of problem youngsters.

"Recent research has shown that as video games have become more popular, children in the United States and Europe are having fewer behavior problems, are less violent and score better on standardized tests," Ferguson, a guest editor for the journal, explained.
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Another link that I can give to those that criticize my hobby.

Sad that we need these studies to prove that we aren't all maniacs that played too much GTA.
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Took them long enough.
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That's not the headline AT ALL. Nice job at your own creative editing though.

"Violent videogames harmless for most kids"
 
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I can't say I have seen enough studies to make a decision one way or another, but I can say that most OCN users automatically dismiss any stories of violence or bad behavior associated with video games or claims that there might be a connection between the two, while accepting any article like this as conclusive. You guys are disgustingly biased.

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That's not the headline AT ALL. Nice job at your own creative editing though.

"Violent videogames harmless for most kids"
That's the kind of forum this is. You should see threads on piracy or anything that mentions Apple.
Edited by Guruboy - 6/9/10 at 6:17pm
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That's not the headline AT ALL. Nice job at your own creative editing though.

"Violent videogames harmless for most kids"
And nice job at reading the article...

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also benefit others by honing their visual/spatial skills and improving social networking ability
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Recent research has shown that as video games have become more popular, children in the United States and Europe are having fewer behavior problems, are less violent and score better on standardized tests
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I can't say I have seen enough studies to make a decision one way or another, but I can say that most OCN users automatically dismiss any violence or bad behavior associated with video games or claims that there might be a connection, while accepting any article like this as factual. You guys are disgustingly biased.



That's the kind of forum this is. You should see threads on piracy or anything that mentions Apple.
Well I've seen the Apple hatred, and I suppose I understand why folks here would be biased towards this sort of thing, given it's an enthusiast site. It's all very silly.

But I don't see how anyone could possibly think violent video games are good for anyone. That article mentioned how they can "honing their visual/spatial skills and improving social networking ability." Video games in general can do that (think Wii)....you don't need to be chopping someone's head off for it.


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And nice job at reading the article...
I did. That's how I know you fudged the headline. Nice work.
 
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Violence that doesn't leave anyone maimed or dead is good for most people.
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I can't say I have seen enough studies to make a decision one way or another, but I can say that most OCN users automatically dismiss any stories of violence or bad behavior associated with video games or claims that there might be a connection between the two, while accepting any article like this as conclusive. You guys are disgustingly biased,
I think that the reason it gets dismissed is that most of us have personal experience that contradicts the view that violent games are a serious concern. Others can see the parallels between the condemnation of violent video games and that of Rock and Roll or Comic Books before it.
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