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EA chief says no link between video games and violent behavior

Written by James Delahunty @ 02 Feb 2013 4:00 User comments (5)

EA chief says no link between video games and violent behavior No science-based evidence linking video games to violence, EA CEO says.
John Riccitiello, EA chief executive officer, said that EA was horrified at the events at the Sandy Hook school and previous shooting incidents in the United States, but felt compelled to note that there has been no link found between this type of extreme violent behaviour and video games.

Video games were predictably dragged right into the middle of the debate following the terrible shooting at the Sandy Hook school in December. The National Rifle Association (NRA) condemned violent video games, saying they were partially to blame for the massacre. Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, said that games need to be examined in the wake of the shooting, while members of Congress also chimed in to attack video games.

United States senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) even asserted that video games are a bigger problem than guns themselves, because they "affect people."

However, political figures and lobbyists can say whatever they like but what really counts, is evidence to back up such a link.

"There has been an enormous amount of research done in the entertainment field about looking for linkages between entertainment content and actual violence, and they haven't found any," Riccitiello argues.

"And I could give you long stories about how people in Denmark or the UK or Ireland or Canada consume as much or more violent games and violent media as they do in the United States, and yet they have an infinitely smaller incidence of gun violence. But that's not really the point. The point is that direct studies have been done, hundreds of millions of dollars of research have been done, has been unable to find a linkage because there isn't one."

He did concede that there is a "perception problem" with games, and said that the industry does need to deal with it.

"So a quick summary. We are horrified, like you. It's not about games. There is a perception issue. We can be part of that solution, and we are ready to step up to do that."

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5 user comments

12.2.2013 21:50

If video games are the cause and source of violent behavior, then we should ban music, movies, TV, and pictures. You can't blame the entertainment industry for "corrupting" the mind of young teens and adults to commit heinous actions. No one wakes up in the morning and says "I'm going to steal a car, shoot up the place, get chased by the cops, go to Paint 'n' Spray and avoid the cops and complete the mission."

If you shoot up an elementary school, you're just a sick F**K.

22.2.2013 23:08

I state that games can cause problems however u can not plainly blame games for mentally retarted people.

I only say if you are selling games to kids bellow the mature the shop keepers have to make sure that they do age checks and also parents have to really put their parental guidance in place and really say no and not be pressured in getting a piece of material whether it be a game or movie etc parents learn to say No

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32.2.2013 23:26

United States senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) even asserted that video games are a bigger problem than guns themselves, because they "affect people."
Um, duh? EATING and BREATHING "affects people", fer chrissakes!

I already hated Lamar Alexander, so this kind of drivel does not surprise me in the slightest.
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42.2.2013 23:33

So that's what the devil looks like...

53.2.2013 03:10

Firstly, I am a gun owner. I am not opposed to gaming, just bull-oney. The US military uses 'video" shoot 'em up games to train the troops to shoot at anything that moves. The object of winning equals kill and then kill equals winning, not ending another life.

It all depends on the game and the user. Remember when the tobacco industry used to commit perjury regularly before the Congress with the same line ? It all depends on how the data is collected and assembled. There will always be some dummy and a greedy lawyer ready to insert outboard motor in septic tank.

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