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Media Violence and Desensitization Part 2: A Case Study in How News Media Can Get It Wrong

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 04.14.2016 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

Why do news media mangle these issues in sensationalist ways? For one thing, I suspect they didn't bother to read the actual article. But again, I also think it does harken to the emotionally-laden yet nebulous way desensitization is used and misused in the general public.

This Company Wants To Change Video Games For The Better

The Huffington Post | Chantelle DMello | Posted 03.31.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

The gaming industry often gets a bad rap for its depictions of violence and female objectification, but Games for Change, a New York-based organizatio...

Do Angry Birds Make for Angry Children?

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 10.13.2016 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

Despite some of the hyperbole by anti-game activists, the evidence is thin. Particularly when other factors are controlled, there is little evidence that games, whether violent or not, are related to negative outcomes in youth.

The Post-Mortem on the APA's Dead-On-Arrival Policy Statement On Video Games

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 09.15.2016 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

ack in August the American Psychological Association (APA) released a new policy statement on video games in which they acknowledged video game violence can't be linked to violent crimes, but asserted that such games provoke milder acts of aggression.

Violent Video Games Don't Exist

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 05.28.2014 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

Violent video games don't exist -- in fact, nor do nonviolent video games. That latter point may actually be easier to demonstrate. Given the way the term "violent video games" is defined in the scholarly community, almost all video games are violent video games, including Pac-Man.

Tired of the Violence

Larry Strauss | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Larry Strauss

Gun control. Self-control. Lack of parental control. There is a lot to say about senseless killing -- and there is very little other kind of killing on the streets of South Los Angeles and many other communities.

No Consensus Among Scholars on Media Violence

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

Just this week, a consortium of 230 media scholars sent an open letter to the American Psychological Association, asking the APA to retire their misleading policy statements on media violence, and to refrain from future, similar policy statements.

'Grand Theft Auto' Inspires Fan To Attempt Real-life Crime Spree

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 09.25.2013 | Weird News

As realistic as "Grand Theft Auto" looks on a video screen, it wasn't as interactive as Zachary Burgess hoped. So Burgess allegedly decided to take...

Ryan Grim

House Set To Examine Links Between Video Games, Violence | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The revelation that the man who shot and killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday played violent games for up to 16 hours ...

Video Games Are Not to Blame for Mass Shootings

Nicholas Parco | Posted 09.19.2013 | Technology
Nicholas Parco

Rewarding players does not automatically mean the player will then do said behavior in real life.

8 Ways Violent Games Are Bad for Your Kids

Laura St. John | Posted 09.07.2013 | TED Weekends
Laura St. John

The thought of my little boys picking up a gun to shoot someone is not only disgusting, it teaches them to disrespect life. What if that could carry over to their own life or others?

Surprising Upside Shown For Violent Video Games

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Science

Do violent video games trigger real-world violence? It's easy to believe that they might, especially in the wake of recent tragedies like the fatal sh...

Franklin Graham: Tax Violence In Movies, Video Games

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

Rev. Franklin Graham on Wednesday suggested that movies and video games depicting violence should be subject to extra taxation. “How much violenc...

Christina Wilkie

Lobbyists Have Kept One Industry Well Out Of Gun Control Debate | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama spends his political capital this week in an attempt to advance gun control legislation in Congress, the natio...

I Am a Gamer

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Dear U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, You are concerned about the effect of violent video games on children, so I wanted to explain.

Amid Heated Gun Rhetoric, Controversial Games March On

Ad Age | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

Game publisher Activision is seemingly unfazed by the national conversation surrounding gun violence and the insinuations that violent media may have ...

Videogames, Violence... And The Sims?

Saki Knafo | Posted 03.16.2013 | Technology
Saki Knafo

I've been speaking with researchers who participated in Biden's meeting with leaders of the video game industry on Friday, and they're in agreement that there's no evidence of a link between violent videogames and violent people.

A New Second Amendment

Norm Stamper | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Norm Stamper

The Second Amendment was apt for its day, a shrewd mix of freedom ("the right to keep and bear arms") and duty (the "well-regulated militia" clause). But it was meant for the realities of American life over two centuries ago.

A Brief Summary of Things That Cause Gun Violence According to the NRA (Probably)

Dan Treadway | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Dan Treadway

I just wish that LaPierre had been given more time to pass around more blame for gun violence in America. Given the opportunity to further expand on the true culprits, there's little doubt that the NRA would happily blame America's deadly epidemic on any number of things.

After Newtown, The Conversation Must Continue

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

The media continues to cover every angle of this gruesome tragedy. The president and other elected officials have spoken. What more is there to say?

Teen Allegedly Stabs Friend Over Video Game

Huffington Post | Rebecca Ballhaus | Posted 08.06.2012 | Crime

A California teen allegedly shot at and stabbed his friend more than a dozen times following an argument over an online video game. The two gamers,...

WikiLeaks: Call of Duty

Mark Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Levine

As each new revelation comes to light, I can't help thinking, why was this secret in the first place? Wouldn't it be better if diplomats shared their concerns openly -- rather than hiding them from the public?

Video Games Deserve Free Speech Protection, Groups Argue

InformationWeek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and The Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF) on Monday said that they had filed an amicus brief with the court...

Violent Video Games Hurt Teens With Mental Issues, Harmless Otherwise | By Amar Toor — Jun 10th 2010 at 8:10AM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The debate surrounding the effect of violent video games on today's youth is a pretty contentious one: some insist that superfluous exposure to violen...

Seal Hunting Game Gets Denied By Apple, Designer Calls Foul (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Is virtual seal hunting offensive? According to Apple, it is. The company rejected an iPhone game designed by a Canadian software engineer, where the ...