Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Videogames Do Not Kill People

Too often today, so-called criminal justice "professionals" lay the blame of teenage violence at the latest entertainment culprit -- violent videogames.

The myriad reasons why a teenager, or anyone of any age, may go on a destructive rampage are too complex to boil down to something as simple as playing a game. Unfortunately, there are a few talking heads out there who earn their keep by making such lazy proclamations.

Thankfully, some are willing to admit their mistakes. Here is a fascinating article about such a critic.

Also, a new book comes out in two weeks that addresses the myth that playing violent videogames will cause its users to go on a killing spree. In Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Videogames and What Parents Can Do, authors Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olsen conduct a study of over 1,300 middle-school gamers to come up with their own surprising conclusion -- playing videogames DOES NOT turn you into a killer!

Perfect timing prior to the upcoming release of GTA: IV later this month.

You can pre-order Grand Theft Childhood below.

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