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It's no secret that Australia is a little harsher than the USA when it comes to violence in video games. They're still looking into the effects of violent gaming on children, and the findings of a new study were released today. Here are the three main points put forth by the Minister for Home Affairs' statement:
While it's just a study at this point, we can only hope that these findings will help loosen the restrictions on violent gaming overseas.
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People will be violent whether video games are around or not they just need to drop this whole arguement about whether video games are bad or not and let parents decide. If parents decide not to watch their kids then that is bad but that is still their personal choice.
As much as I think the effects of videogames are minimal, one sided articles like this just feed the stupidity of the masses.
Well, it doesn't really sound like this was ALL that favorable to video games. I mean, does Australia look down on movie violence? In that case, video game violence is still bad. The wording of this research is a little...meh.
people are always looking for a way to "unfun" things they just need to stop games don't make people violent that just the excuse for stupid people that do those things
took them how long to figure this out?? well at least they finally get it.
but its not the games
its the parents who are to lazy to teach their kids from reality and fantasy
Of course not.
Though I did find after playing GTA for a few hours then driving a car immediately after I was more likely to drive a little crazy, hehe...
Well, at least there's finally something "offical" to say the same thing we've been saying...
thank god they have finally realized that violent video games are just games
Doesn't Australia not even carry M-Rated games? That would suck.
The extreme cases of violence from kids isn't directly linked to video games. Sure they were playing GTA and realised they could stab people as well if they wanted to. The ones that do are not forced to do so by violent video games. The reason they do it is because they have a serious mental problem.
Im glad that maybe people will start to understand violent video games arent bad, they just arent meant to be played by 5 year old kids. If someone goes and does what they see or do in a video game, its not the video games fault, but the screwed up brain inside their head.
Yeah, we're harsher than USA (our copy of Left 4 Dead 2 was cencored, remember?), but the highest age limit for any game is still 15. Dead Space 2, come to papa!
finally people with a sliver of intelligence
At least Australia has taken steps to research the subject of gaming's influence on kids before they completely condemn videogames.
exactly!! i'ma show my parents this!! I was never good at putting things into words :)
Hell our society is as violent as any other society in history, its human nature, whether you want to admit it or not. Perhaps instead of trying to root out every single thing in the world that is violent, which is impossible in a democratic society, parents and people in general should find a more constructive means in which to sate violent urges like sports, for a lazy example. Besides their are just as many games out there that preach peace, and finding other solutions then violence, as much as their are games that require you to shoot 200 dudes in the head, although those games are fewer and far between anymore. (Ironically the games that preach pacifism also have violence in them.) The only problem with that is the moment games starts to delve into the higher functions of the human nature and thinking, the gaming mass declares it as stupid and uncool. Obviously, everyone has some growing up to do.
The biggest risk factors for violence are still being male and depressed, and it hasn't changed since video games were invented.