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Adding a new wrinkle to the debate of video games and their effect on violence, a recently published study says that video games actually help reduce crime rates by keeping criminals busy playing games instead of committing crimes. The research was conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim in partnership with Baylor University and the University of Texas at Arlington. The results are interesting in that the findings support the long-held view that video games produce an increase in aggressive behavior. However, the study also found that time spent game playing also decreases criminal activity in players.While these findings seem to be contradictory, the researchers have a common sense explanation:"Due to these findings political decision-makers regard playing violent video games as a contributing factor to aggressive behaviour of teenagers and young adults. Therefore, regulating and even prohibiting violent content in video games is frequently considered a possibility. The findings linking gameplay to an increase in aggression are mainly based on psychological laboratory experiments. However, these experiments do neither consider the intense usage of these games by relatively violence-prone people nor the resulting time use effect. This incapacitation effect prevents gamers from engaging in other violent activities during the time spent playing video games."The long periods of time used to play video games precludes that same time being used to commit crimes. The researchers found that this time use effect is greater than the effect of the increased aggression caused by playing violent games.
Basically, games might make you more prone to commit crimes, but you'll be so busy playing games you won't have any time to commit crimes. I guess that works out.[Source: GamePolitics]
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This is what I have never understood, if video games cause people to go around 'mimicking' the images then why am I not going around recreating Postal [hilarious game] or Chainsawing people I think a locust? I do agree with the aggression point though! sometimes playing online can raise your blood pressure beyond safe levels having to deal with your own ego, other egos, lag, and racism that anyone who says other wise is definitely lying.
...true. I would be a criminal if I had no games.
I wouldn't commit crimes whether I played games or not because I'm not stupid.
I think it all boils down to something that may already be wrong with a person. No person of sound mind would try to rob a bank because they could do it in a game. There is something wrong with them.
I'll believe that. It certainly makes sense.
The kid with the red hair in the picture looks like a vampire from Oblivion to me 0.0
YEAH THAT'S RIGHT! LESS CRIMES! IF SOMEBODY DISAGREES IMMA FIGHT EM!!!
I say video games neither make you more aggressive, or more/less likely to commit a crime. Some will definitely frustrate you, I won't deny that lol.
What time traveling machine are they using to find someone who would have committed a crime if they did not play games during that time? I bet it is made by Intel.
So is it just me or does it sound like they are referring to gamers as criminals? Or assuming that gamers generally commit crimes regularly? What kind of stereotypical shat is this? Why dont they just accept the fact that games and gamers are here to stay no matter what studies they do to try and alter peoples perceptions on games and the people associated with them? FIND SOMETHING MORE USEFUL TO STUDY F*CKAS!!!
Funny, there are several studies saying, videogames reduce aggression.
I have very little aggression, and all of my friends have very low aggression, but that could be attributed to other things...
Why do they even bother doing these pointless studies? Woopty doo, it makes us more aggressive, and?...