The media, politicians and Polygon writers love to pearl clutch over video games, linking them to real-world violence — especially mass shootings.
This Jack Thompsonian rhetoric stems from past psychological studies correlating violent games and increased aggression.
Now we have a little more evidence to counter those constant calls for the government to police and censor games.
A study in the Southern Economic Journal found that there is no evidence that video games cause violent crime – and there is actually a negligible decrease in violence when popular video games are released.
The co-author of the study, University of Arlington economics professor (and gamer) Mike Ward posits that men who spend their days playing video games aren’t out getting drunk and getting in fights. Pretty flawless logic.
Who’da thunk that quietly playing video games inside is not violent in any way? If only someone could tell Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that.
The study looked at video games through the lens of economics, analyzing the “social costs” of playing. It found that there is very weak evidence for large negative social costs and violent crime actually goes down temporarily upon the release of popular violent games.
Ward concludes that calls to regulate the contents of games have no foundation.
Politicians should go back to bickering over gun control and leave this visual art form alone.