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Video Games and Youth Violence

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I’ve recently participated in a discussion about video games and their effect on youth violence. I loathe the idea that video games cause violence. That’s like saying children who read books are more likely to be promiscuous. Out of the many books that are out there, how many are Harlequin-esque romances? Just by being interested in books, a child may stumble upon one of these books and read them. We should all stop reading! Protect children from the vulgarity of books!

That’s nuts, right? There are a ton of video games out there. In 2007, only 6% of all games released were rated M for mature. The vast majority, 59%, were rated E for everyone. This has been the typical trend. How ridiculous is it to then blame the totality of video games for the violent content of 6% of games?

I can already hear your arguments. Many popular game…

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