So here's a question. If there was a preponderance of evidence that violence in video games was linked to violence in real life, would our position change? That is, are we reactively circling the wagons because we think there's no evidence of a link (and there doesn't seem to be), or merely because we like violent video-games? The evidence so far seems to indicate that there is no link, but that doesn't mean we should be in a rush to inoculate ourselves from further evidence. Beyond that concern, I think there's a deeper, more interesting question: Are we satisfied with having the vast majority of our games being 13 year old male power fantasies? I've played tons of first person shooters, RTS's, etc. but, you know what? I'm 30 now. And the Marty Stu thing is getting conceptually old. We're seeing lots of new and interesting stuff from smaller developers, so maybe we're headed in the right direction. My point is, it'll be a lot easier to navel-gaze, and complain about not being taken seriously by people outside of gaming once gaming looks more like something that can be taken seriously. If you disagree with me, just ask yourself which games you own that you'd want to show to your parents. It's a short list, but its growing.
First of all the CDC is a joke. They have a "Zombie Survival Guide". I mean really?
As a future scientist and researcher myself, in order to do good and ACTUAL research on this subject, they would have to spend years and years. Determining the developmental and mental affects something "violent" has on a person would take years. You would have to watch that person grow and develop. Not only are you straining ethics at that point, but also money.
The evidence is right in front of them. Millions of people play violent video games and movies. They have for years. The percentage of violent crimes based on that would show how it does not have an affect. The violent crimes that do happen can't necessarily be linked to violent media. Parental abuse is the biggest factor.
If someone can't tell the different from fake and reality, that is a mental issue. Research better ways to help the brain.
"I watched Django so killing White people who like Slaves must be good!" Am I doing it right?
Yeah, the institution that has overseen the elimination of some of the worst diseases in human history is a joke. Thanks for letting us know, internet scientist!
Videogames is a disease?
"First of all the CDC is a joke." Are you selling camo-fatigues and store-able food? If not, you should be.