Note that Mr. Samyn conflates the word "violent" as applied to video games, which describes actual violence (in a pretend environment, of course) with "violent behavior" which he does not need a study to prove because he has been the victim of a gamer lynch mob.
It is possible that he was at least physically threatened if not actually hanged or beaten or tarred by a mob of gamers. That would be violent behavior, indeed. I read it as more likely that people said mean shit to him on Twitter. Such behavior may have been "aggressive, intolerant, reactionary, and misogynistic" but it cannot be violent in the same sense as Call of Duty is violent.
I think the argument the video game industry reinforces a circle of violence that either attracts or natures a gamer audience of "belligerent hooligans" is nonsense. Take a look at the top selling movies and games of 2014.
|Top 10 Retail Video Games of 2014 (Forbes)||Rating and Violence Tags|
|Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare||M - Blood and Gore, Intense Violence|
|Madden NFL 15||E - None|
|Destiny||T - Animated Violence|
|Grand Theft Auto 5||M - Blood and Gore, Intense Violence|
|Minecraft||E 10 + - Fantasy Violence|
|Super Smash Bros (for 3DS and Wii U)||E 10 + - Cartoon Violence|
|NBA 2K15||E - None|
|Watch Dogs||M - Blood, Intense Violence|
|FIFA 15||E - None|
|Call of Duty Ghosts||M - Blood, Intense Violence|
|Top 10 Grossing Films of 2014||Rating and Violence Tags|
|Guardians of the Galaxy||PG13 - Intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action|
|The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1||PG13 - Intense sequences of violence and action|
|Captain America: The Winter Soldier||PG13 - Intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout|
|The Lego Movie||PG - Mild Action|
|Transformers: Age of Extinction||PG13 - Intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action|
|Maleficent||PG - Sequences of fantasy action and violence|
|X-Men: Days of Future Past||PG13 - Sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action|
|The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies||PG13 - Extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence|
|Big Hero 6||PG - Action and peril|
|Dawn of the Planet of the Apes||PG13 - Intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action|
I submit that box office results are evidence that violent action as a means of solving conflict - especially a good guys versus bad guys conflict - is fun and people like it.
I understand that Mr. Samyn is upset that his game was a commercial failure, but I think if he honestly examines the evidence he'll come to realize that he shouldn't blame gamers for being "belligerent hooligans" who only like violence or his peers in the industry for making gamers that way. The game he made was just not very good.