Killers obsessed with violent video games: Fox News

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Fox News has compiled an article,”Training simulation: Mass killers often share obsession with violent video games”, highlighting various views on the bad influences of video games.

The article raises the issue regarding the link between past murderers in the US and their “obsession” with violent video games.

“Since Ramsey’s 1997 rampage, several other mass killers, including Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, have been linked to violent video games. And some experts worry that as the games get more violent and more realistic, so does their power to blur the line between fantasy and reality in alienated gamers,” reads the article.

Fox News also ropes in some psychology professors to bolster their argument.

“More than any other media, these video games encourage active participation in violence,” said Bruce Bartholow, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Missouri. “From a psychological perspective, video games are excellent teaching tools because they reward players for engaging in certain types of behaviour. Unfortunately, in many popular video games, the behaviour is violence.”

The article does try and give an opposing perspective, but the psychologist further highlights the dangers of violent video games.

“We have to be very careful about saying what causes what,” said Dr. Phyllis Koch-Sheras, past president of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Media Psychology and Technology. “There is a lot of debate on the issue. But this much is certain: We need to definitely be studying this more before the violent video games run amok.”

Source: Fox News

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  • Pur!Fier

    Soooooooooo tired of this… Its FOX NEWS. It’s an insult to what journalism is because they are one of the most biased ‘news’ agencies out there.Jeremy did you post this here on purpose just to poke fun!?

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  • Orihalcon

    Really…REALLY! What absolute drivel. Fox News at their best spewing bile.

  • Bjorn

    Fox News

    nuff said.

  • EbrahimAllie

    Fox news will blame just about anything for violent behaviour so that the conversation will steer clear of gun control. After all, that’s what their NSA overlords are paying for.

  • Pola

    murderers in the US all ate mc d’s at some point.. just saying..

  • Jose

    Someone should highlight the link between Fox news and the worst journalism in history.

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    It is no doubt that when you are young that you can be influenced by visual stimuli and that can effect your emotional growth, but this is why we have age ratings…

    Movies are out there and well they have age ratings and no one has a problem with them. When you are older you understand the difference between a game and real life and then a game with violence can serve very well as an out let for rage and frustration.

    This whole things will probably always be intensely debated by people who do not want to raise their kids themselves and make sure what they are doing. All they want to do is send them out to school or put them in front of a TV and then hope they get educated and taught life skills.

    I don’t have kids. These are the reasons I do not want kids at this time in my life. I do not think I have the time and the patience to do it. However if you have chosen this then that child is your responsibility. You need to make sure your 10 year old doesn’t play GTA, because it’s not a good idea. If you are trying to justify not being able to do all these NEEDED things for your child then you probably should have taken time out of your day to think about what it means to have a kid.

    Anyway… TL DR version: These games have age ratings and calling them out as the scapegoat for all the violence in the world won’t get you anywhere. Just go and take a look at your society and all the damn wars your country starts. The USA needs to STFU and GTFO.

  • Wesley Fick

    These kids were already messed up before playing the games. Yes, simulators can hone your skills but sane people will not try to flatten a building a la Battlefield 4 because real life has a better physics engine. Lets not forget that this same argument is used to imply that if a woman wears a skimpy outfit that she’s asking to be raped and the men looking at her will want to rape her immediately. Correlation DOES NOT imply causation.