Monday, November 3, 2008

Here We Go Again

Sigh...the perennial violent-games-make-violent-kids article rears its head on CNN. At least it is tempered with some sanity:
But Dr. Cheryl K. Olson, co-director of the Center for Mental Health and the Media at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, isn't convinced.

"It's not the violence per se that's the problem, it's the context and goals of the violence," said Olson, citing past research on TV violence and behavior.

There are definitely games kids shouldn't be playing, she said, for example those where hunting down and killing people is the goal. But she argues that the label "violent video games" is too vague. Researchers need to do a better job at defining what is considered a violent video game and what constitutes aggressive behavior, she added.
Maybe twelve-year-olds shouldn't play GTA?

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