CDC Gets $10 Million to Study Video Game Violence, Experts Say 'Look Elsewhere'

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

With a ten million dollar pledge to the Centers for Disease Control, President Barack Obama is looking at all the possibilities when it comes to stopping gun violence.

"Congress should fund research into the effects that violent video games have on young minds. We don't benefit from ignorance," said Obama.

And looking at titles like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty, the link seems all too obvious. Both are extremely popular video games, but they're also extremely violent.

"I have a 12-year-old and he likes to play all those games and they're all rated 'mature'," said Karen Weathington, a mother of five children, including three boys.

Weathington notices a change in their behavior when they play certain games.

"When they play fight and wrestle, it's the mocking of slicing someone or with a gun. As a parent, it kind of concerned me, should i take the games away?," said Weathington.

Weathington isn't the only concerned parent. With recent cases of gun violence, some people are placing the blame on best-selling shooting games, but experts say not so fast.

There's no conclusive evidence that games make people more violent," said Casey O'Donnell, an assistant professor of games research at Michigan State.

O'Donnell says there haven't been any studies that prove a connection between violence and video games. He thinks the government should look elsewhere.

"There are more t.v. shows about murder and violence that are far more graphic than video games out there," said O'Donnell

Still, Weathington says she's not taking any chances.

"One of the things i was trying to do in the store today was find a video game that wasn't so violent," said Weathington.

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  • by John Location: Lansing on Jan 18, 2013 at 01:02 PM
    It isn't just video games. It also has to do with movies,TV shows,and parent's attitudes,as perceived by the children. Parents,today,are afraid to correct their children,for fear of being labeled "abusive"! I witnessed a child of 10/12 throw a fit in a store,and when the Dad tried to correct him,the Child very coldly said" If you don't let me get the(item),..I'll tell people you hit me!" Spare the rod,and spoil the child ?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2013 at 05:26 PM
    O'Donnell was then heard to say: "I'll give you my game controller when you pry it from my cold, dead hands"
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