Is there a correlation between violent games and violence?
Well according to the Australian government, they believe there is a correlation, that is why over 220 games were banned from sale and play in Australia up to the year 2014.
According to an APA review:
“Scientists have investigated the use of violent video games for more than two decades but to date, there is very limited research addressing whether violent video games cause people to commit acts of criminal violence,” said Mark Appelbaum, PhD, task force chair. “However, the link between violence in video games and increased aggression in players is one of the most studied and best established in the field.”
There are many studies done to link aggressive behavior and violence with violent video games but the studies never really illustrate why there is a connection.
In my biased and unsubstantiated opinion, I think aggressive and violent people are more likely to play violent games, I don’t believe in the conclusion that violent games are creating violent people. I have anecdotal evidence of this with regards to all of my friends that were never outwardly violent or aggressive, and yet played plenty of violent video games all through there childhood and present life.
The question remains though, whether people with violent predispositions playing violent games that could get enticed, or if non violent people are being influenced to be violent through violent games, should people have access to them?
I am i libertarian in many aspects so freedom, including access to any and all video games, always trumps potential danger. That is why if I were Mr Dictator I would allow people access to all games. In saying that, I do understand the concern of some people who are worried that violent crimes may increase due to the amount of violent games being produced due to high demand at this time.
This article – https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170308081057.htm – shows that violent video games may not have an affect on a persons empathy.