A researcher in the U.K. is claiming that while parts of the brain which are associated with aggression are more active while children play video games, there is no conclusive evidence that this aggression translates to violent behavior in the real world.
In fact, he argues that despite a massive increase in the popularity of video games over the past decade, the incidents of violent crime involving children has actually dropped.
“Violent crime, particularly among the young, has decreased dramatically since the early 1990s while video games have steadily increased in popularity and use. … With millions of sales of violent games, the world should be seeing an epidemic of violence.”
The debate over video game violence isn’t going away any time soon. Neither is the popularity of violent video games. Just last week sales of Grand Theft Auto IV topped the $500 million mark in its first week on the market.
So what do you think? Is there a connection between video game violence and violence in real life? Could it be possible that violent video games are actually making kids less violent?