Researcher: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal Behavior

May 15, 2008 -

A researcher at England's University of Essex says that there is little evidence to suggest that video games are harmful. Patrick Kierkegaard, writing in the current International Journal of Liability and Scientific Enquiry, adds that, in his view, games do not lead to aggression.

He also suggests that previous studies linking games and aggression are biased.

As reported by Science Daily:

Kierkegaard explains... there is no obvious link between real-world violence statistics and the advent of video games. If anything, the effect seems to be the exact opposite and one might argue that video game usage has reduced real violence.

As others have done, Kierkegaard cites declines in US juvenile crime at the same time that video game sales are increasing:

Violent crime, particularly among the young, has decreased dramatically since the early 1990s. With millions of sales of violent games, the world should be seeing an epidemic of violence. Instead, violence has declined.

 

Kierkegaard said that the inherent bias found in many studies indicates a need for more details research on video games and their effects on youthful players.


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Re: Researcher: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal ...

http://www.gamepolitics.com/2007/02/27/new-research-sees-correlation-between-violent-bible-passages-and-aggression/aprilaire

Okay, please tell me that article was a joke. A correlation between violent Bible passages and aggression? That's insane. Look, regardless of what the "facts" say, it's almost common knowledge that if a child experiences an act of violence in a video game that they do not see in their home...clearly they are learning violence.

Re: Researcher: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal

as a gamer in the uk i love how you owned thompson keep it up

Re: Researcher: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal

Way to invalidate your own arguments there Thompson

 

-kurisu7885

Re: Researcher: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal

He is childish and abusive, and I dont know if this is dennis' reasoning, but the way I see it, I can deal with some internet troll abuse, (I think we are all used to it) in exchange for the oppurtunity to argue with him.

I would rather he be able to ocme comment here, that was he cant cry discrimination, he can come here and get schooled fair and square on his terms, honestly I would rather he not be banned.

Unless he just gets so horrible with flaming we cant get anything done or talk about anything without it getting ruined, and I dont think its at that point yet.

Re: Researcher: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal

Speaking of not wanting to find things jack, you "find" a copy of grand theft childhood yet- Or are you still "looking"

 

Or do you have some half assed claim of bias on the authors-

WAIT! let me guess, they're spies from the video game industry... DAMN shoulda caught that one.

Shock Collar time!

I say they get a zap collar for JT. Whenever he logs into GP, sends an e-mail to some new agency, or calls said news agency, he gets an electric shock the straightens or curls his hair. In fact, this would make a great Pay-per-view event. How many times will he try it before he passes out?

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Re: Shock Collar time!

he'll just make someone (who actually cares about him) to make his posts...

his son (whom he made to buy a copy of GTA, forgot which version thou), maybe his wife, that psychiatrist who deemed him sane but turns out to be part of his church, or a trained monkey or troll

5 bucks says it's the last one

JT explanation

Even if it isnt Jackie boy, the BS marathon is still amusing, so we let it continue anyway.

 

Why do you think the government hasn't put him away yet? it is funny just to watch him make an idiot out of himself in public because he can't cause any real trouble, we tend to just keep him in his bubble where he thinks he is all powerful and anyone outside of the gaming community will take his word as gospel

I repeat- funny to watch right?

Apologies for my

Apologies for my ignorance, but was the person who posted comments to this article *actually* Jack Thompson? I have to ask because, no offense intended if it actually turns out to be him, but it sounds like a fourteen-year old troll just trying to amuse himself by pretending to be him. I noticed the name field was empty and it was just signed JT so I'm not sure how to check.

Re: Apologies for my

Well it IS hard to tell the difference since jack usually sounds like a 14 year old troll. There IS the lack of his usual "Jack Thompson, Attorney (and you're not!)" signature but then again the impending disbarment may have managed to penetrate even his arrogance-armoured skull.

Hey maybe we could program a special sub-site of GP just for him, a Troll Trap. It would mirror the main GP site so he could see when he's in the news but every time he posts, a pre-generated reply script picks out keywords & refutes his arguments and continues until the end of time or until he changes his mind (I suspect the end of time part would happen sooner)

Jack caught in his own lies once again

Jack, all your claims in this thread have thusfar been proven either false or to originate in Canada, whose crime statistics don't apply to the US because they have different laws and a different culture.

You've once again been caught lying your ass off.  Even the graph from Canada shows a downard trend again in 2006.


Care to comment?  Do you have the courage to admit you were wrong?  Care to send your apologies to the gamer community at large?  I'm willing to bet you don't have the minerals.  Prove me wrong.

lol

Some people say that a fresh cup of coffee in the morning will make the rest of their day go smoothly. For me, nothing beats reading Jack Thompsons arguments getting smacked down at the start of the day. 

I have a feeling today is going to be a good day

Re:

Hey, I know this isn't relevant to this particular topic guys, but this si the first time I've seen the new relaunched site and it looks amazing! Great job!

 

Bit of relevance:

I agree with Kierkegaard.

End.

Re: Researcher: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal Beha

I'm surprised JT isn't banged up for his bomb threat yet?

Re: Researcher: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal Beha

Think of it as the person serving two back-to-back life sentences for murder (in a State with no death penalty) who, while incarcerated, kills another inmate and a prison guard. The State certainly can and maybe should prosecute the subsequent murders, but what's the worse that they can do? They tack on two more life sentences?    

What a surprise

Oh shocking news.

And another study proved that scratching one's nose does not cause global warming. I'm telling you.

What a surprise

Oh shocking news.

And another study proved that scratching one's nose does not cause global warming. I'm telling you.

Re: Researcher: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal Beha

Facts are meaningless!  You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!

Jack Thompson

wow.... for every argument Jack Thompson throws against the gamers, he gets thrown back 5 times on counter arguments and other sources, 5 times getting laughed at his sorry logic and 10 times getting insulted... Seriously Jack, are you really THAT much of an idiot? the way you're going, you're gonna get disbarred, and then you and your house will look like a bombed out hiroshima building.. FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING of course... <_<

shaoron

You know he's gonna claim you threatened him and try and get you banned for that. What a fucking BABY!

 

-GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: shaoron

what!? oh no! he's gonna sue me!

i gotta hide!

where oh where should i?



pffft! he's threat is as bad as an old dog who barks loudly but doesn't have any teeth left and could barely even move...  

Re: shaoron

Eh, look at any picture taken the last ½ year of Jack. He DOES look like a bombed out house - figuratively speaking, that is.


Poor old geezer doesn't know when to stop smacking his head against a wall.

I was wondering

I was wondering, as I sometimes do, after looking at some of those crime statistics and what not...do those take into account something like repeat offenders? What I mean is, the report says something like youth crime is up 3% or 1.6% or whatever the amount may be, but do they count one person or the same group of people commiting multiple crimes or are they all individual acts? Maybe it's just me but I would think counting multiple crimes from the same person could have a significant impact on those figures. Kind of a "one bad apple spoils the batch" type of scenario.



I thought.........*

I thought Mr.Jack Thompson couldn't post bullsh*t comments on this site?


It's idiots like him that make me think The Who's"My Generation"is my anthem.

I thought.........*

I thought Mr.Jack Thompson couldn't post bullsh*t comments on this site?


It's idiots like him that make me think The Who's"My Generation"is my anthem.

I thought.........

I thought that tool Thompson couldn't comment on this site.I thought Dennis banned him from commenting.


Maybe he found a way around.

Why can't leave us gamers alone!?We don't post stupid,untruthful,and downright retarted things on any website or blog site of his.So can't he do the same.Also,why be anonymous when you just post your own name at the end of every comment,Mr.Thompson?

Re: I thought.........

If it's really him, I figured it may have something to do with the updates done to the site.

Re: I thought.........

If it's really him, I figured it may have something to do with the updates done to the site.

Re: I thought.........

Jack, despite having picked video games as his most recent crusade, ain't the most computer- or technology-savy person you'll ever meet. It'll take him above-average time to adjust to the new posting format. Or to actually one day gain the ability to actually play a video game. He likes to claim that he's got a life and therefore doesn't play but the more simply truth is he's yet to figure out how to switch on an XBox.  

Re: I thought.........

The answer lies in a picture of a ham sandwich on fire, whilst eating a squirrel and singing "Understand Your Man" by Johnny Cash. Think hard my son...

 

-GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Tip for Jack

Instead of bringing up stats in court that either don't support his arguement, or aid the defense, maybe he should use himself as evidence of the damage video games do.  Addiction, mental instability, increased rage, anger, hostility.  He is his own best evidence at trying to prove what video games can truely do to an already warped mind...And if he does use it in court someday, let me just say that I freaking called it! :P

Re: Tip for Jack

problem is he doesn't actually play them... lol

Am I blocked or something?

I've been trying to reply to Bruce-from-the-Psychology-Department all day, and every time I try the post just vanishes.  Anyone got any clues?

Re: Am I blocked or something?

This one got through.

 

-GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Am I blocked or something?

I've been trying to reply to Bruce-from-the-Psychology-Department all day, and every time I try the post just vanishes.  Anyone got any clues?

Re: Researcher: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal Beha

Shouldn't the title be: 'Another researcher ignored by the media'?



He may be right but its not like any anti-game advocates will listen...



whoops

sorry for the double post - not sure why that happened.

Dennis, are you going to re-ban Mann Coulter?

Seriously, the man does nothing but act like a four year old, can't back up his own claims, spams your comments with his press regurgitations, and contributes nothing. And yet someone using the word "confront" around him is a viable means to kick out a longtime reader?

Seriously, thats completely messed up.

Re: Dennis, are you going to re-ban Mann Coulter?

Who the hell is Mann Coulter? Did he post an obnoxious comment that I missed?

 

-GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Dennis, are you going to re-ban Mann Coulter?

That would be the Jackass lawyer. He doesn't deserve the respect to be referred to by his name, so I lump him in the same category as the most hateful woman I know of; Ann Coulter - hence, Mann Coulter.

They pretty much share all the same values and ideals outside of video games too, right up for a desired christian theocracy, so it tends to fit him rather well.

Dennis, are you going to re-ban Mann Coulter?

Seriously, the man does nothing but act like a four year old, can't back up his own claims, spams your comments with his press regurgitations, and contributes nothing. And yet someone using the word "confront" around him is a viable means to kick out a longtime reader?

Seriously, thats completely messed up.

DONT YOU SEE?!

@gs68

Because the messages were just planted in your brain waiting for activation when the time comes, one day you will wake up and the program will just take over your mind, you will just become a zombie working for the ECA and you will go and kill everyone you see, this is what Jack Thompson is trying to protect us all from! DONT YOU SEE?!

/sarcasm (I wonder if Jackie boy will actually buy into that...)
@Article

Yay! Facts!
Shame that people ignore them or try to debunk them because they do not fit into their blinkered view of the world and how things actually work.

Re: Researcher: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal Beha

I've played light gun games since I was what, 8 or 9 years old.  Why am I not a school shooter yet?

Re: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal Behavior

About time a research case used common sence and reliable statistics. I have been saying that 2nd quote for ages and finally someonje with credibility agrees.

Re: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal Behavior

About time a research case used common sence and reliable statistics. I have been saying that 2nd quote for ages and finally someonje with credibility agrees.

Re: Researcher: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal Beha

And here I thought Jack Thompson would have given up on us "losers". I commend you for still being perserverent Mr. Thompson, despite you're arguments being shot to hell.


Re: Researcher: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal Beha

its too bad that this will be ignored

Re: Researcher: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal Beha

Measuring "aggression" based on μseconds of an air horn doesn't really prove anything relevant to everyday life.

Re: Researcher: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal Beha

Hella. Unfortunately it's unethical to tell a subject that he's holding a real gun (it would really be fake of course) and see if he shoots someone. That would be a result. Goddamn ethics of science...

-GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Researcher: Violent Video Games Do Not Lead to Criminal Beha

Jack, I like to ask you one question that would make my year. What is your response to the book "Grand Theft Childhood"

EDIT: Sorry for the double post, but I don't see a delete button.

 
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