American Psychological Association finds no link between video games, violence

American Psychological Association finds no link between video games, violence

Reports that video games cause violence are not based on science

Video games with violent content have been linked for a long time to episodes of violence in real life, and, even though there is no scientific endorsement, it became in the past a popular belief. With the growth of the video game and eSports industries and young players making a good living playing video games, the general environment has been more relaxed towards this topic, though the stigma is still there. The American Psychological Association (APA) just concluded a review on a previous ruling on this matter and President Sandra Shullman released a statement negating those links.

“Attributing violence to video gaming is not scientifically sound and draws attention away from other factors, such as a history of violence, which we know from the research is a major predictor of future violence,” said Shullman. Shullman insists that the most relevant factor continues to be overlooked. During the review, no evidence has been found that connects violent video games to violent behaviors, but a link between those games and “aggressive outcomes, such as yelling and pushing,” was observed. That’s perfectly understandable during a heated and competitive gaming session, which can happen in any other competitive event, as well.

There have been a few video games that are considered to most likely serve as violent scapegoats for gamers, such as Mortal Kombat and DOOM. Back in 1992, when these types of video games started to be released, there was the Sega CD game Night Trap that had the Senate holding a hearing to talk about video games that contain violence.

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