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12:08:36 AM Jun 30th 2011
I know we're not an encyclopedia, but are we sure we want to use such a misleading chart?
Soupdragon
02:18:18 PM Oct 10th 2011
I second that. A) The chart doesn't start at 0. B) It leads tropers to believe that crime is reduced by violent video games, while it's more likely having to with other factors. I could show another chart that shows incarceration rates going up every year and put the games on the graphs.
Alterwise
06:02:03 PM Nov 27th 2011
While we're on the subject: "People who play violent games for a long period of time can be desensitized to committing violence, making them more likely to commit murders or hurt others. However, a) this effect only occurs with those who were already inclined to commit violence..."

It's debatable just how much interplay there is between desensitization to violence and whether or not someone is inclined to it already, but the desensitization effect itself is more universal than that. You don't have to be violent already to be desensitized to violence by... wait a minute, did it say "desensitized to committing violence" before?
gibberingtroper
01:27:44 PM Mar 9th 2012
edited by gibberingtroper
There is a long history of using this very phenomena. The military has in fact found that the more the target looks like the enemy in target practice, the less likely soldiers are to hesitate to fire the first time in real combat.

Granted, we are talking about people who are trained and conditioned to kill when ordered to so this doesn't make the case for banning violent video games but the accuracy of simulations is enough of a factor in helping overcome that inhibition that the military has invested in improving their methods.
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06:22:47 PM Apr 18th 2010
This page quote, despite the issue at hand, is AWFUL.
codenamehunterwolf
03:45:08 AM May 3rd 2010
Fixed, edited in a comment from 60 Minutes.
Bisected8
06:48:56 AM May 3rd 2010
edited by Bisected8
OBJECTION! Simply saying "it's awful" is not a valid argument. State your case first.

EDIT: I guess that solves that.
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