Friday, September 29, 2006

Video Games and Violence

There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about how video games are related to violence. Now I don't have a problem with putting ratings on games, forcing retailers to ask for ID when selling games, or other reasonable measures, so long as the game content itself is not censored.

Hypothetically, it is possible that video games could have a direct link to violent behavior, though I haven't seen any reliable data that proves one does exist. The problem is, I can think of plenty of things in life that lead to violent behavior that are 100% legal but maybe not attractive enough for politicians to attack.

At the top of my list is sports. Now I'm sure police records would show many violent felonies being committed as a result of the outcomes of sporting events. The Red Sox/Yankees rivalry alone could account for hundreds of violent acts in recent years. So, let's start ending the violence by not allowing these two teams to play each other any more.

Now late next year, Take Two Interactive will release the next version of Grand Theft Auto for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. I have a good feeling Wal-Mart will NOT be carrying the game as politicians and angry parents raise havoc for the retailing behemoth everyone loves to hate.


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