July 27, 2005

Violence, Sex & Video Games

The L.A. Times is running an editorial/open-letter to Hillary regarding the latest videogame probe. I recommend reading it.

I'm also quite amused that a little sex was what launched all this hoopla. I guess its okay for teenagers to simulate violence (the game features beat/rob/steal/kill/etc-ing), but for teenagers to simulate sex--that's over the line. I wonder what the arguments for/against this distinction would be...

Also, Take-Two predicted that they would need to take a write-off for all the returns & lost revenue they forsee. Anyone else think that maybe the direct opposite will happen?

1 comment:

Roger said...

Following up. This article provides an argument that we should be concluding that videogames (if there is any effect) make children less violent.

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20051020-5461.html