Video Game Violence Research

In 2010, nearly 300 million video games were sold in the US, totaling just under $20 billion in revenue. Six of the top ten best-selling video games included violence, with four of the games carrying a “Mature” rating recommended for persons aged 17 and older.

Shooting, stabbing, and maiming have long been part of the video game industry. Some of the games involving the vicious attacking of friend and foe alike, from a first person perspective – in the gaming world called First Person Shooters (FPS). Others “award” gamers for killing and raping girls. No matter your moral position on such violence in video games, we have gathered the research which asks “What are the impacts?”

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Brain ScanIndiana University School of Medicine study on the effects on brain functions of adolescents who play violent video games. The results show that those exposed to heavy media violence have less brain activity in area of the brain devoted to higher level thinking.

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