After reading @nicolejb's card about gun control and gun violence in the United States and the ensuing conversation that happened in the comments of it, I got started thinking about the age-old debate about whether violence in video games are making kids more violent, more prone to violence in general.
There have been numerous studies conducted on the potential effects of violent video games on aggression and violent behavior in players. Some studies indicate that violent video games and other media lead to an increase in aggression in children and young adults. Other studies have indicated that this is not necessarily true.
The debate generally goes between determining whether people who claim videogame violence cause aggressive behavior in youth is simply a moral panic, or something founded in empirical evidence. More than that, though, it is also hard to separate video games as a medium from other invasive medias. There is violence broadcasted on television, both fictional and real.
This all makes it hard to determine what side to rest on. So it appears to boil down to a personal decision. Having seen the gusto that people talked with on @nicolejb's card, I thought we could have a similar conversation about violent video games and the sensationalism around it, on both sides.
To that end, I want to tage those who voiced their opinions over there, as well as video game community folks!