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Thursday, 02 December 2010 13:17

Aussie study says no evidence of games harming kids

Written by Nedim Hadzic

Thank you
Surely you’ve all seen how bad parenting can be blamed on games by now, with plenty of studies confirming this in our eyes quite ridiculous idea. An Aussie study has now officially confirmed that there is simply no evidence to back any such claims up.

A statement from Australian Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O’Connor today said that review of current research proves “there is no conclusive evidence that violent computer games have a greater impact on players than other violent media, such as movies or music videos." The statement goes on saying that violent games show more evidence of short-term effects than long term ones.

Perhaps most importantly, research says that the studies do not bother exploring other factors of this equation, such as “aggressive personality, family/peer influence and socio-economic status”. In all honesty, one would think that the “scientists” and “researchers” would’ve included this in their equations.

Nevertheless, we find it interesting how some parents simply will not admit that it’s not GTA that made their precious what it is, but rather lack of parenting efforts on their part. On the other hand, we can see why it makes sense to some of them – after all, leaving and/or ignoring your child home alone all day while it plays games can indeed pave the way for this “genius” theory.

We at Fudzilla now want to carry out our own survey. Since many of our readers are obviously passionate gamers, I’d like you to use the comment window and let us know how many of you are serial killers and what game made you “do it”? [Also, don't forget to mention you were listening to Judas Priest when the thought of killing everyone in sight struck you. sub.ed.]

Last modified on Thursday, 02 December 2010 13:28
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+25 #1 LudwigX 2010-12-02 13:43
Serial killer? If i listen to studies: of course!
Reason: I play many zombie games, so sooner or later im gonna think everyone areound me is a zomibe!!

People killed: 0

People I am planning to kill at the moment: 0

People I will ever attempt to kill, since they are only talking shit: 0

F***, I'm the worst serial killer ever, even though I'm told it every day by the media...
-6 #2 thetruth 2010-12-02 16:18
I'd rather the author remained neutral throughout this, I find it annoying when news sites try to put words into my own mouth. It's not very professional.
+10 #3 Liquid 2010-12-02 17:17
its called Virtual Reality not real life there is a difference you know and if you don't, god help you.

i think this study is 100% true i play violent games most days and Ive killed countless people but in real life i wouldn't even think about it.
+7 #4 thomasg 2010-12-02 21:58
I killed Lucky Charms, the Silly Rabbit... Oh you said serial not cereal
+5 #5 Dilbert 2010-12-03 07:01
Quoting thetruth:
I'd rather the author remained neutral throughout this, I find it annoying when news sites try to put words into my own mouth. It's not very professional.

F*** off and go read CNN....sorry just got done playing COD:MW2 *Calming down*
+1 #6 deadspeedv 2010-12-03 10:05
This website should dig a little deeper into this story. Back in May the Attorney Generals of Australia had a meeting to discuss creating a R18 classification for computer games. The decision was for more extensive studies of the effect of violent games on people. This is probably they fruits of that request which comes short of the next Attorney Generals meeting which is to be held on the 10th December. With this research at hand they should hopefully now make a decisions on allowing an R18 Classification for games in Australia. Only problem is all AG's must vote yes. If just one votes no then there will be no R18 games in Australia. I don't see how that is democracy though.
+3 #7 ph0b0s 2010-12-03 11:51
The biggest thing that makes me homicidal is not playing the games, but the amount of stuff I have to put up with to get badly coded ones working.

A study on homicidal tendancies due to bugged games should be done....

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