I don't necessarily disagree with this, as long as its not a dig at the games industry, rather it is a consideration for all violent media, but if such studies are to be undertaken, they need to be done correctly, without bias and without a predetermined result in mind. 75% of US parents think violent video games have a cause-effect relationship, but 75% of parents in the US are uneducated and are choosing to allow their children to play games that they shouldn't be playing. Many of these games are intended for adults, are rated for adults and yet children are playing them, should a media be punished for poor parenting by the consumer?
With that said, the games media are perhaps not entirely free from blame. The film industry has catered for younger audiences, making big action blockbusters like Avengers family friendly, they cover all bases and don't really sacrifice anything in quality. The games industry doesn't do that, it makes a Call of Duty game which is hyper violent and barely even talks about it being adult media, the games industry wants children to play its games as it means more money for them. As a sensible adult I find that disappointing, as a gamer I really don't mind as I want this industry to keep making money and keep growing. I don't know what the answer is here, the games industry isn't a pariah nor a paragon of virtues, it's a product of its time, as is all media really, others handle it well, games, not so much, but can we blame any media for the actions of others? I can't honestly say yes, but influence and desensitization to violence, these are genuine effects that need to be considered.
However the question always remains, how much do we blame the media and how much do we blame the parents? Personally I believe in education, that parents should be educated on the realities of video games, but you can't legislate or tax parenting. Bad parenting is not a crime, but does that mean that the media industries should be punished instead just so something can be seen to be done? Again no. I don't believe the games industry is entirely innocent, but appropriate punishment, taxing or whatever should be levied dependent on the actual level of guilt, it cannot be levied based purely on the need to find someone to blame for a few tragic incidents. This is why rigorous, fair and impartial studies are necessary, as much as the effect of violent media needs to be discovered, the level of education of parents surrounding this media and their actions towards it as it pertains to their children also needs to be investigated. This is an important discussion that needs to be had, an important question that needs to be researched and studied, there is no easy or quick way to resolve this.
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