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New Oxford University study finds no link between gory games and violence

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Over the past few years, there has been a fierce debate about whether certain video games cause violent behavior among children and young adults. In recent months, some lawmakers in the United States have proposed bans and taxes to discourage their development. While there are a lot of arguments floating around which could be used to support opposing view points, a new Oxford University study suggests that there is no link between violent games and teenage aggression.

As reported by TrueAchievements, "It joins a long list of studies that have struggled to find a connection, but this is the most definitive study to date and addresses some of the issues of previous studies."

The Oxford Internet Institute examined 2,000 British teenagers between the ages of 14 and 15. The researchers concluded that while games can trigger "some angry feelings or reactions," like if you lose a match or keep on dying on a certain level, there is no connection between it and "conditioning" a person to become violent. The Oxford Internet Institute wrote, "These results did not support our prediction that there are statistically significant links relating violent gaming to adolescents' aggressive behavior."

You can read the complete study on the The Royal Society Publishing's website. This is one of the most rigorous studies I've seen to date, and employs unique methods to eliminate bias and other issues. What do you think of the results? Let us know.

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

  • This is very obvious. If there was a correlation between gaming and violence then more than half of my friends would be violent. Violence rates would be significantly higher in the population if there was a correlation. It's sad they even had to do the study. I'm glad they now have proof to chill out those anti-gamers.
  • Those people will continue to ignore studies. It’s just a political move at this point.
  • You would think it obvious, but US politicians STILL use this as a reason behind the out of control gun violence in this country. The latest statement was just recently said by the great Tumpido. It's an easy target, just like locking people up for Marijuana charges to increase the private prision's payrolls.
  • Yeah they clearly never played Mario Kart
  • "America does not care for studies proving that games are not the cause of certain problems. When there is no answer for violence or is not able to find one, people turn to games as an excuse to still have something to give blame."
  • I don't know. There are times I'm playing Solitaire and I keep losing over and over, and I start to get pretty violent with my mouse-clicks.
  • I haven't broke a controller in decades. 😜
  • Maybe you're not old enough to have had to use the joysticks with the original Atari 2600. UGH! What pieces of CRAP they were! They deserved to be broken.
  • I remember... They were called "paddles". Or at least that's what we called them.
  • This is an old story, and this study is part of a long line of studies showing no connection between violent media content and violent behavior. And yet the complainers complain. Same story with ionizing radiation (Wi-Fi, cell towers - Hello, Jason Ward!), genetically modified foods, and vaccines causing autism. Science is useful.
    It helps you stop worrying about random things. Or at least, it should.
  • File this one under "No ****"