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  •  Repeating a comment I made yesterday, (2+ / 0-)
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    Steve Canella, FloraLine

    I've been an avid gamer for more than 25 years.

    I don't agree with this diary.

    Obviously playing RPGs and MMOs like World of Warcraft is not going to make somebody into a killer.

    But an obsession with nasty, violent games like Grand Theft Auto might well be a contributing factor to some violence.

    Not a "cause"--let's not be simplistic.  But a contributing factor.

    Several genuine experts on rampage shooters have been saying the same thing. Games like that glamorize violence while dehumanizing targets.

    •  A contributing factor? (1+ / 0-)
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      Or an entertainment likely to attract those who already think and feel in those terms?

      I'm not sure how we would tell the difference.

      •  Deep question. I don't know. (1+ / 0-)
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        Obviously the almost complete majority of people who play a nasty game like Grand Theft Auto don't commit crimes, or at least I guess that to be true.

        But is playing such a game, especially obsessively, more likely to make a very disturbed and angry person more likely to be violent?  I think so.

        But as you say, I don't know how one might prove that.  I've been reading on this a bit the last few days, and I'm not impressed by any of the studies I've seen.  

        I do very certainly think it's an issue worth study.

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