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I think PZ's support of rebecca watson was absolutely spot on and talk of "Stalinist purity" at on his blog is nonsense, although he does ban the trolls it's no different from the censorship for those veering away from the right wing of this forum. IMHO.

Fri, 21 Oct 2011 15:18:09 UTC | #882908

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Comment 33 by Red Dog :

I realize you could provide plenty of counter examples. I never claimed that this was a settled issue. I only said that I thought it was an issue that I think should be worth further study and not simply dismissed.

There are many counter examples but you would have thought that reseach which started in the 80's would have added up to more than these three studies which actually fail to show what they pretend to.

Study all you want but before you investigate an effect you must be sure that effect exists, most children play video games and there has been no big rise in violence that correlates with this.

I also realize that anecdotal evidence and personal opinions aren't scientific evidence.

Yet you keep on referring to them and basing your conclusions on them.

And as a parent I just ask all of you who seem to want to condemn any research into harmful effects of violent video games to perform the following thought experiment:

Before we do that, you should note your phrase "research into harmful effects" not possible effects or positive effects but "harmful". This shows that you aren't proposing some sort of open minded scientific pursuit but rather flogging this dead horse in the hope of having your anti game bias confirmed, based on your flimsy anecdotal evidence.

imagine you have a daughter and her first date is going to be with some adolescent boy who has spent the day playing video games where he burned prostitutes alive with his flame thrower. Wouldn't that make you just a bit nervous?

No, frankly if an adolescent boy wasn't interested in shoot ‘em up games I would probably consider him a bit weird, I'd be more worried if he was biased, judgemental and based his beliefs on anecdotes

Is it so outrageous to wonder what the effect of thousands of hours of such virtual violence might be?

No, but after thirty years of research you should be prepared to consider the fact that the answer may be.. Probably none.

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 22:17:58 UTC | #881968

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Comment 26 by MarkMyers :

Meanwhile there are strong indications that video-games are much more socially dangerous than the traditional childhood activities you and I enjoyed

No there isn't, that is exactly what this sort of scaremongering nonsense is lacking.

In video games, pointing guns at people as targets is 'Normal' and encouraged.

No, in video games you never point a gun at a person, they are not real guns and they are not real people. People who play video games are well aware that it is a fantasy scenario it is only those who don't understand the genre who fail to recognise this.

I am also sure that many youth expose themselves to many more hours of video than they spend reading.

So what, It's only revelevant if you can show it has harmful effects

It is often a safe bet that if it looks dangerous and violent, racist and misogynistic on the surface, it may really be those things, at least until overwhelming empirical evidence says otherwise.

Now that is bollocks, before you investigate an effect you must be sure that effect exists, show us the evidence that demonstrates that children who play videogames have got steadily more violent than those who don't.

If games do show racism and misogyny they do so as a reflection of real life and that's where it should be attacked.

Put down your real weapon and pick up a virtual one and no one ever gets hurt.

Sun, 16 Oct 2011 12:37:40 UTC | #881259

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Comment 6 by Hammert1me :

Comment 5 by Stafford Gordon

Mabye. According to Richard Branson vs. CPS in the 70's, 'Bollocks' was found to be inoffensive.

It's original meaning was a slang term for priests. As they spouted such concise, rational, useful information in their sermons, it eventually became slang for 'rubbish'.

But that was a 1 word reply. Is that trolling now?

I thought one word was enough and yes a strong version of rubbish is what I was aiming for but let me elaborate.

When one claims to be disturbed by someone elses hobby whether it be movie going, music, gaming or reading novels it's a bit like claiming to be offended by something because you just don't like it or understand it, unless of course you can come up with good evidence that it is harmful in some way, if not...... it's just..... well....Bollocks.

Sat, 15 Oct 2011 17:00:18 UTC | #881103

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Comment 1 by Red Dog :

I think the original article by Baroness Greenfield was indeed mostly pseudo-science. However, I have to say I don't find the concerns of the Baroness to be groundless. It is disturbing how much time children spend playing video games many of which are extremely violent, misanthropic, and misogynistic.

Bollocks

Sat, 15 Oct 2011 15:28:33 UTC | #881084

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