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Joe Biden: 'We NEED Violent Video Game Studies!'

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It sounds like we're still grasping at straws for who or what to blame in the wake of all the horrible shootings and murders that happen in this country, and we just hope that they don't jerk-their knees in the direction of things that shouldn't be blamed.

Biden made it clear today that the administration is calling for studies on violent video games and possible links to real-life violence, and that it's a call that won't go away.

As long as we're looking into it thoroughly, there shouldn't be a problem. The facts out there could just as well unburden the heat on these types of games as they could incriminate them. We just don't want them to half-azz a study and have an innovative story-telling industry take the hit for it!

Another thing to think about is looking into the fact that there's already a rating system in place. At what point are the parents and guardians responsible for the content their kids consume, and hasn't this been an argument with movies and television for decades?? Should an art form suffer because of this??

We ARE glad that during his meeting with the entertainment industry, he admits that there simply is no concrete data on video games and possible links to violence — and that he wasn't exactly pointing blame. So why not investigate?

The White House plan released last week asked Congress to give $10 million for the CDC to study gun violence, including possible links to violent video games and media images. Today, Biden just wanted to be clear on this:

“Let these people go out and look at the pathology that’s behind this, if there is a pathology related to gun violence [and] let the facts lead where they will."

Sounds good!

And who knows — maybe this will lead people to realize that there are a huge number of amazing games out there that don't resort to using violence in their storytelling anyway. If you've ever played last year's Journey, you know what we mean!

Do U think there's a link, and are U against them exploring the possibility??

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20 comments to “Joe Biden: 'We NEED Violent Video Game Studies!'”



  1. 1

    No Joe Biden…we don't. Canada, Europe, Japan etc all play violent video games and don't have a problem with them causing murder. Mentally stable people don't decide to kill based on video games. We need better mental health care as the priority.



  2. 2

    Poor old crazy uncle Joe. Guess he doesn't realize that there have been studies done and they found out what a lot of people already know, games , like music does not make people crazy and stupid. That is on the people



  3. 3

    Re: isolde – Agreed!!!

  4. JKD says – reply to this


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    Laughable… Perez doesn't want a "knee-jerk reaction" when it comes to video games, Hollywood movies, etc… but apparently he is ALL for said reaction when it comes to gun control. Hypocrite much?

    I guess when it affects your "celebrity" friends you circle the wagons, huh?

  5. KHorn says – reply to this


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    As others on here have stated, normal people can separate the violence in video games from violence in real life. Just like normal people can own guns and use them responsibly. It all comes down to the actual person and their mental stability. With that said, I think a lot of the video games and movies are ridiculous in their level of violence. Yes, it is up to the parents to monitor what their kids see, but why is there a need to have such a level of violence and profanity in this country? It is dumbing down our society and does nothing to make this world a better place.

  6. Jenny says – reply to this


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    Lol, u can really tell how old this guy is because if you just research - there have been several studies already done in the academia world on this subject, as a matter of fact I took an entire college course revolved around game play, this included several studies on violent video games…. Maybe joe should go back to school and learn how to research a subject in the world today.



  7. 7

    I'm so tired of hearing that movies, tv, video games, etc. are responsible for the actions of the few "sick" indiviuals who lash out against society. These mentally disturbed people may get ideas from these formats, and yes, most are violent, but these mediums are not too blame. And to spend millions of dollars to study violent video games - come on! Tax dollars are needed elsewhere and shouldn't be wasted on what we already know… that you cannot control what goes on in someone's mind! It's up to the parents to censor what their children watch.

  8. Alan Brickman says – reply to this


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    Canada plays more violent games more often and yet we don't have these killings….



  9. 9

    At least he's compromising with what the right (NRA) has said about violent video games. IT shows that he's willing to meet them partway.

    The GOP/NRA on the other hand? Well fuck me if they know how to budge an inch. They have to plan for "King Obama" coming to their houses and seizing all their guns.



  10. 10

    You know if our men in combat train with virtual simulators to fly planes, shoot targets and hone gun skills then why wouldn't that be true for disillusioned deviants who spend hours playing those same types of games? That is just common sense.



  11. 11

    It's a known fact Columbine's killers obsessed with game videos to practice their shooting skills as well as other notorious mass killers.

  12. Hannnnah says – reply to this


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    Perez, I really wish you would stop mixing popular culture and funny celebrity gossip with your underlying political motifs. It's apparent you use this sight to further your political agenda and it's the one thing I dislike about this blog. Every ten stories will have a hidden political message, why don't you give this message to your audience…feature stories with both sides so the viewers can make up their minds for themselves.

  13. Miss.Sarah says – reply to this


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    <—-Canadian gamer…..Hasn't killed and or harmed anyone in 31 years…..volunteers my time….abides by all laws..Pet lover..general decent human being……LOVES BLOWING PEOPLE AWAY ON VID GAMES!! LOL

  14. Miss.Sarah says – reply to this


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    Re: xanderman – If thats true, I wonder why you can't pass your drivers license when you kick ass on need for speed??



  15. 15

    Re: Miss.Sarah – hehe so true.



  16. 16

    "Crazy Uncle Joe" needs to immediately submit to a mental health test. He has gone wackos (more than usual) since his "Joker"- smiling debate with Paul Ryan. The liberals will never admit the existence of evil is what causes evil things.

  17. dreamlordw says – reply to this


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    Really the government is cutting education, unemployment, and emergency services, but it has money to throw away because parents are irrisponsible and don't teach kids right from wrong and do not monitor the games they play? As a 33 year old I should be able to play all the violent video games I want just as I can watch all the violent movies and TV shows. How about taking a look at the most violent form of media and put some blame on the news?

  18. @v@ says – reply to this


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    They'll think of doing something AFTER they get all the best gamers operating drones.

  19. ONIT says – reply to this


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    …and another attempt to satisfy the naives. The people do know that the majority doesn't turn into terrorists by simply playing games, watching movies, TV shows or news. Centuries ago it was Rock 'n' Roll, the music of the devil, that supposedly made people do devilish things. Wake up politicians, we, the people are in the internet era and we are not stupid. Go fool somebody else.

  20. teeter totter says – reply to this


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    I firmly believe that a small number of people are just evil. Others might be sociopaths, I am sure no expert, just my opinion.