Media reported that no matter how many studies showed no link between the two, some people were quick to blame video games for the violence. But a new report is expected to calm the debate. It revisited 28 previous studies, which included more than 21,000 participants, and concluded that video games did not lead to violence or aggression.
The study was led by Aaron Drummond, a researcher at The University of Macy’s in New Zealand. They re-examined 28 studies using meta-analysis, a design designed to systematically evaluate previous research results, to find a link between video games and real-life violence.
The report, published Wednesday in the Journal of the Royal Society Open Science, found that “playing violent video games does not seem to significantly increase the aggression of players over time.” Previous studies have did show a minimal positive correlation between violent video games and aggressive behavior, but “too small to make sense.”
The meta-analysis also found that some poor-quality studies exaggerated the impact of the game on aggression, while better-quality studies confirmed that the effects were negligible. The study also found that long-term play ingons did not cause users to slowly become more aggressive. According to the study, “there is no evidence of a long-term link between offensive video games and teen aggression.” “
“We call on individual scholars and professionals such as the American Psychological Association to be more open about the minimal relationship between violent play and adolescent aggression observed in vertical studies,” the authors wrote.
Back in January, Joe Biden, the former vice president and presidential candidate, called the game developers he met as vice president “creepy, arrogant” “sleazy little people” who said they made games that teach people how to kill.
After several shootings in 2018, video game discovery has been censored like never seen since the Columbine High School shooting. This led the White House to discuss the issue — and produced a video game to illustrate the violence in certain titles, in which a judge could be seen banning a boy from playing violent games after being threatened with a shooting.