Games provoke violence, and bananas cause suicide: a scientist responded to criticism of video games


In early August, two mass shootings occurred in the United States, giving new cause for criticism of video games.

In turn, industry representatives and even scientists found ways to counter the accusations.

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Back in 2017, the American Associationpsychologists conducted a study stating that there is no direct connection between violence in games and real life. This conclusion was also recalled by Dr. Chris Ferguson, who in an interview with the New York Times said that violent video games do not provoke violence, nor do films and other forms of media.

“The evidence about bananas causing suicide is about as compelling. Literally. The numbers work about the same,” Dr. Ferguson said.

Reggie Fils-Aime, formerPresident of Nintendo of America. On his Twitter page, he noted that, according to Vox statistics, in South Korea there is more income from video games, but the United States remains the leader in deaths from firearms.