Games provoke violence, bananas cause suicide: scientist responds to criticism of video games

In the beginning of August, two mass shootings took place in the USA, which gave a new reason to criticize video games.

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

What is known

Back in 2017, the American Associationpsychologists conducted a study stating that there was no direct connection between violence in games and real life. Dr. Chris Ferguson, who in an interview with the New York Times said that violent video games do not provoke violence, as well as films and other forms of media, recalled this conclusion.

“The data on bananas causing suicide is just as convincing. Literally. Numbers work roughly the same, ”said Dr. Ferguson.

Reggie Fils-Aime, a formerPresident of Nintendo of America. On his Twitter page, he noticed that, according to Vox statistics, video game revenue is higher in South Korea, but the United States remains the leader in firearm deaths.