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School of Communication


Communication Studies: Broadcasting


video games, violence, shootings


Communication Technology and New Media | Mass Communication


In the wake of such incidents as the Newtown, Connecticut and Aurora, Colorado, shootings, much scrutiny has been applied to the topic of violent video games, because there appears to be a link between school shooters and video games that contain gratuitous violence. This paper examines the alleged link between video game violence and real-world violence.

Copious amounts of research have been dedicated to this topic. Although many researchers conclude that violent video games lead to increases in aggression, a causal link between violent video games and real-life acts of violence remains unseen. This paper explores the origins of this controversy and then seeks to find a solution to the problem of children playing video games that they should not. Additionally, this paper strives to dispel certain erroneous beliefs that many people have about violent video games.