IGDA offers to assist VP Biden with violent games research

Thursday, 10th January 2013 19:50 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The International Game Developers Association has offered to assist US vice president Joe Biden with evidence-based research on whether violent video games and media contribute to gun violence.

Chairman Daniel Greenberg of IGDA’s Anti-Censorship and Social Issues Committee contacted the VP through a letter, stating the firm doesn’t “seek to impede more scientific study” its members’ products.

“We welcome more evidence-based research into the effects of our work to add to the large body of existing scientific literature that clearly shows no causal link between video game violence and real violence,” wrote Greenberg. “We would not want to see those efforts diverted toward non-causal sources and away from meaningful change to real dangers.”

Greenberg also suggested that any new research conducted on the matter also note the beneficial effects of violent games such as: helping the player release any feelings of aggression; and how imaginary violence can possibly “help children master experiences of being frightened.”

“For example, some violent games add non-violent options and solutions based on problem-solving and player creativity,” Greenberg continued. “Other games offer greater rewards for mercy and compassion. Many popular video games offer tough lessons in making better choices through interactive storylines that let players experience the consequences of their actions.

“Some game developers have responded to real world violence by creating games designed for conflict resolution, anti-bullying and aggression reduction. The government can help this process by supporting this unique, cutting edge research into harnessing the power of video games to help solve our nation’s problem with violence.”

Biden met today with outside groups on gun safety, such as representatives of the NRA, sportsmen, women and wildlife groups.

A list of recommendations is expected to be delivered to US president Barack Obama.

Via: GI International, ABC News.



  1. theevilaires

    I heard a rumor that Biden and Obama are getting early copies of GTA5 before anyone ;)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. blackdreamhunk

    how about research into mind alter drugs

    The Truthseeker: Schools, Guns & Drugs (E6)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    Of course BDH would be one of those nutjobs.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. blackdreamhunk


    well my sources are from professional is unless you want to put your creditability against Russia News sources?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight


    Yes professional nutjobs

    #5 2 years ago
  6. blackdreamhunk


    really? how come so you are saying Russian journalists are nut jobs?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. blackdreamhunk


    Last time I checked I am most to the time right! I also always give sources for my claims! Can I ask how many times discredit me? zero Howmany times have I been right?

    cough cough is pc gaming dead yet?

    cough cough Thq going bankuprt!

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Clupula

    Oh dear Jesus. Just because it is on Youtube does not make it true.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. blackdreamhunk

    @8 8)

    You might want to e-mail rt news and let them know you think their creditability is garbage. Rt News net which is on many channels around the world!They cover stuff like wars in the middle east In fact Israel shot one their tv towers down. You do know that they are founded by Russia goverment right?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. viralshag

    I think GUNS contribute to gun violence more than violent media does.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. blackdreamhunk

    Didn’t must of the mainstream gaming sites claim that PCgaming is dead???

    how is Pc gaming doing today?Pc gaming must be the walking dead plantform!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. viralshag

    Yeah, Russian news is extremely credible… unless they’re reporting about certain Russian political figures… Hmm.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. blackdreamhunk


    just as creditable as fox news or cnn lol aren’t their ratings going down? lol

    #13 2 years ago
  14. viralshag

    To be honest I don’t watch many news channels these days. They all seem to be as bad as each other.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Phoenixblight

    “just as creditable as fox news”

    I laughed

    #15 2 years ago

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