Here’s a question that’s as old as the controversy. Does playing video games actually cause people to be more violent? One way to gauge this is to take into account violent acts before gaming became mainstream and after.
This graph from the Department of Justice clearly shows a reduction in violent crime over the years, despite the fact that games have only progressively gotten more and more violent over the years. Granted this is only a correlation, not a cause, but, you gotta admit, it is hard to be beating up on people in real life when you’re too busy beating down hookers in GTA.