While studies loom, vidgame biz can use some sensitivity training

The violence-digital-editionnation and its politicians are desperately seeking an answer for a horrific event that no sane mind can grasp. And that’s leading to calls for studies. Unfortunately, some parties are announcing the results they’re hoping to find before they’ve done any research.

In the days after the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook school shooting, Sen. Jay Rockefeller said, “Recent court decisions demonstrate that some people still do not get it. They believe that violent video games are no more dangerous to young minds than classic literature or Saturday morning cartoons. Parents, pediatricians and psychologists know better.”

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Obama orders CDC to investigate video game violence

President obama-violent-gamesBarack Obama, as part of a wide ranging proposal to reduce gun violence, has ordered the Centers for Disease Control to launch a study into the correlation between violence in video games and the real world.

The order, which does not require Congressional approval, was part of a Presidential Memorandum that laid out 23 actions designed to curb violence.

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EA removes links to weapon makers from Medal of Honor site

In moh-warfighter-websitethe aftermath of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Electronic Arts has removed links to a collection of weapons manufacturers from the official website of Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

The links, which were pointed out in a New York Times story that ran on Christmas Eve, appeared on a “Partners” page for the game and showcased many of the real-world weapons featured in Warfighter.

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Fox News Radio National Tour

On Fox News radio logothe heels of the tragic events in Newtown CT, the subject of video game violence has once again been thrust in the spotlight. As the discussion reached critical mass, Fox News Radio asked me to speak with several stations in their network on the subject. Here’s my conversation with KION’s Mark Carbonaro in Salinas, California.

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