Video Game Law Blog

April 12, 2006

A new study published in The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine concludes that playing violent video games can lead to negative attitudes and behaviours. The subjects were randomly assigned to play either 'The Simpsons Hit and Run"? (the low-violence game) or GTAIII.

The article's abstract states 'Men randomly assigned to play Grand Theft Auto III exhibited greater increases in diastolic blood pressure from a baseline rest period to game play, greater negative affect, more permissive attitudes toward using alcohol and marijuana, and more uncooperative behavior in comparison with men randomly assigned to play The Simpsons."? And it concludes 'Media violence exposure may play a role in the development of negative attitudes and behaviors related to health. Although youth growing up in violent homes and communities may become more physiologically aroused by media violence exposure, all youth appear to be at risk for potentially negative outcomes."?

Coverage at (GameSpot)

Read the abstract of the report here .