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    •  wow, it's worse than I could imagine (1+ / 0-)
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      but is my feeling that this is all connected invalid?

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      by martinjedlicka on Fri Jan 14, 2011 at 01:50:11 PM PST

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      •  I don't believe a correlation would be meaningful (1+ / 0-)
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        While I'm sure that many military people enjoy playing games, I don't believe that the huge number of games sold each year (including the lucrative "first-person-shooter" market) are sold to people who have any interest in serving in the military.

        I doubt "America's Army" persuaded a meaningful number of people to join.

        A lot of IT people are in gaming, so there is a lot stronger correlation between "people who like games" and "people who work in technology."

      •  Probably. (1+ / 0-)
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        As the correlation between violent imagery (movies, video games, etc) and violent behavior has never been shown, despite millions of dollars and thousands of research hours spent to find one.

        That does not, of course, prevent people who want to "save the children" by treating everyone like a five-year-old from endlessly yapping about this "connection".

        Penn & Teller's "Bullshit" did a show on this. One segment took a top-ranked Halo player, a 13 year old suburban kid, to the range to shoot an AR-15. Not only did the kid not become violent, he took one shot with the real thing and burst into tears.

        Anecdoatal, I know. But pretty funny.

        But the data are there... or really, they aren't there.


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        by Leftie Gunner on Fri Jan 14, 2011 at 07:18:51 PM PST

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