Violent Video Games: Myths, Facts, and Unanswered Questions

Myth 8. Unrealistic video game violence is completely safe for adolescents and older youths.

Facts: Cartoonish and fantasy violence is often perceived (incorrectly) by parents and public policy makers as safe even for children. However, experimental studies with college students have consistently found increased aggression after exposure to clearly unrealistic and fantasy violent video games. Indeed, at least one recent study found significant increases in aggression by college students after playing E-rated (suitable for everyone) violent video games.

via Violent Video Games: Myths, Facts, and Unanswered Questions.

Totally serious question – would Angry Birds qualify as a (cartoonishly) violent video game?

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