PA to Tax Violent Video Games?

In Nov. 2007 the ‘The Task Force on Violent Interactive Video Games’ was established by the The Children and Youth Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. They were tasked with determining if and how violent video games affect children. In December 2008 the final report of this committee was released. Full PDF here via GamePolitics.com. A summary of the results of their study. There is a small correlation between viewing of violent media and violent behavior in some children.  Although this is contested by many researchers. Correlation does not equal causation.   Children that are violent for other reasons may be drawn to violent games.  More research is needed.… Read More

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Action Video Games Improves Contrast Sensitivity

While video games in general may rot your brain the action genre (Such as First Person Shooters) actually improve your contrast sensitivity there by improving your vision. The researchers took Non-Video Game players and split them into two groups. The control group played The Sims 2 and the experiment group played Unreal Tournament 2004, and Call of Duty 2. The end result was “Playing action video games resulted in an enhanced CSF and a shorter integration time for contrast sensitivity” (i.e. you can see finer detail and react to it faster) Sitting in front of your computer screen for extended periods does not degrade your vision. The improvements lasted months… Read More

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