New Study: Video Games Reduce Crime

By August 24, 2011 No Comments
The Bat

Studies have shown that the Batman also reduces crime. What about Batman video games? Double whammy, right?

According to this article on, researchers have found that video games reduce crime by, if I understand it correctly, keeping potential criminals occupied with an acceptable substitute for the criminal acts that they might otherwise commit. It goes a bit deeper than that in the article, but the study also implies that if violent video games were banned by the government, the crime rates would actually go up as these potential criminals wouldn’t be getting their “violence fix” and would go looking for it elsewhere. Another feather in the cap of video games?

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