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…Games are a facet of modern life as they have been for all of human history – in times and cultures when human life was undervalued, there were gladiators and jousting and human quarry for the hunt, etc. At least now its only your social status that’ll be attacked as a result of gaming.
The fact is, games DO tie into the psychology of violence, just as they tie into all aspects of psychology, because all games are intrinsic to human psychology. We need to play to develop and learn.
But those who study such things dont need to single out computer games. And when they do, they only give fuel to the reactionary corps, who sadly will always be there, being reactionary. What I think is needed is a reevaluation of the relative unimportance of computer games per se, and the huge importance of gaming, whatever form it takes.