NEWS - Monday, October 18, 2004

Video Game Violence Lowest On Survey

Video games may have become mainstream entertainment, but their image still suffers from the notion that they’re particularly detrimental to children. Or so it usually seems, considering the incessant attempts by various groups and politicians to restrict how games are promoted and sold. But maybe -- just maybe -- the issue has been blown out of proportion. Perhaps a more balanced attitude prevails. That’s one conclusion you might draw from a recent national survey conducted by Menlo Park’s Kaiser Family Foundation. When parents were asked to pick the medium they were most concerned about in terms of inappropriate content, video games were at the bottom of the list. About a third -- 34 percent -- picked television. All mediums ``equally’’ was second, at 20 percent. The Internet was of most concern to 16 percent, movies to 10 percent. Music was the choice of only 7 percent, and video games and ``not concerned’’ each registered at 5 percent. Fractions of percentages and non-answers account for the remaining 3 percent. Was the reaction skewed by almost everyone having TV sets in their households, but only some having video games? Maybe somewhat. But 63 percent said they had console game players such as the Xbox or a PlayStation


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