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With violent video game play, children learn to associate violence with pleasure when they are rewarded for hurting another character, and this undermines moral sensitivity. ” —Darcia Narvaez, quoted in Susan Guibert, “New Video Game ‘Bully’ as Harmful as Name Suggests,” Notre Dame ReSource, November 17, 2006. edu. Narvaez is a psychologist at the University of Notre Dame. “ The media in particular loves to bash video games, making sure to point out any time there’s an Xbox within 50 yards of a crime.

Have worked Studies led researchers to discover a with compulrare form of epilepsy known as photosensive video gamsitive epilepsy, in which seizures are trigers say that gered by the brain’s reaction to flashing the symptoms lights at certain intensities, or to intense of addiction visual patterns. The research showed that include sleep television and video games could condeprivation, tribute to such light-induced seizures, disruption of although they were not the only sources. normal daily Seizures could also be triggered by natulife, and a loosral phenomena such as sunlight shimening grip on mering on water or flickering through reality.

48 Do Video Games Cause Violent Crime? Mature (M)-Rated Video Game Sales to Children Decreasing In an effort to monitor the effectiveness of the ESRB rating system, the Federal Trade Commission conducts regular undercover “mystery shops” to hundreds of retailers throughout the United States. According to the April 2007 FTC report Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children, the number of minors able to buy or rent M-rated video games has been significantly reduced. Retailers are also more likely to enforce ratings.

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