Government Experts Know Danger of Violent Video Games

19 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Government Experts Know Danger of Violent Video Games</h1><p>May 19 (EIRNS)--The harmful effects of video games are so well known that scientists have trouble getting government funding for more studies to prove the point, says the author of a new book on violent video games, Dr. Craig Anderson.</p><p>In an interview to appear in the June 1 EIR magazine, the Iowa State University psychology professor also notes that the military has contracted companies to create the games for training purposes, "and part of the contract was that they could then market a version of those games to the public."</p><p>The video game industry "has to work very hard to find people that they then call experts, to contradict what the real experts say," says Anderson. He cites the National Institute of Mental Health, the Surgeon General's office, the American Academy of Pediatricians, and American Psychological Association, as examples of organizations which clearly understand the danger of violent video games.</p><p>South Korea has set up over 40 treatment centers to help people who are playing online games so much that it's interfering with their daily lives, says Anderson. The syndrome is called "internet addiction."</p><p>"We'll be seeing that issue here, too," Anderson said.</p><p>Anderson is one of three authors of the new book <em>Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Public Policy,</em> published by Oxford University Press.</p></div></body>