— nzherald (@nzherald) March 9, 2017
Playing violent computer games such as Call of Duty does not make people more prone to violence, according to a new study that debunks years of accepted wisdom and warnings.
Scientists using brain scans and psychological questionnaires discovered that levels of aggression and the capacity for empathy in people who never play violent games were the same as in those who play games for hours each day.
The research undermines decades of claims, partly prompted by academic studies, that anti-social behaviour is linked to “shooter” games.
In 2015, one politician even blamed a spate of gun violence in Salford on “a diet of war games and Grand Theft Auto”.