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Common Sense Media survey finds majority of parents nationwide have issues with levels of violence in games; 84 percent took issue with Hitman: Absolution ad.

A new study commissioned by Common Sense Media has found that 89 percent of parents across the United States believe violence in today's video games is a problem. In addition, the survey concluded that 75 percent of parents found it difficult to shield their children from violence in media.

As part of the study, parents were shown a video advertisement (below) for Hitman: Absolution, with 84 percent saying it was inappropriate to show on television during a time when children could see it.

One question asked if parents thought violence in video games could lead to violence in the real world, to which 75 percent responded saying yes, with 17 percent saying no, and 8 percent saying they were not sure.

Another question on the survey asked parents if they thought violence in contemporary video games is a major problem, a minor problem, or not a problem at all. Forty-five said it was a major problem, 44 percent said a minor problem, 8 percent said not a problem at all, and 2 percent were not sure.

Other highlights from the study included 60 percent of parents saying they "very closely" monitor the movies, video games, and music their children listen to with respect to violent content. Additionally, parents surveyed expressed faith in the movie and video game ratings systems, the MPAA and ESRB, respectively, with 68 percent saying the current systems do allow parents to make informed decisions about violent content.

Common Sense Media and the Center for American Progress commissioned the study, which was performed by SurveyUSA on January 4 and January 5. A total of 1,050 parents with a child under the age of 18 living at home participated in the study.

Respondents were selected at random, and all participants heard the questions asked identically. The margin of error for the study ranged by question, scaling from ±1.6 percent to ±3.5 percent.

US Vice President Joe Biden will meet with representatives from the video game industry today in Washington DC as part of a wider task force aimed at examining the role of violent media in mass shootings. The discussion around violent media has been reignited in the wake of the December 14 schoolhouse massacre that left 20 elementary school students and six adults dead in Newtown, Connecticut.

Source: http://www.gamespot.com/news/study-89-percent-of-parents-believe-game-violence-a-problem-6402290



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Parent that I know seem to disagree this survey was probably rigged to show the results they wanted.

There is much talk, and I have listened, through rock and metal and time. Now I shall talk, and you shall listen. - Gravemind (Halo)

Also I find it funny how our government is attacking Video Games now while still trying to ban guns.

There is much talk, and I have listened, through rock and metal and time. Now I shall talk, and you shall listen. - Gravemind (Halo)

Should be more like this...

Study: 89% of parents believe violent video games are a problem. Upon answering this survey 100% of those 89% went out and bought the brand new Halo for their child. One parent said while waiting in line, "This world needs more heros like Master Cheif to stand up for what is right."



What Max said. I wonder how many of these parents buy CoD for little Timmy every year, or I wonder how many of these parents throw their credit cards to little Timmy to "shut him up" so he can buy whatever game he wants on Amazon.

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Those 89% of parents also watches fox news

 

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Cirio said:
What Max said. I wonder how many of these parents buy CoD for little Timmy every year, or I wonder how many of these parents throw their credit cards to little Timmy to "shut him up" so he can buy whatever game he wants on Amazon.

A damn good amount. I use to work in the electronics department at Target and the computer would always prompt a age check for M rated games. Only way to bypass it is to have a manager number and the only way the computer accepts the date is actually scanning an ID. Everytime it prompted I would say "this game is rated M for blood, violence, and people swear (or fill in whatever else it was rated M for but that was the most common) all the time while playing online." Parents never hesitated. I had one parent say "oh what does that mean?" and I basically said you run around shooting people in the game and she didn't care.

EDIT: on top of that it was never for teenagers either. Always for like 7-12 year olds.



SnakeDrake said:
Those 89% of parents also watches fox news


No, the 11% would watch fox news because open gun laws is a republican thing



Yeah, the moment I saw 'Common Sense Media', it was automatically going to be bad. The group has been moving for game censorship and what not for a while now. They're a pretty typical special interest group who just find the people who will answer how they want and claim it's a majority.

Scary that people like this actually have the power to influence politicians and the like.

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Max King of the Wild said:

Should be more like this...

Study: 89% of parents believe violent video games are a problem. Upon answering this survey 100% of those 89% went out and bought the brand new Halo for their child. One parent said while waiting in line, "This world needs more heros like Master Cheif to stand up for what is right."

Found out over Christmas my 9-year-old cousin plays Halo. Wanted to punch somebody. My uncle should know better, too, he's a gamer.

Of course, the kid also plays Kinect Sports, Mario Kart, and Pokémon. I'm sure he'll be fine. But come on... Halo? Really?