IndustryGamers.com has some snippets from id Software's John Carmack on the subject of violence in video games. In this interview
with Carmack - the creator of one of the most controversial video games when it comes to violence, Doom - he points out that he thinks a lot of the argument is just so people on CNN have something to whine about.
"And I really think, if anything, there is more evidence to show that the violent games reduce aggression and violence. There have actually been some studies about that, that it’s cathartic. If you go to QuakeCon and you walk by and you see the people there [and compare that to] a random cross section of a college campus, you’re probably going to find a more peaceful crowd of people at the gaming convention. I think it’s at worst neutral and potentially positive."
While this debate will no doubt continue to rage for many years to come, there are some recent events that have given us some glimmers of hope, and those of us that enjoy fragging will continue to be able to do so.