A report by a Queensland Parliament committee (pdf file) says video games might be to blame for youth violence. The report of the inquiry into alcohol-related violence, says “making a choice to brutally stab and dismember a moving image is a different experience from simply watching such an event on a screen” (page 9). The report provides no evidence for this assertion. Nor does it provide evidence for the assertion that research exists implicating violent interactive video games in youth violence (page 9). The inquiry is the work of the Law, Justice and Safety Committee. The inquiry’s report recommends:
That the Government consider strategies for determining the effect of violent video games on youth violence, including literature reviews, case studies and investigation (Recommendation 2, Page 10)
We spoke to Guy Blomberg, co-owner of the Mana Bar, a video game bar in Fortitude Valley, about the report.