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German Researchers Find the Missing Link to Violent Behavior

May 14, 2009Written by Kyle P.

Two German researchers may have found the missing link between violent video games and violent behavior, and the answer may not be what you were expecting.

Renate and Rudi Hänsel have concluded that the Pentagon is to blame, for all the violent video games in the market today. For training purposes, the Pentagon often creates games such as America’s Army, in an effort to best prepare soldiers before being deployed. However, many of these games are accessible to the general public; and this fueled the surge of violent video games in the mid 90’s.

“During the nineties the killing simulators, employed for hand to hand combat in the US army and police, were released by the Pentagon to be sold for private use on the public markets. As a consequence the computer and video game industry that had co-operated with the Pentagon from the very beginning, boomed. Since then the so-called killer games have wreaked havoc among children and youths.

The US army’s electronic training programs for killing people must be taken back to the US barracks, where they came from. They have to disappear from civil society altogether. They may be appropriate for the purpose of national defense or fight against crime; they have no place, however, in children’s rooms or in living rooms.”

So, the real question is, how do you feel about this? Do you believe that the Pentagon should really be blamed? Post your thoughts in the comment section.