Group calls for less violence in video games

From Associated Press

Violence in video games is bad for children’s health. So says the American Psychological Assn., which is calling on the industry to cut it back.

Research indicates exposure to violence in video games increases aggressive thoughts, aggressive behavior and angry feelings among youth, the association said in a statement issued Wednesday. In addition, it said, this exposure reduces helpful behavior and increases physiological arousal in children and adolescents.

Douglas Lowenstein, president of the Entertainment Software Assn., the trade group that represents the U.S. computer and video game industry, charged the American Psychological Assn. with disregarding research and analysis that challenge claims that video games cause aggression or crime.