Video Games Contribute To Falling US Crime Rate

We’re all well aware of how often video games are slated in the mainstream press. From controversies such as the Six Days in Fallujah and Medal of Honor depiction of the war in Afghanistan to the increasing trend of emulative youth criminals, as gamers we’ve been largely outspoken due to knee-jerk reactions of the misinformed public, fuelled by inflammatory, and in some cases fictional, stories spread across the pages of daily newspapers.

Therefore it makes a change that video games are being shown in a positive light, especially when regarding an issue of national importance. Research investigating the fall in US crime since its peak in the early 90s suggests that the increasing uptake of gaming as a hobby is one of the top 10 most significant causes along with the election of Obama in 2008, and fall in demand for crack.


A study released last month suggested video games were keeping young people off the streets and therefore away from crime. Researchers in Texas working with the Centre for European Economic Research said this “incapacitation effect” more than offset any direct impact the content of the games may have had in encouraging violent behaviour.

Though the report is by no means bulletproof, or indeed 100% representative of America or other developed countries, it’s an interesting U-turn from what usually crops up in video game news at the breakfast table here at TSA Towers.

Source: BBC



  1. so we can now claim that gaming is better than crack? nice!

    • It’s certaining more addictive, er, I…..I presume.

  2. It’s nice to finally see some move away from the scapegoating gameing usually has to endure.

  3. i bet this will never get a mention on the likes of fox, so called, news, or any other of murdoch’s media empire.

    much like i doubt that story about how the wii can help stroke victims with their rehabilitation featured.

    as for the last bit, when has accuracy ever been a determining factor in whether or not the tabloid media puts out a story?

    • Yep – would be very surprised to see the good old Daily Mail pushing this story.

      • Probably place a tiny article across from a full page article about how video games are to blame for childhood obesity!

  4. One minute video games are blamed for youth violence and crime…the next they are praised for lowering crime rates. I’m not complaining but I wish they’d make up their minds!

  5. I was going to mug a granny but I got distracted looking for blast shards.

  6. The other things that may of contributed to the falling crime rate were: Obama, The fall in demand for crack, policing, number crunching, abortion, lead in petrol, crims in jail, people just grew up and stopped being tits and camera phones.

  7. On a related note. Did Colossal Blue ever hear back from his Open Letter to BBC Complaints?

  8. just read this on the bbc and i couldn’t help but smile at that part. like we’ve been saying all along its pretty harmless. lets see how people react to these legitimate claims

  9. one week they hate gamers now they love them, just don;t understand or believe this at all

  10. I bet it does….

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