Violence and Video Games


Do gory and graphic video games really affect behavior? How did games get to be so violent in the first place? This hour on Focus, host Craig Cohen talks with Craig Anderson, a professor at Iowa State University and the Director of the Center for Study of Violence about what the research shows us about the connection between violence and video games.

We’ll also talk with game developer and Professor of Game Design at Case Western Reserve University Benjamin Smith about why violence has traditionally had so much appeal to developers and how the trend is starting to change.

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