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-- -- segment tonight the navy yard killer Aaron Alexis apparently played violent video games almost every night according to his friends.
This -- a violent video game called Grand Theft Auto was released to the public.
800 million dollars in one day was spent on this game.
And part of the attraction of the game are torture scenes where the player.
Participates in the torture.
Joining us now Philadelphia doctor chuck Williams who teaches psychology Drexel University -- you study these violent video games what's your conclusion dot.
Well first of all thanks for having me on again bill look the research is pretty clear.
We had dated to show that there is some negative -- -- from having people consistently consume violent media.
Both kids and adults we have longitudinal studies -- go back decades.
For example we had watched kids when they were eight or nine years old who for example watched you know TV shows like it did surpass it.
And then we followed them through adulthood middle age and we saw for example the kids who watched more TV shows like that when it became adults they had more run ins with the law for example said the data has been.
Pretty strong it's been pretty clear.
For a number of years so what about the video game component is that more intense than television shows like the Dukes of -- Which to me it was a mindless.
So I know I mean I can't contradict the study but I can tell you as a kid I watched the westerns in the army shows and those kinds of things and you need he may -- it.
Affected me but I I don't have a record I've never been arrested and never punched anybody.
In all -- it's hard for me to buy that.
But I want to know about these in very intense video games because I think it's a different ball game now.
Actually write what people have to realize is that unlike watching a television show unlike watching a movie.
What happens -- you're actually engaging in simulated acts of violence you're learning how to be violent people also have to remember.
That some of the same technology that we may find and violent video games we used to -- Navy SEALs for example and law enforcement officers they use the same type of technology to go through simulated exercises to rescue hostages or did take -- people like bin Laden so people have to understand that the difference between.
Say a TV showed a video games that with it.
TV show you not acting about -- with a video game not only are you acting it out bill but you're being rewarded for being violent.
All right Payer involvement in but isn't it true.
That a schizophrenic personality.
A psychotic personality.
Maybe this does light a fuse for those people but what about the 891011.
Year olds who were playing it.
Are they got to be calm violent just by playing -- auto theft and halo in these games.
In fact that you remember it was getting to -- -- yeah.
It's really think back when you don't when you were younger you know did you think that the former -- I didn't think that I would younger I would watch I watch wrestling right and what I do and between the commercial that -- play smack down with my brother they -- it doesn't.
Have you did you -- -- -- -- and try to dislocated somebody's shoulder like killer hello still -- My parents came all the -- -- -- -- are -- nature are usually little boy though it's -- -- Blair Cobb you're gonna do that kind of thing but really I'm upset I'm I'm very interested in this.
Saw because I I know a lot of little kids who playing these games they're nice little kids and they're not going out there hurting anyone now.
So I think that's not true bill they are hurting they're hurting their Brothers and -- they're hurting themselves but it's not serious.
Don't get me wrong if kids watch very hyper active intense play whether it's a video game a movie or TV show.
Based upon research they are likely to act that out -- -- -- can be violent.
The difference here is that if there -- mental health impairments.
Eight can push them over the yeah I didn't know -- I'm not saying I believe it does happen but it can't hide doctor very provocative we appreciate you coming on tonight.
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