Violent Video Games

July 2, 2003 - Posted at: 9:22 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Across the nation, video gaming has become a very popular activity, especially for children and adolescents.

Many of the new, more popular video games such as Grand Theft Auto Vice City and State of Emergency are being criticized in some circles for their extremely violent content.

"State of Emergency is actually worse than Vice City, but Vice City gets more slack because it's more popular," said Game Force employee Clay Mullins. "(In) State of Emergency there's like a thousand characters on screen at one time and you just slaughter all of them, it's basically just a killing game."

Williams Baptist College Psychology Professor, Dr. Gary Gregory has studied extensive research on the extreme violence of these video games.

"(It) tends to desensitize these kids to human life and the dignity and respect for human life," said Gregory.

Mother of four, Latrice Jones, disagrees with the research.

"If you raise you child the right way, they're going to know this is just a game," Jones said. "It's just for entertainment purposes."

The Electronic Software Rating Board has six different categories for rating games. Each rating is located on the game's front cover to inform parents of the game's nature.

According to Dr. Gregory, the best solution is for parents to be selective in which games their children are playing.

Dr. Gregory also believes its beneficial to supervise children while they play their games.