Far too often when violent crimes are reported the news report often points out how the criminal at the centre of the crime was a video game player. So it was a welcome change when we saw this small section in a recent report suggesting that video games are actually part of the reason behind the drop in crime rates in the USA. Strangely enough video game were not part of the headline, instead it was mentioned right at the end of the article and we felt it was our duty to bring this refreshingly surprising report to everyones attention.
If you further analysed the chart you could even put a case together than some of the dips in crime rate coincided with the release of the major consoles but that may be pushing it just a bit.
Jump over to the BBC article if you want to read the full report. The section that refers to video games is below for your convenience.
9. 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.