EA boss denies video games encourage violent attacks..as he would..
The boss of Electronic Arts (EA) has denied there is any link between video game content and “actual violence”.
John Riccitiello spoke out on the subject during a conference call with bank analysts following his firm’s latest earnings forecast.
But he acknowledged that his industry did face a “perception issue”.
The topic has become the focus of political debate in the US following shootings in a Connecticut school and a Colorado cinema.
After the incidents, the National Rifle Association (NRA) – which itself had been accused of culpability – said the video game industry sowed “violence against its own people”.
Republican congresswoman Diane Franklin subsequently proposed a sales tax on violent titles, saying the money should be used to “finance mental health programs and law enforcement measures to prevent mass shootings”.
Former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader went further, accusing games publishers of being “electronic child molesters” and demanded regulation.
As well as being EA’s chief executive, Mr Riccitiello also chairs the US’s Entertainment Software Rating Board – which decides what age guidance and warnings should go on games packaging – and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) lobby body.
He said his industry had been “stunned and horrified” by the recent shootings but denied it had had a role in these or other attacks.
“There’s been an enormous amount of research done in the entertainment field about looking for linkages between entertainment content and actual violence, and they haven’t found any,” he said.
“Hundreds of millions of dollars of the research has been done [and] has been unable to find a linkage because there isn’t one.
“Now, having said all that, and with all, if you will, humility about the world we live in, we understand that while there may not be an actual problem, given all the finger pointing going on in the press, there appears to be the perception of a problem, and we do have to wrestle with that.”
He added that other members of the ESA were also ready to “step up” to tackle the issue.
the stench of ignorance is overwhelming..of course watching and playing violent games wont make you violent if you are predisposed to this sort of thing and you take prescribed drugs..smh
its all about the dollars..i read that stallone, whilst pushing gun control(more irony), has mentioned that all the killers in these massacres have mental problems and that thats where we need to be looking..i think thats a slight awakening to the real problem..