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Deliberation Materials: Violent Video Games

Should our democracy place criminal penalties on anyone who sells, rents, or shows violent video games to minors?

Today, many popular video games feature high levels of realistic violence. Many researchers have concluded that exposure to violent video games increases young players’ violent thoughts and aggressive actions. Some people have called for stronger restrictions on video games. In 2005, the American state of Illinois passed the “Violent Video Games Law,” which made it a crime for retail stores to sell or rent violent or sexual video games to minors.