Gamers defend video game industry
Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013 10:57 PM ESTUpdated: Saturday, January 19, 2013 11:06 PM EST
There has been a lot of talk about violent video games lately, and if those games could contribute to real world violence. Now the gaming industry is speaking up. On Saturday, January 19, many gamers met at Pinballz Arcade in north Austin. One topic that was on many people’s mind was if violent video games cause violence.
Gaming professionals from across the country were there, along with many families to talk about the gaming industry and learn more about it.
The games at Pinballz, range from pinballs to games that have some violence in them, where toy guns are the weapon of choice.
Parents tell us they aren’t worried about their kids learning violent behavior, because they teach them the difference between what is reality and what is the game.
The owner, Darren Spohn, says that is important role all parents must play if their child watches or plays video games.
“If the parent and the child reinforce that it is just a game it’s not a real experience they learn differently. I think it’s like guns. If you teach a kid about guns responsibly they’re going to treat a gun with responsibility,” said Spohn.
When it comes to learning about mass shootings, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has said that he would like to address violent video games and mental health.

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