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Katie Couric Admits That Violent Game Report Was One-Sided

After journalist Katie Couric ran a report that was quite clearly one-sided, gamers everywhere responded. And in fact, they responded in droves.

The initial report included a young man who had murdered his mother, and who said that violent games did indeed affect his behavior. But no other side of the discussion arose, which is why a great many fans of video games decided to speak out.

Couric gave us the chance to rebut via Twitter and many took advantage. Now, as you'll see in her Friday Follow-Up, Couric admits that "it probably would've been a good idea to have somebody on the other side of the debate." She showed a couple of Tweets on the show...and yes, one of them is from me. ;)

At any rate, at least she fessed up. It's unfortunate, however, that when she reached out to the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) and Bungie to come on the show and talk about this, they both declined. Personally, although I think she could've contacted several other important parties, I wish either the ESA or Bungie had offered to send a representative. This just sounds like we're not willing to stand up and defend ourselves in public.

The name of the original report is what ticked me off: "Are Video Games Ruining Your Life?" Couldn't possibly have been a more leading and implying headline, could it?

Tags: katie couric, violent video games, violent game debate

5/21/2013 10:39:13 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (12 posts)

Temjin001
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 10:57:01 AM
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I wonder if this media assault has successfully created enough of a dust plume so when the next round of state representatives come up to bat they'll use this synthesized 'issue' as one of their planks to get themselves elected.

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Cesar_ser_4
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 11:39:23 AM
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What is really affecting us games is the fact that most of these "unstable" people play videogames. Hence whenever a tragedy happens its videogames that take the blame just because nobody ever bothered paying attention to the kid's behavior. And since nowadays unfortunately a good majority of gamers seem to have anger management issues it is extremely hard to be taken seriously when we say videogames are not the problem.

Just out of curiosity. Ben, would you take part in the or a debate with Katie if given the chance?

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Comic Shaman
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 11:59:22 AM

Where do you get the idea that the majority of gamers have anger management issues?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 12:00:04 PM

Trust me, I would.

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Cho_Quin
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 1:29:46 PM

"most of these "unstable" people play videogames" but if an gamer/engineer is improving your lifestyle or a gamer/surgeon is saving it, no one cares... its easy looking at the bad side.

If you drink too much water you drown, then water is bad for you. Thats not logic, its stupidity

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Simcoe
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 12:18:48 PM
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It's disappointing that a group, the ESA, that is supposed to speak and lobby on behalf of the developers and publishers (the content creators), remained silent on the issue.

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Kryten1029a
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 12:53:37 PM
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She only fessed up because she got called out. I don't believe that she's being sincere but it does serve as yet more proof that when gamers speak up, we can move Congress and even dishonest "journalists" to reconsider using us a punching bag. As I'd mentioned before, there are any number of articulate and thoughtful spokesmen who could have given our side of the issue. If she had any integrity or was willing to be balanced, she could have found them.

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ethird1
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 1:46:36 PM
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Couric caved, I meant, seen things OUR way, heh heh heh, EEER I MEAN,we made her an offer she could not refuse, DAMNNIT, I mean, we showed her the error of her ways by .... bah, forget about it!

Couric loves video games now!

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coverton341
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 1:46:45 PM
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Given the name of the report i.e. "Are Video Games Ruining Your Life?", it was probably a smart decision for the ESA and Bungie to respectfully decline. In situations where there is already a clear bias in one direction, it tends to turn more into a grilling meant to spark emotions and paint one side in a certain light rather than a thoughtful debate.

Would it have turned out that way had the ESA or Bungie sent a representative? Possibly, and had it done so, it would have done more harm than good. I think companies in the position of the ESA and Bungie take those things into consideration and I feel that's why they did not have representation there.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 2:27:53 PM
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The ECA would have sent someone. I did my part to fight her ignorance (and I do believe ignorance is the enemy here) with a tweet and an article so I'm glad she has admitted her mistake. One-sided debates are inherently unfair. Something tells me she was surprised by the range of thoughtful responses on twitter.

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Hand_of_Sorrow
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 3:13:14 PM
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we (us gamers) have always been left standing alone to defend
what we love.

how many times has a publisher/developer spoke up?

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Teddie9
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 10:29:47 PM

It is odd. Especially given some of them make millions off of us.

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