Well, it’s a bit hard to remove the violence from shooting games, as shooting is part of the game. Same for battle sims. War is violent. But I guess you could say we don’t NEED those games. Just like we don’t NEED tv, which promotes all sorts of things kids shouldn’t see, hear, or do. And we don’t need violent sports, like boxing and hockey, since kids just learn to fight from those. And martial arts are right out, since that makes kids more effective at hurting others, and certainly desensitizes them to fear of assault and personal violence. And we don’t NEED books and magazines with fiction in them, as they don’t promote reality. And we don’t NEED the news bringing murder and mayhem into our homes. When it gets right down to it, we don’t NEED much of anything entertainment or news wise. But it seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face. So, yes, the violence is necessary, if you want a regular life and not the life of a fearful hermit.
And the cartoon issue wasn’t about Felix the cat. It was about the wanton killing and maiming of characters, decapitations, dismemberment, the disregard for law and order, and the way in which children acted out on what they saw. It very much mirrors the discussions of today. So I tend to disagree with you on that. And, I’m sure if you searched a little more, you would find plenty of studies that disagree with the one you chose to post. That’s why it’s not a settled issue. There are as many approaches to the problem as there are people, and studies to support them all. Tends to make me question the results of any one study that claims to find an answer, since it’s clear how they choose to interpret the data affects the conclusions.
But hey, the jury is out. So I have no problem with folks thinking violent games are bad for kids. Feel free to keep your kids away from them. But banning them isn’t the answer.