Dear Mr. Dad: My son loves video games and spends a ton of time playing on them. Some are sports games, but others are fairly violent war-related games. I’ve heard the warnings about violent games breeding violent behavior, and I’m worried. Should I be?
A: I certainly understand why you’re worried. Every time a new game hits the shelves, alarm bells start ringing all over the country. It sometimes seems that the entire city of Washington, DC is filled with politicians or pundits who have tried to connect video games to real-world violence. It’s a sure-fire way to gain political points and a reputation for moral crusading. But as with most crusades, the reality is more complex.