What Is the Overall State of Evidence Concerning the Effects of Violent Video Games

  • Barrie Gunter


A large volume of published research now exists on the effects of video games, and more especially on the effects of games with violent themes. There have been a few attempts to collate all this evidence at the level of ‘effect magnitudes’ through meta-analyses to establish its overall status. This chapter examines the positions adopted by major evidence reviews and meta-analyses, and finds that there remain conflicted positions. Thus, there is no overall agreement about the nature and strength of the effects of playing violent video games.


Video Game Prosocial Behaviour Violence Exposure Effect Magnitude Physiological Arousal 
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  • Barrie Gunter
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  1. 1.Media and CommunicationUniversity of LeicesterLoughtonUK

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