Last updated on: 2/18/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Entertainment Software Association Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
Reasoning:

“Facts, common sense and numerous studies all debunk the myth that there is a link between computer and video games and violence. Blaming video games for violence in the real world is no more productive than blaming the news media for bringing crimes of violence into our homes night after night. Having someone or something to blame is convenient, especially after an incident of terrible and unexplainable violence. But to do so is simplistic, and more importantly, it’s wrong…

The truth is, there is no scientific research that validates a link between computer and video games and violence, despite lots of overheated rhetoric from the industry’s detractors. Instead, a host of respected researchers has concluded that there is no link between media violence and violent crime.”

“Games and Violence,” theesa.com (accessed Feb. 18, 2010)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is the U.S. association exclusively dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies that publish computer and video games for video game consoles, personal computers, and the Internet.

The ESA offers a range of services to interactive entertainment software publishers including a global anti-piracy program, business and consumer research, government relations and intellectual property protection efforts. The ESA also owns and operates the E3 Expo.”

“About the Entertainment Software Association,” theesa.com (accessed Feb. 18, 2010)

Mission:

“To represent interactive entertainment software publishers of all sizes and for all platforms, including video game cartridge, video game, compact disk, and personal computer platforms.”

“Nonprofit Report: Entertainment Software Association,” guidestar.org (accessed Feb. 18, 2010)

Other:
501(c) Trade Association
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?