Former Director of Communications at the Office of the Surgeon General
Con to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
"Media violence - specifically video games - are not a major risk factor for violence. We did find rising links between media violence, television violence, and short-term aggressive behavior. But that is significantly different from violent behavior allegedly caused by playing video games...
In children, there is a difference between aggressive behavior like pushing or shoving, and real violence - like hitting - which causes bodily harm. But the key factor regarding video gaming is that we simply don't have enough research at this point to form conclusions."
"Video Games: Bad, But Not All Bad," USA Today, Jan. 22, 2001