Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong

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It seems like video games in general, and violent video games in particular, are blamed for everything these days. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, school shootings, childhood obesity, antisocial behavior, and societal problems have all been laid at the feet of the video game industry.

Moral Combat endeavors to set the record straight, exploring the media’s fascination with violent video games and how bad statistical analysis, bad psychology, and political agendas have led to recurring moral panics surrounding video games. Markey and Ferguson discredit disreputable sources, rebutting them with peer-reviewed research and pure common sense.

Whether you like violent video games or not, the work done by Markey and Ferguson here is hugely important, especially with regard to the frequently drawn connection between school shootings and video games. Which, as it turns out, is largely BS. And their work to correct the mountains of misinformation out there is an important first step toward getting the public’s attention focused on the actual issues, rather than the easy scapegoat.

Moral Combat is more than a clever play on words or even a defense of an entire industry. It’s an important reminder of the difference between fearmongering nonsense and proper research and reflection.

Chris Hayden been working at City Book Review since 2012, so that makes him the keeper of knowledge. He manages the office and book reviewers (all 200 of them!), which is no small feat. If you’re looking at the book reviews here, you’re seeing them because he sent the books out for review. Without him, this place would fall apart, because no one else in the office knows how to use the postage machine. Two words: job security.


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Author Patrick M. Markey • Christopher J. Ferguson
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 256 pages
Publisher BenBella Books
Publish Date 2017-Mar-21
ISBN 9781942952985
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Issue July 2017
Category Current Events & Politics
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