PBS Spotlights Violent Video Games Tonight

PBS Newshour’s week-long look at the school shooting in Newtown, CT takes a look at what role violent video games played tonight. 

After Newtown is the name of PBS NewsHour‘s week-long series on the Newtown, CT shooting, as well as a look at gun issues. Tonight, their focus turns to violent video games, as Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown sits down with Kotaku‘s Stephen Totilo and discusses the connections – or lack thereof – between gaming and violent behavior, as well as to play a round of Call of Duty: Black Ops II. 

This latest feature from PBS is just the latest in a long line of questions from both the media and politicians as to whether or not video games can be blamed for atrocities like what happened in Newtown. Such investigations have been ongoing since the first versions of Mortal Kombat and Doom hit the market, and while gamers have every right to be on the defensive during such a conversation, Brown’s latest blog post seems to be an honest attempt at being unbiased about the topic.

The NewsHour series is part of PBS’ “After Newtown” initiative, a series of documentaries, news reports and public affairs programs that brings together its science, documentary and public affairs programs to provide in-depth reporting on the violence and school safety debate. A preview of the episode is above; you can see the full episode at 9PM EST on PBS.

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