It probably comes as no surprise that most of the controversies of 2013 involved whether or not video games are responsible for gun violence. The controversy was reignited by the Newtown tragedy, and from there spiraled into a lot of posturing by politicians throughout the year.
- 2013 started with a Connecticut town burning down video games to make the world a safer place. It turned out to be a PR stunt.
- But then the national dialogue over video games reached the President and VP...
- Which inevitably led to two bills proposed to curb video game violence. They went nowhere, of course.
- A Nebraska senator also jumped on the anti-video game bandwagon.
- It's probably a surprise to no one that video games became a target for conservatives, including Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who recommended video game profiling.
- The opportunity for violence over social gaming networks caught the eye of the NSA, which Edward Snowden's leaked papers revealed was a major focus of the agency
- Someone finally did a study to explain, once and for all, if video games cause violence and the good news is that video games don't kill people, competition kills people.
- It turns out that there are actually some health benefits to playing certain video games.
- And that girls benefit if their parents play with them.
- All of this controversy didn't help video games at all, reporting sales down $2 billion in the previous year. We'll see if that changes with the new console releases in 2014.
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