According to a new survey, most Americans believe violent video games make people more violent in reality. Rasmussen Reports asked 1,000 US adults a series of heavily debated questions about violent games and discovered that 54% of the participants blame such titles for increased violence in society. The results also showed that 69% of those polled are either "somewhat concerned" or "very concerned" about the level of violence in today's games.
Meanwhile, 65% believe states should have the power to prohibit the distribution of violent titles to minors -- something that the Supreme Court is currently debating. Conversely, only 5% of respondents think the government should be chiefly responsible for regulating the amount of sex and violence children are exposed to in video games, while 71% say it's the duty of parents -- though that last tidbit varies between those with and without kids.
Parents are more likely to claim responsibility, whereas those without children say it's up to the game industry to make safe games. It's also interesting that adults with children are less worried about violent games than those without, and unsurprisingly, the study found that the older you are, the more likely you are to be concerned about game violence. We imagine most of you are bloodthirsty hipsters, but what's your take on the state of violent games?