Obama: CDC to Investigate Videogames as Part of Gun Control Package

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US President signs order to investigate violent media’s impact on behaviour.

US President Barack Obama has signed an order pledging that the Centre for Disease Control will investigate the impact that videogames, and other mediums, have in prompting violent behaviours.

According to a report by Venture Beat, this was one of 23 executive orders the president made Wednesday in an attempt to curb gun crime following the notorious events at Sandy Hook.

"We don't benefit from ignorance. We don't benefit from not knowing the science of this epidemic of violence," President Obama said.

"Congress should fund research into the effects violent video games have on young minds."

Combined, the executive actions have been earmarked $500 million in the federal budget for the 2014 fiscal year, with $10 million set to investigate violent media’s effects on behaviour.

This follows on from yesterday’s report that Vice President Joe Biden met with games industry executives as part of a chain of consultations to develop responses to gun crime.

During the meeting he stated that no proven link had been found between violent videogames and behaviour, but warned that the industry must do more to protect its image as public perception sways against them.

This caught the ire of Dr Richard Wilson, CEO of UK trade body Tiga, who told us that the Vice President’s comments were “out of date”.

He stressed: "The perception of videogames actually has changed anyway and it’s the industry of the future."

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