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Katie Couric Gets Schooled On the Benefits of Violent Video Games

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Yesterday we ran a piece exposing the scare tactics media like to use when discussing video games and violence. Flashy edits, buzzwords, complete ignorance, that sort of thing. Today Katie Couric, the host of the particular segment we analyzed, reached out to her Twitter followers to ask for the "positive side" of violent games.

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When I noticed her tweet, I went to look at the replies. Some were decent! Others...not so much. I decided it had to do with her particular brand of audience. She wasn't getting the full scope of the gamer audience, and that wouldn't be fair. So I retweeted her on Kotaku's official Twitter account. And boy, you guys did not disappoint.

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But first let's look at the disappointing replies:

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I'm happy to say these...misguided responses were few and far between after Kotaku's community (and gamers in general) got there. Good job, guys! Here are some insightful, supporting comments:

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It warms my heart to see so many people rally against the inexcusable ignorance in the media's coverage of video games. This will continue to be a thing if we don't speak up, so good on all of you who did.

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And, of course, there were some jokes, snarky replies and, er, maybe some questionable ones, too!

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Lastly, let's all remember to bring this up when people try to make a correlation between violent games and real-life violence. Because I'm honestly sick of people thinking they can ignore the facts we do have.

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To contact the author of this post, write to tina@kotaku.com or find her on Twitter at @tinaamini.

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Wow, these responses are actually pretty disappointing (although I loved much of the snark). Maybe Katie has a point? (Shudder!). Of all the responses about the "positives of video game violence" only one actually mentions video game violence in a marginally positive way. Almost all are simply generic (but valid) comments about games in general and what they can offer, as opposed to what the actual violence can offer to a gamer. I was really hoping the gaming community would open a can of whoop as on sensationalist Katie, but all we did was validate her assertions by our inability to justify the violence with examples of its positive benefits. Note: I have no problem with violence in video games. Video games are well marked and rated and what a child experiences is the responsibility of the parent.