Videogames are largely censured by a self-described “media psychiatrist” Carole Lieberman for triggering violence and rapes in society. Lieberman blames that videogames have triggered several tragic events like shootings at Columbine and Virginia Tech, violence and rapes.
Lieberman revealed her arguments against the video games in a recent article in Fox news headlined, “Is Bulletstorm the Worst Videogame in the World?” She discusses the aftereffects of several shooting and violence-centered videogames among gamers and the whole society.
However, Lieberman is unable to point out hardly any research or study results that mention that videogames do have aftereffects that may instigate rape and violence. She also failed to point toward a videogame that may cause such dangerous impacts among players and the society.
“The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in videogames,” Lieberman said in her controversial article. Several videogame specialists have rejected Lieberman’s claims in the article as baseless and unnecessary.
“I don’t know where [Lieberman] would get any evidence for this opinion,” Iowa State University professor Douglas A. Gentile questioned the “media psychiatrist’s” claims. “There’s really very little to substantiate her claims in research literature.” Gentile is doing research on the relationship between media and violence.
When contacted by the reporters of Wired.com, Lieberman staggered to give any credible evidences for her claims. “There are thousands of studies,” Lieberman trotted. “I’d have to look through them or recent ones as far as finding one that specifically speaks about rape, and I don’t have the time to do that right now.”