Renewed speculation about the possible effects of violent video games on violent crime after the terrible tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut's Sandy Hok Elementary School made for challenging discussions for the G.A.M.E.R. Lab in an effort to share the state of research evidence related to media effects on serious violent crime.  During December 2012 and January 2013, lab director James D. Ivory spoke to WJR Radio's Warren Pierce, the Voice of America's Suzanne Presto, and the Penny Arcade Report's Sophie Prell about speculative links between violent games and violent crime and the associated research evidence.  Excerpts from Ivory's interview with Presto appear in the clip below:

The difficult discussions come just after the publication of a book chapter Ivory co-authored with Texas A & M International's Christopher J. Ferguson titled "A Futile Game: On the Prevalence and Possible Causes of the Misguided Speculation About the Role of Violent Video Games as a Substantial Independent Causal Factor in Mass School Shootings," which appears in Glenn Muschert and Joanne Sumiala's new book School Shootings: Mediatized Violence in a Global Age.  In the chapter, Ferguson and Ivory argue that violent crime can best be reduced by directing resources to address known causes of violent crime rather than video games, which are still not well-understood in terms of if and how much they increase serious violent crime.