something that's sure to bolster support for
people like Jack Thompson and Dave Grossman. Dr.
Sonya Brady from the University of California,
San Francisco and Professor Karen Matthews from
the University of Pittsburgh have just released
a study which claims that gaming can lead to
illegal drug use.
100 Males aged 18 to 21 were asked to play one
of two games, The Simpsons: Hit and Run
or Grand Theft Auto III. The study says
that the men who chose to play the more violent
videogame were more likely to smoke marijuana
and drink alcohol. They also experienced a rise
in blood pressure and were less cooperative and
more competitive. Finally, those who chose to
play the more violent game tended to perceive a
hostile attitude from the people around them.
Dr. Sonya Brady issued this comment to Reuters
Health: "Parents have been told the message that
violent video games and violent media in general
can influence the likelihood that their kids
will be aggressive. What this study suggests is
that they might increase any type of risk-taking