Brad Bushman Gets Busted Again Trying to Vilify Video Games

“Well, this is embarrassing.” - Ohio State, probably.

Remember Brad Bushman? Known video game detractor with a history of making dubious claims and manipulating studies to advance his anti-video game crusade? Sound familiar?

If it’s been a while since you’ve read your last agenda-driven, biased study, we’ll refresh your memory. In 2012, Bushman, a professor at the Ohio State University, published research that attempted to link violent video games to better real-life marksmanship. Not to be fooled, two professors from Villanova University and Ruhr University Bochum in Germany tried to refute the study by pointing out inconsistencies in his findings.

The only problem was that when Ohio State researchers tried to go back and look for the irregularities in Bushman’s study, the data miraculously went missing. As a result, Ohio State was forced to retract the study, proving, once again, what VGVN members have known for years—that tired, agenda-driven efforts to tie video games to violent behavior are ill-informed, ignorant and straight up inaccurate.

It’s clear Brad Bushman’s anti-gaming research just doesn’t fit.

How many times do we have to say it? There is no conclusive evidence tying video games to violent behavior. Ohio State’s retraction of Bushman’s study is certainly a step in the right direction, but ultimately, anti-video game sentiment will persist so long as researchers, politicians and others continue to perpetuate these myths. As we’ve shown time and time again, VGVN will keep disproving these unfair and unfounded stereotypes, but we need our community to help us fight back.

Tell researchers like Bushman to stop flipping the facts on video games and violence. Join VGVN to stay up-to-date on video game attacks and stop the spread of misinformation.


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