School of Law

It’s no wonder the military likes violent video games – they can help train civilians to become warriors

15 August 2019

Neve Gordon, Marie Curie Fellow and Professor of International Law at Queen Mary University of London, published an article for The Conversation about the impact of the virtual world on violence in society. He writes: “What the gamer learns is that violence is not merely the only arbitrator of conflict, but also that it is a necessary mode of living with others in the world. So while Boykin [bestselling American author] is probably right to say that unrestricted access to guns augmented by racist statements by a president who intimates that migrants and non-whites are unwelcome help explain the recent massacres, let’s not underestimate the ethical impact of violent games on society. In a culture dominated by violent simulations, it is not unreasonable to say that civilians, including children, are being trained to become killers.”

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