I recently repurchased, at a very low rate, a couple of old PC games that I used to play years ago. The games were first person shooters. I used to have hours of fun playing these games, killing my opponents, and going for the headshot. I wanted to see if I would enjoy the games as much as I used to. I rarely play games anymore, as they bore me since with most games it's just the same thing over and over again. I usually prefer reading or some other more constructive activity. The few games that I do play are the nonviolent variety.
I discovered that I didn't like playing those old games anymore, specifically because they were so violent. It reminded me of a question I asked myself long ago about such games.
"Would Jesus go for the headshot?"
It was then that I began to re-evaluate my entertainment choices, asking the question, "Do my entertainment choices please Jesus?"
I'm not interested in a debate over R rated films or TV-MA programs or violent video games. What I'm interested in is what my entertainment choices build into my life. Once you've seen something you can't simply "unsee" it.
Studies have shown that there is no causal connection between entertainment choices and violent or criminal behavior. According to the Entertainment Software Association, "Numerous authorities have examined the scientific record and found that it does not establish any causal link between media content and real-life violence."(1) According to another study, "The research showed that there is no evidence that violent video games are positively correlated to real-world crime rates."(2)