Aaron Stanton of About.com has written a horrid piece trying to defame a poor woman. In July 2006, Dr. Kimberly Thompson testified before the U.S. House of Representatives against the ESRB rating system. Dr. Thompson had conducted a study in 2001 where she found ample amounts of violence in games rated E for Everybody. Stanton's harsh attacks highlight what he says is flawed research that is misinforming lawmakers of the United States of America.
Stanton (or "Mr. Muckraker") provides the following examples of inaccuracy from Thompson's findings:
- Super Mario Bros. (41.3% violent)
- Galaga / Galaxian (100% violent)
- Pac-Man (61.7% violent)
So shame on you, Mr. Stanton, for attacking a poor, defenseless Harvard professor. It's people like Dr. Thompson that need to be telling our legislators how addicting and sinful the gaming industry can be.
And now, a public service announcement.
[update 1: In a correspondence with Dr. Thompson, we learned some more information regarding the issue. For example, her testimony was actually in July (not June) and the U.S. House of Representatives (not the Senate). We have clarified, and hopefully tomorrow have a full reaction post from Dr. Thompson.]