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The link between video games and aggressive behaviour was analysed in comparative studies in Japan and the United States in a bid to determine how closely they were connected.
The results, which were published in this month's journal Pediatrics, showed that despite cultural differences and disparities in crime rates, children across the spectrum were affected equally by playing games.
Craig A Anderson, a psychology professor at Iowa State University who lead the research, said: "We now have conclusive evidence that playing violent video games has harmful effects on children and adolescents."