10-1 | Teaching Us to Fear


Teaching Us to Fear
The Violent Video Game Moral Panic and the Politics of Game Research

Patrick M. Markey and Christopher J. Ferguson


In this excerpt from their new book, Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong (BenBella Books, 2017), the authors present an argu-ment in defense of video games while dispelling the myth that such games lead to real-world violence. The authors define and examine moral panics and provide guidelines for identifying and understanding this phenomenon. They focus in particular on how the moral panic around video games has affected scientific research on games. Key words: gaming, moral panic, video game research; video games, video game violence;