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Study on games violence

9th October 2007

The government is looking for information to use in a new study about the effect of violence in computer games on young people.

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The study - which will last 6 months - will be launched by psychologist Tanya Byron, Schools Secretary Ed Balls and Culture Secretary James Purnell at a school in east London.

Dr Byron told BBC News 24: "The study will be about what industry is doing already to protect children and what more could be done to ensure they have a positive experience on the internet and with games."

Speaking at the launch of the review she said that the internet and video games were a "positive" factor in children's development, but the review was intended to ask questions about and examine potential risks.

The games industry's association Elspa (the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers' Association), stated that it would help with the review and had already met with Dr Byron, but that it was often the target of blame for problems in society.

Paul Jackson, of Elspa said: "It is just not true and it's not appropriate." He said the group felt positive about the review and its aims.

Developer David Braben, of Frontier games, said that the review should not just examine video games, but should look at all media as it often intersected.

The British Board of Film Classification recently refused - for the second time - to give a certificate for the Manhunt 2 game.

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