Virtual Violence Revisited

The NFL is talking to videogame producers to ensure that violence in the virtual stadium isn't tarnishing the league's image. The whole thing is laughable, given that violence is what makes the NFL so popular to begin with. Violence has always been a part of sport — the question that needs to be asked is whether it provides an outlet for aggression in society, or whether it creates that aggression.

(Update: ESPN.com has a humourous laundry list of discrepencies between "virtual" football and what really happens in the NFL game.)

(Dash of irony? ESPN.com's story on Julius Peppers' suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy featured a Flash pop-up ad for Sega Sports' NFL 2K3 videogame.)

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