72-Year-Old Japanese Gamer Said, “Playing Computer Games Reduces Crime”

Shiro Suzuki is a famous Japanese announcer. However, it has emerged
that he’s also an expert at action game Resident Evil (Japanese title
“Bio Hazard”) produced by Capcom. He received a Nintendo console as a
gift at the end-of-year party for one of his TV programs many years
ago, and has been hooked on gaming ever since.
You can see his video here.
On January 8, Suzuki appeared in a gaming program on Japanese video
sharing site Nico Nico Douga, and was asked what he thought of the
Xbox360 game “Mass Effect 2″.

He said, “I think that fighting and winning are natural human
instincts.” He also referred to the book “Grand Theft Childhood: The
Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do” by
Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson
, saying “Youth violence and sexual
crimes decreased at the same time that games became popular in the US,
so I think that gaming can have a good effect on repressing people’s
desire to do evil.”
Suzuki went on to say that games have had a good effect on his health.
“On the action games I have to concentrate when driving a car, and
have to respond instantly. Real cars are less responsive, so I found
it easier to drive real carss after getting into games. I hope more
young people play games to train their minds.”
Suzuki turns 73 next month, on February 10.
The archives of Nico Nico Douga’s program are here. (In order to get
access, you need to have a Nico Nico Douga account. See our article on
how to register and use Nico Nico Douga
(proofread by Adam Walls)

See also these articles:

Nico Nico Douga News [J]
Kotaku Japan [J]


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