Author of"Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter", Steven Johnson, wrote an interesting and somewhat though provoking (for someone more important than me hjopefully) article for the LATimes website asking Hilary Clinton why not look into football instead of wasting money on video games. It's an excellent article and I would like to see some mainstream media pick up on this and see what they have to say.
On to the issue of aggression, and what causes it in kids, especially teenage boys. Congress should be interested in the facts: The last 10 years have seen the release of many popular violent games, including "Quake" and "Grand Theft Auto"; that period has also seen the most dramatic drop in violent crime in recent memory. According to Duke University's Child Well-Being Index, today's kids are less violent than kids have been at any time since the study began in 1975. Perhaps, Sen. Clinton, your investigation should explore the theory that violent games function as a safety valve, letting children explore their natural aggression without acting it out in the real world.