I'm a gamer mom. I've never felt that violent videogames make kids any more violent than anything else, but I still draw the line at sex and people on people violence.
So no GTA for my kids. I realize I'm the lone hold out, (as my kids assure me) but there's plenty of other rated M games they get to play that don't reward the PC for stealing or killing people a la GTA.
Yeah, study or no, I still remember playing too much GTA, then walking around town wanting to get somewhere pretty quickly. First thought in my mind? It wasn't fully formed, but somewhere, part of my mind suggested, "Just jack a car." The thought clearly was, "Why not virtually jack a real car", and the disconnect quickly moved it from a potential means of getting downtown to a humourous paradox. For others? For the 1%ers? I don't know.
Course I imagine reading Patricia Cornwell could be just as damaging.