In yet another blow for the much-maligned industry, researchers at the University of Cambridge, England, have confirmed that had controversial video games such as Grand Theft Auto 4, Saints Row: The Third and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 been available in the 1930s, Hitler’s reign of terror would have been significantly more brutal.
“Whilst it would be ridiculous to suggest that video games actually caused World War II, our research undoubtedly proves that they would have done had they been invented in time”, said Dr Fiona Rowston, Head of Historical Research at the prestigious University.
“Not only that, but if Hitler, Himmler, Goebbels, and other prominent members of the SS had been regular gamers, our data suggests that World War II would have happened earlier, lasted longer and involved at least one giant, genetically engineered super-Nazi with glowing eyes and machine gun arms.”
Spurred on by their initial findings, the research team now plan to investigate whether other bloody historical conflicts such as the Napoleonic Wars, the American Civil War and the Norman Conquest could also, hypothetically, have been caused by violent video games.
“What we’re learning is that video games aren’t just responsible for modern day atrocities, but that they would likely have been responsible for some of history’s most violent conflicts, had they been around at the time”, Dr Rowston continued.
“Parents need to be asking themselves, ‘do I want my children playing games that could have inspired Genghis Khan to massacre the civilian populations of Eurasia?, or ‘am I happy for them to be exposed to content that might have convinced Mao Zedong to instigate China’s disastrous Cultural Revolution?’
“I think the answer is obvious.”