We all know what happened earlier this week at Virginia Tech, and how some people jumped into the spotlight pointing fingers at games once again. They had no justification, but we know the media don’t care much, if at all, about accuracy in reporting. They just want the latest sensation, however biased.

So it’s good when a bright spot comes along, and a ray of sunshine has been beamed our way from, of all places, the British Board of Film Classification.

I don’t know why a film board is looking at video games. Nonetheless, the report they’ve just published is mainly a positive one. There is a possibly upsetting point in that it seems British parents are allowing their kids to play adult games, because “it’s just a game”.

That’s not a good answer. Parents do need to know exactly what their children are playing. At least here in the U.S., parental awareness is growing, and more are paying attention to the ratings on the boxes.

Another surprise, a religious show lately had two segments on kids and video games, which was actually a balanced look at them. The major points brought out were that (heh) parents should be aware of what games the kids are playing, they should look at the ratings on the boxes, and how to tell if your child is spending too much time with games.

It was also brought out that just playing games isn’t going to turn someone into a “massacre monster”.

Finally, the New York Times examined 100 (wow, that’s a lot) cases of rampages, and their research shows that people who do these things usually have a long history of mental problems of one kind or another. Videogames aren’t mentioned at all as a possible cause.

In a time when videogames are coming under so much fire, I thought I’d bring these to your attention, so you know it isn’t all one-sided.

Summary of BBFC Report on Joystiq

BBFC Downloads Page (full pdf report; click the “research” link)

Balanced Broadcast on Video Games

The NY Times Examines Rampage Murders