"People just play games now and I never took seriously the violence in video games debate. It was basically talking points for people to get on CNN and espouse their stuff on there," says id Software Technical director John Carmack
. "And I really think, if anything, there is more evidence to show that the violent games reduce aggression and violence. There have actually been some studies about that, that itís cathartic. If you go to QuakeCon and you walk by and you see the people there [and compare that to] a random cross section of a college campus, youíre probably going to find a more peaceful crowd of people at the gaming convention. I think itís at worst neutral and potentially positive."