"But why do we crave violent media? It's ingrained in not only our current culture, but past literature and entertainment. One need only flip through Shakespeare to appreciate that violence and death were par for the course in theater productions and books. Even with this, we appear to be living in one of the least violent times in world history. The murder rate in medieval Europe was eight times than that of today.
This, however, doesn't stop the crusade to purge our society of such entertainment, sometimes forcefully."
Tom Rhodes explores the minds of madmen: gamers.
Method to Our Madness
As an addendum to the article, a report just came out yesterday indicating that violent movies and porn reduce violence and rape, respectively: http://www.slate.com/id/2152487/