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Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?

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  • +408 +722 -314 Tony Schultz Nov. 28, 2011
    "Yes because whenever I watch a movie or play a game I instantly go into an uncontrollable rage and kill everyone I see. Who doesnt?"
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    • +25 +39 -14 REALY TINY TEXT! Jan. 11, 2012
      "im like that too, but with books. its my secret shame"
    • +16 +20 -4 Toon Mar. 21, 2013
      "One can almost see the sarcasm ooze from that comment."
    • +11 +17 -6 Can't say! May. 6, 2013
      "I love your sarcasm! (not being sarcastic)"
    • +9 +23 -14 Incredible J Jan. 6, 2012
      "yah me 2 i do that...like a tank"
    • +6 +19 -13 Panda Rawrz Mar. 26, 2012
      "Sooo true :3"
    • +4 +9 -5 haha no. Nov. 25, 2013
      "You are my hero. This is the best comment ever...And anyone who doesn't understand that the comment is sarcasm I would like to punch in the face. And I don't even play violent video games."
    • +2 +6 -4 Stereotypical Teen Feb. 10, 2014
      "Yea man I'll be playing Call of Duty and when I die I kill one of the many hostages I took during the period of time where I played Dark Souls and Super Meat Boy xD"
    • +1 +1 0 Bob May. 5, 2014
      "I don't"
    • 0 +3 -3 Guess Who! Jan. 6, 2014
      "I'm with ya on that"
    • -1 0 -1 Normal American May. 7, 2014
      "Sane people..."
    • -1 +3 -4 Pierce Jan. 28, 2014
      "you are amaizing sir"
    • -1 +7 -8 Sparkz May. 14, 2013
      "Man, that was one time! Don't bring me into this!"
    • -1 +19 -20 LaQuisa Garcia Mar. 29, 2012
      "Thats so funny!"
    • -2 +4 -6 ? Dec. 2, 2013
      "Me because I'm mature enough to handle it... and you?"
    • -3 0 -3 james buringham May. 6, 2014
      "so your saying that you want to kill people cuz you cant control yourself sounds like a personal problem doesn't work here"
    • -6 +15 -21 raul sanchez Feb. 21, 2012
      "thats very true i like your thoughts"
    • -12 +6 -18 Justin Rogers Apr. 30, 2013
      "No, who DOES go on a rage and kill everything?"
    • -20 +2 -22 Charles Nov. 19, 2013
      "So why aren't you in jail, if you go into an uncontrollable rage and kill everyone you see while watching a movie?"
    • -20 +6 -26 Selena Marie Gomez May. 6, 2013
      "This is obviously not true -.-"
    • -21 +12 -33 Andrew Apr. 16, 2012
      "I do the same thing every time I play, but that doesn't mean I need to hurt someone else."
    • -33 +8 -41 John Oct. 2, 2012
      "I don't when I see a movie like you we're explaining when I watch a movie I don't go on a rage and do that I'm happy sometimes I get a good feeling, and you have anger issues if that is what has happened to you I suggest seeing a doctor."
    • -51 +14 -65 Rosi May. 21, 2012
      "U r all crazy....who thinks this?
      Ok sure i may want to "fly" or "dance" or "fight" like i see in the movies but i know its just a fantasy. And "kill" ??!!! Who thinks that? Ur all crazy ppl"
  • +14 +20 -6 .-. May. 9, 2014
    "i say it depends on the on the person"
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  • +11 +26 -15 benjamin Mar. 26, 2014
    "im pro because violent video games are a way that teens can get rid of angry and stressed out feelings plus it is the parents or guardians job to control what there kids play and how they react to there video games"
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  • +7 +14 -7 daniel rios Apr. 21, 2014
    "first of all the kids and anyone that plays these kinds of games has a choice and they are in control of their own future so I say YES"
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    • 0 0 0 Anthoney Armelin Apr. 22, 2014
      "If they have a choice then why take violent video games away why do everyone care about why people play video games, That is my question"
  • +4 +38 -34 Fartersu Maximum Mar. 2, 2014
    "I think it's good because it helps you to relax"
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    • -2 +2 -4 grant Mar. 11, 2014
      "sorry man, but you posted your paragraph on the wrong side, your argument is for the con side, this is the pro column."
  • -1 +11 -12 Jamie LaPorte Apr. 24, 2014
    "one thing is undeniable- if your child is getting more of a moral education from Call of Duty or Mass Effect than from you, you have failed as a parent. Not to mention, these games have ratings. If your kid is too young to understand the permanence or severity of death, letting him play a game in which he kills others is, of course, not a good idea. Parents must take more responsibility for their kids."
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  • -5 +6 -11 Joshua May. 12, 2014
    "Depending on the game and the child's reputation,video games should not be violent."
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  • -5 +11 -16 hawaiian super man Apr. 4, 2014
    "I'm not saying kids will kill each other but ppl never know when to quit, like cigarettes"
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  • -5 +10 -15 Jack Apr. 2, 2014
    "Yes i think they are good for you, even if they made a law where minors couldn't buy them their parents would buy them or somehow they would get them. I play violent video games and im only 12"
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  • -6 +1 -7 angreyparent May. 16, 2014
    "the video games set an example on kids"
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  • -6 +4 -10 denisa May. 9, 2014
    "I do think that violent games makes kides do violent stuff like school shooting and etc"
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    • 0 0 0 Magnis May. 14, 2014
      "The game didnt make them do it. Its their choice"
  • -6 +8 -14 Chuck Barry Apr. 8, 2014
    "a human mind when in the stages of youth can be compared to a sponge. They absorb all the information they can for an amount of time. Being exposed to violent video games, a child may "absorb" information that may be harmful in the future such as: having aggressive behaviors, problems with fighting, disobedient children, and more"
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  • -6 +31 -37 Randy Dom Feb. 4, 2014
    "If it were a question of banning games, I would undoubted be in the con section because I know there are many responsible teenagers and some pre-teens who can handle violent video games. But considering the question asks if video games contribute to youth violence, I have to admit video games can have some negative impact on some people. As an avid video gamer for the past ten years (I still remember receiving my dinky but special little gameboy at the age of six), I know what can be found in a video game (and the worst for that matter, as I have played GTA and Manhunt). I played a couple M rated games from Middle School and onwards, and can say it has not effected me in the least bit. But I can't deny there were other kids I knew who had negative impacts as well. I know a couple of people who can only hold a conversation about solely violent video games. I knew of one who would make death threats. Yet again, I had a friend who played GTA at 8 years old but turned into a nice young man. It all depends on the partaker's grasp of reality, time played, and upbringing. Like violent movies, parents should give permission for violent video games depending on their child's ability to handle the content."
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    • +2 +2 0 Fal Feb. 5, 2014
      "You say that it all depends on who is playing them, yes? Then why are you on the "pro" side? Because from where I stand the question clearly states, "Do video games contribute to youth violence?" In this case, the phrase "youth violence" is referring to the general youth. So, your conclusions and evidence have, in turn, stated that your are AGAINST the fact that they do cause violence in youth. You are on the wrong side of the argument Mr. Dom."
  • -7 +6 -13 Scarlet Mar. 29, 2014
    "Of course violent video games do not cause a happy child to kill innocent people. Yet a child that already shows aggressive natures will definitely be influenced to a higher degree and perhaps supply him with ideas of how to generate fear through violence. In that sense, too many violent video games certainly affect a part of the population. So censoring them or reducing their production are good ways in diminishing the chances that children will grow violent."
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    • 0 0 0 Chisz Jul. 22, 2014
      "The obviously violent video games are not developed towards juvenile or developing children, and sometimes not even for teens. So does responsibility fall under the law or the developer or the child? No. The parent should be responsible for teaching what children should be playing and learning. The parent either buys the game for the child or gives the money for the child to buy a game so the parent is at liberty to choose what the child should play. So censoring and reducing production is not only improbable, but also irrational."
  • -7 +16 -23 isaiah Mar. 12, 2014
    "when ever i play video games me and my friends always get mad at each other and then me or my friends brag and whoever lost gets mad and tries to hit use"
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    • +1 +1 0 Brandon White Apr. 10, 2014
      "Hit. Not kill.
      I doubt your friends would kill you over a simple loss. That's like Peyton manning shooting up the entire Seattle Seahwaks after his team lost the Super Bowl..."
    • 0 0 0 qq May. 21, 2014
      ""use." Yes, you are a very credible source, sarcasm intended, offense not intended."
  • -8 +11 -19 hawaiian super man Apr. 4, 2014
    "because little kids play these games and they kill each other like gta5 and people who play flappy birds that kid killed his brother off of it to all parents and children reading this stay in school dont be stupid and dont but these violent games please and listen to your parents"
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    • 0 0 0 derp Apr. 22, 2014
      "It was all because of flappy bird!"
  • -14 +3 -17 connor Apr. 17, 2014
    "I am a preteen who does not play violent video games I believe
    that violent games are not good"
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  • -14 +11 -25 grant Mar. 11, 2014
    "First, i would like to point out that most people on the pro side are arguing con, so please, think of the title and then pro and con. now to my argument:
    i have an experience with video games and violence. i believe that video games eventually, not immediately makes you numb to violence. my religeon has pointed that out as well. when i played violent video games, it didn't stop at the house, i started failing school, i became a very bad influence on everyone, and i was the one that all the teachers were loathing coming into their classrooms.i had no respect for others pains, i actually started laughing at people who were seriously injured. video games RUINED my life. it took a major event to get me back to where i was before i came in contact with games, and today i still struggle with what i missed in school. if i were you people looking into video games, i would avoid it like the plague."
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    • +1 +1 0 ekaj May. 21, 2014
      "I feel as if video games did not cause that, or at least, directly. There are other psychological things going on that isn't a part of everyone."
  • -16 +9 -25 PIGNUT Mar. 24, 2014
    "I think that video games do contribute to violent behavior."
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    • 0 0 0 jake May. 21, 2014
      "Reasoning?"
  • -17 +8 -25 Mrs. Deadmau5 Mar. 24, 2014
    "Honestly yes. I mean I play Assassian's Creed and love it and everything, but if you're honest with yourself, yes. It contributes to violence."
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  • -19 +6 -25 Anonymous (KNOWN) Mar. 13, 2014
    "I know people with kids that have been playing GTA and halo and have been acting weird and aggressively. Also They are constantly asking their parents for the PSP, XBOX, PS4, WII.U for Halo, GTA, Call of Duty, Modern Warfare. I think these Violent games are screwing kids up."
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    • +2 +2 0 Dakota Smith Mar. 27, 2014
      "Seriously, watch a movie from the 50s or something. Kids act angry and aggressive to each other either way. That's why we RAISE kids. You know... To teach them how to live like a normal human being. Why don't we just blame the lack of parental involvement? Because we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings? It always "irks" me when non-gamers decide that they know more about video games than actual people who play games and are unaffected by them. Hell, there are games that have taught me life lessons or have expressed stories that I'll never forget. Also, the Wii U is primarily family based with family games on it like Mario."
    • 0 0 0 jake May. 21, 2014
      "True, but their parents obviously aren't doing a very good job parenting that child, assuming that good is referring to popular belief. IF the kids act like that, cut them off."
  • -21 +3 -24 PIGNUT Mar. 26, 2014
    "I think it does"
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  • -24 +8 -32 Private name Feb. 20, 2014
    "Video games are fun but ive herd so many stories about acssesive videogame players that play halo and end up killing there parents and not understanding whats so bad because they think there parents will "respond""
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    • 0 0 0 True Gamer Mar. 9, 2014
      "yeah those are stories you heard. It dosn't mean its true."
  • -25 +5 -30 abhi Jan. 28, 2014
    "i say yes because when you play violent games for a long time who might get a mental, illness, and social and family problems in your future life"
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    • +4 +5 -1 Shadpw Feb. 9, 2014
      "One does not simply get a mental illness from playing video games. Just as One does not get cancer from reading this terrible comment. You came damn close though."
  • -25 +17 -42 Anonymous Jan. 8, 2014
    "Even though it may seem like these sort of video games contribute to such violence, it does have its upside. Such as if your child gets bullied and that same bully physically hurts them, they have an idea how to punch or hit back even harder."
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  • -25 +37 -62 LVL 12 paladin Feb. 14, 2013
    "Guys i think the parents should control what there children play. They should be older...."
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    • +4 +7 -3 fishboy Feb. 24, 2013
      "I actually agree with you: Freedom of the press means we have to put up with this stufft. It's a rule. But one thing everyone seems to forget when talking about this is the ESRB. there is a rating system for these games, and the violent ones aren't made for kids. Everyone says we should ban them but that's extreme and not going to work anyway, all we need to do is acknowledge the fact that guess what guys, grand theft auto is made for adults"
    • +1 +1 0 Listen to this May. 20, 2014
      "You can't control a child they live by their own free will you can try to convince them but never will anyone be able to control"
    • +1 +1 0 Polibius Feb. 19, 2014
      "So, that one guy are you saying that you wish for a kid to kill you?"
    • -5 0 -5 Fishtree Apr. 18, 2013
      "You are coming awfully close to stealing my name fishboy. Remember your place. Also, grand theft auto is not made for adults. The makers of such games know their audience and design their games to attract as many young people as possible."
    • -7 +1 -8 that one guy Feb. 21, 2013
      "no you lie, children should be exposed to more gory and blood filled games then they will think they are what they were in the game and it will kill the stupid kids and leave the rest of the world smarter"
  • -26 +10 -36 Hanna Feb. 3, 2014
    "Yes, I do believe that video games are the cause because usually young players confuse the reality from the game. And they also think it is okay to harm people because they can just start their life over. It really isn't that easy and some people confuse the real world."
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    • +2 +2 0 Shadpw Feb. 9, 2014
      "Remind us again who's responsibility it is to teach young players of this? I do believe you don't have movies explicitly saying they're fictional and should not be replicated. you argument is so flawed no one bothered to correct your ignorance till now."
  • -26 +20 -46 ShRR Dec. 2, 2013
    "After my 12 year-old son has played T- or M-rated video games for more than 20 minutes, his behavior and words toward us parents is outwardly aggressive. He is not able to leave the game in the game, and wants to imitate the characters by making the weapon sounds or repeating the verbiage spoken by game characters.

    At the times that our son has played these same games at his uncle's house for more than 1 hour then spoken to us parents on the phone, he is more harsh with his tone of voice and will use word phrases from the game directed at us. Instead of answering "no" to questions that he is asked, his answer will include items such as "I'll just get an RPG to blow up my laundry" or "Eat this, sucker"."
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    • +5 +5 0 Annoyed Gamer Jan. 23, 2014
      "T or M-rated games are not meant for those under the age of seventeen. It is obvious that you didn't do much research and irresponsibly gave your son a game out of his maturity range despite the warning from the ESRB. Hence forth I believe that it was you lack of responsibility as a parent caused you son aggression."
    • +2 +3 -1 thomas wright Dec. 10, 2013
      "thats just being a kid"
    • 0 0 0 jake May. 21, 2014
      "Why would you allow a child to continue playing that game if he shows those symptoms? It isn't logical."
  • -27 +9 -36 Brian Jan. 28, 2014
    "people sometimes lose control and have anger after playing violent games"
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    • +1 +1 0 Fal Feb. 5, 2014
      "As do some people who play nonviolent video games."
    • 0 0 0 Magnis May. 14, 2014
      "Yea. parents need to start stepping it up and using common sense when purchasing video games for their kids"
    • 0 0 0 TrueGamer Mar. 6, 2014
      "Also the esbr rating is rated like movies so the consumer knows what there buying."
  • -27 +8 -35 Unknown Jan. 13, 2014
    "A gamer of course will be against this but i always notice a change in some ones attitude after playing a violent video game. Anyone else?"
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    • +1 +1 0 Shane Jan. 30, 2014
      "I agree with this. I am aware of the fact that when I play games my self I get angry and violent but this doesnt mean that I am always like that. I use video games as a stress release. I can sit in my room yelling and screaming and in some cases bust out laughing."
  • -28 +9 -37 Noah Burno Jan. 29, 2014
    "Note: I am for the con but this is the best argument anyone will find anywhere

    Games these days have become more and more violent. Fallout: New Vegas you can shoot an enemy until they literally explode into a red mound on the ground. Assassin's Creed you kill people, destroy ships, and ruin lives for money and items of worth. Grand Theft Auto you beat people to death for absolutely no reason! Bioshock you murder horribly disfigured enemies for there money and ammo. Deus Ex: Human Revolution you sneak around killing people in the most exotic ways imaginable. In Gears of War you can shoot limbs off of enemies or stomp on there head so it explodes to kill them. In Borderlands, killing people is actually funny in some situations such as when you kill a large enemy and he says "don't take my stuff" or "(darn) you midget lover..."

    Hope that helped"
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    • +2 +2 0 Fal Feb. 5, 2014
      "NOTE: Your so called "best argument" is irrelevant, I'm sorry to say. You have only stated what is seen and done in games such as the ones you have given as examples. But, I have yet to see your evidence on how they affect youth violence.

      Hope that helped."
    • 0 0 0 Light's Blade Feb. 9, 2014
      "I believe, good sir, that the question is whether or not these things affect people."
  • -29 +12 -41 Rocky Levin Mar. 26, 2013
    "all the kids out there should not be playing very viloent video games becasue it makes them more subject to violence at school or in the real world"
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    • +2 +2 0 Frodo May. 10, 2013
      "We live in a violent world. Get used to it."
  • -30 +41 -71 Just My Opinion Apr. 24, 2012
    "Yes, i do believe that violent video games CAN POSSIBLY lead to more violent behavior. now obviously every person that plays a video game isn't going to go into a murderous rage, well, the vast majority won't. i just believe the games might lead to more violent behavior. the parents should watch what the children play but sadly that isn't the case in most families of todays society. but video games can contribute to a even larger problem, because it is more common. obesity. although this can't be controlled by anyone except for the parents"
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  • -31 +31 -62 Nico Feb. 25, 2013
    "Sure the shooter might not play videogames, but they might have been bullied by some one that was influenced by videogames."
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    • 0 0 0 Chris Jul. 5, 2013
      "Bullying is more than just physical harm."
  • -31 +31 -62 Hawk Feb. 6, 2013
    "Why play (or even make) pointless games that teach you how to steel, kill and swear?"
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    • +4 +5 -1 Dovahkiin Bay May. 8, 2013
      "Because they give you the chance to do that without real world consequences. It's fun :)"
    • +4 +5 -1 Hawk Hunter Apr. 19, 2013
      "Why make? They make 100s of millions of dollars, why not?"
  • -31 +53 -84 grace May. 29, 2012
    "okay wow everyone going on this website is already a video gamer because every pro comment has negative points even if they have a valid point and all the con comments are like 50+.....i bet i'll get negative points just for commenting on this side. i guess this makes sense though since practically the whole american population is glued to their game consoles nowadays.

    To everyone that's commenting "i play video games and i don't kill people so gaming is fine".......well i doubt a murderer or rapist would be commenting on here anyway. he's likely spending quality time in his jailcell or contsructing his escape plan to his planned shooting. i'm being sarcastic, but really."
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    • +9 +9 0 Chris Jul. 13, 2012
      "Playing the victim does not make you right. Violent video games have significantly less effect than parental behavior and the mental stability of players."
    • +1 +1 0 ecarg Feb. 24, 2013
      "Actually they aren't commenting because they have legitimate mental problems that the media and everyone else seems to overlook in order to scapegoat video games and the like."
  • -31 +26 -57 not putting my name May. 24, 2012
    "In a way it does. If they are young and haven't learned the right and wrongs of life. Once people are mature they know that it is a video game, not real life. People need to smarten up. If kids (super young kids) play COD or Battlefield all the time they might have some different opinions on life and human rights. But if someone is nice, then they play video games, they will not become violent all of the sudden."
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    • 0 0 0 Derp May. 13, 2013
      "@Slith My parents didn't allow me to play Halo:Combat Evolved when I was little, though I did sneak a few times and knew clearly it was fake and found it quite fun. I also played Metal Gear Solid and was fine. I loved the stealthiness and the fact that I could die so many different ways (still one of my favorite gaming past times). I was quite a good child, though I was fussy when it came to time (which I still am) with games. Sims 1 for an hour or two? No way!"
    • 0 0 0 Slith Jan. 13, 2013
      "If a parent is letting their child play a violent videogame, when it says specifically on the box that they shouldnt, and the child becomes confused, it is the fault of the parent who let their child play the 17+ videogame, not the videogame itself."
  • -31 +34 -65 searra May. 18, 2012
    "My little brother of 5 years old is almost always inside captivated by a violent video game. He tends to ask for more help on things but my parents seem to hand the control and device over so willingly. to keep him quiet they say but really should video games be used so that parents dont have to deal with their child. A few hours a day like 1 and a half 2 is okay but more than that is just unhelthy and not good for the brain this is why im pro"
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    • +4 +4 0 Chris Jul. 5, 2013
      "My question is, why is he playing a volent video game?"
  • -31 +24 -55 travess otis raysor Apr. 30, 2012
    "because if the younger population starts thinking that violence in video games are what is happening to people in the real world it desensitizes them to what is really going on in the world and it encourages violent behavior. That is exactly why it should be illegal to sell mature rated games to children under the age of 16 because by the time a child is the age of 16 he will have seen a lot of the real world and would be smart enough to know that if he were to do this stuff he will be sent to jail or be put in the grave."
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    • +3 +3 0 Frodo May. 8, 2013
      "Oh that guy disagrees with me, better go blast fire out of my hands with magic powers that I don't have. Or maybe I'll shoot him with my M16 that I also don't have. I play violent video games. Heck, I've been playing them since I was 8 years old, and I've always known where to draw the line."
  • -31 +33 -64 just me Apr. 23, 2012
    "Children are children they don't know what to do so they get a person in tv to admire but that is not a good thing because when that person they admire is playing the bad guy well they get confused and start to say well if he does that i should to he is the person i admire. so to avoid any confusion with your child talk to them make them understand what is going on. Tell them that is just a character and what he is doing is wrong he is just play they are nice and kind that is the right thing to do"
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  • -32 +14 -46 ghost Nov. 12, 2013
    "video games are like a disease. they start off with a little anger and before you know it you can go fly off a limb and be screaming your head off. they cause violence but in the world we need more violent people because they can contribute to the army and they take their anger out on the enemy."
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  • -32 +11 -43 KP Nov. 8, 2013
    "This study supports much of the early studies from the 1990's. What it fails to consider is the gaming cycle in America is less restricted and 10 years a head of other countries. Other countries will eventually end up at the same tipping point. Yes just like sucicide can become a tipping point in a society these violent acts have begun a societal tipping point in America."
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  • -32 +10 -42 Yes Oct. 15, 2013
    "97% of 12-17 year olds in the US played video games in 2008; during that time 10 of the top 20 best-selling video games in the US contained violence. I believe that violent video games can cause behavior problems in young adults. When kids are playing violent video games the characters in the game are influencing the kids that are playing. Also, it makes the kids more aggressive towards not only the game, but also society. Lastly, it can cause kids to become addicted and not want to leave the game aside."
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    • +1 +1 0 One-Winged Angel Apr. 1, 2014
      "Let me just remind you that games don't make people violent unless the difficulty is way too high. In which case the person becomes angry from frustration and is perfectly justified in being angry. Also, just because people are angry doesn't mean they will hit anyone.

      If you honestly think that your logic makes sense, you've got a lot to learn. In this day an age, I don't see any dictators around except in North Korea. What do they have in North Korea? Poverty, starvation, and Kims. Do they play videogames? They don't, and they're the prime example of a terrorist nation. Did Hitler ever have games to play? No, but if he did, he might not have tried to commit Genocide.

      If anything is true, then it is the lack of video games causes violence. Have fun with that."
    • 0 0 0 Bradley L. May. 20, 2014
      "I am a teen and play games like assassins creed and halo skyrim. I have not been effected by the violence I choose to leave the violence in the game I never bring the violence out of the game if you don't let it affect you it won't if you are easily influenced don't play violent games"
  • -32 +4 -36 Tess Jun. 27, 2013
    "I think violent video games desensitize youths to their surroundings and make it seem ok to take out an A-47 and gun down civilians in the street. Many people say it helps youths take out anger and aggressive feelings, therefore preventing real-life anger, but sports such as soccer or football are just as helpful and make kids actually think about their feelings, rather than keep them inside, bottled up, while playing a violent video game."
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    • +2 +2 0 Adam Sep. 11, 2013
      "It's called an AK-47, assault rifles are not allowed in the US only small hand guns."
    • +2 +2 0 haha Jul. 7, 2013
      "And what happens when that bottle breaks and the person goes out and murders someone because of keeping it bottleed up? Let me guess you blame the sport"
    • 0 0 0 L Sep. 19, 2013
      "I have seen many more violent sports players than I have violent gamers. A boy at my school, a large football player who did not play any video games, beat another boy to the point of of brain damage just because he was talking to his girlfriend. There had to be something already askew in his head to do something that horrible to someone else."
  • -32 +16 -48 nicholas Fifis Jun. 14, 2013
    "It's sad that this question has to be asked, but it's here because the parents can only devote so much time to supervising their children. Developers can't be expected to dumb down a game that promises realism unless they wan't to reduce their sales. At the same time, parents can't be expected to watch their children 24/7 when they're working either their daily 9 to 5 or even two jobs. The only ones who can change this behavior are the teachers. but to do that, these kids need teachers they can look up to and respect. It's sad that there aren't many more of them these days."
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    • +1 +1 0 Rhonda Oct. 29, 2013
      "First, I understand parents cannot supervise their children all day but maybe they should reconsider before buying a video game console as a babysitter. Teachers are meant to teach, do their jobs and inspire children. Teachers are not responsible for what children decide to do after school, besides homework."
    • 0 0 0 Chris Mar. 2, 2014
      "Here is an idea nicholas: dont buy the game!"
  • -32 +12 -44 Bryan H May. 22, 2013
    "Violent video games are a big issue in the United States. Does violent video games affect young kids and become violent themselves. In my opinion violent games does affect young children. Video game such as CALL OF DUTY has a big impact because if a young kid plays call of duty the kid might grow up with violence. For example, if a kid is playing violent video games, the chances are high for abusive relationships, and other violent stuff like bullying and shootouts. People tent to be violent because of violent video games; kids are being bullied as well. National center for Education Statistic quotes, "Forty-eight percent of public schools reported taking at least one serious disciplinary action against a student - including suspensions lasting 5 days or more". Also people tent to fight because their influence by violent video games. NCES quotes, "In 2007, 36 percent of students in grades 9-12 reported they had been in a fight anywhere, and 12 percent said they had been in a fight on school property". People who are in the 9th to 12th grade have a high rate that they play violent video games."
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    • +1 +1 0 Tummy Oct. 9, 2013
      "If you really believe that then not only are you ill informed and probably pulling statistics out of the air, but also you're not looking at the two sided details here, if a child grows up playing violent video games sure he may tend to be more aggressive, but when the child does become aggressive where are they going to turn to? The video games most often, not other people."
    • 0 +2 -2 nicholas Jun. 14, 2013
      "You have to understand, most of the responsibility lies on the teachers nowadays. The teachers need to be understanding of the children and respect them which most are not which is why kids act like they do. I was fortunate enough to have a few very good teachers and role models, but most kids aren't."
  • -32 +15 -47 Selena Marie Gomez May. 6, 2013
    "Yes because on the news, it showd my uncle killed by a teenager who always played violent video games..... The police contacted us and told us about my uncle's death. The teenager was put in jail. He's still in jail. Honestly, someone had to do something about violent video games. This HAS to end NOW! if someone doesn't do anything about it soon, then we're all gonna get hurt or loose the people we really care about."
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    • +4 +4 0 Vera Lee May. 14, 2013
      "If violent video games are the only cause of violence what were the crusaders playing? Because violence has been around a lot longer than video games.."
    • +4 +4 0 Dovahkiin Bay May. 8, 2013
      "I say that kid wasn't violent because of video games, more of possibly having an abusive childhood or peer pressure. I play violent video games, and I'm not murderous."
  • -32 +9 -41 Serena May. 2, 2013
    "Yes, because my brothers play a violent video game on there Play Station or the Ipod, and they are very fustrated afterwards if they do not get there own way, they are very loud and aggressive towards each other most of the time, and then i get fustrated because they are being fustrated and it all turns into nonsense in our home. :/"
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  • -32 +19 -51 Jonnys Mom Apr. 30, 2013
    "My son Jonny is always playing Uncharted 3. i have even tried to snap his disks but he buys more. He even gets into fights with his little brother but his little brother wins. He wants to play the game for even longer so he can beat up his brother one day and get revenge for his black eye. All violent video games should be banned from highschooler's. My son is going to turn into a monster if he keeps playing these games."
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    • +4 +4 0 nicholas Jun. 14, 2013
      "Who bought your son the game? You can break his games take away the console, but truthfully your best bet is to let him have it. He's YOUR son. You can take his console away to get the point across, but let him know there's a reason for it. Don't arbitrarily break his game because you feel like that will make him less angry or violent. If you wan't him to respect you, you have to respect him. That's only going to happen if you let him do him (with a few ground rules set in place). All siblings fight over things, that's half of what it means to be siblings lol"
    • 0 +1 -1 Theshadowman107 Oct. 24, 2013
      "Lock him in his room"
    • -1 +1 -2 Alberto J. Sep. 4, 2013
      "I am 19, my step bro is 13 and my baby bro is 5, we all play fighting and shooting games and we never hurt each other. All fighting is done virtually, and with no hate afterwards ;)"
    • -4 +1 -5 Anon May. 13, 2013
      "Sounds like you need to take more control of his money if he keeps buying more..."
  • -32 +60 -92 Ryan W Jan. 20, 2013
    "Video games may not be the root of school shootings, fights or any other violent acts from teens or children but they are contributing to the mindset that these actions are ok. I walked into a middle school a few weeks ago and within five minutes I was hearing swear words up and down the halls, kids talking about how many people they killed on their kill streak in call of duty, which isnt a big deal but for them to be swearing and talking about these things when their 10-14 years old just isnt right. I was no angel in middle school but I know my friends and I were not calling each other "shit- heads" or F this or F that to each other. Maybe its the parenting now a days but having children playing mature games with mature content is not something kids should be brought with when the world lately is already falling apart. Its sad to think when kids think of fun they think violence and guns. Pick up a basketball and shoot some hoops, not people."
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    • +3 +3 0 Anonymous Feb. 13, 2013
      "this is simply a change in behavior and it's perfectly natural! less than a century ago, common phrases were "bee's knees" and "flower power". times change, and this is a prime example of it."
    • +2 +2 0 take a chill pill Feb. 8, 2013
      "the would changes deal with it words are less hurtful now because of how things have changed if someone tells me to f off i say why should i care what you think but really i think that about a lot of stuff but if you are just dont be the crazy that kills people all we can do is move forward and have some faith in people around us"
  • -32 +29 -61 Yurinna Jan. 14, 2013
    "Yes, I have evidense that few years ago in Japan that a guy murdered few random people. His mom commented that he stayed in his room all the time playing video games. Later on the police asked him why did he commit this crime, and he said he got mixed up with the real world and the game world."
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    • +6 +6 0 ... Feb. 8, 2013
      "The man was clearly crazy."
    • +1 +1 0 Joe Dec. 3, 2013
      "So is it because of video games, or a man with a mental issue who happened to play video games? If he had been reading a violent book, or watching a violent TV show, or even watching a news report of a war (real life stuff) the same thing would have happened. Should we ban books, movies, tv, or news?"
    • +1 +1 0 Derp May. 13, 2013
      "I can only wish that I could be in a fantasy world, but I clearly know the difference between the two. Also, not in every game do you go and kill random people. In fact, most games don't make or let you kill random people. That guy must be loco"
  • -32 +18 -50 dont worry about it Jan. 14, 2013
    "I think yes infact because it was a proven fact that all of the school shootings especially the most recent in the Connecticut shooting, the shooting was infact proven to had played video games (shooting) games before he had came to the school. also in the California shooting that shooter had also been playing the shootng games before he arrived at the scene."
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    • +2 +2 0 Frodo May. 10, 2013
      "Do your research first. Yes, he played video games, yes he killed people. He also had a mental disorder and suffered from depression.
      I play video games, I don't kill people. What do you think is the actual cause?"
    • +1 +1 0 live in CT Feb. 8, 2013
      "He did it because his mom worked with the kids and he felt she cared more for the than him so he went crazy"
    • 0 0 0 Smarter than you Feb. 6, 2014
      "YOU are absolutly right I mean mental illnesses arn't a problem video games are I mean shooting a person in a fake game is just the same as killing a person in real life I mean we see gamers all the time walking down the street shot guns leaving a trail of dead bodies don't we now?"
  • -32 +26 -58 Lauri Jan. 11, 2013
    "Psychology, compared to some other medical fields, is a relatively new realm. We are still learning more about how neurological connections are created/destroyed/re-routed - some due in part by nature, yes. But it is proven that these connections are affected by nurture as well...that being said, this situation is a catch-22, a "chicken & egg" dilemma. Yes, the people shooting up schools and bullying etc. may have shown signs of depression and/or other mental illness prior to their actions - but how do we know that the mental illness was not a direct result of the affects of violent video game exposure? If I threw out there that outside input (in any form) is like smoke to the lungs of the brain...can you see where I'm going?"
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    • +1 +1 0 chase Apr. 3, 2013
      "yes i do... no where. you just said that its possible that anything could cause their depression. why jump to violent videogames as a cause 97% of 12 - 17 year olds play these games and are just fine those who do shoot are most likely affected by another sort."
  • -32 +13 -45 Maddie Dec. 11, 2012
    "There are different opinions on if Violent Video Games if they're harmful are if they are not. But this paper will be about that violent video games and how there are bad for teens and young adults. To figure out why teens and young adults are being so violent with video games and what bad they do for that child."
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  • -32 +42 -74 Summer Parkhurst Nov. 19, 2012
    "Why should kids not watch or play video games with violence? Kids need to have more imagination and that's just what these video games are doing."
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  • -32 +17 -49 Nicolas Vallejo Nov. 13, 2012
    "im pro because violent video games do harm your brain and make it bad or it may teach you how to kill people for money or work for a gangster"
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    • +3 +3 0 Slith Jan. 13, 2013
      "If someone is stupid enough to take the content in a videogame for reality and decide to become a gangster for fun, then they are mentally unstable. This is not an issue of the violent content of a videogame, it is an issueof the mental stability of the player."
  • -32 +26 -58 itnelav tterb Sep. 18, 2012
    "Ill find that i feel more inclined to hold or have a gun or knife in my hands after playing call of duty black ops but i love thrill"
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  • -32 +57 -89 Locke Aug. 2, 2012
    "There are many sides to this die. While violent video games may not be the direct cause of school shootings and other terrible crimes. Violent media may cause people to be more tolerant of violence such as shooting, or stealing. There has been reseach that suggests violent media causes more agressive behavior in childeren, but what does that say for criminals such as James Holmes? Did he commit his crimes because of violent media? Does this mean that every child in your neighborhood is a criminal in waiting? Violent media may cause aggression in childeren, but it certainly is not a direct cause of crimes."
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    • 0 0 0 fishtree May. 30, 2014
      "Locke? Nice. I agree with you. The main source of criminals is poverty, and poor people don't have access to violent media."
  • -32 +59 -91 B F Thompson Jul. 20, 2012
    "Yes. Almost 20 years ago, I wrote my Master's thesis on this very topic. Unfortunately, the research can not absolutely say that violence in movies, television, video games, & even realistic & animated cartoons will cause subjects to act out violently, but all of this along with other influences young people are exposed to of a violent nature, does have an impact. The basic question is this, do these violent games add anything positive to quality of life & to the value of the production of our citizens? I certainly may be out debated on this issue, but I know that hours upon hours of playing these increasing violent games does nothing to help the youth of our country nor enhance their future."
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  • -32 +25 -57 Jacqui Apr. 25, 2012
    "Last year, Anders Behring Breivik was charged with several massacres, leaving over 100 innocent people dead. He was a known video game lover, and even admitted to using video games such as “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” to sharpen his aim. If these had not been available to him, he would be much less practiced at handling his weapon, and far fewer people would have died. How many more lives can we save by stopping our youth from playing these aggressive games?

    Video games today directly impact violence among adolescents. Many people use them to practice handling dangerous weapons—including the United States Marines. If people use these games to train soldiers going into battle, why should we allow teenagers to train themselves to be killers? Anders Behring Breivik should serve as an example of the horrors that can ensue from making such violent games public."
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    • +4 +4 0 someone May. 6, 2012
      "A Video Game controller and a actual weapon handle very differently.. as Nick said after playing call of duty you wouldn't automatically be amazing at shooting an actual gun. Not to mention this man suffered from a severe untreated mental illness.. Things like this cant be blamed on video games, music ect.."
    • +4 +4 0 Nick May. 2, 2012
      "So because a single man decided to go on a killing spree, that means everyone will. Besides, shooting a gun in a game is EXTREMELY different from shooting in real life, so he obviously had a large amount of practice in real life.

      While shootere games are used to train soldiers, they are only used as a primer. If you handed a gun to someone who played Call of Duty a lot, they wouldn't suddenly be amazing at it."
    • +1 +1 0 Michael Apr. 18, 2013
      "Yeah, I just got done playing a Madden 13. I could be the next Joe Montana now right? Wrong, why aren't you blaming any of those Hannibal Lecter movies or any movies having to do with assassinations."
    • 0 0 0 the upsidown man Feb. 24, 2013
      "I believe your fellow Anders has mental problems. Something that most people don't have. Don't get me wrong the video games were a factor, but is was a COMBINATION of Anders' crazies AND the video games that. Also had it not been video games, I'll bet you my life and a bottle of 12 year old scotch it would have been something else."
  • -32 +23 -55 William Mar. 30, 2012
    "Perhaps everyone neglects the words "contribute to". It means add the effect, no matter how much it does."
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  • -32 +42 -74 Panda Rawrz Mar. 26, 2012
    "If your a psychotic person, don't play violent video games. you have to be able to handle it!! -shannon<3"
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    • +1 +3 -2 kimberly Jul. 17, 2012
      ""if you're an alcoholic, don't drink alcohol! you have to be able to handle it".....is about as obvious as what you wrote. i'm sure your motivational speech will make psychos everywhere stop and take the time to ponder whether they should be owning a game console."
    • -3 +2 -5 Victor Greywolf Mar. 31, 2012
      "Truer words were never spoken. That is the problem, and until people police themselves, the problem will never be solved, which is good for the people who are making a big deal out of things such as this. Until people fend for themselves, the activists will never leave us alone."
  • -33 +8 -41 linda Jun. 4, 2013
    "I for one get picked on by boys who play M rated vidio games!"
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    • +1 +1 0 Joe Dec. 3, 2013
      "But do they pick on you because of the M rated game, or because they are people who aren't nice."
    • 0 0 0 Bradley L. May. 20, 2014
      "Usually you'll get picked on by boys because a lot of boys are dumb and can't express their feelings. Or just because they are stupid"
  • -33 +24 -57 Jim Baker Jan. 8, 2013
    "I think it is a shame that we let our children watch T.V. shows where people are killed and death is glorified. We should outlaw any type of media that portrays violence, including video games, movies, and even books.

    So many kids are growing up without reading the Bible, and don't know the value of good, wholesome, clean books. If more people would study God's words, we would pretty much eradicate sin and violence."
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    • +7 +7 0 ethenshort Feb. 1, 2013
      "the bible talks more about sex and killing more then most books"
    • +5 +6 -1 Slith Jan. 13, 2013
      "You dont have to be a Jesus freak or find God so you dont kill people, you just have to be sane."
    • +3 +3 0 Video Game Advocate Jan. 30, 2013
      "Death isn't glorified at all in games or in TV... it may be glorified by the sick twisted characters but that is a character a make believe fictional part of this entertainment business"
    • +2 +2 0 the godless poet Feb. 24, 2013
      "1. Quote the Baker: "I think it is a shame that we LET our children watch T.V. shows where people are killed and death is glorified." You don't need to outlaw them, just educate parents to pay attention to the rating systems already in place that we use to screen these television shows to determine weather they end up on AMC or PBS kids."
    • 0 0 0 MY OPINION Mar. 20, 2014
      "nobody is going to play a game then be like ima go shoot him it doesnt work like that so you can shut up i make good grades and i just play the game.."
    • 0 0 0 rainbowswag33 Feb. 21, 2014
      "im aytheist and i dont feel violent at all i play some much violent games if you look at my gaming shelf all you see is amture and teen and maybe a lego game here or there"
    • 0 0 0 Barb Jan. 17, 2014
      "Yes because your precious god has never ever had wars in his name. Nor has he ever destroyed cities or people. Pull your head out of your sandbox. I'm not a gamer, I'm a mother who grew up in the 80's on games and never once hurt anyone. More importantly I read books I played outside and I never got sucked into a religion like yours that has a more violent history then video games."
    • 0 0 0 a 17 year old Nov. 12, 2013
      "oh and in the bible it has a character named Jesus turning water into wine, wine. and your worried about T.V., not a child learning about an alcoholic beverage. yeah a lesson i learned there is that i can create wine with my mind"
    • 0 +1 -1 another 17 year old Nov. 12, 2013
      "Honestly the bible is a bunch of lies and is extremely messed up in the first place if anything the bible makes everything worse most people probably you don't even truly follow the bible and what is says practice what you preach."
    • 0 0 0 Mae May. 1, 2013
      "Do you realize that the bible is more graphic than most. You say it's clean but it's not, especially with all the genocide in it."
    • -1 0 -1 a 17 year old Nov. 12, 2013
      "anyone ever tell you that the bible never solves everything, or anything. have you seen a teenager play the game because i know many christian students my age or younger going in grand theft auto blowing up cars, yeah the bible solved something the creation of the game."
  • -33 +40 -73 Tosh Nov. 10, 2012
    "There are two different kinds of people, which are strong-minded people and vulnerable people. Strong-minded people are ok with violent video games I suppose. But there is no guarantee that susceptible people are fine with violent video games. As a matter of fact we have no ways to prove that school shooting has nothing to do with violent video games."
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  • -33 +16 -49 blank Jun. 8, 2012
    "No kids shouldn't be playing violents because it cause to misbehave ,talk in bad languses,and would also cause them to do bad thing to people or even try to hurt people in each way.And also the kid would be taken away from the child's game age improperit and what drives the kid away from it improperit ."
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  • -33 +22 -55 Victor Zhu May. 17, 2012
    "Video games can often hurt the personalities of the people who play them."
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    • +2 +2 0 wayward commenter Feb. 24, 2013
      "...if that person is a psychopath."
  • -33 +18 -51 Catherine Mar. 25, 2012
    "Yes violent video games can contribute to youth violence. I been searching for articles and studies about this topic and in the majority of the studies I've read that violent video games are considered to be more harmful in increasing aggression than cruel movies or television shows due to their interactive and attracting nature. The violet video game itself is not what makes people violent if not playing it (having a reaction to attack and kill the opponent) using cruelty."
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  • -33 +35 -68 Catherine Feb. 10, 2012
    "I think they shouldnt have people or kids play violent games until they are ready to"
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    • +3 +3 0 Derp Mar. 27, 2012
      "How do you know when they're ready exactly?"
    • 0 0 0 Jacob Harris Mar. 6, 2014
      "I guess that people would be ready when they know the difference between real violence and pixels on a screen and also the maturity to shrug of things like (quoting a esrb rating) nudity, use of alcohol, use of drugs, extreme violence and gambling that developers put in to the enjoyment of man (or woman) childs"
    • -1 0 -1 the second sane one Feb. 24, 2013
      "Derp: When the ESRB already on the box says so"
  • -34 +49 -83 Dick Jul. 31, 2012
    "Humans live in two worlds. Reality which can be boring. And, fantasy which is the great escape from reality. If one becomes obsessed with their fantasy the line between the two becomes blurred. An example would be the sexual fantasy, which affects presidents, priests and politicians as well as business leaders has brought many down. The violent fantasy isn't much different. The power of suggestion can easily affect those who are more emotionally crippled who have escaped into their fantasy world. We are creatures of our collective experiences and we operate from that position."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Ernie May. 21, 2013
      "See that's a sexual Fantasy. We're talking about video games.Having a sexual fantasy is completely different than video games. See in video games it's not possible for a person to jump 50ft high, or to get power ups, or to even get killstreak's. However it is possible for a person to accomplish their sexual Fantasy. And it does not become blurred together. I've been playing video games since i was 5. I'm 17 now and i can distinguish what's real and what's not. What i can do and what i can't. I'm not a violent teen either. I didn't care much for aggressive behavior and i play a lot of first person shooters."
  • -34 +34 -68 Orville Feb. 23, 2012
    "I think that it might contribute to violence because some kids might want to try out the things they saw on the video game to other kids an if the hear a bad word they might think that it's ok and say it to others and get them in trouble."
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    • +3 +3 0 Mike Apr. 16, 2012
      "I don't think it does."
    • +1 +2 -1 harrison Apr. 16, 2012
      "no we dont just paly a game does not make us what to go do stuff"
  • -35 +2 -37 charlotte Jan. 26, 2014
    "games are violent, we should ban them"
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    • +1 +2 -1 Lone Wolf Feb. 4, 2014
      "Banning video games? Yea, good luck with that. Heres what would happen if that happened:
      *Gamers would be OUTRAGED
      *Lots of jobs would be lost
      *(not really a good reason but) People would get bored easily."
    • +1 +2 -1 Shane Jan. 30, 2014
      "If you want to ban video games think of how many people it takes to produce a video game. One team of 50 can produce a prototype of a game in 2 years. After that it takes at least another 100 to put together the final product. On top of that almost every video game out there have dialog in it so they need to get the voices from some where. If all of that wasn't enough these can cost millions of dollars to produce. To even make a profit you need to make at least 500,000 copies. Lastly not all video games are violent, Here are a few from my own collection that aren't violent. I would like to start this list of with Wii Fit. Not only is this game not violent but it promotes health and getting into shape. Next I have Just Dance. This game is exactly what it says its a dancing game, it also promotes good health because you are up and moving. Portal, this is a puzzle game. Then there are sports games. Need I go on? There just is no point in saying that we need to get rid of video games cause they are violent."
    • 0 0 0 Sam Feb. 20, 2014
      "that's a really bad reason"
  • -36 +21 -57 Mystery girl Jan. 14, 2013
    "I think it does because come on there has been so many shootings during the past year come on already!!!!!!!!??????"
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    • +10 +10 0 unmysterious manetee Feb. 24, 2013
      "1. cool it on the exclamation marks girl. People won't take you seriously.
      2. Not one legitimate study has come out proving video games cause violent tendencies in NORMAL PEOPLE. Only a tiny number of crazy people (Who would just shoot people anyway) are affected."
  • -36 +15 -51 Ben Mar. 12, 2012
    "Yes it does. The incident at Colorado High School in 1999 was very serious. The two high school students killed 13 people and wounded 20-23 other people. This resulted from video games is what the media contributed. The media also said that the previous night the two students had watched a violent TV show/movie and in that move, it described how a person in middle school killed everyone in his high school with a shotgun."
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    • +2 +2 0 someone May. 6, 2012
      "They blamed video games, goth culture, marilyn manson, ect.. Completely ridiculous.. Where were the parents.. also bullying though no excuse to kill someone but it can have a large impact on the person. Something or someone always has to take the blame.. and it should not be video games, MM or movies"
    • +1 +1 0 Chris May. 30, 2012
      "If you can come up with...let's say at least 100 accounts where violence is directly caused because the person played video games then there might be some credence. But you have just stated one account."
  • -36 +34 -70 Unknown Feb. 2, 2012
    "The thing is it destroys kids emotiannly it does not nessarily make them want to attack people. The thing is like i have seen in other comments the parents lack of involve ment is a factor. The thing isni expect this to be rated down by kids. Adults can control the emtions better than kids so violent video games are geared toward them but whwn kids use it it is wrong"
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  • -37 +22 -59 Jem Feb. 26, 2012
    "viloence in video games does lead to violence in children. just think, what you do and how you do it at such a young age affects your whole being. sure you may think it is a fun, and harmless game, but it truly isnt. slowly in the minds of the young are being desenetized. what a person sees and hears is what they are going to be, and eventually they will think that if someone was beaten uo badly at school, that it is just an unavoidable part of life, and who cares. thats the attitude of these people. and when they become older, they will hear so and so was murderd, it wont affext them as much, if any at all. i know these games are not for the best, oblivously, so why waste time to play them."
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  • -37 +39 -76 sarie Feb. 23, 2012
    "Yep, video games does cause violence like GTA when my little brother plays it, he gets all those cuss words from there and uses it everywhere, he doesn't really fight, but he got a trash mouth now."
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    • +9 +9 0 Victor Greywolf Feb. 27, 2012
      "Ever since 1994, video games have certain features on them that can censor those, such as blood, cursing, or nudity. Have you checked out the options on said game? They DO EXIST on there, believe it or not. Most people want to be lazy, and have the video game raise their kids, or to baby sit their so-called little brother or sister, because they don't want to deal with the problem at hand. Maybe instead of that, you can try to put that in, and let "him" play the game?"
    • +8 +8 0 Nikolai Mar. 2, 2012
      "The topics main PRO argument is based around Juvenile crime.
      If your little brother cannot control what he says, that is your parents responsible to not let him play those games anymore, and thus the video game itself cannot be blamed.

      Further more, since the pro's main argument and reasoning is based upon Juvenile crime, trash mouth children do not really fit into the case."
    • +2 +2 0 ally Apr. 23, 2012
      "Than maybe your parents shouldn't of got him the game in the first place? its not your brothers fault he plays it?"
    • +1 +1 0 Lilyette Sep. 28, 2012
      "Well, First off. Why do you let him play the game anyways? On the back of the game, It does say M for Maturity. So asically it's your fault her cusses. YOU let him play the game. Haven't you noticed that M means that there's Maturity content such as sex, nudity, profanity, Ect.. So don't blame the video game, Blame yourself."
    • 0 0 0 garrett Oct. 29, 2013
      "than it doesnt cause violence so what if he cuss he isnt violent violence is hitting and harming get it right"
  • -37 +34 -71 Abe Feb. 22, 2012
    "I let my 12 year old son play Halo for over a year. He started acting out the game at home and at school. He was making paper guns and practicing with kitchen knives!!. The game is gone out of my house. The Xbox 360 is next. This is a great product and should be used to create good things not violent games!"
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    • +3 +3 0 Dustin Apr. 12, 2012
      "If you don't like what I said previously, I have an alternative solution. There are games that include "comic mischief" (in many cases, "cartoon violence") - those are the kind of games I grew up with (AKA Mario Brothers and Zelda). Of course, you cannot obtain those exact titles for the xbox, but there are still some great games that can be worthwhile to both your child and your wallet. You can find some of these games in the xbox "arcade" (on xbox live). These games typically encourage children to use brain power over fire power, and in many cases support cooperation with others in order to advance. This route may be the more exciting alternative for your child. I DO NOT ADVOCATE CHILDHOOD VIOLENCE, I'm merely trying to help both you and myself... I'm concerned about your child's welfare as much as I am for my own (future child). The only thing that can help is YOUR involvement. It's a good thing that you intervened when your child showed signs of negatively influenced behavior, but there MUST be a fair solution! There are plenty of games out there that are mentally stimulating and engaging enough to entertain a 12 year old... I just don't see why they aren't publicized as much as these violent games."
    • +3 +3 0 ansley Mar. 1, 2012
      "oh wow. paper guns. like those are really gonna hurt people. i'm sure once he gets older, he will gain some sense. the ones that are sheltered are the ones who grow up to be violent. once he hurts himself, he'll learn."
    • +3 +3 0 Victor Greywolf Feb. 26, 2012
      "Then what is really going in is that he has some issues that aren't being dealt with inside, such as anger, or bullying. Have you considrered taking the little tyke to soemone who can explain to him the difference between fantasy and reality? Maybe you should've told him about it from age 6, instead of 12. Maybe if more parents talk to their kids, and start telling them that there is a difference between fantasy and realit,y we wouldn't have these problems."
    • +2 +2 0 Dustin Apr. 12, 2012
      "P.S.
      At home I was extremely sheltered (in terms of restriction to violent media). My parents would never let me watch violent movies or television shows. I was only able to play games such as halo at my friends' homes (which your child will attempt to do as well), but this was okay because I had a mild temperament. I didn't tell my parents that I played such games and watched violent movies with my friends because I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to see my friends anymore - it was the only way we could connect. At that age, it was hard for me to find friends that I truly cared for (Maybe I was picky. I chose to spend time with the kids that were gentle, kind, and susceptible to bullying). Fortunately, the violent behavior portrayed in the games never entered reality - simply because there was no need. Games weren't taken away from my friends! Their aggressive behaviors (if any) that game from household or school-related stresses were unleashed in determined gameplay. We were taught that the games were only games, so we didn't use harsh language or aggressive tones while playing, we simply laughed at each other and ourselves when we performed poorly! Try again
      Don't let your child play Call of Duty, Gears of War, etc."
    • +2 +2 0 Dustin Apr. 12, 2012
      "Hello Abe! I understand your concern, but I'm not necessarily sure that taking the game away from your child will limit his potential aggression. I'm an adult gamer, and have played video games since my childhood. I have been concerned about the issue of children playing violent games for quite some time (though I am not yet a father, I am still close to children and worry that my gameplay habits will effect them), but have found little reason to restrict a child's game play (besides the amount of time spent on games and the individual child's personal motivation in school). I have a 7 year old "cousin" that plays Halo, and I understand that he sometimes acts out the roles of the characters as well. The thing is - it's sometimes a good thing. Children need heroes! Shooting aliens isn't a bad thing when a child understand that it's being done for justified, moral reasons. Of course, the kitchen knife incident is alarming, but that could have simply occurred due to a lack of experience/understanding of the harm that such an object can inflict upon another individual. Talk to your child a bit more about violence. After that, let him play again. It will help him connect with his peers. Also, tell him that it's just a game."
    • +1 +2 -1 Abe Mar. 2, 2012
      "Here is an update: I have to give Microsoft Kudos on their Xbox technology. I have since learned how to set parental controls and it has been effective. I also had a talk with my son and the behavior has changed. He is now barred and blocked from playing Halo. I bought him some football and basketball games, He also has an automobile game that he enjoys. Of course, homework and chores come before he earns the rights to log in.
      I am still against the violent video games but I give this manufacturer a thumbs up for the parental controls. Microsoft, I like you again."
    • +1 +1 0 Nikolai Mar. 2, 2012
      "This is another case in which it is your (the parents) responsibility. Children do not suddenly become that way, they become that way over time. If you saw signs (ex. paper guns being made) you should have sat down with him and explained to him why he should not be that involved in a game. If he continues to show signs of this, then take away all violent games, and promote non-violent games.
      The video game itself cannot be blamed. When a 12 year old is exposed to a video game that he finds "cool" and fun, he will copy it. However when a 14 year old plays an M-rated game, he is old enough and has been taught enough by his parents that he is able to distinct fantasy from reality.
      So when a parent lets his kid play a game, and ignores the sign, it is their responsibility.
      If you find a fourteen year old who has just started playing video games and is showing huge signs of violent behavior that he hadn't possessed before-hand, then you can blame the video game.
      Also, keep in mind that video games are different.
      A person who plays call of duty will exhibit different behavior then someone who plays GTA IV"
    • -6 0 -6 Dennis Mar. 12, 2012
      "you did the right thing. If ur son starts acting like that, then yes the game should be tooken away."
  • -38 +15 -53 idk Mar. 26, 2012
    "Yes, I think this because many studies show that people who play violent video games have become more violent and aggressive towards others."
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    • +3 +3 0 TheRaggedyMan May. 12, 2013
      "Those studies were later shown to be false.
      Further studies by the FBI found no direct link between video games and crimes committed by people who play them. Or people who don't for that matter."
    • 0 0 0 garett Oct. 29, 2013
      "that isnt true"
  • -38 +35 -73 Sandra Feb. 6, 2012
    "I vote pro for this issue for multiple reasons, most importantly, the desensitization of the players to real-world violence. I agree that of course not every teenager will go to a murderous rage after simply playing a violent game but they are definitely a contributing factor to aggressive and callous behavior, especially in middle and high school boys.
    They can perform graphic, "real-world" actions without real-world consequences, they are instead rewarded for this. Another aspect is the attitude of the video games towards women, nearly all women portrayed in video games are scantily dressed and usually play no part but as a sex object.(Exception: Legend of Zelda) It's a free country, you can buy the video games if you enjoy them, but I find them completely inappropriate and sick (not to mention addictive, which is probably why you all are defending them so staunchly) --Sandra, 15"
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    • +1 +1 0 Hayden May. 18, 2012
      "You may be right on the women thing, but not so much on the violence. I play plenty of violent video games, and never once ever felt the need to hurt someone. Of course, there are games that make me rage, but not to the point where I go hurt/kill someone, they just make my angry like a game called Dark Souls. I'm not at all addictive either, I ski, write, program, row (its a sport) and more. I also find that people who think that they cause violence only look to the violent games like Grand Theft Auto. My favorite game is Legend Of Zelda, and is closely followed by Minecraft, Portal, Halo, and many others."
  • -43 +25 -68 tovi inge Feb. 6, 2012
    "games can confuse fantasy with reality"
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    • +3 +3 0 someone May. 6, 2012
      "I think your talking about psychotic disorders not games"
    • +1 +2 -1 Nikolai Mar. 2, 2012
      "It takes a period of time for a child to confuse fantasy with reality, it doesn't happen after playing one game for a day. On top of that, children will slowly develop signs of confusing fantasy with reality.
      Parents, when letting their children play violent games, should watch closely for these signs, instead of being surprised when they one day see that their child is making paper guns.
      On top of that, a child's ability to distinct fantasy with reality can be taught, simply by the parent talking it over with the child and making sure they understand fully, and also repetition, as in telling them over and over that games are not reality."
    • 0 0 0 crazyboy Feb. 24, 2013
      "...in people with Schizophrenia and other mental health problems"
    • 0 0 0 Slith Jan. 13, 2013
      "Yeah when youre 4 years old"
    • -6 +2 -8 Dennis Mar. 12, 2012
      "you know that 3 or 4 years ago i would say that was wack. but after looking at grownup cosplay and people actually THINK they are not reality but in a "game" vote up"
  • -43 +29 -72 Natalie B. Jan. 13, 2012
    "i think they do. kids begin to play video games with violence and begin to think it's really fun to shoot and kill things. more shooting, more death."
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    • +8 +8 0 Ghost Jan. 26, 2012
      "Please supply more proof than.. "Video games are bad, Mmmkay..""
  • -43 +38 -81 Beth Nov. 15, 2011
    "Younger and younger kids are playing these very violent and bloody game which makes them believe that killing is no big deal because they do it everyday on the video games."
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    • +4 +4 0 Zach Dec. 1, 2011
      "that doesent mean they are going to go kill. plus its adualts buying those games for them because you cant buy M games unless your 17 and up. if the parents dont like it then dont buy it. people need to stop complaining about it. there was killings back when there was only pac man and a hand full of other games, and are they violent? NO!!!"
    • +1 +1 0 old time gamer Jan. 11, 2012
      "ask yourself, is that truly a rational thought?

      do you honestly beleve that anyone would think that killing another human being is no big deal?"
  • -44 +29 -73 Breanna Schaadt Jan. 25, 2012
    "ABSOLUTELY!!!!! I have so many bruises from when my brother hit me when i interrupted his game to tell him something. He has gotten into so many fights too!"
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    • +9 +9 0 Victor Greywolf Feb. 10, 2012
      "In that case, it is because of violent personality. I have known people who play violent video games all the time, and they are perfectly sane, and don't do violent things, on the other hand, there are people who see pictures of art, and get violent. The problem isn't the video game, it is the PERSON. The PERSON THEMSELVES ARE VIOLENT. Video games DON'T contribute to that. If what you are saying is true, it is because that person has either very deep anger issues that are just starting to come out, or maybe it is because he has always fel that way, and saw someone weaker, and feels it is time to take it out on the one who ISN'T causing it, because they can't carry out their anger on those who cause it. In the case of that, what you are dealing with is a bully starting to show their true colors. He needs therapy, because there are more issues in there that aren't being dealt with. Food for thought."
    • +8 +9 -1 Tony Feb. 15, 2012
      "Aaaaannnndddd where are your parents when all this happens? Its called discipline."
  • -44 +26 -70 kesha Jan. 6, 2012
    "i agree with this if people get revenge in games wat do u think would happen to u if u did somthing bad"
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    • 0 0 0 unknown Jan. 31, 2014
      "I don't know what will happen I hope not jail look I love video games but im not violent"
  • -44 +28 -72 LQ Nov. 21, 2011
    "Violence inflences the mind, brain, and the way we act on what we would've just seen. Those thoughts would still be in our mind even after an hour or so because our mind is still re-playing what we saw on screen. This would then reflect on our actions and how we think for 30-45 minutes. Even I have expirenced this."
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    • +5 +5 0 REALLY TINY TEXT Dec. 19, 2011
      "true enugh, but isnt it also true that each brain and its reactions is diffrent? i once watched horror movies all day and it never once made me somwhat worried about opening a door or something like that."
  • -45 +31 -76 austin chase Jan. 10, 2012
    "i think they do"
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  • -47 +24 -71 tom g Feb. 2, 2012
    "they are corrupt and we have better things to do than justplay video games all day get a life!!!!"
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    • +6 +6 0 McDog Mar. 14, 2012
      "What else would you do?"
  • -47 +24 -71 chyann Dec. 5, 2011
    "yes it do it takes violence to a whole new level"
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    • +2 +2 0 old time gamer Jan. 11, 2012
      "ah, but only in within the game itself."
  • -48 +33 -81 June Dec. 9, 2011
    "yes, pro
    violent video games pose risks of addiction, health risks, and violent behavior outside of the game"
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    • +9 +9 0 C0D3 Jan. 5, 2012
      "@June's reply.
      Of course they're programmed to "hook" people, how else would the company make money? WoW constantly adds expansions to vanilla, and I pay for them every time. I'm even planning on paying for MOP, even though I don't want a freaking panda. :l"
    • +8 +9 -1 Victor Greywolf Dec. 25, 2011
      "june, there were those types of seizures in them, but that was because of the lights, movement and colors of the graphics. Also, there was a cartoon in Japan in 1997, that also had the same effect, but it was because of the lights in the show, and how frequent they were blinking, as well as the speed of the lights, but it was also because of people who have epilepsy, and play the games, KNOWING that it happens, so there isn't anyone to blame for that, other than themselves. They knew the consequences, but still did it anyway, so who is to blame, right? It wasn't the companies, or the manufacturers, it was the PEOPLE who played and didn't care if they got hurt or sick. It takes two, one is the game there, but it also takes a person who has that, and does it KNOWING that they are going to be having that kind of effect. Seems people care more for stupidity than being careful. If they have that problem, and they still play the game knowing what will happen as a result of it, they deserve what they get, pure and simple. No need to feel sorry for them or get outraged over it, they did it to themselves."
    • +7 +8 -1 REALLY TINY TEXT Dec. 19, 2011
      "pal, this is not about addiction or health risks..."
    • +5 +5 0 tony Feb. 10, 2012
      "You know what else is addicting?.?. Smoking, people still do it though, why dont you go to that page and post some other comment on how addicting it is."
    • +1 +1 0 CAPTAIN jack sparrow Feb. 24, 2013
      "yes to the first, yes to the second, and to the third: only if your off your rocker as it were"
    • -4 +3 -7 june Dec. 19, 2011
      "Recently, studies have shown an increase of video-induced seizures that is common in violent video games because of the disturbing violence. And as for addiction, violent video games such as call of duty, are programmed to be addicting so players will stay hooked."
  • -49 +33 -82 anonymous Dec. 1, 2011
    "My little brother is only 8 and since his friends play a certain video game, that involves violence, he thought he should play it. He couldn't beat a level, and he went crazy. Even he said he didn't want to play the game anymore. So answer this, do you want young killers running around. I don't think so........"
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    • +8 +8 0 C0D3 Jan. 4, 2012
      "When I couldn't get past a phantom on my Zelda game, I totally nerdraged and broke my DS. :c Didn't ever play it again.
      Games are frustrating--they make you use your brain. Unless, that is, you're so good at it that you no longer need to think about what you're doing. /cough. like me.

      No human were harmed in my little "episode"...just my $200 DS. :["
    • +3 +4 -1 NAc Dec. 12, 2011
      "what even if it was'nt violent he would have gotten frustrated because he didnt beat a level thats why ur suppos to stop complaining and keep trying instead of being a quiter"
    • +1 +1 0 Slith Jan. 13, 2013
      "Maybe ur brother is just a psycho who sucks at videogames..."
    • +1 +1 0 Derp Mar. 27, 2012
      "Most young kids, fourteen and younger usually, take videogames way too seriously while most over fourteen play them for fun.

      I know a thirteen-year old who, in a fit of rage from not being able to get past something in a game, threw his controller at the ground towards his closet. It still works, he just has one less battery pack to use (it's forever lost in his closet). I laughed a little inside."
    • +1 +1 0 old time gamer Jan. 11, 2012
      "ah... a lack of persistance...

      we all handle loss diffrently. and besides, when an 8 year old reacts like that, is much diffrent. i assume you put the "young killer" comment because he said he wanted to kill the person who made that game or something along those lines. even so, when an 8 year old says that, its much, much diffrent then when an adult or teen says that. i am possitive we all have had outburst from lossing every now and then. i did once when i lost a game of candy land when i was 6. fact is, its common. it dosent just come from video games...

      ... though if you still feel this way, go ahead and remove violent games from your houce. just remember to remove the other things that might cause another outburst as well, like candy land, scrabble, those chose your own adventure books..."
    • 0 0 0 Fal Feb. 5, 2014
      "According to you, he had only gone crazy. That is actually typical behavior little children have to video games they are frustrated with. So, your evidence that he is becoming a "young killer" is irrelevant."
    • 0 0 0 Dovahkiin Bay May. 8, 2013
      "It was failure that made him angry. Not the violence itself. I've played violent video games all my life, and you don't see me murdering one person a day at school by shanking them with a pencil!"
    • 0 0 0 just because Feb. 28, 2013
      "my brothers have never played a m, rated game and they are still violent."
  • -51 +29 -80 umm.. a name Nov. 3, 2011
    "we need info for a school debate we ned help for both side we r against them but we still need some things for our oppisite side so we know what he will do help"
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  • -56 +11 -67 Katie Oct. 11, 2012
    ""Yes they do SO DON'T PLAY THEM!!!!""
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    • +3 +4 -1 Slith Jan. 13, 2013
      "Yes, compelling point, Ill go destroy my xbox right now."
    • +2 +2 0 Frodo May. 8, 2013
      "Don't like them? Don't play them."
    • +1 +1 0 mike Apr. 19, 2013
      "play them it opens the mind to being more active and acting things out SO PLAY THEM!!!!"
    • 0 0 0 Fal Feb. 5, 2014
      "Where is your evidence? I have mine. I have yet to see yours."
  • -62 +33 -95 bob Oct. 12, 2011
    "of couse they do i a young child see some thing on the t.v they would whant to try it out because they think it is cool to act in that way."
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    • +9 +9 0 Austin Oct. 14, 2011
      "No, your wrong. Not every child views something and just goes out and does whatever they saw. Even young children know the difference between right and wrong. You cannot predict what a child is going to do. I know plenty of kids who play violent video games, and have they went out and shot up a town with a M19? I dont think so."
    • +1 +2 -1 O 2 B ME Feb. 15, 2012
      ""i a young child".......... really? now back to our topic, i don't know of any kid that plays a game and then goes, hey i want to do that too! and the ones that do try and do that ussally don't live long because an eagle dive off the roof without a haybail is lethal."
  • -66 +32 -98 anonymous Oct. 25, 2011
    "i am a teen. i have done a lot of reasearch and have found out yes, videogames lead to violence. from what i have seen in real life around me it is true."
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    • +10 +10 0 Josh Nov. 9, 2011
      "What kind of research?"
    • +5 +5 0 Tony Feb. 15, 2012
      "You should research harder then you'd have found out people A.K.A. humans are violent by nature. It is our basic nature to want to hurt/kill things in order to get what we want. We just adapted our brains over thousands of years to be able to control this basic urge. Plus if you're talking about war for the stuff in real life you see thats because the government is trying to show dominance witch is also a basic urge. The moral of the story is its not video games that make people violent its people who make video games violent."
    • +5 +5 0 chase Feb. 15, 2012
      "please site your sources that you used so extenseively researched on this topic, if you say wikipedia im going to slap you."
    • 0 0 0 Slith Jan. 13, 2013
      "Maybe you just live in a bad neighborhood..."
  • -72 +28 -100 Ally Sep. 28, 2011
    "Violent video games are example for younger children. They see people being killed and think that that's what happens in the real world. Children shouldn't know how to work a gun or know all the types of guns."
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    • +8 +9 -1 Chase Oct. 19, 2011
      "I play video games but I am also in the Army, Hooha, and the video games teach you nothing about how guns work or how to correctly use them, because they are not even realistic in games, they can only think they know something when in the real world they know nothing."
    • +4 +5 -1 Idk :D Dec. 20, 2011
      "You know what else are examples for younger children? Parents, older siblings, and music. Do you want to get rid of music? I mean that cab be just as bad with all the stuff they say on there. They talk about killing and rape. Also im sure parents swear around them now a days, Some may even see their parents beating each other. Dont go blaming games for bad examples. =P enjoy your day."
    • +1 +2 -1 Sean Jan. 17, 2012
      "Really? Because even in GTA(and clones, copies, spinoffs, etc.) there is a crime rate. The more you killl the higher up it goes. And do you know what happens in the game if you do that? They kill you.

      I don't think most kids wanna die."
    • +1 +3 -2 Chris Jan. 3, 2012
      "All sorts of firearms interest kids, just like fireworks. A kid learning about guns is natural. Learning about guns, gun safety, and all the dangers helps them resist any temptations later on in life, such as gang activity or checking out a friends rifle when they're not home. The only danger is in poor education, resulting in dangerous misuse of weapons. If your kids learn so much from video games, and it bothers you so much, either 1.) Take your kid and teach them what the game didn't teach them, such as safety laws, dangers, and maybe a personal experience with guns, or 2.) Step up to the plate, be a parent and take the games away from them."
  • -83 +29 -112 Lenetta Ross Sep. 10, 2011
    "I think that violent video games are not good because they have an effect on the person that is playing the game. For an example the shooting that happen at Columbine High School was because the two boys that was causing the shooting was because they were playing violent video games.so that is why i say that violent video games are not a good thing to have."
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    • +8 +9 -1 Pat Nov. 9, 2011
      "Those kids also supported Hitler... Maybe that has to do with the conflict social violence, not a "video games". Learn your facts before you debate bud."
    • +6 +8 -2 jason Sep. 28, 2011
      "To use a school shooting as an example: The V-Tech Shooting
      "None of the video
      games were war games or had violent themes." (Virginia Tech Review Panel, 2007)."
    • +6 +7 -1 Zeke Sep. 27, 2011
      "You understand that the columbine shooting has been blamed on; Music, Games, Religion, Bullying, and Lack of parenting. Im guessing parenting. With lack of parental influence, pretty much anything could influence a child."
    • +1 +1 0 somone May. 6, 2012
      "Do more research on Columbine.."
    • +1 +1 0 Killacody Apr. 24, 2012
      "Thats a lot of great evidence you have there..."
    • 0 0 0 Slith Jan. 13, 2013
      "I think you are missing the main cause of the columbine shootings, which was that the guys who did it were PSYCHO NAZIS"
    • -7 +1 -8 Simran Oct. 19, 2011
      "You wrote a good description about violent video games."
  • -95 +18 -113 Kaylene Aug. 29, 2011
    "Yes video games are affecting our youth because that is all they want to do all day and when they get off of the games they feel violent."
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    • +7 +7 0 intelectual Dec. 19, 2011
      "well 50% of "our youth" play video games with violence but i dont see 50% percent of kids walking around with shot guns killing everyone. youth violent crime rates have gone down in the past 10 years."
    • +1 +1 0 Fal Feb. 5, 2014
      "I agree with this "intelectual" person. I will also add that you have only stated your opinion WITHOUT any evidence to back it up. So, you cannot simply state that video games are all youth ever want to do nor can you state that they feel violent when they are finished playing them."
  • -97 +28 -125 Jamie-lee Aug. 15, 2011
    "I think that video games does promote violence because my little brother plays grand theft auto and now he thinks he can break into tanks and get guns and shoot people and stuff. He even carries around sticks."
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    • +7 +7 0 C0D3 Jan. 5, 2012
      "@ i reply to you.

      Let me get this straight; your 8-year-old brother HURTS you? That made me giggle. To make it all the more interesting, he does Kung Fu on you and hits you with Harry Potter wands?! LOL.
      SlapAwitch. Simple solution right there. All you have to do is show your authority and he won't bother you anymore, duh.

      ..VIDEOGAMES DON'T MAKE ME VIOLENT."
    • +7 +9 -2 Yup Sep. 26, 2011
      "OK get real everyone plays with sticks at one point or another its common to swordfight or something fun dont blame video games just cuz they want to play with a stick"
    • +3 +4 -1 Victor Greywolf Feb. 14, 2012
      "Then that is a person who SHOULD'NT play that game, because he obviously can't differenciate what is real, and what is fantasia, but it is the PERSON who can't tell the difference. There are people who play that game, and never do anything such as that. On the other hand, people do, but it is because their common sense is obviously blurred by whatever, and can't tell the difference between a video game, and reality. What your "brother" has, as you so put it, is alot of issues that aren't being dealt with, and that is a bad sign. Tell us, does he have violent tendencies? Anger that is rooted deep in his psyche, or other issues that were neglected, trauma or whatnot? If so, then he needs to see a therapist asap, before things go awry.

      Again, it is because of his personality, or the inability to seperate the world of video games, and the world of real life. I hoipe this clears up what people think of video games."
    • +2 +2 0 Tony Feb. 15, 2012
      "OH MY GOD NOT A STICK. He could take over the world now. Nobodies safe, hide the women and childen. RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!...... But seriosly if i had a dollar for every time i played with a stich i'd have over a thousand dollars. Hell I'll admit it i still do every once and a while."
    • +2 +3 -1 Sebas Sep. 21, 2011
      "How old is your little brother? Under 9, it's understandable he wants to mimics thing he saw in the game. What isn't normal is how is he allowed to play? But your seem to be over-reacting. Kids played with wooden sticks way before the first videogame ever existed. If you really think this videogame is bad for him, then just take it from him. Or explain him, show him the differences with fiction and reality."
    • +2 +3 -1 John Smith Aug. 17, 2011
      "... I don't agree with you that video games cause violence, its just the way that people view the games that gives them the ideas of that."
    • +1 +1 0 Sabrina Apr. 4, 2012
      "it's just a stick, and where the hell could your brother find a tank with guns!? ¬_¬"
    • +1 +1 0 chase Feb. 15, 2012
      "oh no! not a stick, please anything but a stick! no ones eyes are safe now, who shall protect us from the awfull atrosity that is the mighty stick?!"
    • 0 0 0 Fishtree Apr. 17, 2013
      "Since there aren't very many tanks around to break into, I think we're safe."
    • 0 +2 -2 cody allen Aug. 17, 2011
      "i think that video games are good fun if your perent gets you the game they must think its ok but if they sayy no then thats ok accept it"
    • 0 0 0 sexc meee Aug. 17, 2011
      "lol my lil brother does that 2!!!!!"
    • -2 +2 -4 i reply to you Aug. 17, 2011
      "My brother hurts me a lot, because he is 8 years old and tries to hurt me with kung fu and harry potter wands."
    • -6 +1 -7 Jamie-lee Aug. 17, 2011
      "thank yous 4 voting 4 me i feel very happy"
  • -99 +28 -127 Abby Keller Sep. 7, 2011
    "Yes, violent video games contribute to youth violence, and I have proof. My brother, who is 9, has ADD, AD-HD, and ODD, went to a friend's house and was introduced to Modern Warefare and Halo. Now he always looks up "killing games" and "sniper games" on the computer and he goes to Gamestop and asked the clerk directly where the "killing video games" are, since my mother banned his playing and visiting this friend. He thinks that it is ok to kill people and other things and is always threatening that he will go get my father's protection rifle and shoot someone or something. He is defininately more violent than before he was ever introduced to Modern Warefare and Halo.
    Abby K. , 13"
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    • +11 +12 -1 TheInternet Sep. 28, 2011
      "I have AD-HD, and I believe that if your brother is doing what he sees in video games, he is to blame, not the video games. No offense to your brother. Thumbs down."
    • +5 +6 -1 Andrew Oct. 12, 2011
      "Your little brother has ADd, AD-HD, and ODD.
      This is why he behaves like this, NOT because he played violent video games."
    • +4 +4 0 Tom Jones Sep. 7, 2011
      "A reason for his behavior could also be attributed to the fact that he has ADD, AH-HD, AND ODD. Not the best combination of disorders to use to show the effect of video games on a child's mind."
    • +3 +3 0 Sean Jan. 17, 2012
      "Can you read what you write? I don't care if he got more violent from it. You just disproved your own claim. That "friend" is obviously a bad influence. And another note, with ADD, ADHD, ODD and the age of nine, your mind is like gelatin to influence.

      If you say that it isn't the cause, look at the other kid. He's perfectly sane, and he hunts because 1. his father most likely does it and 2. It's a great stress reliever, plus, FREE FOOD!

      Look, any other nine year old without disorders would be fine, but look. Your brother is highly subject to influence, overly hyper, very angry, and has a squirrel's attention span, from what you've said. Now, seeing something that to you with undeveloped eyes looks very real, puts you in that state. He obviously needs help. You cannot blame it on the games, seeing as any other sane nine-year-old is FINE with them.

      Your brother just has issues that you are obviously ignoring. Now, they do cause a slight influence on some people, and that is preventing some fear. Now, is that a pro or a con? (Hint: pro) When you multiply that with the adrenaline released from playing the games, multiply by insane, and you get:

      Ding ding ding! Constant violence."
    • +3 +3 0 Sebas Sep. 14, 2011
      "I believe the problem isn't the game itself, but the way your brother was introduced to it. You said your brother was nine,and he is playing with a friend who seems to think collecting weapons are cool.I do not know him but i think this "friend" is a really bad influence for your brother. I know how it can be hard to make a difference with reality and games at 9 years old with those defficits, since i have the tourettes syndrome, so you should have a conversation with him."
    • +2 +2 0 old time gamer Jan. 12, 2012
      "so. i feel for you. my little siblings are always acting violent.

      but let me be the first to say i have autism. a mild case, but still...

      when i was a kid, my uncle would play a lot of violent games around me. everything from street fighter (a fighting game) to rainbow 6 (covert army opperations) on our N64. he never really invited me to play, but i never wanted to.
      as i got older, i eventualy, just like everyone else, became attracted to something questionable. for most people, like your brother, its guns and killing. death was a mystery to us back then. for me, it was shooting. i was infatuated with guns. modles, makes, the works. but I'm going to say this. its a faze. he will grow out of it. it might take a bit longer then most people though, seeing as how he has dissorders. i still have maturity proplems even though im 17.
      also, hunting is not a big deal. i dont hunt. but i have been with my dad who hunts each seson. he is a very kind man, and very wise. i dont think hunting often is a sign that the person is aggressive. as for gun ownership, my dad owns a fairly good rifle.
      13 is a young age, but when your older i hope you understand that your assuming. and as the saying goes, assuming makes an butt out of you & me."
    • +2 +3 -1 Eli Dec. 20, 2011
      "So instead of it being Rated M for mature, it should be rated for people without ADD, ADHD, or ODD because that's the reason he acts like that, not because of the game."
    • +2 +2 0 shadowpuppet7 Oct. 5, 2011
      "your parents have it wrong, if you teach a kid to not do things that are consider to be wrong he will be messed up when he grows up he will left behind in society thinking everything is going be ok but it really wont be because he will have no sence or expirience in the real world."
    • +2 +4 -2 Jason Sep. 28, 2011
      "I know you are being a protective sister. But you are only 13 years old, if this is causing you problems. The simple solution is to have your parents talk to your brother and tell him that there is a difference between video games and real life."
    • +2 +4 -2 Teacher Sep. 26, 2011
      "Really I playing video games since i was 6 and let me think Im an A+ to B student And I have not shown any aggression in my life my teacher like me hell they are my firends I could talk to them about anything but im not and if ur mom banned him from video games and his firends well hell I would be depressed and thats what that boy is YOUR MOM just took away his LIFE I think anyone would want to kill them self or hurt someone else because HELLO he has no life his depressed I love how u people blame video games right way


      Did u know that because of video games the CRIME RATES has gone DOWN have you ever seen that I think not video games has helped us ALOT in many ways I get so ticked off when people blame video games right away when they dont know anything"
    • +2 +2 0 nova Sep. 22, 2011
      "im 17 and have played "killing games" since i was 6 and I have no issues with agression or a need to kill i do good and school and i am going to college these games take away my aggression with a substitute if you dont their called shooters for a reason try talking to you kid why killing is bad because he doesn't undertand it"
    • +2 +2 0 Colin Sep. 12, 2011
      "i own many "killing" video games and play them frequently. I also own a few guns and i do not hunt i have no desire to hunt or take the life from others never have and never will video games have not change my opinions"
    • +1 +1 0 Marie Dec. 13, 2012
      "Well considering Modern Warfare and Halo are meant for people OLDER than 9 I don't see your point. The companies put ratings on games for a reason. Violent video games are meant for mature minds not for children who are VERY impressionable.
      And video games (when used by the right age group) can serve as stress relief. I for one use video games for that purpose. You know those days when everyone has shot your ideas down and have been total jerks? Well thats when video games turn out to be pretty awesome. You can express your anger instead of keeping it locked away, and you aren't actually hurting someone."
    • +1 +1 0 Victor Greywolf Feb. 16, 2012
      "Have you ever thought that also there could be deeper issues that the person is dealing with aren't being addressed or dealt with? Does this person you speak of exhibit violent behavior in other ways? Can the person differenciate what is real and what isn't? It isn't the video game that did that, it was because this particular 9 year old can't tell the difference between fantasy and reality. What you were saying about people becoming violent is a bunch of crap. I knew a kid who played violent games at that age, and they knew very well the difference between fantasy and reality. If a kid can't tell the difference, they shouldn't be playing those games. What that kid had with that were other issues that weren't resolved or dealt with, such as violence at home, or bullying in school, or other social problems. Amazing how people always put video games or movies as an excuse for someone's stupidity, when they should realize that not everyone can differenciate things, and never take the time to talk with their kids, or be involved with their way of being, and take the time to understand that people have issues that need to be dealt with and cry because of their own stupidity."
    • +1 +2 -1 Alexander N. Turley Sep. 14, 2011
      "1. your brother should see a psychiatrist and 2. owning airsoft guns is very common even to have like 20 of them its called being a weapons enthusiast something that alot of hunters do im 15 and all of my freinds own guns and we go hunting all the time but we dont want to kill or harm people with weapons i admit ive been in plenty of fights myself but its not because of video games ill be the first to admit its because of my anger problems but thats why u see psychiatrist's juss sayin u got it twisted"
    • 0 0 0 Samuel Peter Feb. 16, 2014
      "Okaay thats weird. but dont blame video games they add not invent i'm sorry to say but it was already in your brother before the games, they just amplified the reason to do it. I agree that no little kid should be playing Halo and Modern Warfare I am personally against that, he and people his age ,assuming he's under 10, should NOT be playing those games. Video games arent to blame i was playing video games since i was 5 and i never wanted to kill anyone in my life I hate seeing the news about when people die it horrifies me. Your brother must have been into all that stuff before and to prove it, think back has he ever took interest in your dad's before the games? By the way i'm 15 well 14 in a half my bday is soon!"
    • -2 0 -2 Abby Keller Feb. 21, 2012
      "Ok, I understand where y'all are coming from, but seriously. I kept track from the past week (Feb. 13-19), and he spent a total of approx. 38 hours in the basement playing Modern Warfare and Halo Reach. And, he gets extremely upset (temper tantrum upset) when he lags out of games due to the wifi speed. I appreciate all of you who blame it all on his condition, but I am sure that the video games have some signifigance to his violence issues. I am not laying the blame completely on the violent video games, only part of it. (FYI, I'm 14 now)"
    • -3 +1 -4 Cory Sep. 29, 2011
      "I see where your coming from, however you cannot just asume its violent videogames alone. I want to first say its ashamed he was intrudeced in such a way 9 is an age where the understanding of death is limited, to many young kids death and killing isn't a serioue concept because they are not matured enough to fully understand, 9 is also an age where its hard to distinquish between reality and non-reality and theres a reason both games played are rated mature for 18+. The desire to play more violent video games is not some unnatural phenomninon, success in violence in all other forms of media just shows humans are attracted to violence. If this were the eightys hed be sneeking arnold schwarzenegger movies, or if it were earlier hed be reading commics or violent books. In fact it has been proven that looneytoon cartoons mischeif and violence has the same effect to the brain the most violent games have. Second denying acccess to such games and other type of meterial will not help anything, it will make him more attracted to the violence it is important to allow a certain type of violence and games which are a suitable level and to have discussions with him about reality and nonreality as well as what the violence means."
    • -3 0 -3 Abby Keller Sep. 16, 2011
      "The youth I am focused on is 7-12 years and even if he didn't have the disorders I doubt that the disorder is 100% of the cause. A part of his sub-conciousness that is unaffected is becoming violent and it is infleuencing his concious."
    • -4 +1 -5 Abby Keller Sep. 8, 2011
      "Yes, but he was still more violent before the disorders got worse so I stand by my claim. I have also met his friends who introduced him to the game. They own three rifles and seven airsoft guns by themselves and hunt frequently."

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  • +20 +22 -2 Slith Jan. 14, 2013
    "Frogger doesn't make you want to jump into traffic."
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    • 0 0 0 Inspirational Apr. 4, 2014
      "INSPIATIONAL QUOTE OF THE DAY"
  • +11 +11 0 EVAN Jan. 22, 2013
    "video games help us (gamers) with stress that we don't need and it gives us time to cool off some times"
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  • +9 +11 -2 Cody Dec. 4, 2012
    "When I play them I get relaxed"
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    • 0 0 0 joe Dec. 12, 2012
      "thank you for understanding. It's really somtheing to let off steam when you're mad so you don't hurt anyone else."
  • +9 +11 -2 kory Nov. 12, 2012
    "the video games don't cause crimes the people do.

    Don't blame the games. your kids are the ones who do it.
    I'm 14 and i am fine i play call of duty black ops, and modern warefare 3.

    im getting black ops 2..."
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  • +8 +9 -1 Chris Jun. 9, 2013
    "I would like for everyone that has submitted a pro statement to think back on the times when video games were not in existence. Violent crimes were happening at a higher rate than they are now. The cause of a child, or any male or female, to commit violent crimes or crimes against nature does not result in video games being the reason. What video game did Adolph Hitler play? Also the lack of parenting has caused more harm than what a video game could do in a lifetime. Remember a child's upbringing goes back to whether that parent was involved in the exposure of certain media types. So if a parent neglects their child's daily activities or just in general, what do you think will happen when a child wants to perform violent crimes?"
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  • +8 +8 0 matt Apr. 19, 2013
    "christianity does the same things and worse how come were not looking into banning that?"
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  • +8 +10 -2 Kitty Apr. 11, 2013
    "The most a videogame cost me was a friendship. Not a life. -"
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  • +8 +9 -1 Nathan Mar. 7, 2013
    "yeah yeah yeah we've all heard it. "These video games are causing our kids to become violent and causing them to kill eachother." ok one, if thats whats going on stop letting they play jeez. 2, Some people say video games and movies that are violent should be banned... you people are stupid. because we all know that i'm gonna watch a violent movie or play black ops and then go out and murder a whole ton of people, that makes no sense. the california murder, they say that guy was playing a violent game or something before he arrived on the scene but that doesn't prove that that's what caused him to do that. I don't think that these games are such a big deal. I play black ops and halo and all that stuff and i'd gladly let my son play so people stop being stupid saying these games are making kids go crazy, i dare you to go and try playing one of them. If it makes you go crazy and start killing kids at a daycare or something then i might think about believing you..."
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  • +8 +13 -5 JOHN Nov. 15, 2012
    "NO BECAUSE IM 14 AND IVE NEVER KILLED SOMEONE"
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  • +7 +8 -1 The Orc Bandit Oct. 11, 2013
    "Video games do not support violence if video games taught you how to be violent then anyone who played surgeon simulator should be a professional surgeon. Would you trust him/her to replace one of your organs or do anything In general I would hope not because they don't know what they are doing so you think if someone robbed a bank in a game that someone is going to try to rob one in real life no because they know that they will not be successful they would do more damage to themself. Me personally I think that adults think that it's because of violent video games are bad but I think that the adults of America are quick to point fingers because no one seems to blame violent music T.V and I know what you're thinking (if you read books you will be less violent) but let me tell you that is false there are violent books some can be worse than some video games so if you think your kids will never be exposed to violence your wrong it happens in life, books, games, T.V, music, etc..."
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  • +7 +7 0 Jacob C Sep. 16, 2013
    "I'm 17 years old, I have played a couple of violent video games in the past. Did I go off and kill people in real life? No. Did I start to bully others? No. Have I become more violent? No.

    Plain and simple people, just because kids play GTA, CoD, or Halo doesn't mean they are killers."
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  • +7 +8 -1 kyle w Apr. 19, 2013
    "I think video games are not to blame. I believe it is the children's parents fault."
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  • +7 +10 -3 DizzleJones Jan. 3, 2013
    "videogames do not create violence in children period."
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  • +6 +7 -1 Adam the Apple Dec. 11, 2013
    "I dont think that they should be banned, Children dont just walk out one day with a gun and start shooting down airplanes. Come On! Really, No. Children dont go to school and start shooting people the day after they play a video game, now do they? You think about that, and you talk to me when you say no! Contact me @ kethnm101@hotmail.com to talk.!"
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  • +6 +7 -1 Rat Oct. 22, 2013
    "As a violent video game player myself, I have never once wanted to hurt someone. Heck I feel guilty at night after stealing a chip when in my games it's all about theft and robbing. There's a line between games and real life. The majority doesn't mix them together when it comes to violent nature."
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  • +6 +7 -1 Marlon Barbee(Decco) Oct. 3, 2013
    "video games do not induce violence only violence induces violence."
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  • +6 +7 -1 Jake More Sep. 16, 2013
    "OK PARENTS LISTEN UP if you believe violent video games contribute to youth violence then don't buy the game for your kid!!!!!!!"
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  • +6 +6 0 AIya the weirdo Jul. 16, 2013
    "As a avid girl gamer who loves her violence I do not believe that all violent video games cause disruption in the youth I was to encourage all kids to learn different types of video games I believe that the violence in children is due to lack of home training the parents at home should be the ones teaching there children how to act and behave rather than trying to blame the social media and gaming industry because of what their children do."
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  • +6 +7 -1 Dovahkiin Bay May. 8, 2013
    "I'm a teenage girl, love violent video games (Skyrim, GTA, Resident Evil), and, golly, I think everyone around me must be in grave danger of a weak, harmless girl half their size (sarcasm btw). Video games let me experience what my mind and society deem impossible without the dire consequences. How 'bout that!"
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    • 0 0 0 Dovahkiin Bay May. 13, 2013
      "I know women are strong, I'm not dissing on us women. I'm just saying I, in particular, am weak and harmless."
    • 0 0 0 Sparkz May. 13, 2013
      "You make it seem like girls are poor and defenseless. We're not, you know. We're fighters, but we aren't violent, just competitive."
  • +6 +6 0 Ivan Apr. 24, 2013
    "I watched in horror when those media vultures swooped in and rampaged Adams home. The vultures than took a look at a piece of "evidence" that they can expose. They have found a copy of battlefield 3 in his home. Christian Science Monitor calls this Phenomena "cultural lag". Meaning that society will always change their mind on what causes something if it's a widely accpeted thing. For example before the age of violent video games, Rock and Roll was blamed for violence in youth. Before that the Teli was blamed, before the Teli we blamed movies and before the movies we blamed Mystery Novels, before Mystery Novels we blamed Shakespeare which was blamed for causing violent thoughts, especially in youth."
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  • +6 +6 0 Fishtree Apr. 17, 2013
    "A while ago, Shakespeare began to write plays. People immediately began to say they were the work of the devil. Now we yawn at plays. Next came music. Then movies. Some people still don't like those. Now video games. We say they cause people to act violent and murder each other. This is the modern version of "work of the devil"! Maybe in the future it will be interactive virtual worlds, like the matrix. There will probably always be something for people to hate"
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  • +6 +9 -3 me Dec. 11, 2012
    "It's a freedom of speech which is the first amendment and banning this will break that amendment"
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    • +1 +2 -1 joe Dec. 12, 2012
      "i agree. that would brake the first amendment and that would just be screwed up!!!!!!!!!"
    • 0 0 0 grant Mar. 11, 2014
      "ok, so your pulling the freedom of speech card. so what do you have to say then? video games aren't getting a message out to the world, they're polluting the worlds population with violence and profanity and illness (mental illness, such as anger issues, loneliness, etc.). if theres a video game thats actually trying to get a message out to the world, then that is protected by the amendments of the constitution."
    • 0 0 0 Isaiah Apr. 9, 2013
      "Preach dude/dudette"
  • +6 +11 -5 dork Nov. 13, 2012
    "More people have more fun"
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  • +6 +9 -3 Ben Peters Oct. 24, 2012
    "Violent video games are a stress-release mechanism! You kill the people in the video game so you don't hurt people in reality."
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  • +5 +5 0 Leroy Joseph May. 20, 2014
    "I think parenting contributes most to violence in teens. If the parents are drug addicts or always drunk, then kids can get away with anything. If your a good parent, and your kid has mental health issues, don't let them play violent video games or watch violent TV at all. Why are video games blamed? What about movies/TV, parents, or health issues blamed?"
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    • 0 0 0 SHMENDENHALL May. 21, 2014
      ":)"
  • +5 +5 0 GOTYOURNOSE Jan. 21, 2014
    "Ah, yes, because i kill an imp in a game, i'm gonna go out and start decapitating people with a spoon. Yeah, right. T^T"
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  • +5 +6 -1 JC Jun. 26, 2013
    "If a child can seperate video game violence with real-world violence, than video games don't contribute to youth violence."
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  • +5 +5 0 Thomas Sever Jun. 9, 2013
    "If you look at other nations, they consume far more videogames violence and have a far lower crime rate. The problem isn't videogames. its our terrible mental health medical industry. All these shooters have one major thing in common. They all suffer from some kind of mental illness."
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  • +5 +5 0 Tony Reyes Jun. 3, 2013
    "If violent video games lead to violent people, along with an increase in crime, then Candy Land leads to an increase of children with type 2 diabetes."
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  • +5 +5 0 Erina Apr. 29, 2013
    "I'm a young gamer, and I have been the majority of my life. I've played a wide range of games, some of them are very violent, but the fact I play violent games doesn't mean that I've become some mindless, violent moron who goes around jumping off tall buildings and wielding guns. Games don't make me aggressive, nor do they somehow deplete my commonsense, logic and personal values or morals. People flash statistics everywhere saying that because 2 out of 100,000 gamers went crazy and killed people, the games MUST be responsible without taking into account a countless number of other factors that would have attributed to their behaviour."
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  • +5 +5 0 William Roberts Apr. 16, 2013
    "I am Con to this because there are studies that have proven that this does not have anything to do with juvenile violence. After all, those who play these games are more likely to be the ones who do this anyway."
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  • +5 +5 0 Michael James Apr. 12, 2013
    "When something violent massacres happen everybody always looks to point a finger. A majority of the people blame video games. I for one am a gamer, and no I'm not just saying this because I game. Most kids understand, hey I can't just go out and shoot a bunch of people and have everything be ok. I can't just do whatever happens to the video games. If they can't, they shouldn't be allowed to play. Simply say no. I think it's up to the parents to sit down and have a talk with their kids about reality and video games, to really find out if they understand. You never see anybody point a finger at those Law & Order shows or shows like that. Stop always blaming video games."
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  • +5 +6 -1 Isaiah Marshall Apr. 9, 2013
    "How come video games are the ones who are bad why aren't movies and t.v shows any different"
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  • +5 +5 0 wac Mar. 1, 2013
    "Think about this, in this world we have had so many wars even with out video games. showing me to one awnser its not video games, its evey one else in this world"
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  • +5 +6 -1 Matt Mar. 1, 2013
    "No, people who kill people have a psychological disorder, have been abused in some manner by parents, or have not fully socially interacted with their peers. Games violent or non violent, have become a social norm for interacting with other people making friends online and offline it creates a group and allows any child to have a sense of belonging with fellow peers and family. Games have become a tool to help prevent violent crimes etc. those bullies at school yeah they bully kids and yeah they have violent games, but if you evaluate this kid closer you find out either his siblings pick on him or his parents abuse him in some way or some life altering event that the child doesn't want to talk about has happened to the child. It all has to do with the parents and how they raise their kid."
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  • +5 +7 -2 David Feb. 28, 2013
    "I like how the PRO side give valid points and I respect that. And The CON is filled with a lot of gamer kids sayin that they play violent Games. But that does not make you right. Alone. It makes right as a group. Because you guys are 99.9% of gamers who play VGs that play these games and don't end shooting a town or a school. It's pretty funny how the media makes it look like VGs are the problem but its simply just bad parenting. M rated games are made for adults not 10 year olds. And if parents can't see that, then it's their fault. Besides when a shooting happens, VGs are the first things that are blamed when in reality other more serious things come into play: like Bullying, Mental Illness, Divorce in the Family or other Traumatic Experience. Adam Lanza(Sandy Hook Shooter) Didn't shoot up the school because he was busy getting kill streaks in CoD. No because he had a bad family experience with his parents. And since he had a case of depression that caused a trigger to kill. Not VideoGames. Well I'm just piling to potluck .
    -David."
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  • +5 +8 -3 Azlin Feb. 11, 2013
    "it is just a game."
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  • +5 +6 -1 Kevin Feb. 5, 2013
    "I'm 17 and i've been playing video games for a long time, and my favorite genre is action gamess. Not once after playing Call of Duty or Halo or any other game do I have the urge to kill people. I'm actually more of a peace kind of guy. To me, those who were so quick to blame video games for violent acts are just looking for a scapegoat."
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    • 0 0 0 Isaiah Apr. 9, 2013
      "Awesome counter argument"
  • +5 +5 0 bwurr Jan. 29, 2013
    "When you look at the comments, notice how many people say it's a stress reliever to play video games. then look back to how life was for many of us in school at one point, stressful, I believe video games have nothing to do with it."
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  • +5 +5 0 Isaac Jan. 23, 2013
    "No video games provide a release for violent acts as well as giving children a way to experince a new world and a diferent life style. When you look at the people who perform school shootings video games are not at fault it is their mental health that is."
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  • +5 +5 0 Megan Jan. 18, 2013
    "No it doesn't. I play violent video games and I don't want to "kill or fight someone"! My dad and sister play violent video games and they are no where near violent with anyone. We chose to play violent video games. It is fun and competive, nothing else."
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  • +5 +8 -3 Antonius aditya Dec. 22, 2012
    "Assassin creed, GTA, Godfather. If they really influence me to do violence I would have been a badass mafia assassin. But I'm not. If you blame the gunman, not the gun, how could you blame the game, not the gamer? I believe it's all about self control. and chance, of course, if you have an access to gun."
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  • +5 +9 -4 zach d. Dec. 12, 2012
    "video games make kids less violent because they're in their rooms all day playing video games. i play video ganes and ive never killed anyone!!"
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  • +5 +6 -1 catastrophicHumor Dec. 11, 2012
    "I've done about four papers on this for my classes over the years, and I must admit - the arguments that people have to link violence to video games are very weak. To give an example [ Note: These percentages are random, and not at all realistic ] - "Out of all school shootings, 98% of the shooters play violent video games."

    Think, people! A large portion of them play violent video games, because a large portion of the citizens in this country play video games.

    This case mostly involves parental judgement.

    If a parent takes a child into a rated-R movie, we don't immediately freak out because of that, do we? Rather, we say it is the parent's decision.
    In many places [ if not all places ], an adult must be present when a rated-M video game is purchased.

    The decision lays upon the parent of the child, and not the government [ or the general population! ], to decide whether or not children should be allowed to play violent video games."
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  • +5 +9 -4 Mysterion Oct. 31, 2012
    "I'm a Con because really people. Just because you kill someone in a video game does'nt mean that you're going to do it in real life. There were mass murders before pong!"
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  • +5 +11 -6 bob Oct. 10, 2012
    "because i play thoes games and im a youngling and i havent killed no one"
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  • +5 +9 -4 John Oct. 2, 2012
    "It is not a bad thing me myself I am a video game player. When I play it makes me happy I don't play because I'm mad or because I feel aggressive, I play it for the fun of it I just want to enjoy my life. It doesn't make me mad why would it make me mad if I'm happy if I have the one thing I'm looking forward to do. You cannot get mad at a game and want to kill someone when you are having fun in the game. It does not affect you because you might kill someone if you are mad but if you play video games you will not be mad you will enjoy the fun and joy it brings to your life and if someone kills another person and plays video games, it will not always be the video games fault maybe he lost his job maybe his family member died, maybe someone made him mad, maybe he was high, maybe he was drunk. It is not video games fault. To all the video game producers, keep up the good work. -John"
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    • 0 0 0 fishtree Apr. 17, 2013
      "There are some things I want video game producers to stop. Blood does not enhance the game play and is just disgusting and messes up ratings. I don't like guns because they are too sudden-you can't dodge them. I like fantasy games and minecraft, since they don't have either of these generally."
  • +5 +11 -6 alyssa ramos Sep. 20, 2012
    "yess because people need an escape and how doesnt want to blow of steem when your pissed?! i love shooting people in games and its crazy in real life;)"
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  • +5 +10 -5 Guillermo Rodriguez Sep. 19, 2012
    "Video games have been a focal point of controversy from the origin of our millenium. It is understandable, yet factually unjustified as to why organizations shift the blame of violent behavior in adolescent masses towards the path of these virtual realms. If so, children shouldn't be allowed to wield water guns & plastic swords due to their violent portrayals. If so, then TV shows like Jersey Shore should be banned for influencing teenagers to party, consume alcohol in abundance & provoke physical confrontations with strangers."
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  • +5 +6 -1 kingadam Sep. 11, 2012
    "well im 15 years old and i play all the violent video games like call of duty and battlefield and resident evil i also play grand theft auto. i am just fine i also play napoleon total war and empire total war and im just fine i have not hurt anyone ever in my live so why do people think oh crap my son hit someone at school how did he learn this is this from a video game not probably not maybe someone hit him first or they made fun of you mom so don't get mad that he hit someone. i love violent games cause there is times i get mad at people do i go of and hit people no i get on my games and take my anger out on someone in a fake not real game. one time i went to a small town game store and bought a game that is rated m and they did not stop me from buying it. also one time i went to a game store in Ozark Missouri and my step dad was with me i get all the god of war games they did not ask him if i could buy it. but when i went to wall mart i bought world at war my mom was with me i was paying with my own money and stuff they asked if i could buy it my mom said i dont care its my money. so why do people care its up to the parents its not because of violence."
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  • +4 +5 -1 Dominic Oct. 6, 2013
    "I am a college student, my entire life I have played video games that are full of violence.Games such as Mass Effect, Black Ops, Halo, James Bond, Elder Scrolls Skyrim, and many, many more are games that I frequently played that are combat based. I do not believe that I am prone to violence due to my years of playing violent games, I also do not believe that my brother or friends are prone to violence, and a lack of empathy. If there is anything that I have learned from video games is that I live in a world that actually does have conflict present. War, famine, death are not things that I actually confront in my daily life, but they are things that are confronted by people frequently in these situations such as in areas of revolt or by american soldiers. Violence already occurs in every society video games or not. The games are not teaching us to kill they are showing us what already exists."
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  • +4 +5 -1 Jess Jul. 29, 2013
    "It's a poor excuse for violent childern. If parents would do their job properly, kids would grow up properly. If a parent blames video games for their kids viloent behavior than they should have prevented them from playing in the first place."
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  • +4 +6 -2 haha Jul. 7, 2013
    "If you dont like violent games dont let your kids play them and dont play them yourself. There was violence before video games or did jack the ripper play grand theft auto ? I think not. I rest my case"
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  • +4 +7 -3 .... May. 15, 2013
    "Video games dont make people violent. Thats saying guns kill people"
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    • 0 0 0 StinkySocksRock Jan. 30, 2014
      "Ha! I agree. And then that's saying that spoons make people fat..."
  • +4 +4 0 Frodo May. 8, 2013
    "I just got done playing World of Warcraft and now I want to kill everyone with my magical warhammer and blast anyone in my way with lightning bolts from my hands.

    Does that not sound ridiculous to you? That's how ridiculous that pro side's argument is. More than 11 million people play violent video games in the US alone. There are bound to be a few murders by someone who's played a game. However, you cannot draw upon the fact that they played a video game and use that as motivation behind the murder. That's like saying someone got fat because they chose to eat a doughnut on one day in their lives, despite a lifetime of eating other foods that contribute to obesity. One thing doesn't make you a murderer. Several factors contribute to the making of a murderer. One of these is parents blaming video games for violence that their own negligence lead to. Violent entertainment has been around for thousands of years, yet there was no argument about it back then.

    Seriously guys. Wake up and smell the flowers"
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  • +4 +4 0 Dace Lewis May. 7, 2013
    "As a soon-to-be-graduating high school senior I can say I am still a part of the age group this research involves. I am an AP student and will be graduating with honors. I am a peer mediator and, yes, kind of a teacher's pet. I will be studying psychology in college. And can you guess what my favorite form of relaxation is? Violent video games.

    I have never so much as gotten into a non-verbal fight, despite my love for these games. My home life is stressful, with fighting parents and familial pressure to be perfect. These games allow me to vent my frustration in a somewhat productive manner rather than taking it out on myself, my family, or my peers. After playing a game, I find myself relaxed and ready to focus on my schoolwork or socialization, without frustration causing me to get angry at my friends or my progress on a paper.

    Through a psycho-logistic view, if the claims were true, I would be a raving lunatic killing every innocent I see. I do spend upwards of 3 hours a day playing these games after all. However, I have not and will not ever harm another human being in such a way. The true factor in these intense violent behaviors that everyone is attributing to video games is a person's mental health."
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  • +4 +5 -1 Mike Apr. 30, 2013
    "INSTEAD OF BLAMING KIDS HOW ABOUT YOU TEACH YOUR KIDS NOT DO STUFF LIKE THIS?!"
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  • +4 +4 0 Goku Apr. 30, 2013
    "I think that video games are not bad and that they Help get rid of some of the anger and violence in teens and I know because Ive played them since I was 5 and am not violent at all."
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  • +4 +4 0 Joseph B. Apr. 28, 2013
    "take a look at horrible acts of violence committed by a single man, or multiple men, and what do you notice when it comes to the cause? These people played violent video games, so the public automatically blames the game for the tragedy or massacre. But when you take a deeper look into the person's background or psyche, you will notice that these individuals have had a troubled past. These pasts consist of events where they were bullied constantly, made fun of for how they look or what they do, or having no friends and no one to talk to in times of trouble. So, when they want to release a bit of anger they have against the world, they get a violent video game and start killing the virtual enemies. But for them, it's not enough. They have so much pent up anger and hate towards the world that a video game doesn't help that much. Its not a video games vault for youth violence, its the past that these people have had."
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  • +4 +6 -2 kirsti Apr. 23, 2013
    "my son plays games like that and is fine"
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  • +4 +4 0 marcus Apr. 19, 2013
    "How come the parent's aren't being blamed. there the ones who bought the games for the kids."
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  • +4 +4 0 SHADOW M. STRIUS Apr. 18, 2013
    "video game only effect you if you let it!"
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  • +4 +4 0 Max7238 Apr. 14, 2013
    "The simple fact is that if parents do their job, their children will not be "exposed" to violence. Having children first explain why they know the game isn't real is a good first step. It forces the child to differentiate games and real life. Saying that playing violent video games causes people to be violent is like saying watching American Idol makes people good singers. Playing a hyper-realistic game, like Operation Flashpoint, at a young age, a player will not get far because of how difficult it is (due to the realism). Thus, the player will only be exposed to a military dialogue for the most part. By the time someone has the motor skills to actually play the game and understand it, it is far too late for their minds to be "warped" by it. So it is with most violent games. And, once again, if parents buy games for their kids, and only allow them to play games they have bought, there is no cause for worry, right? In the end, saying video games make people violent is like saying spoons make people fat, or that guns kill people. As an avid gamer myself from a young age, as well as a martial artist, I should be violent, right? That couldn't be further from the truth..."
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  • +4 +6 -2 James Apr. 10, 2013
    "I am 13 and i have played video games since i was 4, and my first violent video game which was grand theft auto san andreas was at 8. I do get into more fights than i should because i DEFEND myself, i don't start the fight, i finish it. but i never hit first."
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  • +4 +5 -1 Andy lee,South Korea Apr. 4, 2013
    "It is the story of people who do violent game a lot. Not many people do violent game until 3:00 am, Also, violent crimes are caused by stress or other problems. There are not many crimes that occur by game."
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  • +4 +4 0 chase Apr. 3, 2013
    "clasic case of false cause and effect. kids are shooting kids. kids also play games. games cause shooting. they do not relate. here is an actual case of false cause and effect. ice cream sales went up and so did crime rates. does ice cream cause crime. example of true cause and effect: wind blows on a tree, a leaf falls off. find the connection then we'll talk."
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    • 0 0 0 Fishtree Apr. 18, 2013
      "maybe an insect ate the leaf off, and that was the real reason the leaf fell off. If you can show me stresses on the leaf stem that can only be caused by wind THEN I will agree with you that wind blew the leaf off"
  • +4 +5 -1 Godfred Mar. 22, 2013
    "Violent video games has no connection with world violence, because those who play violent video games play to reduce stress and anger and adolescent's children that play violent video games play for fun and they don't harm any others. Violent video games also ensures safe and healthy opportunities for children's to virtually explore the rules and the quencequences of violent action.
    Finally violent video games sometimes helps adolescent to understand the issue about wars and teaches them what violent causes and they gives hint and other type of violent and how it should abolished."
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  • +4 +5 -1 Owen Mar. 15, 2013
    "Let me say that the games don't make the kids violent. If you look at the school shootings "related to video game", you should probably go and see that the parents were divorced or seperated in some way or if the kid got bullied at school. Those are real reasons. People need to stop talking about what they don't know about and get their facts straight."
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  • +4 +4 0 people Feb. 28, 2013
    "In this world we have had tons of wars even befor video games were created. Even befor the human race was violence,killing millions."
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  • +4 +6 -2 cerra Feb. 11, 2013
    "i believe that videogames are not violent at all because they are just games and they can't do anything to you or do something about you and your family."
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  • +4 +5 -1 Anonymous Feb. 10, 2013
    "It claims that 97% of 12-17 year olds play videogames. if nearly every kid plays videogames, we can't possibly say they are a major variable, because it isn't a variable at all!"
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  • +4 +6 -2 Cameron Jan. 30, 2013
    "Playing violent video game help release anger but but causing violence in the video game, if any thing it lesses violence in the real world"
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  • +4 +4 0 Barton Jan. 29, 2013
    "The difference between reality and fantasy is to great for such violence to be transcribed from video games and imitated in reality as the difference is too great for one to not see the difference. So having such a gap between games and life, violence cannot be an effect of games unless one is A) not mentally fit in which he shouldnt play games at all or B) one is not mentally developed enough to distinguish a difference (why we have a ratings system("
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  • +4 +4 0 Gage Jan. 28, 2013
    "kids become violent not from video games but by what type of enviorment they grow up in, this called a nature effect. this is where enviorment makes up the attitude and mind set of a child. then their is nurture, this is where this is when a child learns from the parent and takes on the outlook of the parent including emotions agression habits etc."
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  • +4 +4 0 squarealpha Jan. 24, 2013
    "I have to say that Violent video games have no response at all in someones brain so if the're mentally insane then why woud we want to imitate this person?"
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  • +4 +6 -2 not tellin u Jan. 23, 2013
    "i love to play video games especialy violent one including this new one "hitman: absolution" but i have never one thought about killing any one in real life. and every ones all like "if u play COD then ur violent in real life" im actually one of the most caring and sensitive people i know"
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  • +4 +4 0 William Jan. 22, 2013
    "Afteram reading the PRO and CON comparison, it seemed to me that the PRO side is associated more with bullys in school. I am 14 years old, and I can safely and confidentially say that I am not one of those bullies. If you have a strong mind, then in the end you will not become a criminal after playing Call of Duty. The people who do the shootings were sometimes found to be gamers, but they had a whole mess of things going on (depression, bullying, stress). The guy at Sandy Hook did play games, but was also under a lot of pressure from his mother. I suppose it also depends on the age you start playing M-rated games. At my age, I can distinguish the differences between reality and virtual reality. So, violent video games when started at the appropriate age DO NOT make kids violent"
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  • +4 +5 -1 MIchael Jan. 22, 2013
    "I have been a gamer withe the first Nintendo and I am a healthy adult with a family. I am prof that games do not make you violent."
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  • +4 +5 -1 Larry Jan. 19, 2013
    "I'd have to say that it doesn't contribute to youth violence. There's a reason why some games hold a competition called E-Sports, because much like regular sports, there will be people who will be angered by poor performance, and if you compare playing sports with E-sports, there will always be those people who become very violent.

    In the whole sense of things, reacting violently to things such as this is fairly normal in video games. I would have to say however, that because games allow you to associate yourself with a different name, the internet is filled with anonymous groups, so in reality you shouldn't be blaming the game. You should be blaming the community or the perpetrators for causing the younger audience to behave such as that."
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  • +4 +4 0 CHARM Jan. 17, 2013
    "Despite sparring with the NRA over their blame of video games for mass murder, I don't believe that's the right path either. Truth is, we simply have so many guns at this point, someone who wants one, will find one. And with all the mental health care in the world, we can't stop every crazy person. Some will slip through the cracks and we'll be forced to have these conversations all over again. There are no good answers here, there never really have been. Gun violence is as old as guns, and non-gun violence as old as the human race. Yes, we'd see no mass shootings if we simply rounded up and destroyed every single gun, legal or illegal, but that's not reality, so there's no point wasting energy pretending otherwise."
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  • +4 +6 -2 Slith Jan. 13, 2013
    "In 2011, 72 percent of American households played videogames, and less than 1 percent had seriously violent incidences. In 2010, 13 out of the 20 best games of the year were not mature, and 10 were rated E for Everyone. 80 percent of parents put a time limit on the amount of time a child can play videogames, and 45 percent play videogames with their children weekly. Of that 45 percent, 81 percent do play because they believe its a good opportunity to socialize with the child. These are facts, not guesses, and will hopefully put a rest to the idea that videogames are evil in some way."
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  • +4 +6 -2 Slith Jan. 13, 2013
    "The worst possible outcome of playing videogames (if you are sane) is having no social life and getting fat. People don't kill people because one of their hobbies happens to have violent content, they do it because their crazy in the brain! Besides, videogames are better than watching TV healthwise because you use more cognitive ability."
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  • +4 +6 -2 Ginger Jan. 10, 2013
    "Honestly, I don't understand how violent video games are pure to the blame of violence in younger adolescents. Just as violence had decreased its rate, video games were increasing in salaries! Those performing violent crimes does not necessarily mean they're inhibited with violent video games. For me, I usually find more video games like that to relieve stress, not enduce it."
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  • +4 +8 -4 uNoMyNaMe@#AwEsOm3 Dec. 17, 2012
    "I dont think that the video games really matter. I am a minor and i own many Mature rated games. Alot of the games that i own are call of duty and mainly focus on needing to kill and hurt people in that those games. However i as a minor have never had the urge to go beat someone up because of a video game. There always has been, and alway will be controversy pertaining to videogames because people can't see video games as an ok things because people get their heads filled full of lies about videogames being bad and satanic and other stupid things. I know as a fact that minors are not prone to violence because they play video games. Most minors that are prone to violence are that way because of things that they have seen another member of their family do. If a child is repeatedly beat at home then he/she will not see a problem with beating their own children. violence is mainly seen as a self destructive action and it is one but the real reason behind that is that children are not given the guidence they need at home from their parents and are never given the help they truly need. Take it from me, a youthful minor that loves videogames, that violent videogames dont really contribute to the youth violence and it probably never will"
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  • +4 +7 -3 HoNk Dec. 12, 2012
    "although i think that video games don't cause violence i just wanted to say...
    there really is a lack of information on this subject
    before we really decide yes or no more expariments need to be conducted more information collected and the grey/gray areas cleared....
    yup... that's all i have to say...
    have a nice day."
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  • +4 +4 0 James Dec. 7, 2012
    "I think its not the games that do it. If you let your child play violent games its your fault not the games. They have a mature rating on them for a reason."
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  • +4 +6 -2 vote padro Dec. 6, 2012
    "I think no because if video games and movies did affect people then our world would be in chaos because video games are so common also there are other reasons kids become violent like bulling and abuse."
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  • +4 +6 -2 James Dec. 6, 2012
    "I don't think so because i am a middle schooler and i myself play violent games and i know a lot of people who play violent games and i have seen no increase in violence at my school"
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  • +4 +7 -3 Victor Greywolf Dec. 2, 2012
    "Man, oh man. I can't believe the stupity of people out there who blame things like video games for stupitidy when they are in reality the ones to blame, because of bad parenting. First off, violence comes from within. There are people who play the video games and watch violent movies, read comic books, etc, and aren't violent, and then there are those who don't, and they become violent, because they can't differenciate what is real, and what is fantasia. That is the fault of the parents, not the children. YOU people, who have kids and don't have the balls to raise YOUR kids are to blame for it. So, instead of hanging out away from your kids, try to explain to them that there is a difference between reality and fantasy, or wait for them to kill you in your sleep, because then, they'd be doing the world a favor, in getting rid of idiots who didn't want kids, and think they are raising them."
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  • +4 +5 -1 alexander johnson Nov. 20, 2012
    "video games help release vilonet behavior because since crime has gone down since they were made like 1995 to 2008 julvinle crime went down"
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  • +4 +5 -1 Scotty Ramsy Nov. 19, 2012
    "Honestly most kids who play games like Call of Duty, Halo, Assassin's Creed etc. they know that people play violent games play them to release anger and just to have fun"
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  • +4 +15 -11 Jenda Nov. 5, 2012
    "No. If people that play the video games are so weak willed as to purchase weapons to start killing people, that's on them. They aren't smart enough to distinguish between reality and fiction."
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    • 0 0 0 marus Apr. 19, 2013
      "theres something called psychologically ill or challenged"
  • +4 +9 -5 Nate B. Nov. 1, 2012
    "Video games do not contribute to any amount of aggression. Most older research has fundamental flaws in them, so mch so that the austrailian government has released statements about it, and when these studies are re-done with a tightly controlled thrid variables and valid test, there is no statisticlly signifigant finding between the two.

    As for the columbine boys,, it is wrong to say that there is a defenite correlation between the two. A counter arguement could be that they bowled everyday and actually went to that class that day and didn't hurt anyone, but shot up those people afterwards, so toes that mean that bowling caused the shotings? of course not, and the same goes for video games. the answer probably lies is, guess what, a third variable"
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  • +4 +8 -4 McKenzie Oct. 31, 2012
    "video games can be fun but they can get way out of hand for teens and some adults"
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  • +4 +9 -5 mike Oct. 24, 2012
    "no because you never hear shootings or killings because of a game most of the time its a movie or something. I also think the rules for buying games should stay the same because if parents complain about there child re-acting stuff from a game its the parents fault for buying them the game so the parents out that complain you shouldn't you baught the game for them"
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  • +4 +7 -3 Micheal Redd Sep. 17, 2012
    "Video games are not to blame. they have been around since Atari, and kids have been playing since then. if a kid goes and shoots up his school then they were being bullied or there are family conflict 99.9% of the time. if a parent is STUPID, YES I SAID STUPID, enough to give a F$*%*% firearm to a child then its there fault, and they need to keep the guns and knives locked up in a gun locker with 1 key in the locked inside and the other stashed away other than obvious spots. That being said, before anyone goes to blame video games stop and think to yourself " did that parent care enough to put an end to the problems or keep that gun locked up" if the answer is no then MAYBE, MAYBE, MAYBE, you can blame games. But i dont think the answer will be no."
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  • +4 +9 -5 rick Sep. 17, 2012
    "no i think that sometimes i just really want to play modern warfare 3 I think i will not hurt anyone will it"
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  • +4 +9 -5 Alexis Sep. 3, 2012
    "Because just playing a video game that involves death and everything doesn't make a person crazy, there had to be something mentally wrong before they even played with a violent game. Or outside factors that made them want to make the game a reality."
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  • +4 +9 -5 Name Withheld Aug. 1, 2012
    "I have played multiple first peron shooters, shot real guns, and watched R rated movies. none of these in combination with violent video games have sparked violence in myself or any people I know who have done these things."
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  • +3 +3 0 jeremy May. 1, 2014
    "violent video games are not something to take lightly. violent video games are not for the yough or the mentaly unstable. it is the parents fault because:
    1. you should know what your kid can and can not handle
    2. your a parent, know what your kids doing
    3. play it yourself or look it up to see if its ok before you buy the game.
    people complain that its the game or the kids fault. its clearly the parents fault for buying the game in the first place."
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  • +3 +3 0 Chloe Apr. 26, 2014
    "What's wrong with video games? The real violence comes from bad parenting. If you find out that your child Is misbehaving at school, then you should have a talk to them about fantasy vs real life. I love video games and I'm not violent at all. Many people think that young kids are stupid and unexperienced people, but I'm sure they know better than to go and attack people just after playing Minecraft or something. And even if violence comes from video games in a few cases, why ban everyone from the fun?"
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  • +3 +3 0 Dakota Smith Mar. 21, 2014
    "Kids are naturally impressionable. Anything seen in the media can have an effect on someone's kid. I'd also like to point that American culture in general is just violent. I just don't see the correlation to specifically video games. It just doesn't make sense to me that if I run over my friend in Halo or something, that I might as well be running him over in real life. Personally, I'd be scarred if I watch someone get murdered but a video game just doesn't have the same effect. It's important to differentiate between game worlds and the real world, which children are more than capable to do."
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  • +3 +3 0 Light's Blade Feb. 9, 2014
    "Obviously, video games do not contribute to violence in society. The only "evidence" that anybody has about this point is the fact that killers play killing games. It's no surprise that people who are into killing people play games that allow them to do that. Furthermore, violent behavior has been prominent LONG before video games. That's not debatable."
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    • +1 +1 0 Harahn Hill-Bruce Feb. 11, 2014
      "I completely agree! What they say doesn't make much sense at all!"
  • +3 +3 0 StinkySocksRock Jan. 28, 2014
    "I say that video games absolutely do not contribute to youth violence! Like what the heck?! I have Borderline Personality Disorder--look it up and click the first link--and I play violent VGs and I don't have the slightest urge to go out and commit violence upon others. I may think about it, but I am a girl and I have BPD. But having violent thoughts is way different than actually using the violence {Citing Frank Gaskill (PhD) and Dave Verhaagen [PhD(Founding and Managing Partners of Southeast Psych)]}. I actually used a cite reference on this site. Ba-bam! Anyways, I hope that you Pro people really think about which side you choose before you make a mistake. Plus, the Con side has WAY more comments AND has better arguments. Yes there are FBI files on this subject, but the FBI isn't always right. Nobody is completely correct, we are imperfect. We are human."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Mitchell Roberts Jan. 14, 2014
    "The honest truth is, video games help the community in several directions. Education, Comedy, Emotion, and even the U.S. economy, would be worse without games like these. It helps education by increasing one's hand-eye coordination, not being a killer, it can also teach new literature techniques, perfect for writing great suspense or mystery. Comedy for those famous gamers logic for games like Pokemon, Diablo, and The Elder Scrolls. And the economy, oh i think the U.S national debt would be 1.5 times larger without the gaming community existing, it has a high revenue rate, it helps create jobs for game designing, it helps create resumes, the most famous reason being Mathew Patrick, AKA MatPat13, the host of Youtube's Game Theroy. It got him a decent acting carrier. And it does not promote violence! If anything it PREVENTS violence. It helps blow off steam on something that's not something like a pet or relative, just characters and people who have no purpose in life, like Grunts. So, in other words, violence in games is a good thing."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Julz P@nd@ Dec. 11, 2013
    "I'm 12 and play these games all of the time! I'm also one of the happiest people I know lol. I'd say in junior high, 99 out of 100 kids you see plays these games, and most of them aren't going to "get an rpg and blow up their laundry." a lot of this tv violence crap has more to do with the maturity level of the kid then their mentality or what video games/tv shows they watch or play."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Austin Lepak Dec. 11, 2013
    "Violent video games do not turn everyone who pays them into murderers. If it did, then everyone who played Mario would want to hit everyone in the head with a hammer, and people who played Legend of Zelda would want to stab everyone with a sword, but they don't. These violent shootings had other factors going into them, like the Connecticut shooter had a mental illness"
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  • +3 +3 0 gochisox Dec. 9, 2013
    "the idea is ridiculous, does every time you read a book like American Psycho make you want to murder hookers, does watching CSI or Criminal Minds make you want to go and hake a human skin suit. The idea that video games have been singled out is just plain ridiculous, its simply some political guy pandering for votes yet people take it seriously it really is sad"
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  • +3 +3 0 Thomy Nov. 27, 2013
    "Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook shooter, played DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION. DANVE DANCE REVOLUTION IS WHERE YOU DANCE, NOT KILL PEOPLE!!! JEEZ!

    JAMES HOLMES, THE THEATER SHOOTER. HE PLAYED GUITAR HERO. APPARENTLY HE LOVED GUITAR HERO. HE NEVER PLAYED VIOLENT GAMES.
    STOP BLAMING VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES FOR STUFF LIKE THIS.
    And by the way, there is a video game that can help fight cancer."
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    • 0 0 0 AVeryKindGuy Dec. 2, 2013
      "Agreed I also did some poking around at the guitar hero and James Holmes and it is all true... wish you'd mention the name of the cancer fighting game"
  • +3 +3 0 josh chapman Nov. 18, 2013
    "i don't think that all the games have any effect. i play M rated games all the time and i don't go around shooting people. i think that its the person playing the game is responsible for there own actions for being stupid enough to believe that people can re-spawn after dying."
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  • +3 +3 0 C.L. LeBeau Nov. 14, 2013
    "A big problem is that a lot of people think that if a young kid starts playing "Call of duty black ops 2" online that they will turn into a crazy murder. The TRUTH in my opinion is that if a kid plays CoD (call of duty) then, gets really mad THEN, goes on a killing spree then video games were not the reason. If that kid went on a killing spree then It WAS NOT video games they were already going to do that and they need help.
    -C.L. LeBeau"
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  • +3 +3 0 BlaizeJ Nov. 14, 2013
    "i think that people shound somewhat play violint vidiogames because that way they could get their anger out harmlesly, so in a way vidio games could acctually help people not want to kill/hurt people instead of making them want to kill/hurt people."
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  • +3 +3 0 Mr.Man Nov. 13, 2013
    "The Parents themselves MUST ok it with the seller, or they will not be able to get the game."
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  • +3 +3 0 C.L. LeBeau Nov. 13, 2013
    "A big problem is that a lot of people think that if a young kid starts playing "Call of duty black ops 2" online that they will turn into a crazy murder. The TRUTH in my opinion is that if a kid plays CoD (call of duty) then, gets really mad THEN, goes on a killing spree then video games were not the reason. If that kid went on a killing spree then It WAS NOT video games they were already going to do that and they need help.-- In my opinion of Course. q:P"
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  • +3 +5 -2 Tim... Nov. 13, 2013
    "Jesus killed his dog, and he didn't play video games. This is factually correct."
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  • +3 +3 0 another 17 year old Nov. 12, 2013
    "First off who do they interview for this honestly most of it is such bs because as a 17 year old i have no interest in killing any one or even wanting to kill some one. Not only that but the games specially say m for mature."
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  • +3 +3 0 another 17 year old Nov. 12, 2013
    "Who dosnt try to take over naval bases with massive warships after doing that in battle pirates."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Jack Treof Nov. 8, 2013
    "The child may choose to play the games but then the child can choose to act that way or act as a role model for later generations."
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  • +3 +3 0 Stephen C Nov. 6, 2013
    "Statistics show that kids with mental and pshycological problems or more prone to be violent from a video game then kids with normal mental health. No one should ever blame a video game or company with teen mass shootings WHY? First off Video games have a age and content info on the game package just for the person to purchase the game; If the parent dose not know the dangers of the game and buys them for an example grand theft auto and he or she ends up shooting up a public place it is THE PARENTS FAULT FOR NOT READING THE FINE PRINT! Thats my whole opinion on why parents and critics use video game as a scapegoat!"
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  • +3 +3 0 a 17 year old Nov. 6, 2013
    "have you ever asked us teenagers oh wait no you asked the ones who haven't played a single violent video game in their life the 5 to 7 year olds you people who say that a violent video game causes violence it helps lessen our violence because we are harming fake people not real, fake. understand the fact that you asked the wrong group you just wanted a scapegoat to blame something why not blame people who were constantly put down by their parents hmm, why not the ones who were bullied in an ever constant loop to create a new bully oh wait you didn't think of this the people on con did you phd motha truckas didn't. see how i, a teenager held my swearing back lol"
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    • 0 0 0 TheCakeIsNotALie Nov. 12, 2013
      "You did in fact hold back your swearing. being a 17 year old its no doubt youv probobly been itroduced to games that swear left and right. Just an exmple of how people can tell what you can do in a fake world and what you can do in a real one"
  • +3 +3 0 Brynna Grassmuck Nov. 4, 2013
    "I am a Con because I am a teenager who plays very violent video games and I show no result of violence because of the video games."
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  • +3 +3 0 John Nov. 1, 2013
    "Video games are hardly the cause for violence in our world today and in the future"
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  • +3 +3 0 Kayleah Nov. 1, 2013
    "Could people be trying to find another excuse just to point fingers because in the 1950's people pointed at comic books for kids bad behavior!"
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  • +3 +3 0 garrett Oct. 29, 2013
    "there is no way to prove it"
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  • +3 +3 0 Mike Oct. 29, 2013
    "I am a teen of 17 years and I have played every violent video game out there. I've played everything from Call of Duty to Grand Theft Auto to Halo. Honestly I have never been in a fight and I actually fear being put in that situation."
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  • +3 +3 0 Xaivier Oct. 25, 2013
    "Well you can never be 100% sure. Everyone has there own mind and there own ways. For me I have been playing games since I was a little from Donkey Con were it rewards you to kill other objects that get in your way. To Mario were you kill everything. I have also played other games from when i was about 7 like Saints Row, GTA, to Scarface the game. All together though I chose that it is there own mind and body that matter. To take what they see and to put it how ever they want in the end i enjoy violent video games and even doing a school project on it. This website has helped me out a lot more than what I expected. Thanks"
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  • +3 +3 0 avideogameplayer Oct. 24, 2013
    "violent video games are a way for teens get rid of there anger and agression. another way to get rid of agression is to play football. if you argue agenst this, try a violent video game for yourself, you may get rid of some of your anger."
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  • +3 +3 0 the king Oct. 23, 2013
    "i think video game does no promote violence, becaues for people in the PRO side all use to play video game when they were little and some of them are violence."
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  • +3 +5 -2 Justin Peacock Oct. 21, 2013
    "Video games do not promote violence. Some video games involve killing, shooting, stabbing, mutilating, and other ways of killing things. However, other games involve peaceful objectives. Many people play "violent" video games. Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row, Left 4 Dead, Dead Riding, Chivalry, and other violent games are just a small portion of video games I play. I am young. I have never hit anyone. Instead of killing people ion real life, I am sitting here typing this argument."
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  • +3 +4 -1 PichuBee Oct. 18, 2013
    "If someone goes crazy from video games, they were crazy anyway. STOP BLAMING VIOLENT GAMES FOR VIOLENT PEOPLE! It's like saying "All the killers watch the news, ban watching the news from everyone." It's stupid to blame something like a game on a murder. It's a game and everyone knows it. It's not something you need to do in real life. Besides, it violates an amendment to ban them."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Stranger The Steef Oct. 15, 2013
    "I have played PLENTY of violent games in my life, a lot of first-person shooters, mainly Metroid Prime or Half-Life 2, or fighting games, like Smash Bros., and I never once had an urge to punch someone's face in, or grab a gun and shoot people because there would be item pickups. NO, that doesn't happen in real life. As a person diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, I let video games be a creative outlet for me. I have created a lot of fan-made drawings and digital paintings from my experiences playing games over the course of my life. I enjoy video games because a lot of them have a deep storyline, something I can immerse myself in for hours on end. To all gamers who see this, let your imagination roam free when you play, it helps with stress relief, and builds a foundation for anyone to expand their creativity."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Kcat Oct. 10, 2013
    "Not every video game player plays violent video games. I myself play video games and I am very very nice."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Matt Brown Oct. 7, 2013
    "Violent video games gives children an outlet, an imaginary punching bag, if you will. Also, they help to build a child's imagination."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Jordan Oct. 3, 2013
    "I can't stand people saying violent acts are caused by gaming. I love violent games. Not Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty, but beat-em-ups like Street Fighter or Final Fight. But people blame GTA for violence, blame the IDIOTIC PARENTS who let their kids play them. Blame the fact that people are stupid and don't notice it's not the KIDS, but rather the PARENTS. Sub-Zero's fatality from Mortal Kombat started the ESRB rating system. We have that system for a reason. So kids won't get scared or won't have violence. If a young child plays GTA, they're going to believe it's real. My cousin is 7 and he's violent because his dad played GTA when he was 3. 3 YEARS OLD! That is too young for a child to be watching that. I'm 17 and I think games like that are what I should be playing. I should play CoD, or GTA, but I play Pokemon and Golden Sun and other games that are violent, but can't happen in real life. They're fun and they don't "corrupt kids minds." Have your child play Pokemon, they'll probably like it."
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  • +3 +4 -1 xelor Oct. 2, 2013
    "People said this with movies and it don't appear"
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  • +3 +4 -1 Dragon Quest Lover Sep. 19, 2013
    "This is a hard topic. My father loves playing farcry, where on the other hand, I detest watching him kill animals. I know that that is a violent game. But where do you limit it as "violent"? Mario is for "every one", but the entire point of the game is to throw fire, ice, jump on, hit with a shell, or use star power to defeat monsters. Is mario not violent? Peoples' veiws on 'violence' ranges from person to person. Who are you to judge it?"
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  • +3 +8 -5 Cryrp Sep. 18, 2013
    "If you don't wont your kids to be violent, then don't buy them the dang game! ESRB is there for a reason....."
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  • +3 +5 -2 Wolfie Sep. 14, 2013
    "Videogames do NOT contribute to youth violence! The problem is that people need a scapegoat. they find a little coincidence and freak out. Correlation does NOT mean causation! I am a gamer myself and the violent, m-rated videogames that I love never made me think any more violently than I normally would. For me they are a way to vent anger and stress and help me feel more alert and happy."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Jullian Aug. 15, 2013
    "My question is why don't we make a comparation between the advantages and disavantages if young people play violient games? As far as I'm concerned, playing games is the best way to release stress. When you were put under pressure, I'm sure that you will do somethings to throw stress away, and violient games can help you."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Slenderman May. 31, 2013
    "I think this whole "violent video games" thing is getting real annyoying. You realise it is only happening because the government is too lazy to find the real reason for these shootings so they just say, oh im sure he plays videogames we'll blame that. It's sickening! Violent video games are a way to vent your anger in a non-violent way! I am a game developer and it just makes me mad to think that what if one of my games were banned for being "too violent" I also have my 3 video games I play often, Skyrim, Hitman, and Mortal Kombat and they are all considerd violent but I can see nothing wrong with them, I play as Reptile in Mortal Kombat but you dont see me gouging out people eys, how do you explain that? You might say "oh its only if that person is prone to violent behaivier" but then you would just be proving my point! That person needs help, and the government should be foccusing on getting them help not trying to off violent video games. Its like guns guns dont kill people, people kill people with those guns but you dont see the government trying to ban guns, oh wait you do! There is just so much wrong with the government today! And I cant believe america is so lazy that they just listen to Obama's every word!"
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  • +3 +3 0 Sparkz May. 13, 2013
    "Video games aren't the main factor in this equation. Honestly, the news channels have us thinking video games are the problem, when really it's just circumstantial if a violent person uses video games as an outlet. Would murderers exist without video games? I love playing video games, and the violent games I play only make me more freaked out about war and criminals."
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  • +3 +9 -6 Ringo Lapua May. 11, 2013
    "I'm an adult over 60 years old and have and still sponsor a Battlefield (2, 2142, Bad Company and 3) Clan with over 270 registered members ranging from ages 12 to 70. In BF2142, I personally was ranked among the top four team commanders in the world and 2nd in the USA. 99% of the guys I play with are great people from ALL walks of life. We all know it's a game. Every now and then we discover a member who has personality defects during his 3 month trial membership. If we on the board determine that he does not quality or get along with other members, we ban him. Biggest problems with video games are the hackers - dishonest unethical players who cheat and ever WORSE, the hacker makers who sell the hacks to these players. Our legislators should put these hack creating companies OUT OF BUSINESS. Most crazies like Adam Lanza HACK (I know this for a fact since I deal with players daily) because they have to be noticed and want to win at all costs to soothe their egos. BAN THE HACKS and you will rid violent games of the MENTALLY ILL. Sad, but that is too easy for idiots who want to ban big sodas, all guns all video game, action movies etc. GET THE PICTURE!."
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    • 0 0 0 Derp May. 14, 2013
      "The mentally ill don't go to hacks like you think they do. People go to hacks because they think it's a quick and easy way to win, and want to make people angry sometimes. Mostly they want to win though."
  • +3 +4 -1 Danny May. 7, 2013
    "Just because kids play violent video games does not mean that they are going to go shoot something up or beat up some kid. There are nice kids out there that play video games all day and are not violent. I play a game called Aion where i kill things with a huge axes to level up and im not going out there trying to attack people with a huge axe. Some people get there anger out in fun like Live Action Role Play and other things other then "going and shooting up a school" they just want a reason to get violent video games off the street its kind of over the top that any violent youth crime they try to blam on video games. Half of teen violence is caused by gang violence and fathers leaving there sons with an empty place. Thats what they should be focused on not on videogames"
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  • +3 +4 -1 a name Apr. 23, 2013
    "in school i know a lot about ww2 and ww1 and the names of battles because i play call of duty until i played the original black ops i did not even know why americans and russians were fighting about in the cold war but now i do. also if i get into a situation if i was in the army i would look to my childhood and remember what would be the best way to handle it so call of duty is like a simulator and simulators are very informational to like very."
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  • +3 +3 0 Mike Apr. 18, 2013
    "No because instead of it contributing to violence it helps the imagenation grow and be more active"
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  • +3 +4 -1 Shaun Apr. 10, 2013
    "Because people have to make their own decisions video games don"t make it for them."
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  • +2 +2 0 Josh May. 22, 2014
    "I wonder if anyone has stop to think that people said the same thing about rock and roll back in the day, saying that it would "corrupt the minds of children" and last I checked they turned out ok."
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  • +2 +2 0 Him May. 19, 2014
    "violent video games do exactly the opposite of what the media claims. they vent violence not create it.when playing video games what games make you want to throw your controller those are the high difficulty high reward games.violence is a result of a lack of control an involvement."
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  • +2 +2 0 dont worry about it May. 15, 2014
    "i believe that if you think violent video games contributes to actual violence you should be put into a nut house"
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  • +2 +3 -1 Joshua-Ian Olson Apr. 30, 2014
    "most kids know the difference between real life and a video game."
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  • +2 +2 0 Tyler Apr. 24, 2014
    "Guns don't kill people...people kill people"
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  • +2 +3 -1 Jonathan Salcido Apr. 20, 2014
    "If anything videogames teach people how to think. I'm 17 now but I've been playing violent video games throughout my life and I cam say it's transformed me into a far better person. Final Fantasy is fantasy violence and its my favorite game series. The various storylines are magnificently heart-touching and beautiful, if anything violent video games made me more empathetic, someone who sees both sides, reasonable, and caring. Video gaming has also laid out a future for me as well because I plan on working for Square Enix. Another thing anybody who continues to say it leads children around 4-12 become more defiant and violent, IT'S BECAUSE YOUR CHILDREN SHOULDN'T BE PLAYING THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE, there's a rating system specifically meant for this reason. Even if you can't help but give into their plead to get the game it's your responsibility to teach them to be ethical. It isn't the games fault, its the persons fault for neglecting the child. Another thing, people don't give kids, teens, and other video gamers credit for being able to rationalize fantasy from reality and knowing what's right from wrong. VIDEO GAMES ARE FOR ENTERTAINMENT NOT INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE. We as people should know that by now."
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  • +2 +3 -1 Anonymous Mar. 28, 2014
    "No because it helps relieve stress if you're angry at someone or something"
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  • +2 +3 -1 Harahn Hill-Bruce Feb. 11, 2014
    "I believe that video games don't really contribute to violence 'cuz I'm a teen and I'm not violent at all. I play violent games all the time, though. I don't see much wrong with them."
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  • +2 +9 -7 Jesus Christ Feb. 10, 2014
    "I really like PUNCAKE! Thank you for reading."
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  • +2 +2 0 Guy Feb. 7, 2014
    "It is what the youth does to a person, but you can't blame video games because many people play and they are not usually in trouble. They could learn this violence from parents"
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  • +2 +2 0 Kasem Feb. 5, 2014
    "We can all agree that what we see powerfully affects us. But that doesn't excuse us from being decent human beings, or from making morale choices. What we choose to watch and how we react is up to us. The baby boom generation grew up watching hundreds of hours of violent tv. They dressed up like davy crockett with his trusty rifle betsy, like hopalong cassidy with his pearl handle six shooters. And what was the result of all of this make believe tv violence?They grew up to be a generation that marched against war, and preached peace, love and flower power. People got live feeds of the Vietnam War to their TV, and what happened? There was a anti war movement. We make choices, we are creatures of free will, and violent video games do not contribute to youth violence, because nothing these video games depict is close to what people of past generations saw."
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  • +2 +2 0 mohamad Jan. 24, 2014
    "I do not think video games cause violnece because no matter what game you buy you are the player and it is your choice to do something,therefore it is not the videogame's fault but yours.Videogames like gta dont require you to do the mission it asks....you can just do anything you want. Even games like call of duty dont casue violence because the games show what happens in war,not everyday life so if you choose to take a gun and shoot somebody in real life it's your fault....Deal with it/ its not like the videogame told you to do it."
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  • +2 +2 0 Black Mambaaaa Jan. 24, 2014
    "I think its good for us because we point out the bad stuff in the game. It also increases our reaction time. And our memory. It also works out our fingers and brain."
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  • +2 +3 -1 jake Jan. 22, 2014
    "I have played them for years and I do not feel aggressive. Maybe it is just some people who have problems that become murderers and insane."
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  • +2 +3 -1 alex sutton Jan. 17, 2014
    "Kids understand that if they do things like this they could get hurt or die"
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  • +2 +3 -1 dylan Dec. 17, 2013
    "yea lets go by there logic, since video games make me want to rob banks and pop some hoes, then let me go play dinner dash and maybe i can cook like chef Ramsey or wait lets play call of duty, and we can go around in public quick scoping some noobs, i swear people just get stupid, we all get screwed over eventually for there stupidity."
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  • +2 +5 -3 Anonymous Dec. 12, 2013
    "Video games have violence in them. Just like movies, just like books, just like art, just like real life. If we're blaming video games for violence then we're also blaming every art form there is, one of which is video games."
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  • +2 +3 -1 joseph cherry Dec. 10, 2013
    "no i don't think so because people don't kill because of a game they kill because of bullies and things like that"
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  • +2 +2 0 Unknown Dec. 9, 2013
    "Games dont kill people. People kill people"
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  • +2 +2 0 Zip Dec. 8, 2013
    "People just like to point fingers. It's been happening for years, comic books, rock n roll, rap, and anything else with violence has been blamed. In about a decade or so, people will blame the next thing. It's not that complex."
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  • +2 +2 0 Highschoolstudent Dec. 5, 2013
    "I don't think it does because I play all the violent games myself but I'm as calm as a cucumber. I get accused of being a stoner and a hippy all the time at school but when I get home I'm hacking peoples heads off and sawing grunts in half in games like Gears of War and Skyrim. I'm also a owner of many guns in real life and I know gun safety. It's the people who don't that cause trouble"
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  • +2 +4 -2 raymond Dec. 5, 2013
    "no because most kids know right from wrong"
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  • +2 +3 -1 Muhkay Dec. 5, 2013
    "No, Video games are just for fun. if someone is going crazy over them, than it would be the gamer him/her self. Video games are fun and exciting. Call of duty and Grand theft auto 5 are the most fun games and thats what there for. JUST FUN"
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  • +2 +3 -1 denver Dec. 5, 2013
    "it lets us take are anger out on something else."
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  • +2 +3 -1 Andrew J. Dec. 4, 2013
    "Video game violence allows kids to vent their anger without actually hurting anyone-trust me, I use this technique to prevent stress, it can be satisfying to attack someone without actually harming a real person."
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  • +2 +2 0 brett Dec. 4, 2013
    "now video games do not make people kill its the preson that dose"
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  • +2 +2 0 Peter Dec. 3, 2013
    "The mass shootings people fuss over video games about are usually caused by mental health issues or other background issues. It's like blaming a fork for obesity."
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  • +2 +3 -1 Adam Mahan Dec. 2, 2013
    "There is no feasible evidence of violence caused by mentally healthy children. These studies are obviously biased and unfair."
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  • +2 +3 -1 AVeryKindGuy Dec. 2, 2013
    "Even if there was a crackdown on things like Call of Duty Ghosts and GTA and the sort, there would still be youths playing those things still because parents and older siblings will still be bringing in things like Grand Theft Auto five and then the smaller siblings will start playing that and the like.

    "Violent video games have been BLAMED for school shootings..."

    This phrase comes from this site and the only part I changed is capitalizing blamed

    See, blamed does NOT mean that it was video games. Most kinds in our community don't give a flying baked potato about the gamestop that restricted the rated M games.

    Not that I should care, because my mom restricted my rated T arsenal because my little brother is 9"
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  • +2 +5 -3 criminologyphd Nov. 29, 2013
    "Research has shown very little link between violence and video games. Meta-analyses have demonstrated that the effect size of those studies that do show a link is extremely small.
    Better, more salient factors determine if someone will be violent, and choosing video games as a scapegoat merely diverts attention away from the United States' real problems of gun control, mental illness care, poverty, bullying and racism that leads to more concrete causes of violence.

    Similarly none of these studies has examined the gaming population as a whole, and may focus on college students. College students aren't a generalizable sample, so the likelihood that these psychology experiments can really conclusively link violence and video gaming together using their methods is highly in question."
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  • +2 +2 0 Cody L. Nov. 25, 2013
    "Blaming violent video games is just another way that people are attempting to "justify" violent acts. Thousands of people have committed violent acts, "justified" by religious, political, and social beliefs. The fact of the matter is that, people will continue to commit violent acts, and it's much easier for someone to say "Virtual shootings lead to real violence" versus "Some people have real psychological problems, and would harm others with or without violent media""
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  • +2 +2 0 josh Nov. 21, 2013
    "I dont know why people think video games cause any type of violence to the players i did my own test with my own 2 4 year old bro's im 12 and i let my First brother play gta 5 for one week and let himm kill and all that stuff and i let my second brother only watch like spongebob and i seen no change in behaviour"
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  • +2 +2 0 Zachary Blanton Nov. 21, 2013
    "Video games are a scapegoat for so many violent crimes committed in this country. It's like guns, banning video games would not stop violence and it would be a huge infringement on constitutional rights. The fact is, that parents do not do their job as parents, therefore when their children act out violently, they try to blame everything under the sun to justify the violence. They never once look at themselves and say, "Hm, maybe I should have been a better parent." Never will you see or hear a parent say that because bad parents will be quick to blame ANYTHING but themselves."
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  • +2 +2 0 Weston Nov. 19, 2013
    "That doesn't even apply to the violence in today's youth. And also school shootings are because of kids lives at home and what they are going through in their life."
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  • +2 +2 0 average human being Nov. 18, 2013
    "First of all why would people instantly point that video games cause violence, when there are plenty of other things that cause violence such as music, movies, YOUR OWN HOME, so why start with video games. how about the times before video games were even invented huh ever think about that."
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  • +2 +2 0 2chainz Nov. 15, 2013
    "I personally don't think it contributes to youth violence because in all honesty, most people who play these games are too busy gaming to go out and kill someone."
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  • +2 +2 0 Alex Fulkerson Nov. 15, 2013
    "No personaly im a gamer and i think that violent games dont contribute youth violence. The youth pick whats there faith but it doesnt contribute violence.war games teach you about guns and how to use them and about some of our history and how to use vehichles.dont get me started on the government taking away guns."
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  • +2 +6 -4 a random user Nov. 12, 2013
    "Me being an active dark souls player, i totally on any normal day go look for red rocks, throw them in the air assuming i will invade someones world and then attempt to murder them. All in a days work i guess"
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  • +2 +5 -3 jdkjpels Oct. 14, 2013
    "The amount of youth violence has not gone up over te years during which the violent video games in question have been released nor are these games listed in the reasons for youth violence"
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  • +2 +9 -7 Marie Sep. 27, 2013
    "Almost everyone plays video games , but if you start to notice it's effecting you towards the negative, you should honestly stop playing and leave games for those who are stable, violent games or not."
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  • +2 +5 -3 Like it up Sep. 9, 2013
    "It's not the game that makes the killer kill, it's the killer itself. They had the problem, it's not the game that made them do it. Why not ban violence movies as well? Don't they have a part in it? NO!"
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  • +2 +6 -4 Jin Jul. 25, 2013
    "ive played games since i got out of my diapers just about,since i was young ive played grand theft auto, tekken, mortal kombat, ect. but i also played history games. one of my history teacher flat out and told the class i was one of her smartest students one year. it wasnt because i made A's (come to think of it think i made C's and D's), it was because i had knowledge past the books. this was still in elementary too, so the history books tended to lie. it was because of video games i became interested in history.

    i say elementary history books tend to lie because i find hiding things or covering up things lieing. like they tell you that the pilgrims came to America and made England into the bad guy, but in reality the reason they left was because that religion came into power, killed the ruling king and made a militaristic dictatorship for 9 years. they also went around slautering the irish too. really look up oliver cromwell or go to ireland and yell that name. england kinda kicked them out after cromwell died."
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  • +2 +15 -13 kathy Nov. 6, 2012
    "It woudn't be fair if it woud be illegal tonot buy violent video games oniy for 20 and up"
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  • +1 +1 0 Kyle Jun. 3, 2014
    "NO.
    Those people for the pro, that are saying YES, video games do help, are just anti-video game. Or they don't care about people with cancer.
    Because there is a video game called Re-Mission that can help kids fight cancer. AND IT FREAKIN' WORKS!!!!!
    Anyway. But that's not the point. The Sandy Hook shooter? He loved to play DanceDance Revolution. NOT CALL OF DUTY! BIG SURPRISE HUH? And the guy who shot people at the theatre in wherever (can't remember right now) preferred Guitar Hero to Halo.

    Fine. You can call me a gamer, a video-game lover. But at least check the darn facts!
    So get your facts straight, for christ's sake!"
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  • +1 +1 0 Jordan May. 29, 2014
    "Parents tell/teach there kids to not do things like don't swear, don't be a bad kid. So if there parents buy their kid a curtain video-game, then that means its there fault for buying them that video-game. I am a gamer, and I've been playing for a really long time now, and I'm pretty sure that I don't kill people. People who are a gamer and kill people, kill people because of what happens to them in their life, and what happens in there environment. So the people who blame violence because of video-games, are wrong. The people who are violent, be violent also because of their life. If someones life is great and there parents are always nice to them, then the kid would be a good person. If the persons life is terrible and there parents are mean and hate them, then the kid would be a murderer, robber, etc."
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  • +1 +1 0 Christian Roscoe May. 20, 2014
    "I played GTA 3 when I was 5, I've played every CoD since World at War with the exception of Ghosts (mainly because I play Battlefield now), I've played all of the Gears of Wars in the series, look me up on google. Have I killed anyone? Have I done anything violent? Hell, I don't even have a criminal record. So to say that someone playing a certain type of video game makes them act something is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard."
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  • +1 +1 0 Cod God May. 13, 2014
    "No"
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  • +1 +1 0 jared May. 12, 2014
    "No and my reason for this is if i play a football game, it doesnt make me want to go and be a football star or make me into one.when i play video games it relives stress. if i were a super stressed out person that was violent this would relive stress causing me to be less violent if anything."
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  • +1 +1 0 The Doctor May. 6, 2014
    "the point is its all about the environment they grow up in not the games cuz kids can play games and not do anything bad some play to escape what goes on in there life so you can judge someone like this im so con for this"
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  • +1 +1 0 Caroline Martin May. 1, 2014
    "I think some people are predisposed to violence."
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  • +1 +1 0 The Voice of Reason Apr. 23, 2014
    "If DOOM II taught people how to kill, how come they had to buy the license to it and MODIFY THE CORE GAME MECHANICS to make Marine Doom?!"
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  • +1 +1 0 Lee Apr. 18, 2014
    "Obviously its not the games fault, its the poor decision makeing + 1st of all the parent or guardian should of never bought the game if they knew it was gonna impact the kid"
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  • +1 +1 0 Sydney Apr. 18, 2014
    "Video games don't contribute to violence because I've been playing them since I was three and I've never beat anyone up or stuff like that"
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  • +1 +1 0 Bob Apr. 15, 2014
    "VIDEO GAMES ARE BOSS!!!!"
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  • +1 +1 0 Jaret Mar. 31, 2014
    "no because there fun"
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  • +1 +1 0 Kevin G Mar. 26, 2014
    "Hi my name is Kevin I am 15 years old and I disagree with Violent Video Games being connected with Youth Violence because of the simple fact that I have been playing the Grand Theft Auto video game series along with other M-rated video game series since I was only 5 years old and I have never got in a real fight at all with anybody in my life yet!"
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  • +1 +1 0 Gamer X Mar. 21, 2014
    "I get more violent playing NBA 2K14 than I do playing call of duty"
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    • 0 0 0 Anthoney Armelin Apr. 22, 2014
      "hell yeah"
  • +1 +1 0 Max Mar. 12, 2014
    "I am Con because the ratings of games are there for a reason, and if it is the parents of young children that want to expose their children to that then they have to explain to them that 'When you play, It is all fake. When you die in real life you don't "Respawn"'"
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  • +1 +1 0 Dillbert Mar. 3, 2014
    "Violent games are fun!"
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