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Last updated on: 10/6/2014 2:08:29 PM PST

Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?

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  • +105 +235 -130 .-. May. 9, 2014
    "i say it depends on the on the person"
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    • +2 +3 -1 clarisa May. 19, 2015
      "you can say that"
  • +24 +157 -133 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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    • +6 +8 -2 Tyler Feb. 12, 2015
      "This isnt a pro argument"
    • -2 +1 -3 Rebecca Jan. 30, 2015
      "we are doing a school projects and im pro too..."
    • -2 +3 -5 william Jan. 12, 2015
      "im kinda pro but i also take out my anger"
    • -2 +3 -5 tony Jan. 12, 2015
      "i believe you man thats soooo true"
  • +13 +78 -65 Jasmine Morris Jan. 20, 2015
    "It depends on your home life,home life,and mental stablilty"
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    • +2 +2 0 Quentin Mar. 2, 2015
      "Yeap You Are Right, Ps. Quentin Lebleu"
  • +7 +8 -1 Read First letters Nov. 11, 2015
    "So in conclusion
    Everything can make
    Xtra Violence
    Nothing can stop
    It from happening
    So why worry?"
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  • +7 +12 -5 jason Oct. 22, 2015
    "It depends on how the person is"
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  • +2 +16 -14 jared conkel May. 19, 2015
    "Improves hand-eye coordination for teens and children"
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  • 0 +37 -37 Roshanna Feb. 27, 2015
    "I truly think it depends on the mind set of the person who plays the video games. So many people in the world play violent video game,and they are fine,some are the sweetest people ever. As one of my classmates stated he plays NFL games,but he hasn't become a famous football player."
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    • +1 +1 0 charles Apr. 16, 2015
      "this could count as pro and con"
  • -1 0 -1 Gideon Nov. 23, 2015
    "it makes kids more used to violence and they think that makes it OK."
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  • -2 +9 -11 Jordan Gibbs Jun. 4, 2015
    "I say it depends on the on the person"
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  • -3 +2 -5 Emily Villegas Oct. 23, 2015
    "I think it is contributed to youth violence because it encourages them to think that those violent things aren't bad and they get used to things like that which influences them to do things like that. Also must people after playing the game they start fighting with there relatives or like play around while still being violent."
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  • -3 +2 -5 Moses Oct. 23, 2015
    "according to news.health.com , violent games do contribute in making children more violent. In a study in 2014 it does make people more aggressive. In the Sandy Hooke incident the suspect in the scene was addicted to violent games."
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  • -4 +38 -42 Jack Westbrock Mar. 9, 2015
    "i think that it depends on the person. I play violent video games and im not violent but my friend plays violent video games and he is violent"
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    • -2 +1 -3 CoDBoy26 Mar. 10, 2015
      "Which friend because i know its not me"
  • -6 +2 -8 Snoopy Dog Oct. 22, 2015
    "GTA made a kid kill his mom. Video games are bad. Go outside and plant a tree"
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  • -6 +38 -44 I'm under your bed Feb. 3, 2015
    "I think it depends on how the kid reacts to the game"
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  • -7 +2 -9 cecy Oct. 23, 2015
    "i say video games do make kids more violent because it makes kids feel like killing or fighting is a good thing. It also shows that the more death there is in the video game the more the kids want to kill."
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  • -7 +4 -11 Eric Aug. 15, 2015
    "I played violent video games growing up, I also saw combat overseas and the video games did not make me more violent nor did they give me some kind of advantage in being more violent. I have not robbed a bank or murdered anyone because I am free of mental illness, those that do those kind of things did them because of mental illness and not because of the video game. they were pre-disposed to violent/aggressive behavior through genetics or are a product of their environment (home/street life) 99.9% of people can differentiate fantasy/real life and that .1% that cannot would have done something stupid eventually, video games or not!"
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  • -7 +12 -19 Mickayla THS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Violent video games do cause youth violence because not like a violent book or movie you can't control what's going on. I feel like violent video games teach kids its ok to do what they want because nothing will happen. Sooner or later they will expect that in real life, who to know what they will do if that doesn't happen? I also feel like people who think violent video games don't contribute to this factor its because they think that they had some psychological issues. Yes, that is a factor I'm not saying its not, but the violent video games influence this bad behavior and it will cause violent acts. The only way around this problem is follow the ratings. I feel like when a new technology comes out someone has to abuse the power to ruin it for the rest of us. As spider man once said, "With great power comes great responsibility." Not just video games with any new technology."
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    • +1 +1 0 Rahmeek Jun. 21, 2015
      "what if I told you bullying has been around way before videogames and it was a lot worse? what you forgot people who were killed just for wearing the wrong colors or being a certain skin color and those things still happen. I do not think gang members or hate groups have time to play games at all. grand theft auto has nothing to do with a child's self control. it has a lot to do with the parents not doing what they are suppose to do when the kid is young"
  • -7 +18 -25 BG Nov. 17, 2014
    "The part I think that most are missing is that there are those personalities that these extremely violent video games have a dramatic effect on and do influence their behavior. Then again so does the movie and television industry along with the news reporting agencies. You also have to look at the pharmaceutical side also. Younger kids exposed to all of the above can be greatly influenced and desensitized by it all making their responses to different situations unknown. Possibly making their responding behavior more violent based on those influences. The "Experts" can't even agree either way. I do believe the more we are desensitized, the greater the possibility."
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  • -8 +11 -19 Chania (THS) Mar. 1, 2015
    "Yes violent video games contribute to youth violence. People who get bully, they get their ideas from playing those violent games, and they want to hurt the peole that bully them. It like revenge. You hurt me and now I'm going to hurt you. Little kids shouldn't play these games because they are way too young to play the violent games."
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  • -8 +14 -22 LatrellTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Video Games do contribute to Youth Violence. Children think its okay to do things they see on video games. They have a bad influence on children. There were many incidences because of them. If parents watched what their kids played there would be any of these problems. Also kids should know right from wrong. There's a fault for both sides, Some games should be banned based on the violence. I do believe that there's some good coming from video games."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Justin Noah Mar. 23, 2015
      "If someone goes and shoots up a school and just happens to play CoD or GTA everyone blames the games i mean if someone does that they are crazy enough to do it and probably will even if they didn't play those games"
  • -8 +16 -24 xyphreonths Feb. 27, 2015
    "i think that violent video games do have something to do with youth violence because some kids do not know the difference between the same and the real world so they start to believe that it is okay to kill someone or kill the cops or run into cars there is just some much that probves that they contribete to youth violence"
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    • 0 0 0 FlyingSnail Mar. 12, 2015
      "Young children around the age of 6 will probably not know the difference between fiction and reality. But for those that do know the difference between the real and virtual world(the vast majority of people who play violent video games) the effect that violent video games have on behavior is negligible."
  • -8 +16 -24 AnyaTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Let's remember the question asked, Do Violent Video Games CONTRIBUTE to Youth Violence? Yes it is a factor. Based on the pass school and movie theater shootings in the past few years, the shooters played violent video games and EXPERTS said that these violent games were a factor. Meaning it did CONTRIBUTE to the violent acts."
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    • +2 +3 -1 Collin E. Campbell Apr. 15, 2015
      "I have a question for you. Did Hitler play a violent game and then go kill hundreds of people, no. Did you know that those "Experts" and "Researchers" are either being quick to blame, biased, or payed off. When further research was done. more than 60% of the murderers didn't own or play violent video games."
    • +2 +3 -1 A sane person Mar. 31, 2015
      "Um.... You do realize that half the time those "experts" are payed off, biased, or both, right?"
    • +2 +4 -2 FlyingSnail Mar. 12, 2015
      "I agreed with your first two sentences. But the rest of your comment I disagree with. Twice as many mass murderers read violent books then played violent video games. Should we ban violent books because of that?Also these "experts" probably don't realize that the mass murderers probably liked violent video games because of their violent content but most likely did not become violent because of violent video games. Also I believe paintball causes more violence than video games because you are purposefully shooting harmful projectiles at REAL people. Pressing a button on a controller to change pixels on a tv will not make people violent unless they have no sense of what reality and fantasy is."
  • -8 +14 -22 Debo Feb. 26, 2015
    "I honestly think that violent video games blur the lines between fiction and reality. This making youth think that violence is okay!"
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  • -8 +42 -50 Elizabeth C. Nov. 20, 2014
    "I (as a video game player ) say it depends on how mentally the player takes the game, how they act on the game, and how the y respond to it."
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  • -8 +30 -38 tyreese Nov. 17, 2014
    "it should be legal because its the user who makes it violent depending on the game and also for the school; shootings its not the gun that kills people its the person behind it."
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  • -8 +58 -66 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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    • +4 +7 -3 ALL_117 Oct. 24, 2014
      "I 100% agree with you, its the parents fault."
  • -8 +70 -78 Fartersu Maximum Mar. 2, 2014
    "I think it's good because it helps you to relax"
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    • -5 +5 -10 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."
  • -9 +12 -21 jim Mar. 6, 2015
    "i think it is bad for kids to play"
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  • -9 +9 -18 ayanna Feb. 25, 2015
    "violent video games can teach kids bad stuff"
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  • -9 +25 -34 RMF Feb. 13, 2015
    "Mw2 is the greatest game of all time so therefore mature rated games are great"
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  • -9 +20 -29 Andrew Nov. 24, 2014
    "No! People choose to play these games. If they can play, they should be able to control the way they react or get off the game!"
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    • -1 +1 -2 Layton Jan. 6, 2015
      "i agree with you and also the parent should be watching what the kids play. If they know that there kid has a anger issue the should not be letting them play a violent game such as gta or call of duty. many people like me can play a game and loose and it dose not make me feel like a want to go out and actually kill someone."
  • -9 +70 -79 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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    • +3 +3 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"
    • +1 +2 -1 GamerGirl Sep. 19, 2014
      "Why would you say yes when you just said its the kids choice? The video game doesn't make them violent. They choose."
  • -10 +13 -23 Noah Stachowiak Mar. 10, 2015
    "pro and con because it is the parents fault if they let there kids play violent video games and they are mentally unstable but i don't think anyone else but your parents should control your option to play video games"
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  • -10 +20 -30 Sarah Mar. 9, 2015
    "I'll have to go with pro. First it depends on the person, gets the stress out of the person who is playing the game, it helps them have faster reflexes, it help people think of objects from three diferent angles, and if they have more stress to get out there are more rounds to play. I know all of this for a fact, and I'm only 11."
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    • +1 +1 0 FlyingSnail Mar. 12, 2015
      "Having faster reflexes and thinking of objects from 3 different angles is good. It enables faster reaction to something like a cup falling off a table. Besides most people play video games to have fun."
  • -10 +21 -31 Dave Feb. 26, 2015
    "People tell me that I am very nice. And I play video games. Now am I bad?!?"
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    • +1 +2 -1 Jaxson Apr. 22, 2015
      "No your not I play violent Video games and everyone say that I'm a nice person so that's probably the same to you as well"
  • -10 +15 -25 bob Feb. 12, 2015
    "i agree there should not be any more of these games"
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    • +2 +2 0 sick of this shit... Mar. 29, 2015
      "I love how people pin the blame on video games when it comes to violence... Yet, you can go to a fucking supermarket and pick up a rifle without anyone budging an eyebrow...

      Yeh... games are the problem here. NOT"
    • +2 +2 0 Johnathan Mar. 24, 2015
      "No they let anger out in people there was also no proof that games cause violence. Just because news and government people say it is bad doesn't mean it deserves to be banned. Just watch what you play. I'm 12 and I just watch what I play to make sure I don't play too much violence."
    • +1 +2 -1 Ace Feb. 12, 2015
      "I say it depends on the person, I've played violent video games all my life, and I turned out fine. In fact, I find them very calming and they make for great stress relief. Crime was higher before violent games came out, just so you know.

      Also if these types of games would stop, then there would be an uproar about it. Personally I like violent games, though I do believe younger kids shouldn't be playing them. Not at least until they turn 13, 14, or even 15."
  • -10 +10 -20 heidi Feb. 11, 2015
    "that is a good job you guys gave me a lot of info"
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  • -10 +27 -37 Your Rights Jan. 22, 2015
    "I think we should keep video games. If we didn't we probably wouldn't have X Boxes and stuff like that. I mean think about it, almost every video game has killing. Why cant we have common scene? KILLING IS BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you think you can kill without getting in trouble or caught... THINK AGAIN!!! Keep the games and start making it a law that every school will teach kids not to follow the games. And show them what will happen if they do..............

    By:Your Rights"
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    • -1 0 -1 FlyingSnail Mar. 12, 2015
      "Games that have killing in them are marketed to a audience that already knows the consequences of killing in real life. If a parent or person is offended by a video game then simply don't buy it for your child. Also video games do have scenes showing killing is bad. No Russian in MW2, the ENTIRE GAME in Spec Ops:The Line. If more parents started to say that M rated games are equal in a lot of ways to PG:13 movies then there would be far less of a argument of whether or not children should play violent video games."
  • -10 +18 -28 Preston Jan. 13, 2015
    "How are these pro's?"
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  • -10 +25 -35 A Jr High Teen Jan. 12, 2015
    "k if everyone has had a chance to play a violent video games or any games at all not many of them will say "oh no i don't want to play that because it is violent" no they would say something like this "ya sure why not"teens are extremely acceptable to do almost anything, but if you can teach them to do the right thing and choose the right that acceptability can make them do incredible things. I would know because I was once a very acceptable teen now I focus on what is important like school, but violent video games help release my stress so I can stay focused."
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  • -10 +23 -33 michael Nov. 24, 2014
    "16. One pro is it can educate you on a certain level"
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    • 0 0 0 eYPiX Oct. 21, 2015
      "i'm michael and i APPROVE of this statment (i'm a different michael)"
  • -10 +65 -75 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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    • +4 +6 -2 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."
    • +1 +1 0 charles bunch Apr. 15, 2015
      "yes you are right there is responsible teens out there such as me. and yes it is all in how they handle it"
  • -11 +8 -19 James Mar. 22, 2015
    "I completely agree with the majority that video games don't have the power to make a person more violent. However, this statement is only a theory and theories have the chance to be wrong. If video game violence is not restricted, the worst case scenario is an unrestricted flow of violent inducing influences. But if video games are restricted then the worst case scenario is much milder. Sure it is probably true that video games don't harm kids mentally, but probably is a scary game to play. I may be sounding prude but lets play it safe and regulate violent video games a little more..."
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  • -11 +13 -24 Ashley Mar. 17, 2015
    "They can help develop hand-eye coordination early in their life."
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    • 0 0 0 clarisa May. 19, 2015
      "what do you mean about that"
  • -11 +12 -23 jim Mar. 6, 2015
    "it may be bad but they are also fun for kids"
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  • -11 +21 -32 MarqusTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "I say pro because I don't think violate video games causes kids to do violate thinks like kill people."
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  • -11 +12 -23 JoseTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "If a young person was perhaps younger than 6-years-old, and they played a game rated Mature+17, they will result to become more violent due to them believing that what happens in the game is okay to do in real life."
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  • -12 +4 -16 Samuel Apr. 23, 2015
    "I'd say it depends on the person, but they absolutely can in some cases. You have the "crime rates are going down while game sales are going up" argument, but the problem with this is that a lower crime rate doesn't necessarily mean fewer crimes. In a small town of a thousand people, a .1% murder rate means that a single person was killed. On the other hand, a large city with ten million people that has a murder rate of .05% would mean that fifty thousand people were killed. Just looking at the percentages, the murder of that single person appears to be more devastating than what, if it were real, would be one of the largest attacks in the history of the planet."
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    • +2 +2 0 Victor Greywolf May. 3, 2015
      "It also depends, if there are deeper psychological issues. Some people will take a shooting and claim it was video games that made people violent. Well, Seung Hui Cho was a shooter, and guess what, he NEVER played any violent video games whatsoever. Those violent tendencies come from deeper stemmed issues, such as bullying, or neglect, abuse (remember, the cycles of abuse often repeat) and things that are going on in the mind. It is not the video game companies responsiblity to babysit the kids, and teach them right from wrong. It is the PARENTS job to do that. Most parents are pretty stupid, because they leave their kids unsupervised, and are almost afraid of being a parent. I wish birth control existed for them, and they learned how to use it. Anywho, the fact of the matter is that violence comes from within a person. Lost of people play violent video games, and they turn out sane. It's nothing more than media hype. That's all it is in a nutshell. People were violent long before video games were around, and they will still be violent regardless, so stop blaming the game companies. If a person has those issues, try finding out why, and solve them, rather than blame companies, for the stupidity of parents. Have a great day."
  • -13 +8 -21 Prefer not to share May. 6, 2015
    "I have researched various studies on this topic, and my own personal analysis has come to the conclusion that video games do not simply "cause" violence; video games merely desensitize cognitive areas of the brain (esp. the amygdala) to violence, and therefore may lead a child/teen/adult to proceed with choices that have a less sympathetic viewpoint towards individuals who may be affected. I could argue that video games INDIRECTLY cause violent behavior. Video games desensitize us; that is essentially a fact. Do they cause violence: that's hard to prove. The trick, here, is to ask the right question."
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  • -13 +11 -24 debo Feb. 25, 2015
    "I think violent video games teach kids how to be killers!"
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    • +1 +1 0 FlyingSnail Mar. 12, 2015
      "If entertainment says something is acceptable it is teaching people. That is true. But by that logic Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings teach children to be violent killers. But teaching is not the same as learning. Learning comes through practice and repetition of an activity. To truly learn how to kill with a gun, a person would have to buy a gun, and go to a testing range learn how to use it. If young children play violent video games they may be taught that violence is ok. But that's what ratings and parents exist for. They can helpfully point impressionable children to sources of entertainment more suitable for them until they able to differentiate between fiction and reality."
    • 0 0 0 hunter Mar. 31, 2015
      "no way im not violent now am I"
    • 0 0 0 Johnathan B. Mar. 24, 2015
      "They teach us but it is up to us to know how to control ourselves"
  • -13 +14 -27 Jordan Dec. 3, 2014
    "Video games aren't for everyone if you guys are trying to end video games its not gonna work out. All these killings and shit are from crazy people who are addicted to video games and like watching people die. There is a reason certain games are rated M17+ little kids should not be able to play them its the parents fault for buying them the game in the first place."
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    • 0 0 0 Marco Dec. 8, 2014
      "whats the point when they already going to see killing and death when they get older"
  • -13 +14 -27 Maliekraymer Nov. 19, 2014
    "I think that the kids parents should let their children play violent video games because if your kids get beat up or gets a black eye then they should fight back and that's callled self diffence."
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  • -13 +12 -25 dan Aug. 27, 2014
    "No the studys measure obsessive compulsive behaviors in relation to measured typical lifestyles. Your son plays over 6 hours a day every day and the videos are based in combat or extreme violence then they try to relate in a normal social environment say school. And say they are bullied at school. Did I just describe the two Columbine shooters?"
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    • +5 +5 0 Keith Oct. 15, 2014
      "How do video games factor into this? The Columbine shooters didn't get the idea to rampage through school using Wolfenstein 3D and Doom 3 as a base line, now did they? If anything they got the idea from an outside source or rather perhaps they were both violent from the get go. And last time I checked, neither of the prior mentioned games teaches you how to flick off the safety on a gun."
  • -13 +18 -31 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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  • -14 +11 -25 Alastrine Nov. 20, 2014
    "Yeah my brother gets angry when i mess with him while he's playing COD:black ops then me and my YOUNGER brother get into fights when i tell him something important while hes playing a game"
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  • -14 +12 -26 Anonymous Nov. 17, 2014
    "In my opinion, all violent video games should be restricted to those under the age requirement. But although violent video games may influence those underage and even those eligible, it is also how the players view the game and how well they are parented."
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  • -14 +14 -28 B Oct. 29, 2014
    "Honestly, I think it depends on the person. A person's mental stability would probably increase or decrease a game's violent impact on that particular person's morals and mental stability."
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  • -14 +9 -23 alphano Oct. 27, 2014
    "wow, i never knew bullying from the 1800's, the massacre Hitler caused, and the war in Iraq we're fighting right now had to do with violent video games. geez *facepalm*"
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  • -14 +11 -25 Edwin Oct. 6, 2014
    "I believe that violent video games does cause violence, but if your going to ban it don't ban it for the adult or people who are 17+ , ban it for kids! Don't ban it for us. Kids act like they can really use bad ass games like cod and halo, but then don't let them play it. It rots their mind, so when they grow up they know to do these violent things!"
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  • -15 +8 -23 Mandi Oct. 21, 2014
    "-Most of Americans spend time on video games and television. Most of Americans watching or playing violent things head towards emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. All of the things that they see can lead to real life situations which lead to more."
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    • +2 +2 0 Alphano Oct. 27, 2014
      "thats their own fault though, not the games. Video games don't brainwash people into going on killing sprees in schools. and its obvious because after they've killed everyone they usually kill themselve because of guilt. this has to do with parts of their brain which didn't develop properly or were emotionally damaged from incidents in their lives."
  • -15 +17 -32 Joshua May. 12, 2014
    "Depending on the game and the child's reputation,video games should not be violent."
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  • -15 +22 -37 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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  • -16 +13 -29 Maliek Nov. 19, 2014
    "See I don't care what people thinks of me if some one tries to hit me I will have self diffence"
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  • -16 +10 -26 Felipe Oct. 6, 2014
    "I think it does to"
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  • -16 +10 -26 amir Oct. 3, 2014
    "violent video games led to the learning of aggresive behaviour.violent video games teach youth that violence is an acceptable conflict solving strategy and way to achieve goal.teens plays violent video games becomes killer."
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  • -17 +5 -22 jonathan tichenor Mar. 28, 2015
    "look at sandy hook, the suspect played violent video games"
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    • +2 +2 0 someonesmarter Apr. 16, 2015
      "thats ignorant. the man who killed the children had a mental disability its not because of the games he played"
    • +1 +1 0 StrangeMussel03 Nov. 5, 2015
      "Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook shooter, played Dance Dance Revolution. Dance Dance Revolution is where you dance, not kill people!!!"
  • -17 +24 -41 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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    • 0 +3 -3 John Sep. 17, 2014
      "Video games, unlike cigarettes, are not detrimental to anyone's health, they are actually quite the opposite."
  • -18 +3 -21 Eric wilson Apr. 2, 2015
    "i am against video games because it takes away the meaning of being a kid and all the time i give my brother 2 hours of video game time and when he's playing he gets so aggressive and every time i tell i tell him his time up he get's so violent.and it drive me insane all the time and i mean seriously why should he even waste his time on that stuff it ruins the brain ."
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  • -18 +7 -25 Evaclair Nov. 15, 2014
    "As a hardcore gamer, I know that it is hard to control the anger and rage. For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about and are pure and clean, it means that whenever I play a violent game and I just kill one person, the rage makes me want to kill millions after and I will sometimes think of this in my sleep. I sometimes think of my dreams as reality where I kill many bad guys and civilians depending on what I am playing. But, so far I have not killed anyone in reality and I hope it will stay like that for as long as I live."
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  • -18 +20 -38 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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    • -1 0 -1 derp Apr. 22, 2014
      "It was all because of flappy bird!"
  • -18 +17 -35 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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    • +1 +1 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."
  • -19 +7 -26 Yuna Dec. 11, 2014
    "They will know how to use a knife or gun. Then, they will think that they want to try to use them in their reality and they will wonder how they can feel when they use them on human."
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    • +4 +4 0 u wot m8 Jan. 13, 2015
      "How will a video game teach them how to use a gun or knife? It doesn't teach them. Games like Call of Duty and Battlefield are EXTREMELY unrealistic when it comes to gun handling and performance. In CoD, most of the missions portray professional soldiers, not some 10 year old kid that wants to kill people. Do some research."
    • -5 0 -5 John Dec. 12, 2014
      "Great comment Yuna. Thank you for your contribution to the debate in class!"
  • -19 +5 -24 fsdawefsdAF Nov. 25, 2014
    "1. A pro is they can have educational affect on video games"
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    • +2 +2 0 Ace of Epic Mar. 12, 2015
      "Yes. One game series I'd like to bring to mind; Assassin's Creed. While the games are a tad violent, they have historical figures and events within them."
  • -19 +6 -25 Maliek Nov. 19, 2014
    "Here's what I think children who see's a lot of violence as an effective way of settling conflicts"
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  • -20 +14 -34 denisa May. 9, 2014
    "I do think that violent games makes kides do violent stuff like school shooting and etc"
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    • +3 +4 -1 Magnis May. 14, 2014
      "The game didnt make them do it. Its their choice"
    • +2 +4 -2 Hault360 Sep. 22, 2014
      "If you read ANY of this web page you would know that the kids who shoot up their school are the ones who weren't playing video games because they had no other outlet to release thier frustrations and anger."
  • -20 +17 -37 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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    • +2 +4 -2 Cricket Sep. 22, 2014
      "I am a 16 year old girl, who in fact IS a gamer . i am not a violent person. my question is how can you say you believe violent games are not good when you haven't even played any. before you judge people like me, you should ask us and play for yourself. we are NOT violent people. have a nice day Conner and please reply back, i would love to hear your side of this"
  • -20 +22 -42 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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    • +2 +2 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."
  • -20 +21 -41 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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    • +5 +5 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."
  • -21 +8 -29 Irma Enns Nov. 7, 2014
    "Yes they do!!! My brother used to played video games and he got do mad one time and I got slapped!!!"
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  • -21 +11 -32 Dissapoinment Oct. 21, 2014
    "I went to jail for 1 year because I though it would be cool to play with my best friend, so I pulled a gun on her and started laughing then I accidentally pulled the trigger and BAM I shot her. I will never be the same and now I cant even go to school because it reminds me of her. The reason I did this was because I saw it on T.V. so I though it would be cool but it isn't after i tried to shoot myself but i couldn't because There was only 1 bullet inside. I will never watch T.V. again. I will pray for the people that watch violent stuff. Never think that that is funny."
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  • -21 +9 -30 Nicklaus Oct. 21, 2014
    "Yes. A friend of mine lives near an apartment complex. Most of his friend there are very nice. Last week, a friend of his got Call of Duty: Black Ops II. My friend went there last week to hang out and found out that most of this kids free-time was spent on this game. Before playing this game he was very nice, NOT violent. Then he became what my friend said "different." He would pretend to kill people and stuff like that. So, in my own words, yes, violent video games DO contribute to teen violence."
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  • -23 +11 -34 angreyparent May. 16, 2014
    "the video games set an example on kids"
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  • -25 +17 -42 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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  • -30 +14 -44 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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    • +3 +4 -1 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."
    • +1 +2 -1 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."
  • -31 +22 -53 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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  • -32 +10 -42 PIGNUT Mar. 26, 2014
    "I think it does"
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  • -32 +17 -49 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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    • +3 +3 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."
    • +1 +2 -1 John Sep. 17, 2014
      "Remind us again, did you read the con side of the article at all? The pro "evidence" is a joke compared to the con's."
  • -33 +15 -48 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 +1 -1 True Gamer Mar. 9, 2014
      "yeah those are stories you heard. It dosn't mean its true."
  • -34 +17 -51 PIGNUT Mar. 24, 2014
    "I think that video games do contribute to violent behavior."
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    • +5 +5 0 jake May. 21, 2014
  • -34 +14 -48 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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    • +5 +5 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."
    • +3 +3 0 Light's Blade Feb. 9, 2014
      "I believe, good sir, that the question is whether or not these things affect people."
    • +1 +1 0 Sauce Feb. 20, 2015
      "Assassin's creed doesnt make u do that stuff for the money, but for the brotherhood"
  • -34 +15 -49 Brian Jan. 28, 2014
    "people sometimes lose control and have anger after playing violent games"
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    • +3 +3 0 Fal Feb. 5, 2014
      "As do some people who play nonviolent video games."
    • +1 +1 0 Magnis May. 14, 2014
      "Yea. parents need to start stepping it up and using common sense when purchasing video games for their kids"
    • +1 +1 0 TrueGamer Mar. 6, 2014
      "Also the esbr rating is rated like movies so the consumer knows what there buying."
  • -34 +15 -49 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"
  • -35 +10 -45 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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    • +8 +9 -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."
  • -35 +15 -50 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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  • -35 +21 -56 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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    • +2 +2 0 Chris Mar. 2, 2014
      "Here is an idea nicholas: dont buy the game!"
    • +2 +2 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."
  • -36 +15 -51 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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    • +3 +3 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."
  • -36 +25 -61 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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    • +10 +10 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."
    • +4 +4 0 David Aug. 6, 2014
      "If that is the case, get him a crash bandicoot game or something not 18+."
    • +3 +4 -1 thomas wright Dec. 10, 2013
      "thats just being a kid"
    • +2 +3 -1 jake May. 21, 2014
      "Why would you allow a child to continue playing that game if he shows those symptoms? It isn't logical."
  • -36 +9 -45 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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    • +4 +4 0 Adam Sep. 11, 2013
      "It's called an AK-47, assault rifles are not allowed in the US only small hand guns."
    • +4 +4 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"
    • +1 +1 0 Lukas Sep. 22, 2014
      "In your argument you state some good points but are leaving out the fact that some people either don't want to or can't play sports. Plus when you play sports to let out anger who says you won’t just snap and cause harm on others intentionally? People who choose not to or can not play sports can use video games to think about events in life, vent anger, and solve problem without harming others. In no way does playing violent video games cause you to bottle up emotions or feelings, if anything it helps release them in a safe environment. Also, if a child or teenager can get their hands on a Assault Rifle of the sort you are talking about there is a bigger problem you must think about before blaming games. Do you not think about the fact that someone could have an abusive relationship of sorts or maybe having to deal with bullying that would cause someone to snap and hurt others?"
    • +1 +1 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."
  • -51 +21 -72 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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    • +1 +1 0 Parker S. Nov. 12, 2015
      "That is the worst thing you can possibly say about video games. Not only do video games not cause nearly as much violence as you would think. But at the same time we do NOT need violent troops, we need compassionate troops who know morality but are willing to defend the country."
  • -88 +12 -100 charlotte Jan. 26, 2014
    "games are violent, we should ban them"
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    • +7 +8 -1 Sam Feb. 20, 2014
      "that's a really bad reason"
    • +6 +9 -3 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."
    • +5 +7 -2 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."
    • +4 +4 0 Money Matters Mar. 17, 2015
      "I agree with Shane, also think about inde games. They make and cost money like anything else. Without video games, a large decline will happen ecenomicaly."
    • +1 +1 0 copy Apr. 20, 2015
      "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?"
    • -2 0 -2 unknown Oct. 2, 2015
      "that's just going to cause kids to be more violent"

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  • +137 +181 -44 Brandon Nov. 13, 2014
    "I say "NO" because Games are a way to have fun and kill time quickly, although i say there someone addicting they don't cause violent actions between kids. Kids should know reality between fantasy, if a game has flying that does not mean they will jump off a building and try to fly (one because of parent teaching them and two because they know there not the flying character). Parents play a big role in this because they teach the child right form wrong! A shooter game like COD don't make kids want to shoot people because that's fantasy vs reality, also most kids do a friendly Face-off in shooter games."
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  • +63 +84 -21 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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  • +49 +65 -16 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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  • +47 +61 -14 grizzly Oct. 16, 2014
    "It lays in the hands of moms and dad to help kids know that voilents is in the game and not in life."
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  • +33 +42 -9 Thomy Nov. 27, 2013

    And by the way, there is a video game that can help fight cancer."
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    • 0 0 0 clarisa May. 18, 2015
      "i really like it and i like to dance too!"
    • 0 +1 -1 Sauce Feb. 20, 2015
      "I, too, like to do stupid stuff when I play Dance Dance Revolution."
    • 0 +1 -1 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"
  • +30 +47 -17 Ethan shurelds Oct. 17, 2014
    "If you say video games with violence is bad then super hero games are bad too."
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    • -5 +3 -8 hdhdjff Feb. 10, 2015
      "superhero games are not even violent"
  • +26 +36 -10 Chris Nov. 13, 2014
    "i've been playing for years and i never shot, raped, or slapped a witch with a B in my whole life. it's all on the person train in thought."
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  • +24 +39 -15 GamerGirl Sep. 19, 2014
    "I think, sure it can give them "ideas" but no, it does not cause them to be violent. At the age they are playing these games, they are able to make their own decisions and know right and wring, they make the choice to be violent. It's not the games fault."
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  • +23 +33 -10 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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    • +3 +3 0 SHMENDENHALL May. 21, 2014
    • +2 +2 0 george Feb. 26, 2015
      "i like your name joseph"
  • +17 +19 -2 hunter Mar. 31, 2015
    "just because a child playes games like gta doesn't mean he or she will pull a rpg out of there pants"
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    • +3 +3 0 D Apr. 3, 2015
      "Well said"
  • +16 +26 -10 jgarbuz Nov. 7, 2014
    "No, quite the contrary. If anything it sublimates it and contributes to a lowering of youth violence, who can bring it to the virtual world where no one really gets physically hurt. If anything, physical sports contribute more to youth violence than do virtual video games."
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  • +16 +23 -7 Jaunt Feb. 27, 2014
    "The kids that murder at such a young age were most likely grown up like that with bad parents, don't try to blame it on video games. If anything flappy bird cause more violence than GTA 5"
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  • +15 +21 -6 Brandon White Apr. 10, 2014
    "I am not an avid gamer, but when I play Shooter video games or games that involve me killing another human being or whatever the creature/species is, I never feel the urge to commit that crime against another person. For God's sake, the man that killed those innocent people at the Arlington Theater in Colorado was pure insane. I watch a video game commentator on YouTube named PewDiePie, I'm sure most of you have heard of him. But he plays games that involve lots of violence and death. This man, Felix is his real name, would never commit that real crime. He is a great man that donated countless amounts of money to organizations around the world. Believing that gaming entertainment causes real-life violence, is pure and utter stupidity! GOOD DAY."
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    • 0 0 0 Braydhon Nov. 19, 2014
      "Pure grace"
  • +13 +14 -1 Dakota Smith Mar. 27, 2014
    "Some guy shot up a school and was wearing a sweater. It was not just some sweater, either. It was a RED sweater. We all know that red is the color of blood and therefore caused him to become violent. Totally legit theory that doesn't sound ridiculous at all. Ban all red sweaters."
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  • +12 +17 -5 ZhuZhu Oct. 20, 2014
    "No if a kid were to play a violent video game and want to kill everyone then they would. And if a kid has lots of violent video games it should be the parents job to give the kid a limit on how much to play them!!!!"
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  • +11 +15 -4 jjjjjjjjjj Nov. 12, 2014
    "no because most of the time in the video game you can take your anger out on the cpu or the other people playing the game and in all the GTA's the cops try to catch you so. then you know that what your doing is bad but fun in the game and in real life you would go to jail not just respon in another part of the map/world so its a huge difference in the real world so most people would not try to do crazy in game experiences in real life it just wouldn't work out and most people know that."
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  • +11 +15 -4 kaitlin Aug. 12, 2014
    "it is all about the parents fault for buying it"
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    • +1 +3 -2 sal Oct. 27, 2014
      "or not explaining that this is fake and giving the child morals"
  • +11 +12 -1 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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  • +11 +17 -6 Cod God May. 13, 2014
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  • +11 +19 -8 Bob Apr. 30, 2014
    "Violent Video Games are awesome!!!"
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  • +11 +13 -2 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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  • +10 +12 -2 Z3ldaCh1ck Mar. 10, 2015
    "No they do not! Only kids who want to or have the urge to kill then they WILL kill! But i play many violent video games and read creepy pastas (a group of killers that will kill as they please. basically immortals that were once mortals that had a messed up childhood or something that caused them to kill) that haven't encouraged or made me kill. Your your own person! YOU Decide what you want to do with your life. Wether it'd be a maniac/killer or just someone who has a normal daily life."
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  • +10 +17 -7 Mandi Oct. 21, 2014
    "When youths watch or play violent things they can learn from it. Such as if they watch something violent they may learn the things that are being done which may lead to a real life situation were they can protect themselves with what they have seen in the game or movie."
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  • +10 +18 -8 huh? May. 21, 2014
    "it help me calm down because I am a teen"
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  • +10 +16 -6 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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  • +10 +13 -3 LOTRmaster May. 12, 2014
    "Honestly I think it is ok because that might interest that person that does not mean he will go do it."
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  • +10 +13 -3 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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  • +9 +13 -4 Pinkie Pie Dec. 2, 2014
    "Why would videogames make us people violent?
    I play a lot of violent videogames, and I just have a bit of a short temper, it's not the games fault, it's the person playing it."
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  • +9 +15 -6 tifanie Nov. 12, 2014
    "everybody has violence inside them video games just bring it out"
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  • +9 +14 -5 ethan shurelds Oct. 30, 2014
    "Video games don't make you violent I know for a fact because I play violent games like call of duty and grand theft auto five all the time and it doesn't make me violent I think that its the persons fault to be violent not the games have you ever heard that we make our own decisions."
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  • +8 +10 -2 Kyle Jun. 3, 2014
    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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  • +8 +9 -1 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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  • +8 +9 -1 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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  • +8 +10 -2 Chris Apr. 9, 2014
    "In my opinion I'd say no because I'm an online gamer on the ps3 (Dr_-_187) and im only 16. I play a lot of military games and GTA and I have yet to rob a store or shoot up my school"
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  • +8 +10 -2 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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    • +2 +2 0 Harahn Hill-Bruce Feb. 11, 2014
      "I completely agree! What they say doesn't make much sense at all!"
  • +8 +18 -10 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 +2 0 Golden Freddy Apr. 19, 2015
      "I totally agree we kids are not dumb"
  • +8 +13 -5 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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  • +7 +7 0 Darien D. Apr. 3, 2015
    "If a person is violent, then they are violent, and if they are not violent, then they are not violent. Video games don't make the true difference to the players. 97% of people played video games, but not everybody went out and shot somebody. Terrorists don't get their ideas from video games. Though a video game might speed up the process, they have no true impact on an average, peaceful person's life."
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  • +7 +11 -4 Jack Westbrock <3 Mar. 10, 2015
    "I like playing violent video games and im not violent! Whos with me"
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  • +7 +12 -5 michael kean Jan. 27, 2015
    ""no i am a kid i have play over 26 killing games and i have never have never hurt someone it i the kids who are the case of the violent not the games the parents should be more careful of what there kid acts like and if it is ok to play the game"
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  • +7 +8 -1 Ahmed A. Dec. 10, 2014
    "violent video games decrease aggressive behavior because people can deal their anger by playing violet video games."
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    • +3 +4 -1 John Dec. 12, 2014
      "Thank you Ahmed for your comment and participation in the class debate!"
  • +7 +12 -5 Alex Mason Nov. 24, 2014
    "No cause if so every body would have been killing each other but we are not."
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  • +7 +11 -4 John Oct. 3, 2014
    "I dont think violent video games effect kids whether they play it or not. Kids of younger age decide what to do, if they have an issue its they who are deciding how to solve the issue. In 2005, the US had 2,279 murders committed by teenagers (27.9 per million residents) compared to 73 in Japan (3.1 per million). Per capita video game sales were $5.20 in the US compared to $47 in Japan. This example illustrates that there is no correlation between violent behavior and playing video games."
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  • +7 +12 -5 Albert,Garcia Oct. 3, 2014
    "Violent video games do not contribute to youth violence.
    claim:Kids playing violent video games reduces violent rough playing.
    Evidence:Playing violent video games allows boys to express agression and establish status in the peer group without causing any phsical harm."
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  • +7 +12 -5 jordan Sep. 22, 2014
    ""I am always stressed when I get back from school, because of all the homework I have to do, so I just sit down And play battlefield or cod, so I think I would be more violent if there was no videogames."
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    • +2 +2 0 Sal Oct. 27, 2014
  • +7 +11 -4 Dalton Sep. 2, 2014
    "A lot of the problems of violence in youth derive from life experiences, not video games. Most if not all players can determine the difference between fantasy and reality. Video games do not make kids want to be violent, the help release stress and they are a good outlet for anger. I was personally raised on games like Mortal Kombat, and Grand Theft Auto, and for people to be so remorseful about video games is disgusting to me. If players of these types of games are not stable enough to keep from differentiating real violence from fake violence, then that is a whole different issue. Again, Video games are not the problem here."
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  • +7 +8 -1 Blake May. 21, 2014
    "Most of the time when a news media relates a video game to. A murder they say something along the lines of this (recently a child commits murder with a gun after playing gta) witch I believe that was simply because the media wishes to make video games look bad and first of all how did the child get a hold of the weapon? To me that just sounds like bad parenting. One of the most important parts of having a child play video games is the rating of the game if it's such a problem look at the game rating for example grand theft auto is rated M for mature which means a child probably shouldn't have that game yet."
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  • +7 +8 -1 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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  • +7 +8 -1 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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  • +7 +9 -2 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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  • +7 +11 -4 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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  • +6 +7 -1 Stephen Mar. 24, 2015
    "The urge to use violence in real life does not come from a video game. If a person had a problem that caused them to use violence or commit crimes, they had that problem anyway. I do not believe violence comes from video games, but rather the real-life events that happened to a person."
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  • +6 +7 -1 goosebumps2902 Mar. 13, 2015
    "it all depends on life i play violent video games but i do think they are violent"
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  • +6 +8 -2 goosebumps2902 Mar. 11, 2015
    "i am not able to game but i know that video games that are violent could allow little kids know how to kill people"
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  • +6 +8 -2 nishide Feb. 17, 2015
    "it helps take your anger out"
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  • +6 +8 -2 Nicholas Garcia Ward Feb. 9, 2015
    "For people saying studies show video games cause violence and say that we should pay close attention to violent video games I present to you....

    We should accept that, whether we like violent video games or not, if we are serious about reducing crime, our attention is better focused on other issues such as poverty, mental health care or educational disparities. In 2011 no less than the US Supreme Court (Brown v EMA, 2011) looked at the evidence for violent video game effects and declared 'These studies have been rejected by every court to consider them, and with good reason.' It's time that we listen to the Supreme Court and refocus our attention on more pressing matters."
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  • +6 +7 -1 Andy Feb. 7, 2015
    "If Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence, then there should be an increase of violent females which there is not as the media and various studies focus only on men."
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  • +6 +7 -1 Ken Keneki Dec. 18, 2014
    "I think it is the parents fault because they let there kids play and get involved in these violent things and some kids do not know the difference between reality and virtual reality. So, they end up doing something that involves violence. If you parents don't want your child to be at risk of doing something violent then don't even let them play a game with violence. You can trust ESRB with their ratings, that is their job!"
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    • +2 +2 0 Kirito Dec. 19, 2014
      "mmmmhmmmm. you have a point"
  • +6 +8 -2 Naif Algadani Dec. 10, 2014
    "people should consider violent video games as a way that helps them to get their anger out. have you ever asked your self how we could get our anger out if violent video games were not in our life?"
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    • +3 +3 0 John Dec. 12, 2014
      "Good comment Naif. Thank you for contributing to the debate in class!"
  • +6 +7 -1 Marco Dec. 8, 2014
    "i think no because i been playing Grand Theft Auto for years my first one was San Andreads. i played that since i was 11 now i am older and still don't feel like killing nobody or trying anything dumb because i am mature."
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  • +6 +8 -2 Jordan O Jun. 9, 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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  • +6 +7 -1 Bob Apr. 15, 2014
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  • +6 +9 -3 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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  • +6 +11 -5 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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  • +6 +9 -3 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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  • +5 +7 -2 Justin Noah Mar. 23, 2015
    "Violent games don't make children violent say someone plays a violent game and they go and shoot up a school the media say that he played some violent game they will blame violent games i mean if someone shoots up a school its not the games fault they would have been dumb enough to do it even if they didn't play the game"
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  • +5 +6 -1 Shanelle Feb. 5, 2015
    "I've been playing video games ever since I was 4 years old. My first video game was violent but didn't effect at all.
    Not everyone can become violent from playing violent video games. It all depends on the person playing the game. If they're not responsible or can't handle the blood and gore, then don't play it."
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  • +5 +6 -1 Wesam Dec. 10, 2014
    "Games are the only place that they could do violence. Taking it out to the real world is their choice."
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  • +5 +9 -4 Froggy Dec. 4, 2014
    "I dont think that violent video games contribute to teen violence"
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  • +5 +8 -3 Garrett Jun. 23, 2014
    "The ESRB exists for a reason, if only parents followed it.

    Parents are to blame, the videogame community has done everything it can short of making the ESRB a law to be enforced."
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  • +5 +6 -1 Jared Feb. 26, 2014
    "97% of kids play violent video games. 97% of kids have not shot up a school of comitted mass murders or even killed a guy."
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  • +5 +8 -3 Tony Feb. 23, 2014
    "flappy bird was causing more people to be violent then most of these violent video games"
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  • +5 +6 -1 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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  • +5 +8 -3 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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  • +4 +5 -1 charles bunch Apr. 15, 2015
    "video games don't cause violence . I'm proof I've played gta san andreas since I was 9. it was a way to kick back relax and have fun, and was also a topic me and friends talked about. I'm 14 now and I think that video games are the only education we have left. I mean we learn more from the games than usally at school . most violence in games is for the right reason to save someone in that game. leave a reply ill get back too you to answer"
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    • +4 +4 0 Elbow liquid Apr. 16, 2015
      "I agree. I have played the Battlefield and Modern warfare games since I was 8. I am recognized as one of the quietest and kindest children at my school. This is the same for many of my friends."
    • +3 +3 0 charles bunch Apr. 17, 2015
      "thanks for the support bro"
  • +4 +12 -8 matt Mar. 16, 2015
    "violent video games just make people waist their violence on the video game. it is a great way to let out your anger."
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  • +4 +8 -4 christopher Mar. 13, 2015
    "i think that video games are a great stress reliever"
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  • +4 +7 -3 Everyone Feb. 27, 2015
    "If video games make you violent, then movies make me push people into meat-grinders and nightmares make me think there is dragon behind me. P.s, video games like Tetris has been proven to help docters with stuff like BRAIN SURGERY!"
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  • +4 +7 -3 Tyrone Jan. 8, 2015
    "Violent video games do not cause violence, People who are mentally unstable are the ones who are causing it. And even if they do play violent video games, it's the parents fault because there is a rating on the front and on the back that says what it contains. Its just people who don't parent there children correctly"
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  • +4 +7 -3 Connor Smith May. 21, 2014
    "I think that violent video games shouldn't be played by children younger than ten. But it is great for everyone else to play. Mostly because the younger children might get nightmares."
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  • +4 +6 -2 Unknown Dec. 9, 2013
    "Games dont kill people. People kill people"
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  • +3 +3 0 Prescott May. 20, 2015
    "Sorry, but whenever the argument of 'They see that violence is an acceptable answer to violence through the video games they play' It makes me think 'Monkey see, Monkey do.' Seriously though, its like they're not seeing the kids as kids who can think but as moneys or something."
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  • +3 +3 0 Jav May. 18, 2015
    "If Violent video games led to teens being more violent then so would movies that have violence in them yet no one is ragging on movies. Its pretty common sense if you look at the data. No teen is going to go out and take a cop car and run random people over because they have played GTA."
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  • +3 +4 -1 reece Apr. 29, 2015
    "As a 15 year old video game enthusiast I can personally say that it depends on the person. I do not own any M rated games but I have played them. I honestly believe it depends on the age of the kid, their maturity, and their previous experience with violence. However, 8 and 9 year old kids should not be playing M rated games. I dont care how mature they are. Their perception of reality can be quite different than a teenager and they are easily influenced. But it is the parent more than anything. It doesnt matter how many violent video games you play, if you have good parents that raise you well, you have nothing to worry about. And small children play violent video games because their parents let them. Parents need to do the research before blindly buying their 8 year old son a game. Its not fair to blame video games when its the parents fault for letting them buy it in the first place."
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  • +3 +4 -1 dont blame the games Apr. 21, 2015
    "you guys are acting like a fox in a fit. just because someone said he or she killed another person because of a video game does not mean to believe them, remember they killed another human, or a mother that said video games are changing my son/daughter attitude with me. They are growing up its part of life that children disrespect there parents (as many people know very well)

    children use video games as stress reduction, but other parents made up this crazy stuff on how there child try ho harm their parent. I say show them not to hit you just like you did when they were little, but more fierce and demand respect. just stop blaming the video games they did nothing wrong to you

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  • +3 +4 -1 Jayden Apr. 20, 2015
    "Violent Video Games is a recreation activity. The games can even lower the frequency of youth violence. The kids can release their anger on the virtual people instead of actually killing someone."
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  • +3 +4 -1 abc Apr. 16, 2015
    "i am a gamer myself and i say that if someone was to kill someone then they would have already have people that will know about that thought and would try to help that person and help them get over it by getting rid of the game and if so the game would let that person cop by killing virtual people and the consequences will be death."
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  • +3 +5 -2 Patrick Mar. 27, 2015
    "I play mass effect but one not violent only in the game"
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  • +3 +7 -4 Just another gamer Mar. 16, 2015
    "The fact is that games will always carry this negative stigma of being violent much like people view Muslims as terrorists. Neither of these are even close to being true but the media portrays both issues in a way to scare the viewer by framing the information in a specific way. Its sad because some of my fondest memories happen to be video games. late nights playing Banjo and Kazooie and having Mortal Kombat tournaments with my family were my entire childhood. I can tell you about the time I went to Disney land but video games have brought me far closer to my family and friends than Disney."
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  • +3 +8 -5 A Fellow Gamer Mar. 9, 2015
    "As a gamer, I find comfort in video games, more than you realize. Just about everyday I seize the opportunity to pick up a controller/mouse and begin playing. But it isn't just for entertainment, it's for meeting new people, as is Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc. With the help of gaming, I have more friends than I thought I'd ever had making in schools."
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  • +3 +6 -3 Tyerell Mar. 5, 2015
    "i say pro because video games doesn't tell a kid to go out and kill people. beside if anything video games help..how?.. mentally and socially....mentally cause if forces the child to think of thing like...hmm. how can i flank the camping enemy without being killed or vise versa how can i avoid being killed...socially cause online play enables children around the world to link up and talk to each other and have fun through out their gaming experience...Tye out peacee....."
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  • +3 +7 -4 jp Mar. 3, 2015
    "violent video games are not real"
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  • +3 +6 -3 That Furry Mar. 2, 2015
    "If video games make people violent, then I would see people who play COD carry around a gun shooting people, or if it was a GTA person, you would see a person hijack a car, then running people over shooting at the cops, my opinion is on how much they've played it, if its like there whole life and they talk trash on the game, its the people who are on the game making children that way, the people talking trash saying there bad and should get off anger the kids, then that's why you have a lot of kids talking that way or some just plain saying there better than everyone, so its actually the people on the video game if you think about it."
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  • +3 +6 -3 Pinhead Larry Mar. 2, 2015
    "ESRB is there for a reason! If you don't like violent video games, don't spend your money on them! I am a gamer and I am not violent at all. They only effect someone if they let it effect them."
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  • +3 +5 -2 BrendenTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "To answer your question Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence? No they do not. Video games are a way to relieve stress and anger in your daily lives. Video games are just a tool used and blamed for inspiring youth violence when in reality the child is the one that CHOSE to commit the violent crime or action it was not the game that forced the child to commit the crime or action. Also, the child could have been being bullied or having other bad things done to them and they snap and they commit the crime or action."
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  • +3 +5 -2 JamesTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "All the games I own are rated M for mature (except Destiny) but I'm perfectly fine the way I am. I don't feeling buying a $1M Bugatti and running over random civilians for the hell of it 'nor join the army just to kill people. I know reality isn't a game and the people around me aren't virtual AI that will respawn after death. They stay dead and don't come back."
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  • +3 +5 -2 DestinyTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "I do not think that violent video games contribute to youth violence. They can only destroy you if you let them. For some people these games can be a way to relieve stress. I think that youth violence has mostly to do with parenting."
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  • +3 +5 -2 Tim THS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Violent video games don't contribute to youth violence because if this was true if I played a NFL Game I would become a Professional NFL Player which isn't true"
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  • +3 +6 -3 Manuel Perez Feb. 27, 2015
    "Because it's our choices to go and do these violent crimes, no game tells us to go outside and take a life. We as people decide what to do with our lives, it's not the video games. Kids play video games such as GTA and I've not heard of one who has played the game and ran up to a random car, punched the driver, and drove of with it. And if he did, it'd be his choice to do those things not Rock Star's."
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  • +3 +6 -3 Samy THS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Violent video games does not contribute to youth violence these days I've research a lot about the accidents that happened and blamed it on Violent video games they still have no evidence that it was because of that, I mean there are kids that play violent video games all over the world I have a lot of friends that play violent video games and i didn't see them reflect to it and be violent you can't blame the games for the violence some kids do violence because they are getting bullied or what's so ever is happening in their lives and every game has a rating on it so if it was a violent game it would be M rated mature and kids can't buy that they need an ID so it's up to the parents to buy or not so my answer is that it doesn't cause youth violence these days there are no evidence that they do. And one more thing if I'm reading a violent book does it make me contribute to violence? no it doesn't its almost the same thing"
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  • +3 +5 -2 FrankTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Violent video games do not contribute to youth violence. They allow kids to get anger out. This causes the youth crime rates to go down. When things like school shootings happen and the person says they played violent video games its not because of the game itself. They were most likely mentally unstable or they got bullied in school."
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  • +3 +5 -2 SteveTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Games do not cause violence. The player should take responsibility for their actions instead of blaming it on a game. Video games are for relieving stress and anger. Science has proven that most people play video games to relieve stress. Some people have inside problems that lead them to violence. Games should not be blamed for violence of the players."
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  • +3 +5 -2 CharlezTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Look back before the existence of the famous violent video games or video games at all. Violent crimes were still around and at a much HIGHER rate than now. What games did Adolf Hitler play? I believe that a child committing violent crimes is most of the time caused by negligence by the parent or someone he/she looks up to."
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  • +3 +5 -2 SteveTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "No they do not. People who are unstable they should not play violent games/"
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  • +3 +7 -4 Jose Rodriguez Feb. 27, 2015
    "I don't think violent video games contribute to youth violence. Think back to every time there was an effort to criminalize violent video games, every time there was little to no evidence that proved violent video games were the cause of youth violence. Also, as time goes on the juvenile crime rate goes down and the sale of video games goes up. My baby sister is five years old, she plays Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare with me all the time and she knows better than to try any of that in real life. Another thing is that videogames are not the only violent media out there, there are also movies, books, tv shows but video games seem to be the most targeted. Grand Theft Auto IV sparked controversy due to its violence but compared to Rambo, GTA IV is like a child's toy. To be honest, this entire argument against violent video games seems like it is just a way for all of you to cover up your own screw ups."
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  • +3 +5 -2 Ethan Feb. 26, 2015
    "It is competition not the violence that makes children violent."
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  • +3 +11 -8 Alexa Buckaloo Feb. 25, 2015
    "Violence is when you are actually hurting someone or something. Video games are on a screen and they are not real. They are also not hurting anyone therefore doing no harm."
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  • +3 +5 -2 Kuukai Feb. 25, 2015
    "I would like everyone who thinks that violent video games to step back and look at the fact that Rock & Roll was viewed in much the same way when bands such as Nirvana, Guns and Roses, Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Dokken, Warrent, and so many others were judged in the same way in the 70's and 80's. Besides, violent crime rates have gone down significantly, and even though the number of children being bullied has gone up, it could be because so many people keep saying "If you're being bullied, don't keep silent. Speak up." We started to tell children this just before bullying rates went up, so video games and other violent media probably have nothing to do with that, instead, it's adults encouraging children to ask for help when they need it. Thank you, that is all I had to say. Good day to you all. (?(?)?)?"
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  • +3 +5 -2 Jessi Feb. 20, 2015
    "In my opinion I do not believe that violent games and the themes they have are what cause someone to become violent or have bad behavior. Video games do not cause a violent person. Does a gun kill people? No, people kill people. People become violent all on their own. There may be different aspects and situations that have made them violent, such as a bad past or violence in their own life and possibly because they are violent due to their own life, mind, and experiences. Video games themselves do not create violent people even if there is a violent theme to the game. Yes, I do believe that people get violent ideas from video game. If a person seems to be becoming violent then a parent/ guardian needs to monitor the violence they see around them. People react to their environment and if they are around a violent situation then their thoughts and actions may become violent. As long as a child or teenager knows the difference between real and fake, games and real life; there shouldn’t be a problem with violence concerning that child or teenager. The more time they spend playing these types of games the more they will have bad thoughts. Therefore you need to monitor their time playing and explain what is right and wrong."
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  • +3 +6 -3 Morgan Feb. 20, 2015
    "No, because some video games are just funny like "Shrek" and you beat up the bad guys. Also you should get rid of your anger by putting it to good use."
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  • +3 +6 -3 RwbyRose24 Feb. 11, 2015
    "People say the video games are inducing violence which is partly true but the real thing is if you know the game is not real you know its just a game and not something that you could get away in real life. Most people who are under 40 and most critics are non-games-playing over-40s. But parents and other people who have children say that 'these video games are rage inducing and making violent and makes it seem fun' but thats not true at all, for on all it is, is virtual reality so its not real so all of the violents thats in the game that the kid is playing is all fake and there is really people that do things that they see in a video game but a little bit over 86% play game and do not use the game for a source of violents."
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  • +3 +8 -5 keigon Feb. 10, 2015
    "it would never make u violent"
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  • +3 +5 -2 Davon Feb. 3, 2015
    "Violent video games give teens a place to cool down and relax when they are mad so that they don't take their anger out on people"
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  • +3 +6 -3 Ty N. Feb. 3, 2015
    "Anyone that thinks that video games for kids and teens are violent should read what the rating says instead of buying it for there kids. If it says violent and you don't like the violence then don't buy it."
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  • +3 +8 -5 Rylan Jan. 27, 2015
    "Simply put it this way...

    Don't give a violent videogame to a person who can't handle violence. -_-"
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  • +3 +12 -9 ProGamer Jan. 22, 2015
    "Violent video games help communitie"
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  • +3 +7 -4 Anonamus Jan. 8, 2015
    "violent video games have never been 100% proven to have caused violence in children and teens, if a teen says that they are most likely making an excuse. and if this does happen than it is legally up to the adult if the child can buy rated M games or even violent rated T games"
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  • +3 +4 -1 .-. ._. Dec. 2, 2014
    "i play violent video games and they show no affect to me and my friends who play them. scientists have proven its not the video games who cause the violence. if you have self control you know how to act. honestly if you think violent video games cause violence you are wrong. video games also can give you skills"
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  • +3 +5 -2 Nick Jun. 4, 2014
    "There is absolutely no way that violent video games cause violent behavior in those that are not already inherently violent. Sales of violent video games and violent crime rates among juveniles and young adults have actually had an inverse relationship in the last 20 years. Obviously though, a 10-year-old should not be playing Grand Theft Auto. I think the ESRB rating system is actually a good thing, because although not enforced by federal or state law, this system is very strictly enforced by about 90% of major retailers today, because anybody asking to purchase a game rated "M" for mature is I.D. checked if they even remotely look like they are under the age of 17."
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  • +3 +5 -2 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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  • +3 +7 -4 Adrian May. 22, 2014
    "Its the kids fault not the games .... they're ruining the reputation of the game companies by saying that. It's the parents fault, they should be aware of what their kids play and what they buy them."
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  • +3 +5 -2 Brittany May. 8, 2014
    "I'm con because the parents should moniter their kids' activities and raise them well enough to know the difference between virtual and reality. It's the kid's that harm, not the video games."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Tyler Apr. 24, 2014
    "Guns don't kill people...people kill people"
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  • +3 +3 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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  • +3 +7 -4 Armond Apr. 17, 2014
    "I think some video games are violent but some people can control themselves so I think video games are not violent."
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  • +3 +9 -6 Peyton Apr. 11, 2014
    "I'm con because I know for fact that studies have shown both 'yes, video games are violent' & no, video games are not violent.' I FEEL that video games are a way to escape the toils of life and exert these emotions in non-violent ways. I myself am a gamer, but you don't see me opening up the streets, do you? Video games can only cause violence from violent or mentally ill players saying one day: I'm going to do what I just did in GTAIV this morning!"
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  • +3 +6 -3 zero Apr. 10, 2014
    "THIS IS NOT TRUE just because a couple people who killed people played violent video games. Smosh had an example of this, there was violence before video games so don't blame it all on video games, and they're fun and you should try them"
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  • +3 +6 -3 Jaret Mar. 31, 2014
    "no because there fun"
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  • +3 +4 -1 Gamer X Mar. 21, 2014
    "I get more violent playing NBA 2K14 than I do playing call of duty"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Anthoney Armelin Apr. 22, 2014
      "hell yeah"
  • +3 +7 -4 Orion Lake Feb. 12, 2014
    "Are you kidding me? I mean, I just played GTA. I think I'll go rob a bank. I just played Mortal Kombat. I think I'll go rip someone's heart out with my bare hands. I just played Assassin's Creed. Hey, anyone wanna go murder some Templars?

    It's ridiculous, people. Come on."
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    • +1 +1 0 Josie Feb. 24, 2015
  • +3 +6 -3 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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  • +2 +2 0 Mr.Obvious Nov. 12, 2015
    "they do not"
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  • +2 +6 -4 Jose May. 15, 2015
    "They do not, they give children IMAGINATION."
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    • 0 0 0 imagitation guy Nov. 12, 2015
      "it is imagitation!!!"
  • +2 +3 -1 Danny Apr. 29, 2015
    "There is this youtuber by the name of jse(Jacksepticeye)he plays super violent games. But I can assure you he would never commit a crime like that in his life."
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  • +2 +4 -2 another 17 year old Apr. 29, 2015
    "I agree with collin and chris"
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  • +2 +5 -3 DanielTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "violent video games do not contribute with youth violent because when i was little i played violent games like call of duty and GTA. also now i not violent."
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  • +2 +5 -3 TylerTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "No violent video games do not contribute to youth violence. People commit crimes by choice. They make those choices for themselves. Or sometimes they do it out of hate for someone, like if that person has been bullied all their life they want to get rid of the problem but they choose the wrong way to do it. Video games don`t do this. people do this"
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  • +2 +4 -2 CiarraTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "I do not think violent videos contribute to youth violence, because I'm a teenage and I play violent an they don't encourage me to physically hurt people. Sometimes violent videos game releases the anger/ sadness built up inside of you. The crime rate has actually gone down because of these violent videos game."
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  • +2 +4 -2 KaylaTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "It depends on the person mental stability. I don't think that violent video games cause violent behavior because if it did just think about how much more innocents would happen because of it. In a 2007 study reported that 45% of boys played video games because "It helps me get my anger out" and 62% played because it "Helps me relax." This just shows that it helps people relieve anger. I mean I play GTA and I'm not gonna go out and kill someone for fun because I know the consequences. I can tell the difference between reality and the gaming world,some people on the other hand can not. This is where the real issue lies, inside the persons head."
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  • +2 +4 -2 Casey THS Feb. 27, 2015
    "No video games do not contribute to youth violence. I also play violent video games sometimes to kill time. But I also play sports and like to have a good time. Even though I have played these video games since a child I do not have a history of violence. I believe the violence comes from how the parents have raised the child. If you look at all the school shootings, most of the shooters will have a some mental disorder and aren't mentally stable. And if you look deeper most of them were bullied by their fellow classmates. So before you blame the games, Look at who your are talking about."
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  • +2 +5 -3 KyleTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "let me start off by saying i too play video games on my very own console at home and i am not at all a violent person and never have been thourghout my life. Buying violent video games is in the parents hands you should know your child . If the child is getting bullied and wants to commit sucicde wahts that have to do with video games. When you go to a stor they always ask for your id to buy the game and its strictly for 17 and older so parents letting children play these games is there choice. so dont take it out on the game take it out on the parent. meaning dont take the games off the market talk to the parents about buying them."
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  • +2 +4 -2 KyleS(ths) Feb. 27, 2015
    "Video Games DO NOT contribute to youth violence, because I play Halo and Call Of Duty and I haven't stabbed with an energy sword or killed any one with a kill streak. I haven't gone to jail because of attacking someone because of violent video games. Violent video games have not been scientifically proven to increase youth violence. If anyone has attacked someone it wasn't because of violent video games, it was something wrong in their life. That is why violent video games don't contribute to youth violence"
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  • +2 +4 -2 JasonTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "No, I do not think violent video games contribute to youth violence. I think that if a child thinks it is okay to hurt someone They might have some issues dealing with anger and aggression. There is no way a child can just play a video game and say they are going to hurt someone because they did it in a game. I think if that were to happen i would take the child to do counseling."
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  • +2 +4 -2 SeanTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Initially I say no because I see it as a way to let off the stress of your day. But really, it all depends on how the player interprets the game and reality."
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  • +2 +9 -7 zach Feb. 6, 2015
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  • +2 +8 -6 Michael Napier Jan. 21, 2015
    "People who have anger issues, myself included, actually use violent video games as means of therapy. I used to have a sever anger issue, I even threw a desk at someone head at school! you now why I'm so much calmer? Violent video games allows a safe outlet for aggression but only if you are old enough at least wait till they are aware that video game lives are not the same as real life. let them play video games like skylanders it lets them know that they are the ones in control without committing imitable violence. let them see that these things can only happen in a video game."
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  • +2 +8 -6 Tyler Jan. 15, 2015
    "I think that a violent video game can change the person(like a adult or kid). I am a kid and I don't want to run around with a shotgun killing people."
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  • +2 +7 -5 KhajiitAssassin Jan. 7, 2015
    "I am a huge gamer, and i have never had the urge to kill anyone. I love Assassin's Creed, but, believe it or not, it doesn't make me want to go assassinate members of congress. I like Skyrim, but i don't feel the urge to break into someone's home and rob them of everything they have. Even though i'm not a huge fan, of it, i still play Black Ops, but it doesn't make me want to shoot up the school. It's normally troubled or bored kids that do this, and, if they really want to learn how to do this, a video game isn't going to tell them everything they need to know. Violent video games aren't the problem. It all depends on parenting, and if anyone pays attention enough to see the signs."
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  • +2 +7 -5 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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  • +2 +3 -1 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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  • +2 +6 -4 kingchucklez May. 1, 2014
    "It is all about what you let into your noggin'. If you are already violent then you will search out violence.
    Your mind is like a spponge what ever you absorb you will be filled with."
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  • +2 +3 -1 Caroline Martin May. 1, 2014
    "I think some people are predisposed to violence."
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  • +2 +4 -2 Joshua-Ian Olson Apr. 30, 2014
    "most kids know the difference between real life and a video game."
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  • +2 +3 -1 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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  • +2 +3 -1 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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  • +2 +5 -3 Billy Apr. 18, 2014
    "video games doesn't cause a person to become violent or detrimental. in fact it is how the person was raised. videogames are a fictional reality. it doesn't cause people to kill one another at all. I've been playing video games since I was a kid and I didn't turn into a sociopath."
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  • +2 +5 -3 Richard Apr. 17, 2014
    "I'm a per-teen who plays violent video games. I believe don't believe violent video games lead to real violence because I can control my self. I can play my game if I want to play I brought it. Some people think that games are violent but when I go home I'm going to play my game."
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  • +2 +5 -3 Payden Apr. 17, 2014
    "I am a pre-teen who plays violent video games.I do not believe violent video games lead to real violence because violent video games give you a fun hipe for me."
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  • +2 +6 -4 John Flear Apr. 11, 2014
    "Videogames are just a fantasy a kid should know whats real and whats not. I play GTA V and just because I do doesn't mean I'm going to go and rob a bank or car or beat up a cop. Because I KNOW whats real it's called common sense people..."
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  • +2 +6 -4 Jared Apr. 3, 2014
    "If there is any correlation, it would be on par with movie and tv show influence. If people don't want these censored or banned, they shouldn't do it to video games either."
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  • +2 +7 -5 Savannah Mar. 31, 2014
    "Its not the childrens fault they are like that. The parents have control over what games they buy their children. For "M" rated games, the parents have to buy those, the children can't. So don't blame the children or the video games... blame the parents."
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  • +2 +5 -3 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 Mr. Amazon Mar. 27, 2014
    "Thats what peoples problem are these days y'all are to quick to point fingers at something else to take the heat off you. Pretty much everyone in my grade plays violent video games and what you are saying is that they will all be murderers?NO! Video games are everyday life so how come you can't point fingers at something else if you wannna blame something so bad?"
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  • +2 +3 -1 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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  • +2 +3 -1 Ronda Mar. 20, 2014
    "Dipinding on the kids matality,most kids between the age of 13-17 can dercern the diferance between the reality of life and the amagination of a game. Bulling has been around since mandkind came in excised. For example Herny VII who never had a video game no tv. Beheaed torcherd or killed his wives of subjects who disagreed with him."
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  • +2 +3 -1 Max Tenningworth Mar. 20, 2014
    "never in my life have i ever made violence when i play MW2 or 3. Why are people saying this when im a kid myself"
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  • +2 +4 -2 Monta Mar. 19, 2014
    "I think that a lot of the video games involving guns, and tanks etc...are re-enacting the war's. there are some things they can learn from the games as they are so realistic. My son likes the ones with airplanes or helicopter's, and he knows the names of all of the aircraft. There are some type of children\ teenagers, that get the games for the main purpose of the violence, but they have had that ingrained in them since they were small. I think they live with that in their house's. There are also the youth that have mental problems, that their parents and even close friends are aware of. It is totally up to the parents, they know their children best!"
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  • +2 +4 -2 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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  • +2 +4 -2 X_KDC_X Mar. 12, 2014
    "All shootings have been committed by mentally unstable people. It is true that they also played violent video games. I believe there is a link between those two facts. It might be reasonable to conclude that violent video games should be kept out of the hands of mentally unstable people."
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  • +2 +4 -2 Nachogamer101 Mar. 10, 2014
    "I play call of duty and i have not killed any body yet"
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  • +2 +3 -1 Connagh Mar. 10, 2014
    "Im a 14 year old and i play violent videogames and i dont beat anyone up and i dont know anyone who has so there."
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  • +2 +4 -2 Jacob Harris Mar. 6, 2014
    "I play video game all the time and I have never got into a fight or anything serious of that sort of thing. If video games do cause violence then I would be trying to kill someone all the time and I do play m rated games as a "juvenile", but what really matters is that you make the distinction from video game violence and real life violence. One has consequences in real life but the other causes less obvious ones in a video game (which some people don't know) You have to know the difference between physically hurting someone and pressing a button to make pixels on a screen change colors. That's where the knowledge of knowing the difference between video game violence and real violence is. Pixels and pain."
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  • +2 +3 -1 Dillbert Mar. 3, 2014
    "Violent games are fun!"
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  • +2 +4 -2 Jakob Peterson Feb. 27, 2014
    "It makes no sense to say that games contribute to violence if games have been around for a really long time. Kids have been playing these games for just as long yet as soon as some person that was mental TRAINED using games to go shoot up a school people start saying that games made him go shoot up that school. The next problem is that most people who are mental and get violent thoughts may be from the games that he/she plays but who bought the games oh ya the PARENT, if a parent was responsible they wouldn't buy a violent game for their child who has mental issues or in some cases take them out to a shooting ranges and always have a gun available to the child with mental issues."
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  • +2 +4 -2 Dr. S Shaprio Feb. 27, 2014
    "this is a resualt of their mental disorder, it has nothing to do with the gamnes, they are just what the media chooses to blame."
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  • +2 +4 -2 logan Feb. 26, 2014
    "no they don't"
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  • +2 +11 -9 Bob Feb. 20, 2014
    "i am against the fact that video games have a negative affect on kids because it is not the video games fault it is the kids fault for picturing that they should do something in a video game. For instance a very popular and violent game is grand theft auto (GTA). In this game you kill innocent people for random reasons. So kids think that if it is alright in the game then it is alright to do it in real life.The second thing is the parents. The parents give a year old a game that is for 18 and up. When they see them play it they are just like ok i don't care. then if they do it in real life they are like"it is not my 5 year old's fualt it is the games fualt. first of all you are stupid for letting a 5 year old play a 18 and up game."
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  • +2 +5 -3 A game player Feb. 19, 2014
    "No, violent games don't always lead to violence. I mean if you even read what they said, Violent Games can be an anger management helper, where people can take out their anger on virtual people rather than real. Like said, it isn't always bad."
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  • +2 +4 -2 isaiah s Feb. 18, 2014
    "Games now a days don't consist of reality humor and actions. People start school shooting and stupidity because either they're crazy or they do drugs."
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  • +2 +4 -2 Keenan Feb. 18, 2014
    "I do not think that violent video games are the cause of teen violent because most of the time the shooter usually reports having a history of bullying now being a victim of bullying myself I think that is the reason of most school shootings"
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  • +2 +4 -2 manu Feb. 13, 2014
    "I am pro because while video games may have some negative
    effect they help the human brain. such as they improve hand-eye coordination. Also studies show that gamers make decisions 25% faster than other people without losing accuracy. Another reason that video games can help ids or people mentally is because when gamers play online they learn to work effectively as a team and that video games may teach kids leadership skills and responsibility. Video games also improve a lot of skills such as, perseverance video games gives you more perseverance because the harder the levels get and the more perseverance you will need."
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  • +2 +8 -6 YeaaMythos Feb. 13, 2014
    "I have played video games my whole life(Mostly Shooter). Not once have I thought about hurting anything. I don't use the game for combat training or anything. I play that game for a good pastime. That's what a lot of people do. The only people who play a game for it violence are violent people. So there are some people who use violent games for violent reasons, but it is only a small percentage of them compared to how many friendly gamers there are world-wide."
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  • +2 +7 -5 Jacob Feb. 12, 2014
    "I feel that violent video games don't cause violence in kids because think about this. So what kid do you know after playing grand theft auto or black ops 2 or call of duty gost what kid do you know that will go and hurt some one or will go and do something rational because of what they have played? did you also know that 97% of 12-17 year olds in the US played video games in 2008, thus fueling an $11.7 billion domestic video game industry. In 2008, 10 of the top 20 best-selling video games in the US contained violence."
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  • +2 +6 -4 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 +4 -2 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 +5 -3 Noah Kuykendall Feb. 5, 2014
    "violence existed thousands of years before video games. how do you explain that? and, for some people(like me) video games help me make new friends. its gives me a place to go to when im sad. and it gives something to relate to other people."
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  • +2 +8 -6 inglesh Feb. 5, 2014
    "it is not the video games fault blame the kids parents for not teaching their kids to know right from wrong. If a kid thinks it is ok to hit someone because it is ok in a video game then their parent are to blame for not teaching them not the game"
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  • +2 +5 -3 chris Feb. 3, 2014
    "No! I am currently 13 years old and i have been playing The Call of Duty series since Cod 4 Had came out. I have never been in a fight and i am not planning on being in a fight i am not a bully and i am living a regular life as a teenage boy. I think video games is an outlet to get rid of frustration, anger, and stress as you can shoot enemy soldiers. These video games in my opinion have helped me increase my reaction time by 2%. If someone commits a murder and blames it on video games that is just an excuse as they know it is wrong. Most violent video games have a Mature rating for a reason: Blood and Gore, Mature Language, and Explicit Content not made for young eye's my mom has gave me these video games because i request it and i feel like i am more mature than the rest of my grade. Just to re-cap, Violent video games to NOT contribute Youth Violence."
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  • +2 +9 -7 none Jan. 31, 2014
    "this is a load of rubbish if i get angry i dont go out and shoot someone all i do is go on my xbox and blow some suff up of battlefeild 4 and then im calm"
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  • +2 +4 -2 Shane Jan. 30, 2014
    "I am not going to lie I do play video games and I have played them for many years.I tend to get loud and start yelling while I'm playing the games. But as a 17 year old that graduated school early and I'm now working two jobs and going to school part time now, my stress starts to build up. When I'm not playing video games I'm not violent at all. I would have to say that since I play video games I get almost all of my stress and anger out while I play the games I am actually less violent. The last thing I would like to add is that even though I can walk up to a character in a game and shoot, stab, hit, ect... I still cant stand the sight of blood and guts in real life."
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  • +2 +3 -1 Noah Burno Jan. 29, 2014
    "I was forced into the pro side of this in my debate class and every single argument for the pro side I instantly thought of a counter-argument to make it completely null. I play video games and I am within this age group and it has no effect on me. I have no idea as to why this argument still exists. It's dead"
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    • +1 +1 0 Shane Jan. 30, 2014
      "This argument might be dead to you but there will always be that group of parents that are worried about what their kids are playing. Granted there is an age where the games that are made for teenagers is very impressionable for little kids that play them and the parents have a valid reason to argue this for the other side. I think that they just need to hear that people that actually play video games are not like what they are like when they play the games."
  • +2 +4 -2 Logan Jan. 27, 2014
    "Games rated m shouldn't be banned because there are good outcomes to letting kids playing them. Such good things would be that they would lessen their chance of stealin and killin people if there is control in the game. Also if parents limit amount of time they play these games then it wont come as natural. If you think that these games are makin kids more violent then you are wrong because the adults that think this came out just fine even though they had bad influencin movies such as Rambo, Rocky and Full Metal Jacket. For the older generation movies are as to video games are for the new and current generation. If teachin kids at young ages war games and theivin tricks is bad then wouldn't wrestlin boxin and racing games also be a danger because they show us wrecks aren't to bad and that most of the time all you do is dent a car and boxing and wrestling introduce violence and fighting as a good result also but they are rated E. I have played these games since 6 years old and my mom has never noticed any more violence from me because of me playing these games. It is the parents job to limit the amount of time we play these games so that it does not change our thoughts though. They need to get us to do other things that are good."
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  • +2 +6 -4 bob Jan. 27, 2014
    "No it's not videos games that cause violence it messed up parents and depressed or crazy kids and their parents don't do anything about it"
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  • +2 +5 -3 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 +4 -2 This guy Jan. 22, 2014
    "Video games to me do not lead to violence. And if they do im trying to figure this out, why do parents get there kids those games, when they know no better thnn to do those things, if there below the age of 18."
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  • +2 +6 -4 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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  • +1 +5 -4 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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  • +1 +4 -3 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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  • +1 +10 -9 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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  • +1 +8 -7 raymond Dec. 5, 2013
    "no because most kids know right from wrong"
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  • +1 +5 -4 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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  • +1 +8 -7 denver Dec. 5, 2013
    "it lets us take are anger out on something else."
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  • +1 +6 -5 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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  • +1 +3 -2 brett Dec. 4, 2013
    "now video games do not make people kill its the preson that dose"
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  • +1 +4 -3 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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  • +1 +6 -5 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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  • +1 +5 -4 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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  • +1 +11 -10 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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  • +1 +6 -5 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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  • 0 0 0 yoky Nov. 24, 2015
    "for all the people who say people commit crimes or make people violent because of violent video games thik of all the other reasdons why they would bullying (for younger poeple), mental illness, or they like to do those things and for poeple saying what about the [people who did and play video games be quit and shut up because most of you hate video games"
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  • 0 +1 -1 awesome kid Nov. 11, 2015
    "i think that kids do not kill or bully because of games i think it because some parents are abusive and leave their kids."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Ethan Nov. 9, 2015
    "Dr.Mario doe not make you a doctor, Tetris does not make you a master carpenter, and Mario Kart does not make you a professional Go-Kart driver, why would playing call of duty make you a Soilder"
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  • 0 +1 -1 ntingtg ggedd Nov. 9, 2015
    "video games are not the reason people are violent"
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  • 0 +3 -3 lonleypotato Oct. 22, 2015
    "Video games are not the cause for violence, i think it is the person who plays the game."
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  • 0 +3 -3 What are those!!!!! Oct. 22, 2015
    ""I say "NO" because Games are a way to have fun and kill time quickly, although i say there someone addicting they don't cause violent actions between kids. Kids should know reality between fantasy, if a game has flying that does not mean they will jump off a building and try to fly (one because of parent teaching them and two because they know there not the flying character). Parents play a big role in this because they teach the child right form wrong! A shooter game like COD don't make kids want to shoot people because that's fantasy vs reality, also most kids do a friendly Face-off in shooter games.""
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  • 0 +2 -2 -_- Jun. 2, 2015
    "just a two words Rating System that is all"
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  • 0 +7 -7 Chris76 Feb. 5, 2015
    "I believe violent video games don't make people violent because they ain't just going to turn violent after playing a violent video game. It teaches them not to be violent and learn what to do in life if like the game was about killing people, but for a good reason."
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  • 0 +8 -8 Chris Jan. 26, 2015
    "I believe videogames do not contribute to youth violence because the youth is the one who chooses to be violent, not the videogames."
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  • 0 +9 -9 Chris Jan. 14, 2015
    "I want to wake up in the weekend and play (bo2) cause that's what I do.Then play (GTA5) and I'm still gonna do it.So it's not my fault or problem."
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  • 0 +4 -4 Aleksandr May. 9, 2014
    "I have played probably every single one of the most popular violent video games, such as CoD, Battlefield, and Grand Theft Auto, since I was the age of five. I have not been to prison, and I have never been in a fist fight. I also have straight A grades as a 7th grader in advanced classes. Tell me again why violent video games are bad?"
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  • 0 +11 -11 Teresa Scarber Apr. 15, 2014
    "These type of games and any negative media that people in society continually expose themselve to creates depression. Proof....When someone sings a song and its one you are might not like, you still end up singing it in your mind. Its contagious. What goes into our minds has power over our minds. So if a minor thing like a lyric being sung can get stuck in an mature adults mind, think about how much violant games are impacting the youth. People need to spend more time inputing positive things into their minds."
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  • 0 +9 -9 james Feb. 21, 2014
    "no if anything it helps because we get angry and we go on those types of games and it calms us down"
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    • +1 +1 0 joshua Feb. 26, 2014
      "Ive been palying GTA seance i was 10 years old and i have never wanted to kill anyone. It helps us release stress. they are a good thing if those games were not around i feel like people would find other ways to release stress witch would be bulling people"
  • 0 +19 -19 Jesus Christ Feb. 10, 2014
    "I really like PUNCAKE! Thank you for reading."
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  • 0 +10 -10 maya Feb. 6, 2014
    "no i disagree with this violent video games do not mkae kids more violent. it depends on the kids on itslelf if the kids is already crazy then the parents know not to get them that type of game i mena come on just use your common sense"
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  • 0 +6 -6 Eric H Jan. 28, 2014
    "because it is how the children interpret the game, if the children understand that it is just a game, then it should be fine, but if people take it the wrong way, then it may have an impact. It is not that some video games are unfit for children, it's that some children are unfit for some video games"
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  • -1 0 -1 Tuhran Benson Oct. 30, 2015
    "I agree with the last topic. My own parents don't like me to play call of duty as much as I do. I have all of them since Modern Warfare."
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  • -1 0 -1 Kaleb Oct. 29, 2015
    "If violent games cause kids to become violent, then why don't doctor games make kids a doctor and dancing games making kids dancers."
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  • -1 0 -1 i have your number Oct. 26, 2015
    "No, it only happens to people who are already violent"
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  • -1 0 -1 chris cortez Oct. 26, 2015
    "Depending on what game it is I really don't think it causes violence because it makes you take out your violence"
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  • -1 0 -1 ???What are those??? Oct. 23, 2015
    "Video games dont cause violence. that only happens if you are already violent"
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  • -1 +3 -4 Jake Sep. 7, 2015
    "I am living breathing proof video games dont make youth voilent im 16 and ive been gaming for about 7 years and im not agressive or voilent at all, i can barley bump into someone without feeling guilty never mind kill a person"
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  • -1 +2 -3 Louis H & Aaron Jul. 21, 2015
    "Violent video games to me personally are very fun and rewarding to play. I have played games like Call of Duty, Battlefield, Counter Strike : Global Offence etc. All these games are violent and they all involve killing people but at the end of the day they won't make me into a killer person who wants to go around murdering inocent people does it so in conclusion I beleive that video games are just simple hoppies that lots of people like to do!!"
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  • -1 +4 -5 Jose May. 19, 2015
    "Who ever says yes knows nothing of good games"
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  • -1 +2 -3 Hunter May. 8, 2015
    "I believe that there is a big difference between watching someone play a game, and actually playing the game. When you are playing a violent shooter, you feel like the people u are shooting are a generated obstacle to overcome. So parents, actually try playing the game to know what your child is experiencing, instead of thinking that the game is all about killing people. The experience is actually quite entertaining."