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Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?


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  • +35 +138 -103 Jasmine Morris Jan. 20, 2015
    "It depends on your home life,home life,and mental stablilty"
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    • +3 +5 -2 Calvin Apr. 13, 2016
      "What about your home life though?"
    • 0 +6 -6 Quentin Mar. 2, 2015
      "Yeap You Are Right, Ps. Quentin Lebleu"
  • +6 +53 -47 jason Oct. 22, 2015
    "It depends on how the person is"
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  • +5 +6 -1 DzKz_Phoenix May. 6, 2016
    "I think people control their own actions

    You can agree with me or not I really dont care. Im just stating my opinion"
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  • +4 +47 -43 Jordan Gibbs Jun. 4, 2015
    "I say it depends on the on the person"
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    • +4 +5 -1 Seth Feb. 9, 2016
      "Everyone says it depends on the person"
  • +3 +5 -2 DzKz_Phoenix May. 6, 2016
    "Plus violent video games help me relieve stress.

    ps. Im 12 years old"
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  • -1 +1 -2 AP May. 4, 2016
    "The games that do support violence or have violence in them usually arent that bad unless they are rated M but even then youre not allowed to buy them until youre of age."
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    • +1 +1 0 DzKz_Phoenix May. 11, 2016
      "actually you can but your parents have to be with you for via purchase"
  • -2 +1 -3 Angelina May. 4, 2016
    "I think it depends on the person and how they're raised. Also depends on the parents and what games they allow their child to play. Signs of violence other than playing the game, the child should't be allowed to play."
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  • -2 +1 -3 Chuck Norris Apr. 29, 2016
    "Violent video games causes stress in lots of people"
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    • 0 0 0 (= May. 3, 2016
      "It really depends on the person, some people use violent video games to relieve stress,"
  • -3 +1 -4 jn May. 4, 2016
    "I think that violent video games contribute to youth violence because many kids are playing these games and their moms and dads are letting them and if they dont then theyre finding at way to play the games. These games are making it seem that its okay to shot or kill or even fight someone. More and more kids are wanting to play these games because theyre more entertaining then these other boring games that are better for them"
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  • -3 +1 -4 Jk May. 4, 2016
    "Young kids should not be able to play these violent games because they can become violent, they'll want to re act what the video game is doing and mock the language. There should be more education games or games that mock how to deal with life."
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  • -3 0 -3 L.S May. 4, 2016
    "yes they do because kids start to become really aggressive when it. My brother is the only child in my house hold that was raised on video games and he is very aggressive and alway ready to hit people or say something smart back."
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  • -3 +1 -4 Sdm May. 4, 2016
    "I feel like violent video games somewhat contribute to youth violence. I don't feel like they have to do with one's behavior but its plays a role. Violent video games aren't so bad, I've played them myself and enjoy myself but because of the violence I don't have interest in hurting someone. When I see my little cousins play violent video games the outcome is like any other 6 year old. Pretending to have guns and "kill or shoot" each other. I think what feeds such violence,if it were to burst out of a child, is lack of communication with the child. Letting them what's real and what's pretend. One thinks that its just a child playing pretend but we don't really know what the child thinks, so I believe that violent videos do contribute to youth violence"
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  • -3 0 -3 NN May. 4, 2016
    "I am pro violent videos games contributing to youth violence. The reason why is because a one of the examples that the pro side gave on playing violent video games was that it desensitize people to real world violent acts and mostly all of the murders who have carried out mass shootings played violent video games. It scares me that a one of the influences that leads to these violent acts is a simple video game. Especially if young kids are exposed and playing this video game then they think that it's okay or normal for this to happen and they have no feeling towards it because they have become to comfortable with playing out the acts through a video game at such a young age. And then as they get older they are more likely to carry out those violent acts because they maybe feel like they can."
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  • -3 +2 -5 n.s May. 4, 2016
    "playing violent games will make kid act violent,bully and fightings because many people learn things by observing others espicialy kids,kids believe what they see, if they see someone kills for money they are gone wanna do it."
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  • -3 +2 -5 QUITBLAMINGPARENTS Apr. 27, 2016
    "people keep saying that its the parents job to keep a child from playing them if they think their child is to immature but there are parents out there who could not care less if their children play violent video games."
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  • -4 0 -4 Madison May. 11, 2016
    "Do violent video games contributed to youth violence?
    Do you play video games? Well if you do, I'm here to tell you why I think that violent video games contribute to youth violence.
    The first reason is because playing violent video games can cause more bullying. 60% of middle school boys and 40% of middle school girls hit or beat up someone.
    The second reason is because of the encouragement and reward of violent behavior. An analysis of 81 video games rated for teens ages 13+ found that 90% were killed or injured by other characters.
    The third reason is that the military uses violent video games to train soldiers to kill. In 2002, The US army released first person shooter game called "Americas Army" to recruit soldiers and prepare recruits for the battlefield.
    In conclusion, I think that violent video games contributed to youth violence. What do you think?"
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  • -4 0 -4 Procon reader May. 11, 2016
    "It depends on what type of family you have. If they were bad parents, they would let you play violent video games."
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  • -4 0 -4 np May. 4, 2016
    "I think that violent video games do contribute to youth violence. Violent videos may cause some children the act out this violent behaviors with there friends. Another reason is because in most violent video games the players are being rewarded for the violent act and this may cause children to think the behavior is okay."
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  • -4 0 -4 SHH May. 4, 2016
    "I think that video game violence is a debate spread nationwide that's turned many heads. It should be reduced to a minimum, because it causes kids to be violent. Most kids or teenagers who play violent video games might not do aggressive behaviors, but they do show or talk about aggressive/violent topics on a daily basis. If it ever came down to being violent or aggressive, almost everybody who plays violent video games will join in."
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  • -4 0 -4 HM May. 4, 2016
    "Yeah! I think violent violent video games had contributed to youth violence because everything starts off from what you see whether if its through television, smart phone, or even on social media. Whatever appears to the youth, it up the chances of them doing it depending on what their viewing. If the youth is watching violent movies/violent tv shows or if their playing violent video games, it'll increase the chances of them becoming more aggressive."
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  • -4 +2 -6 rosa martinez May. 2, 2016
    "yes it does cause violence in youth because kids wil do antthing the see or learn because they are curious."
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    • 0 0 0 (= May. 3, 2016
      "Only the younger kids, like 2-7 yr olds, Im 12-15, and I play Borderlands, Cod, and all kinds of first person shooter games, and I wouldn't purposely hurt somebody unless they tried hurting me, my family, or my friends."
  • -4 +57 -61 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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  • -5 0 -5 bob May. 17, 2016
    "this has no meaning you guys are wasting your time!"
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  • -5 0 -5 Nicole May. 4, 2016
    "I am completely against video game violence. It is a severely negative outlet for people to express their anger. People shouldn't be exposed to that much violence. The way people romanticize video games is disgusting and is one of the leading issues in society."
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  • -5 +9 -14 Yasmin Mar. 17, 2016
    "Simulating violence such as shooting guns and hand-to-hand combat in video games can cause real-life violent behavior. In the article it state that " Video games often require players to simulate violent actions, such as stabbing, shooting, or dismembering someone with an ax, sword, chainsaw, or other weapons other reason is that "Two teenagers in Tennessee who shot at passing cars and killed one driver told police they got the idea from playing Grand Theft Auto" As a result of this violent videos games Simulating violence such as shooting guns and hand-to-hand combat in video games can cause real-life violent behavior.
    Violent video games desensitize players to real-life violence.in the article it state that " The study found that just 20 minutes of playing a violent video game "can cause people to become less physiologically aroused by real violence" People desensitized to violence are more likely to commit a violent act. other reason is that By age 18, American children will have seen 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence depicted in violent video games,movies, and television.As a result of this Violent video games desensitize players to real-life violence."
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  • -5 +43 -48 jared conkel May. 19, 2015
    "Improves hand-eye coordination for teens and children"
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  • -7 +10 -17 Al Mar. 23, 2016
    "It depends on parenting and how the person was raised. One is not born automatically knowing right from wrong. Who knows? Maybe games can change how a person acts. Addiction from games doesn't just effect physical health but mental heath as well."
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  • -7 +16 -23 vannoss gaming Mar. 16, 2016
    "I am kind of a big gamer I do my own youtube channel, but I have seen kids/adults on the game and they can be really mean towards one another, but then u have those kids who r serious about the game, who have dreams about being in the military just from playing games. I think it can be a good way for kids that get bullied to play online and socialize with other people. some people cant go out side they get bullied so bad and so I think video games help out a lot of people and I don't think they really affect people in a bad way. have fun and subscribe to my channel please"
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  • -7 +61 -68 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"
  • -7 +43 -50 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 +7 -15 gladis garcia Mar. 17, 2016
    "In my opinion i think that violent video games do contribute to your youth violence.
    One reason is because violent video games can cause aggression i guess.
    For example, some that had played violent video games were most likely to bully or cyber bully other people.
    This proves that violent video games can contribute with youth violence because violent video games can cause some people to have bad aggression.
    In conclusion violent video games can be bad leading them to bad examples."
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    • +1 +1 0 (= May. 3, 2016
      "actually, its not the people who play violent video games that become violent, its that violent people are prone to play violent video games, and so is 1/2 of society!"
  • -8 +6 -14 johana chavez Mar. 17, 2016
    "Violent video games contribute to youth violence.they have bad influences for people. people wont learn as much"
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  • -8 +4 -12 martin sanchez Mar. 17, 2016
    "I think video games are bad for kids.One reason is that some people have caused real-life tragedies.For example, a gamer made a school shooting."
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  • -8 +3 -11 Nayeli Mar. 17, 2016
    "video games are bad because they get you agressive and all the violence in it can make you lose your mind"
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  • -8 +1 -9 angel Mar. 17, 2016
    "I think video games cause violence and is blamed for school shooting, bulling, and engage in drugs. violent video games can also take apart friends and family also can make you lazy and may also take away school work time and homework even aggressiveness."
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  • -8 +1 -9 Sal Mar. 17, 2016
    "I think that the video games support no good into children's lives of or that it could effect the life choices of a child. Also, kids in 4 or 6 year old children could make the person/child a bad human to probably society if he was a outlaw or a criminal to be arrested for school shootings.For example, it could also causes teasing , bullying, and also maybe being part of a gang. These social paragraphs point to all of that video games cause aggression."
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    • 0 0 0 ______ May. 17, 2016
      "Well yeah a 4-6 year old shouldn't be playing an M or T rated game."
  • -8 +3 -11 tp9vw7 Mar. 17, 2016
    "we are looking at a screen the whole time and it messes up our vision"
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  • -8 +3 -11 jazmin Mar. 17, 2016
    "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"
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    • 0 0 0 _____ May. 17, 2016
      "But it's a game none of that is real, in assasins creed lives are being ruined the people don't have lives their collections of pixels doing what the code tells them, bioshock is a game set in a dystopian city where those horribly disfigured(you used the wrong there by the way it should be thier not there) are trying to kill you to get a genetic drug( but I would assume you haven't actually played into so you wouldn't know) borderlands is a comedic game in real life that wouldn't happen and people realize that. Deus Ex's world gives you a good reason to creatively kill, but again you wouldn't know becuas you're grasping at straws."
  • -8 +2 -10 IDEK Mar. 17, 2016
    "Video games could be bad for you.One reason why video games are bad for you is because it makes you be agressive.For example in the article "Cons and Pros" it states that it may make them prone to agressive thoughts,attitudes, and actions.This proves that they make you be agressive or have bad thoughts.I think video games are bad."
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  • -8 +3 -11 javier Mar. 17, 2016
    "I think video games are violent . One reason is video game are violent because you kill people. The autor state that "video games make you violent and make you kill people." This proves that people yes kill people are them. In conclusion video game are bad for people.
    I think video games is bad for kid. One reason is the video game bad because they play violent games.For exmple the author state that " Violent video games have been blamed for school shootings, increases in bullying, and violence" . This proves that games make to shooting in school. In conclusion video game are bad."
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    • 0 0 0 X( May. 3, 2016
      "OH REALLY? Fifa street 3 is bad for people, Lego Harry Potter is bad for people, Q-BERT IS BAD FOR PEOPLE? THATS, what you're saying, that ALL video games are bad, AND, It actually depends on wether the person was already violent"
  • -8 +2 -10 Francisco Mar. 17, 2016
    "Games are bad because it can cause violent.one reason is that games can damage a lot of thing on your body. For example, "Games can heart your eye contact and can heart your academics."this prove that games can hurt your body.So games can damage your bady and can damage.

    Games can sometime be helpful.One reason is that video games can help in the miltery.For example,"Video games help the miltery to help on their lesson."This proves that video gamews can be helpful on bsomething.Games can help on thing that can proctect us."
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  • -8 +1 -9 Rafael Maldonado Mar. 17, 2016
    "I'm against video games. One reason why i'm against video games is because parents think that video games are bad for children I agree with them. For example in the article "Pros And Cons" the author states that 90% of pediatricians and 67 % of parents agree or strongly agreed that violent video games can increase aggressive behavior among children. This shows that violent video games can be bad for children.
    Another reason why i'm against video games is because a lot of teens who play violent video games have hit or beat up someone. For example in the article "Cons and Pros" the author states that 60% of boys and 40% of girls who played at least one m-rated game has hit or beat up someone,compared with 39% of boys and 14% of girls who did not play rated-m games. This proves that video games can affect the real life world. This is why i'm against video games"
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  • -8 +1 -9 Rafael Maldonado Mar. 17, 2016
    "I'm against video games. One reason why i'm against video games is because parents think that video games are bad for children I agree with them. For example in the article "Pros And Cons" the author states that 90% of pediatricians and 67 % of parents agree or strongly agreed that violent video games can increase aggressive behavior among children. This shows that violent video games can be bad for children.
    Another reason why i'm against video games is because a lot of teens who play violent video games have hit or beat up someone. For example in the article "Cons and Pros" the author states that 60% of boys and 40% of girls who played at least one m-rated game has hit or beat up someone,compared with 39% of boys and 14% of girls who did not play rated-m games. This proves that video games can affect the real life world. This is why i'm against video games."
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  • -8 +3 -11 Ramses Mar. 16, 2016
    "It is true that violent video games may turn kids into living hell-spawns, and that there is a chance that they'll have trouble differentiating reality and fantasy. IT's also the parents that have a responsibility to watch what their kids are playing. I completely agree with this article, and I hope that kids will be more careful with their game choices in the future."
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  • -8 +5 -13 Devon H. Mar. 15, 2016
    "Yes kids at my school can be very violent and this my be a cause"
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    • 0 0 0 (= May. 3, 2016
      "they may have actually had something really bad happen to their family, or, one of their parents may treat them badly, these events can cause somebody to become a bully"
  • -8 +11 -19 James Madison Mar. 4, 2016
    "Violent video games don't release stress only anger"
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    • +2 +2 0 Ben Dover Mar. 9, 2016
      "Have you ever played a violent video game when you were mad?"
  • -8 +11 -19 James Madison Mar. 3, 2016
    "Violent video games should be banned because they could cause real life situations such as violence or inappropriate behavior."
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  • -8 +16 -24 bob Feb. 17, 2016
    "It depends on how the person acts after playing the game"
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  • -8 +15 -23 river anderson Dec. 14, 2015
    "i have played violent video games all my life and i have not been efected so these reserchers say its bad its really not cause if you look thruogh most of the comments you would see most are not afected"
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  • -8 +39 -47 Read First letters Nov. 11, 2015
    "So in conclusion
    Everything can make
    Xtra Violence
    Possibly
    Even
    Nothing can stop
    It from happening
    So why worry?"
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  • -8 +18 -26 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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    • -1 +1 -2 Hajeeb Mehmet Mar. 1, 2016
      "Stolen valor is a crime. but in other words everything you said was wrong."
  • -8 +29 -37 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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    • +2 +3 -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"
  • -8 +30 -38 Preston Jan. 13, 2015
    "How are these pro's?"
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  • -9 +1 -10 miguel Mar. 17, 2016
    "i think video games can be lots of damage to the human brain since there is man that played violent video games and he has done a mass shooting in a school."
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  • -9 +8 -17 Brianna Feb. 2, 2016
    "Yes because, you ever see little kids (age 5-7) play fighting and saying things game characters would say or do? I think that causes kids to get hurt because one kid might hit harder than the other, etc"
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    • +1 +1 0 Koua Feb. 3, 2016
      "But are you not suppose to teach your kid that "sticks and stones may break our bones but words will never hurt me"?"
    • 0 0 0 ______ May. 17, 2016
      "Kids play fight, it happens regardless. also hitting hard is based on strength"
    • 0 0 0 Anita S. Mar. 1, 2016
      "Sorry this is incorrect you child is not gonna suplex you because he saw it in a video game hes going to body slam you because he thinks you deserve one"
  • -9 +18 -27 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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    • 0 0 0 Ben Dover Mar. 9, 2016
      "That is why there is a rating system in place. Your view of children is so skewed it does not make any sense that a young child (who should not be playing the game in the first place) would hurt people because of what they did in video games."
  • -10 +4 -14 xantos Mar. 17, 2016
    "I think videogames are bad because they can lead to bullying and fighting. One reason 60% of middle school boy and 40% of middle school girls that play m rated game either hit someone or beat someone up. For example "60% of middle school boys and 40% of middle school girls who played m rated games or beat someone up." This proves that kid get to engages in violent video games in it make theme have agresiv thots in school. Video games are bad because they caes bullying and fighting."
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  • -10 +28 -38 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 +3 -14 Chelloee Apr. 7, 2016
    "I haven't researched the subject, but before my cousin let me play his Call of Duty game, I was deathly afraid of guns. After spending a few months with only those video games as entertainment, when I saw a gun on TV, I was more intrigued than scared."
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  • -11 +2 -13 bruh Mar. 28, 2016
    "its fun to play violent video games but it makes you crazy"
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  • -11 +17 -28 jim Mar. 6, 2015
    "it may be bad but they are also fun for kids"
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  • -11 +21 -32 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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    • +2 +2 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"
  • -12 +9 -21 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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    • +3 +3 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."
  • -12 +14 -26 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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    • 0 0 0 Ben Dover Mar. 9, 2016
      "They all ready have that is why there is rating system in place so that young children do not play violent games at an impressionable age."
  • -12 +18 -30 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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  • -12 +26 -38 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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    • +2 +2 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."
  • -12 +27 -39 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)"
  • -12 +23 -35 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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  • -12 +17 -29 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 +4 -17 Elshalom Mar. 8, 2016
    "It dos because they will think it's a fantasy world and do the acts in the video games."
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    • 0 0 0 _____ May. 17, 2016
      "Why?"
  • -13 +11 -24 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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  • -13 +13 -26 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 +18 -31 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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    • +2 +3 -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"
  • -13 +22 -35 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."
  • -13 +29 -42 RMF Feb. 13, 2015
    "Mw2 is the greatest game of all time so therefore mature rated games are great"
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  • -13 +15 -28 heidi Feb. 11, 2015
    "that is a good job you guys gave me a lot of info"
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  • -13 +24 -37 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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    • -2 +1 -3 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."
  • -13 +16 -29 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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  • -14 +18 -32 jim Mar. 6, 2015
    "i think it is bad for kids to play"
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    • +1 +1 0 McThugLife4Eva Feb. 11, 2016
      "Well then don't let your kid, assuming you have one, play any of these games. Simple as that."
  • -14 +20 -34 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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  • -14 +47 -61 I'm under your bed Feb. 3, 2015
    "I think it depends on how the kid reacts to the game"
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  • -15 +12 -27 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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    • 0 0 0 Koua Feb. 3, 2016
      "That is everyday life not just with violent video games..."
  • -15 +17 -32 Ashley Mar. 17, 2015
    "They can help develop hand-eye coordination early in their life."
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    • +1 +1 0 clarisa May. 19, 2015
      "what do you mean about that"
  • -15 +47 -62 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"
  • -15 +15 -30 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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  • -15 +20 -35 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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    • +6 +7 -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."
    • +5 +6 -1 A sane person Mar. 31, 2015
      "Um.... You do realize that half the time those "experts" are payed off, biased, or both, right?"
    • +3 +5 -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."
  • -15 +15 -30 ayanna Feb. 25, 2015
    "violent video games can teach kids bad stuff"
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  • -15 +30 -45 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 +1 0 Ben Dover Mar. 9, 2016
      "You sound like a cult leader or a dictator who is crazy ignorant and likes to force there beliefs on to people who will never be affected by the thing that you are trying to prevent. Also, you are only using a few cases that MAY have had influence of video games involved."
    • 0 +1 -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."
  • -15 +28 -43 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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  • -15 +16 -31 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"
  • -15 +16 -31 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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  • -15 +11 -26 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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  • -16 +6 -22 I have no name Dec. 14, 2015
    "I'm for pro because a long while ago a kid had actually killed his own mother because he played so much video games he thought that he could get mad at her and kill her and she would re-spawn so he could do it again."
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  • -16 +15 -31 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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  • -16 +14 -30 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 +15 -32 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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  • -17 +12 -29 Felipe Oct. 6, 2014
    "I think it does to"
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  • -18 +8 -26 Gideon Nov. 23, 2015
    "it makes kids more used to violence and they think that makes it OK."
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  • -18 +10 -28 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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    • +3 +3 0 That kid Jan. 7, 2016
      "That was me I dont like trees"
    • -1 0 -1 DzKz_Phoenix May. 6, 2016
      "Kid you know trees create oxygen without trees WE DIE!!!!"
  • -18 +8 -26 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."
  • -18 +15 -33 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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  • -18 +15 -33 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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  • -18 +9 -27 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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  • -19 +13 -32 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"
  • -19 +17 -36 bob Feb. 12, 2015
    "i agree there should not be any more of these games"
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    • +6 +6 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"
    • +3 +3 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."
    • +3 +4 -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."
  • -19 +9 -28 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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  • -19 +10 -29 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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    • +5 +5 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."
  • -20 +11 -31 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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    • +6 +6 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."
    • -7 0 -7 John Dec. 12, 2014
      "Great comment Yuna. Thank you for your contribution to the debate in class!"
  • -22 +8 -30 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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    • +2 +2 0 Koua Feb. 11, 2016
      "Wrong, kids know what is right and what is wrong. If they do not, then the parents are to blame. We have a thing called an ego, superego, and an id. Well we do use a lot of these, and think of which one would benefit the society..."
  • -22 +7 -29 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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    • +1 +1 0 ______ May. 18, 2016
      "Actually it stimulates the brain"
  • -22 +18 -40 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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  • -25 +9 -34 jonathan tichenor Mar. 28, 2015
    "look at sandy hook, the suspect played violent video games"
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    • +7 +7 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!!!"
    • +7 +7 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"
  • -25 +13 -38 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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  • -37 +12 -49 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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  • +282 +349 -67 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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    • +3 +3 0 Mcmiky May. 2, 2016
      "Yes you are right"
    • -12 0 -12 Ania Apr. 4, 2016
      "Two teenagers from Tennessee started shooting passing cars and shot one driver in the head. When they got caught they said they were mimicking grand theft auto"
  • +93 +121 -28 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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  • +52 +86 -34 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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    • +1 +1 0 Mcmiky May. 2, 2016
      "Yes they are. Just look at Injustice: Gods Among Us, that has blood in it"
    • -10 +4 -14 hdhdjff Feb. 10, 2015
      "superhero games are not even violent"
  • +50 +75 -25 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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    • -2 +2 -4 Ricky Bob Feb. 11, 2016
      "True enough...but that's not a good reason. Try to find a better defense for video games.

      I personally really do believe that video games don't cause violence, but we can't win this fight with answers like that.

      But you're right about that it may be part of who the person is."
  • +44 +70 -26 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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    • -4 0 -4 Ania Apr. 4, 2016
      "Studies show that 60% of boys and 40% of girls in middle school that played rated M games have bullied someone ether in school or online."
  • +26 +38 -12 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"
  • +20 +38 -18 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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  • +17 +24 -7 Jack Westbrock <3 Mar. 10, 2015
    "I like playing violent video games and im not violent! Whos with me"
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  • +17 +28 -11 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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  • +17 +22 -5 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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  • +17 +21 -4 Kyle Jun. 3, 2014
    "NO.
    Those people for the pro, that are saying YES, video games do help, are just anti-video game. Or they don't care about people with cancer.
    Because there is a video game called Re-Mission that can help kids fight cancer. AND IT FREAKIN' WORKS!!!!!
    Anyway. But that's not the point. The Sandy Hook shooter? He loved to play DanceDance Revolution. NOT CALL OF DUTY! BIG SURPRISE HUH? And the guy who shot people at the theatre in wherever (can't remember right now) preferred Guitar Hero to Halo.

    Fine. You can call me a gamer, a video-game lover. But at least check the darn facts!
    So get your facts straight, for christ's sake!"
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    • 0 0 0 Ricky Bob Feb. 11, 2016
      "While what Koua says is true that it is mostly opinion, there has been a study of this sort. It has been proven that violent video games don't correlate with real life violence.

      Dude, calm down."
    • 0 +1 -1 Koua Feb. 11, 2016
      "Well, this is your own opinion... While we are playing video games not made for cancer research you on the other hand are. Its not our fault that we see a game we like and then not know its not helping people in need... Again, this is your own opinion. Why would we be yelled at when the company did not make it help people with cancer?"
  • +15 +24 -9 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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  • +14 +18 -4 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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  • +14 +20 -6 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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  • +14 +23 -9 kaitlin Aug. 12, 2014
    "it is all about the parents fault for buying it"
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    • +2 +4 -2 sal Oct. 27, 2014
      "or not explaining that this is fake and giving the child morals"
  • +12 +18 -6 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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  • +12 +19 -7 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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  • +12 +18 -6 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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    • +4 +4 0 Sal Oct. 27, 2014
      "Completly"
    • -2 0 -2 Ann Apr. 4, 2016
      "Many kids get addicted to video games and get bad grades in school. It's not safe dealing with all your problems by shooting someone in a game and many people would rather do that homework causing worse grades then you had befor."
  • +11 +13 -2 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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  • +11 +16 -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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  • +11 +21 -10 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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    • 0 0 0 Ania Apr. 4, 2016
      "Or they can learn how to reload a gun and aim. Studies show that video games improved children's aim at the head and could make the child more aggressive. Violent video games are especially bad if the player doesn't have a fully developed brain."
  • +11 +16 -5 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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  • +10 +14 -4 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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  • +10 +15 -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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  • +10 +16 -6 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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  • +10 +12 -2 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"
  • +9 +10 -1 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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  • +8 +13 -5 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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  • +8 +12 -4 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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    • 0 0 0 none of your buisses Apr. 27, 2016
      "yes, but Tetris is not violent"
  • +8 +12 -4 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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  • +8 +11 -3 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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  • +7 +11 -4 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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  • +7 +10 -3 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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  • +7 +9 -2 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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  • +7 +9 -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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  • +7 +10 -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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  • +7 +16 -9 ProGamer Jan. 22, 2015
    "Violent video games help communitie"
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  • +7 +13 -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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  • +7 +11 -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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  • +7 +11 -4 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 +10 -3 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!"
  • +7 +9 -2 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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  • +7 +12 -5 Froggy Dec. 4, 2014
    "I dont think that violent video games contribute to teen violence"
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  • +7 +18 -11 tifanie Nov. 12, 2014
    "everybody has violence inside them video games just bring it out"
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  • +7 +14 -7 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 +10 -3 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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  • +7 +9 -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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  • +6 +7 -1 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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  • +6 +11 -5 Jose May. 15, 2015
    "They do not, they give children IMAGINATION."
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    • -1 0 -1 imagitation guy Nov. 12, 2015
      "it is imagitation!!!"
  • +6 +9 -3 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 +16 -10 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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  • +6 +12 -6 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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  • +6 +11 -5 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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  • +6 +9 -3 Ethan Feb. 26, 2015
    "It is competition not the violence that makes children violent."
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  • +6 +9 -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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  • +6 +11 -5 keigon Feb. 10, 2015
    "it would never make u violent"
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  • +6 +11 -5 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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  • +6 +8 -2 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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  • +6 +7 -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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  • +5 +5 0 Bryce D. Apr. 11, 2016
    "The inability of others to view gaming as an outlet instead of a catalyst will find it inconceivable that those that play violent video games can also be bullied. Being an avid gamer myself, I have been bullied since a young age and I never fought back. I am currently 18, still playing VVG's on a regular basis, and I have the highest customer satisfaction out of anyone in my store. So for anyone to say that anyone of any age who plays violent video games is a recluse or has hard times in social situations is absolutely absurd. I would say I've played games since i was just a few years old, yes not all of them were violent, but ever since elementary school (when the bullying obviously began) I played games where I killed 100's of enemies on a daily basis. And throughout all of this I never started fights with my bullies, I never fought back. Video games were and still are my outlet. The belief that video games are the cause of violence in teens is absurd and I hope that soon enough this absurd belief is given a controller to let their own frustrations out."
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  • +5 +7 -2 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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    • +3 +4 -1 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."
    • +2 +3 -1 charles bunch Apr. 17, 2015
      "thanks for the support bro"
  • +5 +8 -3 Patrick Mar. 27, 2015
    "I play mass effect but one not violent only in the game"
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  • +5 +10 -5 christopher Mar. 13, 2015
    "i think that video games are a great stress reliever"
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  • +5 +8 -3 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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  • +5 +11 -6 jp Mar. 3, 2015
    "violent video games are not real"
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  • +5 +14 -9 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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    • 0 0 0 Dis Guy May. 4, 2016
      "It's called cyber bullying!"
  • +5 +9 -4 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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  • +5 +10 -5 nishide Feb. 17, 2015
    "it helps take your anger out"
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  • +4 +4 0 Madison May. 10, 2016
    "I have been playing violent games since I could hold a controller (Mostly M-Rated) and not once have I committed an act of violence against anyone, nor has anyone else I know that plays similar games. But I do have very good hand-eye coordination, logic skills, and surprisingly high moral standards. Anyone who says video games makes people violent are just trying to cast the blame onto something. People who do heinous, violent crimes are just wrong in the head, but people are trying to make a connection to something."
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    • +1 +1 0 mcmikey May. 15, 2016
      "you are totally right people that commit crimes are wrong in the head and just need something to blame it on."
  • +4 +7 -3 Mo kitty Dec. 1, 2015
    "I believe that violent people are attracted to violent video games and that the violence in video games can help vent anger and frustration caused by other problems in life."
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  • +4 +9 -5 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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  • +4 +9 -5 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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  • +4 +8 -4 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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  • +4 +9 -5 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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  • +4 +7 -3 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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  • +4 +7 -3 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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  • +4 +7 -3 SteveTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "No they do not. People who are unstable they should not play violent games/"
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  • +4 +10 -6 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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  • +4 +7 -3 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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  • +4 +7 -3 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 +7 -4 Waffles! : ) Mar. 3, 2016
    "Violent video games allow players to release stress and anger. it will not make them violent."
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    • +2 +3 -1 James Bond Mar. 4, 2016
      "Doesn't release stress if you think so you must think that saying that it will help stress you mean it will give you cancer for example. the types of cancer you can get is leg cancer
      or Heart cancer.."
  • +3 +4 -1 Ricky Bob Feb. 11, 2016
    "I'll be honest here - it's been proven that violent video games have no effect on youth. It's the adults you need to worry about - there was an instance where an adult tracked down a kid who had beat him in a game and then stabbed him.

    There is no proof that violent video games contribute to real life violence or any negative effects at all. In a study following the lives of 19,000 kids for 10 years, video games had no negative effects on the kids.

    That said, there has been proven evidence of games providing positive effects. For example, a study showed that action gamers are better learners. They excel at predicting the sequence of upcoming events and become better learners by playing fast paced games. Action gamers are also better at tracking moving objects; the average gamer can track 6-7 objects while the average person can track 3-4 moving objects accurately.
    There was also an instance when a 10-year old kid saved his great grandmother's life in a speeding vehicle when she fell unconscious. He grabbed the wheel, and guided the car into a mud filled ditch. Hailed as a hero, he credited his skills to playing Mario Kart."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Koua Feb. 3, 2016
    "I say yes, no one should be hurt because of people saying wrong words or even not letting the other person to win. I think violent video games are an escape from reality to vent your frustration and hostility out on other people online without physical contact. People who say it does commit violence, then i pity you. How will you say that someone shot up a school just because of video games? Well its bullying, and video games cause bullying. Have you ever researched the bullying social issue? probably not because most studies say that they are either being treated wrong at home, have a mental issue, other kids who influence them, or just have a really bad experience and don't know how to actually communicate properly with other people. Its just like the other person said... Oh he was wearing a red sweater while he shot up a school. Lets ban red sweaters because they mean so and so..."
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  • +3 +5 -2 CHAD LAMONS Jan. 26, 2016
    "And violent video games can encourage kindness so they are teach them to be good and actions can be kind"
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  • +3 +6 -3 Chad Lamons Jan. 20, 2016
    "they do not encourage youth violence they choose to make there own action it also can be from watching vioent movies like friday the 13 and chucky"
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  • +3 +7 -4 Mr.Obvious Nov. 12, 2015
    "they do not"
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  • +3 +7 -4 -_- Jun. 2, 2015
    "just a two words Rating System that is all"
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  • +3 +5 -2 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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  • +3 +6 -3 another 17 year old Apr. 29, 2015
    "I agree with collin and chris"
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  • +3 +6 -3 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

    #blamethekillersnotthegames."
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  • +3 +7 -4 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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  • +3 +6 -3 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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  • +3 +6 -3 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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  • +3 +6 -3 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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  • +3 +7 -4 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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  • +3 +6 -3 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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  • +3 +6 -3 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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  • +3 +7 -4 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 +7 -4 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 +7 -4 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 +8 -5 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 +7 -4 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 +6 -3 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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  • +3 +10 -7 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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  • +3 +10 -7 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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  • +2 +3 -1 The Truth Apr. 26, 2016
    "I'ts all in the parenting. Teach your child right and wrong, fantasy from reality, real from fake. You know what your child can and can't handle. There is a certain age where you show your child different things. We blame the kids, but the parents are at fault here. If your child is mental, again you know what your child can and, can't handle."
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  • +2 +3 -1 Gustavo Ramirez Apr. 22, 2016
    "Adults think that anything that has to do with violence is bad, but they don't understand that playing violent video games is a way of relieving stress. They have to understand that."
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  • +2 +2 0 Kyra Peoples Apr. 19, 2016
    "I think video games like Call of Duty, Halo and etc are good stress relievers because it gives kids and teens a outlet to get rid of their anger."
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  • +2 +2 0 Mystery Apr. 7, 2016
    "Video games are the best"
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    • 0 0 0 why would you care? Apr. 27, 2016
      "At destroying your ability to be social."
  • +2 +3 -1 Obed Feb. 18, 2016
    "I think that kid should know better and they wont do bad stuff. Kids should have vilent video games."
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  • +2 +3 -1 Commonsense Jan. 14, 2016
    "I say shooting games are an iffy game as long as the players know that the things that are in the game, you should never do in reality. as long as parents separate reality and virtual then maybe an playing here and there is ok. and tell them about real life violence is nothing like shooting someone in a game and the punisments about it. as long as it is a healthy habit that kids understand. this i say NO only kids who can tell between real life and game world should not be playing. like GTA 5 tell them you can't get away with crimes and just run."
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  • +2 +3 -1 Nate Dec. 20, 2015
    "i am a Heavy player of video games, and not once have i Ever thought about picking up a gun and shooting someone. If anything, my personal life at school and at home is more stress inducing then any game i have ever played. The stress from the real world could have lead me to doing some things i would have regretted later, but you know what? instead of shooting up a school i let my anger out with games. I have played video games for as i can remember, and even back then i could tell the difference between real and fantasy, and i still can. If people say video games make people violent, we may as well say that your pet will become violent from being in the room while you play video games."
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  • +2 +11 -9 zach Feb. 6, 2015
    "never"
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  • +1 +2 -1 T Dark Bonnie May. 17, 2016
    "I honestly think people should stop complaining about violent video games being bad and try them. Its addicting to play, it helps blow off steam,and it should stop being blamed. why dosn't TV get blamed?"
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    • -2 0 -2 Mcmikey May. 18, 2016
      "I agree with you why aren't televisions to blame."
  • +1 +1 0 Mcmikey May. 13, 2016
    "Violent video games especially can bring people together because it is able to let your friend or family member play with you and/or watch to have a good time."
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  • +1 +1 0 Eric May. 10, 2016
    "I agree with the con side here I play a lot of video games myself most are violent but I feel that it is a great outlet for anger or stress."
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  • +1 +1 0 PIE Gamer May. 9, 2016
    "it's the person that causes violence, not the game"
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  • +1 +1 0 Ethan Apr. 29, 2016
    "People make their own decisions"
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  • +1 +1 0 John Cena Apr. 29, 2016
    "No no no! Many people violent video games and are lest stressed then people that play less violent video games!"
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  • +1 +1 0 Mcmikey Apr. 28, 2016
    "I know many poeple that play nonviolent video game that get alot more mad at simple games."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Farko Apr. 27, 2016
    "If anything video games relive stress. Also the people that say video games do cause "stress" or "aggression" I highly doubt have ever gotten into a video."
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  • +1 +1 0 thomas Apr. 22, 2016
    "ok all video game can be good if you play them right"
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  • +1 +2 -1 CJD Apr. 20, 2016
    "i say no i play many shooter games and they don't promote unjustified killing but the only game that i might think promotes this is gta v but it is rare to hear someone say i killed this guy because i saw it in a video game,"
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  • +1 +1 0 Tyler Apr. 20, 2016
    "The way I look at it, people who were "lead to violence by video games" actually already had desires to do violent acts, and their violent video games were just their attempt to satisfy themselves. Afterward, when they are not satisfied and still desire to do crime, they go ahead. We shouldn't look at percentage of video games from violent crime committers players, but percentage of violent crimes from video game players"
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  • +1 +2 -1 :< Apr. 5, 2016
    "I'm in the range from 12-15 year olds, ad i'm known by my peers as a very nice and non-violent person. I love violent video games. I spend time play Cod, Borderlands, Halo, Etc. I think It depends on the person, And how they're raised."
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    • 0 0 0 \/ May. 3, 2016
      "I'm exactly the same way, I love cod, Borderlands, saints row, and games like that, but i wouldn't hurt anybody unless they hurt me or my friends/family. And definitely, it all depends on the parenting and what type of person they are."
  • +1 +2 -1 paola Mar. 22, 2016
    "video games are good"
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  • +1 +5 -4 French Toast :D Feb. 29, 2016
    "A lot of kids in my school like to play video games like Call of Duty which are usually rated as very violent, but they only like to play it because it's a fun way to waste some time. They don't actually inflict damage to any other kids based on what they see in the game.

    It really only depends on how the person thinks. Kids know what the difference is between Fantasy v. Reality. In real life, you can't survive like 5 bullets and then wait for a while and you'll recover with full health. That's not how the real world works, and kids know that."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Faze_Curran Feb. 18, 2016
    "I feel like voilent video games was meant for adult in the first place. Most voilent video games are rated M for mature or 17 and above. It's not the developer fault but the person who buys it itself, in this case, the parents, or the guidance. So, ni all voilent video games doesnt contribute to the youth voilence. It is their (the player) responsibility to know the warning before buying this game, as well as the consequences of playing this type of games."
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  • +1 +3 -2 julin gaya Feb. 9, 2016
    "violent video games do not affect youth and their mommys"
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  • +1 +3 -2 WHY Feb. 2, 2016
    "Why would this happen it never does and never will"
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  • +1 +3 -2 kaden Jan. 15, 2016
    "video games are just fun its just an they that they like to blame that for school shootings"
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  • +1 +5 -4 i have your number Oct. 26, 2015
    "No, it only happens to people who are already violent"
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  • +1 +4 -3 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 +8 -7 sherry Sep. 26, 2015
    "I vote No because its the individual child and how they mentally communicate with society. It's not the product that makes the kid violent, it's the kid themselves. If they choose to be violent then that is in their makeup. People could of said the 3 stooges was violent the way they hit each other and nothing was said about them."
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  • +1 +5 -4 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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  • +1 +10 -9 Jose May. 19, 2015
    "Who ever says yes knows nothing of good games"
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  • +1 +6 -5 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."
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  • +1 +10 -9 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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  • +1 +14 -13 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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  • +1 +14 -13 LookAtMyComment Jan. 13, 2015
    "You only become violent if your mentally unstable."
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  • +1 +16 -15 Jeremy Dec. 3, 2014
    "I think that it's clear that video games don't promote violence. How many times have people been arrested for violence, then admitted to playing Call of Duty too much? Have gamers everywhere fallen into a murderous rage?"
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  • +1 +11 -10 the truth May. 28, 2014
    "its always the game that gets the blame maybe its the parents or the schools, parents fight and curse just as much as games, schools there teenagers that curse, fight, if the parents let them play the game its not the games fault its the parents. so parents before you say yes think "what is this gonna do to my child?" it also comes from spoiled kids that get everything they want, parents just say not for once in your life."
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  • 0 0 0 Little Kylie Star May. 25, 2016
    "No because when a kid feels violent, they can take out their anger on the game, and parents should set a limit on what games kids can play"
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  • 0 +1 -1 rm May. 4, 2016
    "I don't think it completely contributes to youth violence. Most teens nowadays play violent video games it's inevitable, but it does not mean that they are going to want to go out and go on a mass shooting spree. there are other factors that contribute to the heinous acts of crime such as columbine and century 16. Home life, school life, access to weapons, schizophrenia just to name a few. I myself find it to be more helpful to release built up anger in a fictional video game world than in real life."
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  • 0 +1 -1 JC May. 4, 2016
    "No I don't think that violent video games are the one to blame to violent crimes because not all kids who play violent video games commit violent crimes. It's even been proven that most kids who do play these violent games no the difference between virtual violence and reality as well as the consequences for preforming such acts."
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  • 0 +1 -1 NS May. 4, 2016
    "No I don't think that violent video games contribute to youth violence because when it comes to something like this there is more than just one factor that needs to be taken into consideration. Yes younger children that have committed crimes in some cases have played these violent video games but we don't know all the factors that have to be taken consideration such as the child's personal life and other problems they might be experiencing behind closed doors, so no I don't think that violent video games are the one to blame."
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  • 0 +1 -1 N.N May. 4, 2016
    "I would say that yes it violent but the parent has to know which one is best for the kids. And it also have the rate of the game to tell you which one is good with kids as they grow older and know more of things than they can play call of duty or soul calibur 2 because they know from right to wrong hopefully"
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  • 0 +1 -1 F.S May. 4, 2016
    "Although some video games may be violent in extreme ways not all video games contribute to youth violence. If anything kids can play violent games, watch movies with violence and not be affected because in the end the parents make a big difference in their lives as a role model. Teaching their kids right from wrong and reality."
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  • 0 +1 -1 PW May. 4, 2016
    "Honestly, I do not believe video games are the blame for youth violence. There are other factors in which causes youth violence such as family status, mental health, and the environment the youth are surrounded by. If youth are surrounded by violence, they are most likely going to commit a crime or see violence as a normal day to day thing. A child may also witness domestic violence within his family which may play a part in the child's actions. There may be instances where someone may believe they are in a videogame and result to violence but videogames cannot entirely persuade a generation of people to result to violence into the real world."
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  • 0 +1 -1 ANMN May. 4, 2016
    "I agree with the subtext, about older generations rejecting technologies they hate it but video game violence is real life my brother is a different person now from seeing violence."
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  • 0 +1 -1 NW May. 4, 2016
    "I say "no" because although the games may be violent, violent acts are due to other reasons such as cyberbullying/bullying. Video games do not promote violent acts but promote scenarios one individual can be placed in that will give another perception of what it could be like if you were in the gamer's shoes. Crime rates have decreased, bullying decreases because people are now more focused on playing a game instead of showing their anger towards other individuals"
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  • 0 +1 -1 Devin May. 4, 2016
    "I feel that video games do not contribute to violence in youth. I feel this because people who play video games are too busy playing the games than actually going out and doing aggressive things. Also like people who play violent games know the difference between being violent in the games from being violent in real life, usually because in game violence is used to further advance in the game and any consequences they receive does not reflect on them personally whereas violence in reality causes people to actually have to deal with any consequences they may receive and their violent actions could hurt them more then it would help them in any way, shape, or form."
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  • 0 +1 -1 JLA May. 4, 2016
    "sure as many as 97% of kids 12-17 play violent video games but that doesn't mean there a connection between video games and the people that commit violent crimes. sure some people who commit violent crime may have played violent video games but that isn't enough to create a connection between the two. I say that video games are just a way people have fun and relax. it allows them a way to release some stress and have fun with friends."
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  • 0 +1 -1 BC May. 4, 2016
    "I don't think that watching violence or hearing about violence is a bad thing. It doesn't shape who you become, it shows you what the world is capable of doing. The government is who lets us and our kids watch these things on TV, it was that big of a deal and they didn't want kids to watch these things because they were scared of who these kids would become, they would take it off the programs. Parents are the ones who need to be able to tell their kids what is right and what is wrong. What not to do and what is ok to do. Killers don't become killers just by watching TV shows, playing video games, and hearing about it. Seeing what this would can do to you just because you're walking down the street or even in school and someone is mad and has problems and then shoots at you is how we grow and how we learn to watch everything we do and be awear of who is around us."
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  • 0 0 0 NM May. 4, 2016
    "I started playing GTA when I was 9 years old. I am not a psychopath. My brother on the other hand, started playing videogames that were all about guns and war. He has now joined the army. I believe videogames have an incredible impact on a person, depending on the amount of time you give for videogames and the game itself."
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  • 0 0 0 Seth Apr. 19, 2016
    "No, I do not believe that violent video games cause real life violence. It depends on who the person is. If the kid is mentally
    unstable then they should not even own the game. But this page makes it look like all kids who play games with violence are going to become school shooters. Plus people who do shoot up schools have way more than video games effecting them. It is sad but unfortunately the media feeds off of this kind of stuff to make a quick buck."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Caleb Apr. 7, 2016
    "I love how in argument number 4 for the pros say many shooters have played violent games but they only list 5 of the 71 shooters since 1983. That is about 7% of the shooter population."
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  • 0 +2 -2 seth dewey Apr. 6, 2016
    "ok this is not true the fact is not all games are bad for everybody im 15 and i played alot of bad games growing up for me it was a stress reliver it helped me deal with anger but no the news sees school shooting and then go OH VIDEIO GAMES DID THAT no its the parents not the game if the parent buys the game its there desition but then when there kid gets all bad and stuff they blame the vidio game compony umm no its the other way around you bought the game for you kid so dont blame the compony beacause your kid goes bad shit crazy"
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  • 0 +1 -1 NotPostingMyName Apr. 4, 2016
    "Kids would only do violent things if thats the type of person they are. Or if parents fail to teach them right from wrong."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Logan McElroy Mar. 30, 2016
    "I think that violent video games do not effect a child's train of thought. At least not for me and i'm a kid my self, I play violent video games almost everyday , an i've been playing "GTA" since "vice city" the first "Grand theft auto" ever made. you could call me a hard gamer I love video games. But you don't see me "High jacking" car to car. yes it is violent but that's only if you make the game violent you can drive just like a normal car. the violent's is what YOU do by your self. its all just inside your head, the game isen't violent but its self its only as violent as "YOU" make the game."
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  • 0 +1 -1 COD GTA PRO Mar. 24, 2016
    "I play lots of call of duty like 6 hours a day its my life i was playing gta vice city at 4 and i have never ever hurt people of anything and yeah yeah gta prostitution murder ditching stealing but can you walk into a gun store and buy a mini gun and thousands of bullets walk outside steal a car and hid around the corner for a few minutes and be completely fin with no cops or run into the other enemy spawn and quikscope and trickshot and comeback to life when you die and do you prestige and murder lots of people like really think about video games they dont kill people kill and people rage on xbox and break stuff is that their problem or the video game so dont give violent people games when they cant handle it"
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  • 0 +1 -1 Teenager/Gamer Mar. 22, 2016
    "It all comes down to the person, place, and who they live with. Some kids want more attention because they need it and their parents don't spend time with their kids that could be a reason. Another reason is that they might be abused and mistreated. Kids also might have a disorder and can't handle or they think this is real life. But you all think it is the games but really it is the kid so get a grip and stop saying it's the games. Also kid is bullied maybe and wants to stop it with a weapon or violence and not tell anyone about it! SO GET A GRIP!!!!!"
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  • 0 +1 -1 Jbomb Mar. 21, 2016
    "They are making video games that help vision and mental instability"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Kaiden Brunke Mar. 18, 2016
    "video games don't cause violence"
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  • 0 +2 -2 rjn3yd Mar. 17, 2016
    "video games are fun and a way to get rid of anger and stress ."
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  • 0 +2 -2 ramos Mar. 17, 2016
    "Video games are because they can provide ideas and knowledge. Many people think games are harmful to children what they don't knows they can show kids about drugs and violence so when they see it they'll think i am not going to try that because this or that mite happen to me. In my experiences i Know violent video games will provide good things to children they can get new ideas for the future like new cars with a lot of upgrades or military weapons and armory. Also, when children play violent games they actually enjoy them and actually feel like there in the game. Chances of kids getting addicted or going crazy is 1 out of a 100 chances to be like that people sometimes could become like that bye thinking its real life if like some adults try to be like people in the games like robbing a bank or something. Kids are playing the games because they are just trying new things and having fun. People mite wonder why do kids get addicted or why do they like them those people are just saying those things because they probably haven't tried them before so they cant experiences them like kids do now these days. Violent video games are good for kids showing them the god and bad things in life like drugs beer and rape and sexual harassment. R"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Damian Mar. 17, 2016
    "Video games are not bad for you they can help you in a real life emergency like GTA 5 can help you fly a airplane or use a gun for instance and maby also drive and drift in that car also it can help you if u want to be a cop when your older it can show you that police can get shoot by gangsters or like get shoot by random people your shooting and i chase the police to see when their going to do something and they end you all dead sometimes and when their hurt i end up helping them but then go for me but i dont help them alot no more also people can make a lir to kidnap you like a random event they try killing or rob you but i always have looooots of guns on me so i kill them and i leave to do something fun or missions so games are not bad for you call of duty can help you if you want to be in the military."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Ryan Mar. 17, 2016
    "Video games are not bad for you. One reason why video games aren't bad for is 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 it's the person's fault to be violent not the games. Have you ever heard that we make our own decision.I say that it depends on the person who is playing the violent video games.I think that it's clear that video games don't promote violence. Violent video games just make people waste their violence on the video game. it is a great way to let out your anger."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Lucero G. Mar. 17, 2016
    "Video games can be good. For example the reason why they are good because they can help you get your anger.

    I think video games can be good one reason that video games can be good is that 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 inexperienced 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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  • 0 +3 -3 juan Mar. 17, 2016
    "i don't think video games cause violence it depends who uses the game"
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  • 0 +2 -2 sydnee Mar. 17, 2016
    "Video games are good .For example the reason why they are good because kids state that it helps them relax and some also say it helps them forget their problems.
    Video games can be good children. One reason why video games are good for children because it helps them forget their problems.Fore example in the articular off of procon.org it sates 61.9% of boys played to 'help me relax'. The evidence supports my claim because it explains how video games are good for children. In conclusion video games are good for kids that have stress."
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  • 0 +2 -2 yahir Mar. 17, 2016
    "Video games are good because it helps you be survival . For example, video games are good because it could help you how to do many things in life . Many games could help with many things .

    Video games help you because in minecraft it teaches you how to build things and it helps you how to survive . People have to learn how to survive if there lost in the forest or something ."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Ramses Mar. 16, 2016
    "I read somewhere that video games increase your creativity levels, and they also improve your drawing ability a little. It is true that some kids may turn violent at these games, but there are good things to it as well. In a game like Call of Duty, it shows you what you can do in the army, and how it works. This could be helpful if you plan to join the army in the future."
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  • 0 +2 -2 just somebody Mar. 11, 2016
    "i think it does not contribute to violence because i play vide games and nothing is wrong wit me me....im just an average kid. playing violent video games is a great way to release you anger. just like boxing, its violent but it doesn't make people violent. i know some one who boxes to relieve his anger and stress and nothing is wrong with him he is not violent in fact it does the opposite because boxing could really help for when he is in a situation where some one is attacking him."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Unknown Mar. 10, 2016
    "No, because it's just entertainment."
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  • 0 +1 -1 con Mar. 10, 2016
    "video games are cool :)"
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  • 0 +4 -4 andrew ayala Mar. 4, 2016
    "i think that they dont hurt children im a child myself and i dont get in trouble and i play violent games"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Ryan Mar. 2, 2016
    "I'm on the fence I but, do I have a concern that heavy video gameplay contributes to a general apathy I see in younger people."
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  • 0 +3 -3 devin n. Mar. 1, 2016
    "I play violent video games to release my anger not to get more angry."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Guns Louder Feb. 26, 2016
    "The guns are Quieter so when people fire real guns, they are louder and they give up on real guns."
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  • 0 +3 -3 hick Feb. 17, 2016
    "no video games do not cause more violent in real life it actually helps people channel their anger into something else."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Charles Bock Feb. 12, 2016
    "It falls upon the parent or guardian to ensure that a child who plays violent video games or watches violent media of any kind not to follow that example. Therefore we should not ban video games we should instead beater teach our children not to those things. Also the media (specifically the news) continuously pegs violent video games as the culprit. They like president Obama have become the scapegoats of today's society. It easier to blame the new guy (video game since there only 30 to 70 years old) then find the true reason and even accept the blame. We need to move forward and beater our self's from this low finger pointing point we are beater than to blame because we cant accept the truth."
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  • 0 +3 -3 zane Feb. 12, 2016
    "it all depends on the parents if they let there kids play m rated games then its on them but i'm thirteen and i play almost only m rated games all of my friends will vouch i am the least violent person ever and i get strait a's i probably play video games 3 hours a day or more"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Ricky Bob Feb. 11, 2016
    "Okay, I ran out of characters for my other comment.

    More positive effects:

    Video games give you better morals - studies show that doing bad things in virtual reality makes you feel guilty, making you nicer in real life.
    Playing action games trains people to make better decisions faster without loss of accuracy. This allows gamers to develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going around, which leads to better multitasking, navigating, and driving.
    Video games work better at battling depression than counseling does. I know this myself - I was able to break out of depression with video games.

    I feel like there is no concrete evidence that video games contribute to real violence. Plus, they have so many positives..."
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  • 0 +3 -3 slender Feb. 11, 2016
    "video games relieve strees"
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  • 0 +4 -4 Bread Feb. 10, 2016
    "No, because it depends how the person is. GTA 5 is fun!"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Anon Jan. 19, 2016
    "No matter how much you take away that seems that can cause violence or make others do so, there will always be a tragic event.You can minimize it, but you can not prevent it.
    There will always be a balance between good and evil."
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  • 0 +3 -3 A Jan. 15, 2016
    "People really are you just bored at this point? i mean its the parents choice if there kids can play games and if a kid kills some one with a wrench i don't think video games are the problem and if you play Mario and eat a mysterious mushroom you were getting picked off any how."
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  • 0 +4 -4 Joey Olsen Jan. 12, 2016
    "Video-Games are violent, And cause anger and stress, such as how if you fail a level you've worked on beating for a long period of time, You get close and fail. Its stressing, But that doesn't mean video-games are bad! They are supposivly a way to relax and forget about time and just enjoy yourself. They also can be an addiction but if you control it it is much less likely for a child or an adult to commit a crime, as they say. A child should not become accustom to blood and gore but it isn't wrong for one to enjoy these types of games for the thrill and challenge."
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  • 0 +4 -4 Connor Jan. 8, 2016
    "Playing videogames normally allows the player to chill and have some fun after school. Sure they can go outside and go do something but when its cold outside kids don't go outside and just play video games. Sure ther's some bad games with a bunch of nasty stuff but it allows us to calm down and have some fun. My parents have this rule wher i can only play one hour a day. They do it so that I don't get addicted like some people. Gaming is great ill admit that but if were playing 24/7 then it becomes a problem."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Joey Jan. 6, 2016
    "No. Its the immaturity. Children shouldn't be allowed to play rated M games because its clearly reads +18. If people stuck to their ratings maybe kids wouldn't be so violent. My little brother used to play Halo all the time until I got rid of my Xbox and now he isn't as bratty and violent as he used to be. Children should stick to their E and E+10."
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  • 0 +5 -5 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 +4 -4 hulk Nov. 19, 2015
    "no video games don't cause kids to be violent"
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  • 0 +7 -7 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 +8 -8 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 +6 -6 ntingtg ggedd Nov. 9, 2015
    "video games are not the reason people are violent"
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  • 0 +7 -7 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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  • 0 +4 -4 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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  • 0 +4 -4 ???What are those??? Oct. 23, 2015
    "Video games dont cause violence. that only happens if you are already violent"
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  • 0 +8 -8 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 +8 -8 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 +6 -6 Allie Oct. 22, 2015
    "In my opinion, a lot of kids don't have the guts to imitate a video game character, because a lot of them are socially awkward. When a kid 'learns' how to shoot, that's literally aiming at a screen that's ANIMATED, their 'hand skills' in shooting is using a controller. Most of the characters in video games are heroes or heroines and fight for good anyways. Besides..where would they get a gun? If you mean hand-to-hand combat, I'd say kids use it for defense if anything, but most of them are nice. I don't believe video games would make then violent, but rather assertive instead. It also depends on the surroundings of the child. Of course, kids do react angrily when they lose, but it's only natural. No one likes to lose."
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    • 0 0 0 Bagle Dec. 16, 2015
      "I support this, because using a gun in real life is rarely accurately simulated in video games, because the games are meant to be fun. Some do simulate it, and it has it's own fun and is unique. When it comes to without a weapon, most gamers don't actually don't actually know how to handle themselves without practice in real life. I've been a gamer all my life, I know how to handle a gun, fight, etc, and I'm not thinking of killing tons of people, even if i do play violent video games."
  • 0 +8 -8 Stacy Oct. 14, 2015
    "This entire argument is flawed because you are grouping all video games together into one category. That is very far from reality. Violent games where a player listens to foul language and pretends to be gangster for hours on end are not going to have the same results as puzzle games where a player spends a couple hours of day thinking and improving their pattern recognition skills. This doesn't mean a violent game will cause a normal healthy person to break the law. However, not every game makes you FEEL the same way. If you are depressed, and your activities make you feel worse, then you need different hobbies. Games like Portal can hand a player a gun and face the player with learn-or-die situations. Yet the player doesn't feel hostile, angry, or desensitized. There's no blood, no foul language, no shooting others or even any setting that appears to mimic the real world. It's all physics puzzles, a sci-fi setting, humorous, and the only fight is against an AI. Would you let your child watch R-rated movies back to back with no oversight? No? Then buy your kids fun and healthy games, rather than questioning the value of games in general. If you don't care what your kids do in their spare, then THAT is the source of the problem."
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  • 0 +7 -7 Larison Oct. 8, 2015
    "Not enough space to give direct evidence of what I will say but: Video games have taught me how to actually be social. How to be nice. And how not to get bullied. I learned my own self dignity and strenght through video games. Games can be addictive because they can sometimes be a lot more fun than real life. It's better to play a game with real friends working with them towards a real goal, instead of sitting on the side of a street with your friends doing nothing or being so bored you start messing with other people. Without video games in my life, I wouldn't know half of the things I know. For people that think that video games make people mad and irritated (mostly parents) I think it's because the person playing the video game is in a hyper-focused mode where any distraction will irritate the person. It's not because killing makes the gamer a bad person, they get irritated because they just want to focus. This doesn't truly relate to gun shootings but it's a good thing to point out. I don't argue to win. I argue to find the truth. I could be very wrong. Or very right. I wish people would just try to solve problems instead of fighting them."
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  • 0 +7 -7 Mitchzap65 Sep. 14, 2015
    "Some violent games reward you for being peaceful. Payday: the Heist and Payday 2 gives stealth bonuses if you restrain civilians and take down only armed guards, instead of going loud and having to mow down hundreds of police in order to secure the same loot. Even GTA give you the ability to go on killing sprees, but most of the time you will be wasted."
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  • 0 +7 -7 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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  • 0 +8 -8 Bronson Delgado Jul. 25, 2015
    "I'm saying no because i'm 21 and I've been playing video-games for as long as i can remember games like Assassin's creed and Halo for a while but all it does it get my mind flowing with ideas. now by the same token i have also played puzzle and rhythm games so not all games are violent in fact there are a lot of game creator games out so games are a new way to experess artistic freedom"
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    • 0 0 0 cason Jan. 27, 2016
      "true i have been playing video games that are bad but they don't make me want to do something like that i mean like Grand Theft Auto and games you play and also Saints Row and i have a hot girlfriend and i don't so bad things so"
  • 0 +6 -6 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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  • 0 +6 -6 Ahmad Jul. 20, 2015
    "I play violent games but i dont angry when why lose or something, i play gta 5, it is not like, ill go buy a gun and kill my mom or dad ir freinds, then take out the world and kill my freinds for nothing..."
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  • 0 +6 -6 Tobi Jun. 26, 2015
    "I don't think so. I played some violent Videogames and they don't influence me. I play them because I like those Games. I'm not getting aggresive"
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  • 0 +7 -7 Rahmeek Jun. 23, 2015
    "lol what if I told you your web site is full of crap . USA has one of the highest gun deaths in the world and guess what they play video games way less than other countries like the Netherlands"
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  • 0 +7 -7 JCC Apr. 28, 2015
    "I believe that perhaps it does cause violence.. In little kids.. (Warning, opinions!) I was raised playing video games, some violent. While I may have ideas in my head, I would never actually do anything. Now that I'm older, there are a lot more violent games I've played, but like I said earlier- Just because I have ideas, doesn't mean I'll do anything. Anyways, as I said earlier, I believe it causes violence in young kids, or as we call them when they're on the mic, 'squeakers'. Their parents should be supervising them if they're playing Call of Duty at the age of 4, and not allowing them on the mic. They should mute everyone else so they can't get any ideas of swears (Until they're older). But I also think they shouldn't let them play CoD in the first place, but instead a puzzle game, or something that makes them think. Young kids are like a sponge, so we need to make sure they sponge in the right things."
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  • 0 +8 -8 Ruben Campos Apr. 21, 2015
    "Of course not, video games only affect people that want to be affected, people that release their pain in something that can actually give even more. Games are for fun, even violent games."
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  • 0 +8 -8 Collin Wilkos Apr. 21, 2015
    "No I think they don't because the government issued COD (call of duty) to teach the kids who play it to learn military combat styles so in the future if they want to join the army they would already know how to do those manvers."
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  • 0 +5 -5 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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  • 0 +5 -5 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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  • 0 +20 -20 bob Mar. 17, 2015
    "because they are awesome"
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  • 0 +11 -11 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 +13 -13 colin Jan. 28, 2015
    "if you think about it could not be from video games it could be from the parents that teach the poor kids to be like that
    or its just from being bullied"
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  • 0 +12 -12 Thomas R Jan. 27, 2015
    "video games do put violence out only if you let it."
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  • 0 +14 -14 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 +11 -11 WheatlyFTW Jan. 9, 2015
    "Really? "Marine Doom" was use to show when to use tactics they already know, and America's Army was used to recruit, not train to my knowledge"
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  • 0 +13 -13 Taylor Dec. 15, 2014
    "My personal opinion is that it's not the video games making children violent. Kids do violent things due to mental health issues. They may have been born with it or it could have been cause by violent situations they've been put in. Abuse is always a cause of violent behavior, not just at home but also by peers. But even if a video game gave a kid motivation to commit violent acts, it's more than likely that that child already had some mental issues with anger or depression and was just seeking motivation to act out on his anger."
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  • 0 +11 -11 rahaassaanslaughter Dec. 12, 2014
    "violent video games should never, i mean never ever ever eva eva eva, should be banned just simply because children know reality and fantasy, they know good and well that they would never ever kill someone, especially is they are just children because if you really think about it really hard, if they had really killed someone they would've probably went to jail, sad of a thought something bad to them may happen when they go to jail, so like playing violent that isn't violent games at all will not harm anyone at all, if this was a really really really bad problem, the government wouldv'e banned this already if you think about it."
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  • -2 0 -2 josh May. 9, 2016
    "Video game are not dangerous ok"
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  • -2 +1 -3 No name Mar. 17, 2016
    "I think that videogames are good and bad. One reason is that videogames are good is because video games could be educational and it could teach you something.You could get skills that would be educational like buliding and learning.For example in the article "Minecraft" it states that "with minecraft you could bulid anthing and they learn to work together wiht other people."This proves that you could bulid anything and aslo learn how to work together.Video games are good for you."
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  • -2 +2 -4 Salva Mar. 17, 2016
    ""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. Some kids play video games to let their anger out of them instead of fighting"What's wrong with videogames? The real violence comes from bad parenting. Some parents say that how do they get their hands on these games but some parents buy violent games and don't pay attention to the stuff i has in it.So next time you buy a violent game pay attention to the thing that are in the game like tell the guy what it is about or look at the box."
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  • -2 +19 -21 Ruben G. Mar. 3, 2015
    "When I was a kid I'd always behave myself from playing violent video games like The Tower of Druaga, I choose con because of this pro thing make sense, but the con is effecting my childhood that brings back memories. However video games are something that experience us in a way to help us learn to become someone or thing."
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  • -10 +7 -17 Anita Galloway Sep. 4, 2015
    "Children have immature minds. They copy everything that they see. It is inappropriate for them to be exposed, to violence at an early age. It manipulates their minds, in my opinion. If they get in a fight or argue with someone, they just might copy off a violent game. They will copy and propose the stunts that they see on their video game. This is dangerous to children in the world."
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  • -11 +9 -20 Bla Oct. 7, 2015
    "Minecraft teaches good stuff more than bad stuff"
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  • -55 +32 -87 blue Dec. 10, 2014
    "This game GTA 5 is to violent and to nasty and to much cursing in it. and it makes man think they can abuse woman in the real life"
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    • +11 +11 0 Marvin Feb. 26, 2015
      "This comment is supposed to be on the other side, not in con."
    • +8 +11 -3 gta5 Jan. 23, 2015
      "no not really gta5 is awsome"
    • +5 +7 -2 Mitchzap65 Sep. 14, 2015
      "GTA 5 is a hyper parody of a broken city, therefore it gives a comedic edge since no one could truly pull off or even approach to pull off events shown in-game. Obviously no one in the right mind would try because gamers like myself understand this."
    • -3 +1 -4 Jose May. 19, 2015
      "thats the fun"
  • -85 +35 -120 KENDRICK LAMAR Dec. 2, 2014
    "NO KIDS SHOULD PLAY VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES:)"
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    • -6 +2 -8 Jose May. 19, 2015
      "Good for you your awesome"
    • -10 +2 -12 heidi Feb. 11, 2015
      "Thats right i like you
      not that way"
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