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"Yes because whenever I watch a movie or play a game I instantly go into an uncontrollable rage and kill everyone I see. Who doesnt?"
"im like that too, but with books. its my secret shame"
"One can almost see the sarcasm ooze from that comment."
"I love your sarcasm! (not being sarcastic)"
"yah me 2 i do that...like a tank"
"Sooo true :3"
"You are my hero. This is the best comment ever...And anyone who doesn't understand that the comment is sarcasm I would like to punch in the face. And I don't even play violent video games."
"Yea man I'll be playing Call of Duty and when I die I kill one of the many hostages I took during the period of time where I played Dark Souls and Super Meat Boy xD"
"you are amaizing sir"
"I'm with ya on that"
"Me because I'm mature enough to handle it... and you?"
"Man, that was one time! Don't bring me into this!"
"Thats so funny!"
"thats very true i like your thoughts"
"No, who DOES go on a rage and kill everything?"
"So why aren't you in jail, if you go into an uncontrollable rage and kill everyone you see while watching a movie?"
"This is obviously not true -.-"
"I do the same thing every time I play, but that doesn't mean I need to hurt someone else."
"I don't when I see a movie like you we're explaining when I watch a movie I don't go on a rage and do that I'm happy sometimes I get a good feeling, and you have anger issues if that is what has happened to you I suggest seeing a doctor."
"U r all crazy....who thinks this?Ok sure i may want to "fly" or "dance" or "fight" like i see in the movies but i know its just a fantasy. And "kill" ??!!! Who thinks that? Ur all crazy ppl"
"I think it's good because it helps you to relax"
"If it were a question of banning games, I would undoubted be in the con section because I know there are many responsible teenagers and some pre-teens who can handle violent video games. But considering the question asks if video games contribute to youth violence, I have to admit video games can have some negative impact on some people. As an avid video gamer for the past ten years (I still remember receiving my dinky but special little gameboy at the age of six), I know what can be found in a video game (and the worst for that matter, as I have played GTA and Manhunt). I played a couple M rated games from Middle School and onwards, and can say it has not effected me in the least bit. But I can't deny there were other kids I knew who had negative impacts as well. I know a couple of people who can only hold a conversation about solely violent video games. I knew of one who would make death threats. Yet again, I had a friend who played GTA at 8 years old but turned into a nice young man. It all depends on the partaker's grasp of reality, time played, and upbringing. Like violent movies, parents should give permission for violent video games depending on their child's ability to handle the content."
"You say that it all depends on who is playing them, yes? Then why are you on the "pro" side? Because from where I stand the question clearly states, "Do video games contribute to youth violence?" In this case, the phrase "youth violence" is referring to the general youth. So, your conclusions and evidence have, in turn, stated that your are AGAINST the fact that they do cause violence in youth. You are on the wrong side of the argument Mr. Dom."
"Note: I am for the con but this is the best argument anyone will find anywhereGames these days have become more and more violent. Fallout: New Vegas you can shoot an enemy until they literally explode into a red mound on the ground. Assassin's Creed you kill people, destroy ships, and ruin lives for money and items of worth. Grand Theft Auto you beat people to death for absolutely no reason! Bioshock you murder horribly disfigured enemies for there money and ammo. Deus Ex: Human Revolution you sneak around killing people in the most exotic ways imaginable. In Gears of War you can shoot limbs off of enemies or stomp on there head so it explodes to kill them. In Borderlands, killing people is actually funny in some situations such as when you kill a large enemy and he says "don't take my stuff" or "(darn) you midget lover..."Hope that helped"
"NOTE: Your so called "best argument" is irrelevant, I'm sorry to say. You have only stated what is seen and done in games such as the ones you have given as examples. But, I have yet to see your evidence on how they affect youth violence.Hope that helped."
"I believe, good sir, that the question is whether or not these things affect people."
"Video games are fun but ive herd so many stories about acssesive videogame players that play halo and end up killing there parents and not understanding whats so bad because they think there parents will "respond""
"people sometimes lose control and have anger after playing violent games"
"As do some people who play nonviolent video games."
"Yes, I do believe that video games are the cause because usually young players confuse the reality from the game. And they also think it is okay to harm people because they can just start their life over. It really isn't that easy and some people confuse the real world."
"Remind us again who's responsibility it is to teach young players of this? I do believe you don't have movies explicitly saying they're fictional and should not be replicated. you argument is so flawed no one bothered to correct your ignorance till now."
"i say yes because when you play violent games for a long time who might get a mental, illness, and social and family problems in your future life"
"One does not simply get a mental illness from playing video games. Just as One does not get cancer from reading this terrible comment. You came damn close though."
"Even though it may seem like these sort of video games contribute to such violence, it does have its upside. Such as if your child gets bullied and that same bully physically hurts them, they have an idea how to punch or hit back even harder."
"After my 12 year-old son has played T- or M-rated video games for more than 20 minutes, his behavior and words toward us parents is outwardly aggressive. He is not able to leave the game in the game, and wants to imitate the characters by making the weapon sounds or repeating the verbiage spoken by game characters.At the times that our son has played these same games at his uncle's house for more than 1 hour then spoken to us parents on the phone, he is more harsh with his tone of voice and will use word phrases from the game directed at us. Instead of answering "no" to questions that he is asked, his answer will include items such as "I'll just get an RPG to blow up my laundry" or "Eat this, sucker"."
"T or M-rated games are not meant for those under the age of seventeen. It is obvious that you didn't do much research and irresponsibly gave your son a game out of his maturity range despite the warning from the ESRB. Hence forth I believe that it was you lack of responsibility as a parent caused you son aggression."
"thats just being a kid"
"A gamer of course will be against this but i always notice a change in some ones attitude after playing a violent video game. Anyone else?"
"I agree with this. I am aware of the fact that when I play games my self I get angry and violent but this doesnt mean that I am always like that. I use video games as a stress release. I can sit in my room yelling and screaming and in some cases bust out laughing."
"Guys i think the parents should control what there children play. They should be older...."
"I actually agree with you: Freedom of the press means we have to put up with this stufft. It's a rule. But one thing everyone seems to forget when talking about this is the ESRB. there is a rating system for these games, and the violent ones aren't made for kids. Everyone says we should ban them but that's extreme and not going to work anyway, all we need to do is acknowledge the fact that guess what guys, grand theft auto is made for adults"
"So, that one guy are you saying that you wish for a kid to kill you?"
"You are coming awfully close to stealing my name fishboy. Remember your place. Also, grand theft auto is not made for adults. The makers of such games know their audience and design their games to attract as many young people as possible."
"no you lie, children should be exposed to more gory and blood filled games then they will think they are what they were in the game and it will kill the stupid kids and leave the rest of the world smarter"
"Psychology, compared to some other medical fields, is a relatively new realm. We are still learning more about how neurological connections are created/destroyed/re-routed - some due in part by nature, yes. But it is proven that these connections are affected by nurture as well...that being said, this situation is a catch-22, a "chicken & egg" dilemma. Yes, the people shooting up schools and bullying etc. may have shown signs of depression and/or other mental illness prior to their actions - but how do we know that the mental illness was not a direct result of the affects of violent video game exposure? If I threw out there that outside input (in any form) is like smoke to the lungs of the brain...can you see where I'm going?"
"yes i do... no where. you just said that its possible that anything could cause their depression. why jump to violent videogames as a cause 97% of 12 - 17 year olds play these games and are just fine those who do shoot are most likely affected by another sort."
"I think it is a shame that we let our children watch T.V. shows where people are killed and death is glorified. We should outlaw any type of media that portrays violence, including video games, movies, and even books.So many kids are growing up without reading the Bible, and don't know the value of good, wholesome, clean books. If more people would study God's words, we would pretty much eradicate sin and violence."
"the bible talks more about sex and killing more then most books"
"You dont have to be a Jesus freak or find God so you dont kill people, you just have to be sane."
"Death isn't glorified at all in games or in TV... it may be glorified by the sick twisted characters but that is a character a make believe fictional part of this entertainment business"
"1. Quote the Baker: "I think it is a shame that we LET our children watch T.V. shows where people are killed and death is glorified." You don't need to outlaw them, just educate parents to pay attention to the rating systems already in place that we use to screen these television shows to determine weather they end up on AMC or PBS kids."
"im aytheist and i dont feel violent at all i play some much violent games if you look at my gaming shelf all you see is amture and teen and maybe a lego game here or there"
"Yes because your precious god has never ever had wars in his name. Nor has he ever destroyed cities or people. Pull your head out of your sandbox. I'm not a gamer, I'm a mother who grew up in the 80's on games and never once hurt anyone. More importantly I read books I played outside and I never got sucked into a religion like yours that has a more violent history then video games."
"oh and in the bible it has a character named Jesus turning water into wine, wine. and your worried about T.V., not a child learning about an alcoholic beverage. yeah a lesson i learned there is that i can create wine with my mind"
"Honestly the bible is a bunch of lies and is extremely messed up in the first place if anything the bible makes everything worse most people probably you don't even truly follow the bible and what is says practice what you preach."
"Do you realize that the bible is more graphic than most. You say it's clean but it's not, especially with all the genocide in it."
"anyone ever tell you that the bible never solves everything, or anything. have you seen a teenager play the game because i know many christian students my age or younger going in grand theft auto blowing up cars, yeah the bible solved something the creation of the game."
"There are different opinions on if Violent Video Games if they're harmful are if they are not. But this paper will be about that violent video games and how there are bad for teens and young adults. To figure out why teens and young adults are being so violent with video games and what bad they do for that child."
"Why should kids not watch or play video games with violence? Kids need to have more imagination and that's just what these video games are doing."
"im pro because violent video games do harm your brain and make it bad or it may teach you how to kill people for money or work for a gangster"
"If someone is stupid enough to take the content in a videogame for reality and decide to become a gangster for fun, then they are mentally unstable. This is not an issue of the violent content of a videogame, it is an issueof the mental stability of the player."
"There are two different kinds of people, which are strong-minded people and vulnerable people. Strong-minded people are ok with violent video games I suppose. But there is no guarantee that susceptible people are fine with violent video games. As a matter of fact we have no ways to prove that school shooting has nothing to do with violent video games."
"Ill find that i feel more inclined to hold or have a gun or knife in my hands after playing call of duty black ops but i love thrill"
"There are many sides to this die. While violent video games may not be the direct cause of school shootings and other terrible crimes. Violent media may cause people to be more tolerant of violence such as shooting, or stealing. There has been reseach that suggests violent media causes more agressive behavior in childeren, but what does that say for criminals such as James Holmes? Did he commit his crimes because of violent media? Does this mean that every child in your neighborhood is a criminal in waiting? Violent media may cause aggression in childeren, but it certainly is not a direct cause of crimes."
"Humans live in two worlds. Reality which can be boring. And, fantasy which is the great escape from reality. If one becomes obsessed with their fantasy the line between the two becomes blurred. An example would be the sexual fantasy, which affects presidents, priests and politicians as well as business leaders has brought many down. The violent fantasy isn't much different. The power of suggestion can easily affect those who are more emotionally crippled who have escaped into their fantasy world. We are creatures of our collective experiences and we operate from that position."
"See that's a sexual Fantasy. We're talking about video games.Having a sexual fantasy is completely different than video games. See in video games it's not possible for a person to jump 50ft high, or to get power ups, or to even get killstreak's. However it is possible for a person to accomplish their sexual Fantasy. And it does not become blurred together. I've been playing video games since i was 5. I'm 17 now and i can distinguish what's real and what's not. What i can do and what i can't. I'm not a violent teen either. I didn't care much for aggressive behavior and i play a lot of first person shooters."
"Yes. Almost 20 years ago, I wrote my Master's thesis on this very topic. Unfortunately, the research can not absolutely say that violence in movies, television, video games, & even realistic & animated cartoons will cause subjects to act out violently, but all of this along with other influences young people are exposed to of a violent nature, does have an impact. The basic question is this, do these violent games add anything positive to quality of life & to the value of the production of our citizens? I certainly may be out debated on this issue, but I know that hours upon hours of playing these increasing violent games does nothing to help the youth of our country nor enhance their future."
"okay wow everyone going on this website is already a video gamer because every pro comment has negative points even if they have a valid point and all the con comments are like 50+.....i bet i'll get negative points just for commenting on this side. i guess this makes sense though since practically the whole american population is glued to their game consoles nowadays.To everyone that's commenting "i play video games and i don't kill people so gaming is fine".......well i doubt a murderer or rapist would be commenting on here anyway. he's likely spending quality time in his jailcell or contsructing his escape plan to his planned shooting. i'm being sarcastic, but really."
"Playing the victim does not make you right. Violent video games have significantly less effect than parental behavior and the mental stability of players."
"Actually they aren't commenting because they have legitimate mental problems that the media and everyone else seems to overlook in order to scapegoat video games and the like."
"In a way it does. If they are young and haven't learned the right and wrongs of life. Once people are mature they know that it is a video game, not real life. People need to smarten up. If kids (super young kids) play COD or Battlefield all the time they might have some different opinions on life and human rights. But if someone is nice, then they play video games, they will not become violent all of the sudden."
"@Slith My parents didn't allow me to play Halo:Combat Evolved when I was little, though I did sneak a few times and knew clearly it was fake and found it quite fun. I also played Metal Gear Solid and was fine. I loved the stealthiness and the fact that I could die so many different ways (still one of my favorite gaming past times). I was quite a good child, though I was fussy when it came to time (which I still am) with games. Sims 1 for an hour or two? No way!"
"If a parent is letting their child play a violent videogame, when it says specifically on the box that they shouldnt, and the child becomes confused, it is the fault of the parent who let their child play the 17+ videogame, not the videogame itself."
"My little brother of 5 years old is almost always inside captivated by a violent video game. He tends to ask for more help on things but my parents seem to hand the control and device over so willingly. to keep him quiet they say but really should video games be used so that parents dont have to deal with their child. A few hours a day like 1 and a half 2 is okay but more than that is just unhelthy and not good for the brain this is why im pro"
"My question is, why is he playing a volent video game?"
"because if the younger population starts thinking that violence in video games are what is happening to people in the real world it desensitizes them to what is really going on in the world and it encourages violent behavior. That is exactly why it should be illegal to sell mature rated games to children under the age of 16 because by the time a child is the age of 16 he will have seen a lot of the real world and would be smart enough to know that if he were to do this stuff he will be sent to jail or be put in the grave."
"Oh that guy disagrees with me, better go blast fire out of my hands with magic powers that I don't have. Or maybe I'll shoot him with my M16 that I also don't have. I play violent video games. Heck, I've been playing them since I was 8 years old, and I've always known where to draw the line."
"Last year, Anders Behring Breivik was charged with several massacres, leaving over 100 innocent people dead. He was a known video game lover, and even admitted to using video games such as “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” to sharpen his aim. If these had not been available to him, he would be much less practiced at handling his weapon, and far fewer people would have died. How many more lives can we save by stopping our youth from playing these aggressive games? Video games today directly impact violence among adolescents. Many people use them to practice handling dangerous weapons—including the United States Marines. If people use these games to train soldiers going into battle, why should we allow teenagers to train themselves to be killers? Anders Behring Breivik should serve as an example of the horrors that can ensue from making such violent games public."
"A Video Game controller and a actual weapon handle very differently.. as Nick said after playing call of duty you wouldn't automatically be amazing at shooting an actual gun. Not to mention this man suffered from a severe untreated mental illness.. Things like this cant be blamed on video games, music ect.."
"So because a single man decided to go on a killing spree, that means everyone will. Besides, shooting a gun in a game is EXTREMELY different from shooting in real life, so he obviously had a large amount of practice in real life.While shootere games are used to train soldiers, they are only used as a primer. If you handed a gun to someone who played Call of Duty a lot, they wouldn't suddenly be amazing at it."
"Yeah, I just got done playing a Madden 13. I could be the next Joe Montana now right? Wrong, why aren't you blaming any of those Hannibal Lecter movies or any movies having to do with assassinations."
"I believe your fellow Anders has mental problems. Something that most people don't have. Don't get me wrong the video games were a factor, but is was a COMBINATION of Anders' crazies AND the video games that. Also had it not been video games, I'll bet you my life and a bottle of 12 year old scotch it would have been something else."
"Yes, i do believe that violent video games CAN POSSIBLY lead to more violent behavior. now obviously every person that plays a video game isn't going to go into a murderous rage, well, the vast majority won't. i just believe the games might lead to more violent behavior. the parents should watch what the children play but sadly that isn't the case in most families of todays society. but video games can contribute to a even larger problem, because it is more common. obesity. although this can't be controlled by anyone except for the parents"
"Children are children they don't know what to do so they get a person in tv to admire but that is not a good thing because when that person they admire is playing the bad guy well they get confused and start to say well if he does that i should to he is the person i admire. so to avoid any confusion with your child talk to them make them understand what is going on. Tell them that is just a character and what he is doing is wrong he is just play they are nice and kind that is the right thing to do"
"Perhaps everyone neglects the words "contribute to". It means add the effect, no matter how much it does."
"If your a psychotic person, don't play violent video games. you have to be able to handle it!! -shannon<3"
""if you're an alcoholic, don't drink alcohol! you have to be able to handle it".....is about as obvious as what you wrote. i'm sure your motivational speech will make psychos everywhere stop and take the time to ponder whether they should be owning a game console."
"Truer words were never spoken. That is the problem, and until people police themselves, the problem will never be solved, which is good for the people who are making a big deal out of things such as this. Until people fend for themselves, the activists will never leave us alone."
"This study supports much of the early studies from the 1990's. What it fails to consider is the gaming cycle in America is less restricted and 10 years a head of other countries. Other countries will eventually end up at the same tipping point. Yes just like sucicide can become a tipping point in a society these violent acts have begun a societal tipping point in America."
"97% of 12-17 year olds in the US played video games in 2008; during that time 10 of the top 20 best-selling video games in the US contained violence. I believe that violent video games can cause behavior problems in young adults. When kids are playing violent video games the characters in the game are influencing the kids that are playing. Also, it makes the kids more aggressive towards not only the game, but also society. Lastly, it can cause kids to become addicted and not want to leave the game aside."
"I think violent video games desensitize youths to their surroundings and make it seem ok to take out an A-47 and gun down civilians in the street. Many people say it helps youths take out anger and aggressive feelings, therefore preventing real-life anger, but sports such as soccer or football are just as helpful and make kids actually think about their feelings, rather than keep them inside, bottled up, while playing a violent video game."
"It's called an AK-47, assault rifles are not allowed in the US only small hand guns."
"And what happens when that bottle breaks and the person goes out and murders someone because of keeping it bottleed up? Let me guess you blame the sport"
"I have seen many more violent sports players than I have violent gamers. A boy at my school, a large football player who did not play any video games, beat another boy to the point of of brain damage just because he was talking to his girlfriend. There had to be something already askew in his head to do something that horrible to someone else."
"It's sad that this question has to be asked, but it's here because the parents can only devote so much time to supervising their children. Developers can't be expected to dumb down a game that promises realism unless they wan't to reduce their sales. At the same time, parents can't be expected to watch their children 24/7 when they're working either their daily 9 to 5 or even two jobs. The only ones who can change this behavior are the teachers. but to do that, these kids need teachers they can look up to and respect. It's sad that there aren't many more of them these days."
"First, I understand parents cannot supervise their children all day but maybe they should reconsider before buying a video game console as a babysitter. Teachers are meant to teach, do their jobs and inspire children. Teachers are not responsible for what children decide to do after school, besides homework."
"Here is an idea nicholas: dont buy the game!"
"I for one get picked on by boys who play M rated vidio games!"
"But do they pick on you because of the M rated game, or because they are people who aren't nice."
"Violent video games are a big issue in the United States. Does violent video games affect young kids and become violent themselves. In my opinion violent games does affect young children. Video game such as CALL OF DUTY has a big impact because if a young kid plays call of duty the kid might grow up with violence. For example, if a kid is playing violent video games, the chances are high for abusive relationships, and other violent stuff like bullying and shootouts. People tent to be violent because of violent video games; kids are being bullied as well. National center for Education Statistic quotes, "Forty-eight percent of public schools reported taking at least one serious disciplinary action against a student - including suspensions lasting 5 days or more". Also people tent to fight because their influence by violent video games. NCES quotes, "In 2007, 36 percent of students in grades 9-12 reported they had been in a fight anywhere, and 12 percent said they had been in a fight on school property". People who are in the 9th to 12th grade have a high rate that they play violent video games."
"If you really believe that then not only are you ill informed and probably pulling statistics out of the air, but also you're not looking at the two sided details here, if a child grows up playing violent video games sure he may tend to be more aggressive, but when the child does become aggressive where are they going to turn to? The video games most often, not other people."
"You have to understand, most of the responsibility lies on the teachers nowadays. The teachers need to be understanding of the children and respect them which most are not which is why kids act like they do. I was fortunate enough to have a few very good teachers and role models, but most kids aren't."
"Yes because on the news, it showd my uncle killed by a teenager who always played violent video games..... The police contacted us and told us about my uncle's death. The teenager was put in jail. He's still in jail. Honestly, someone had to do something about violent video games. This HAS to end NOW! if someone doesn't do anything about it soon, then we're all gonna get hurt or loose the people we really care about."
"If violent video games are the only cause of violence what were the crusaders playing? Because violence has been around a lot longer than video games.."
"I say that kid wasn't violent because of video games, more of possibly having an abusive childhood or peer pressure. I play violent video games, and I'm not murderous."
"Yes, because my brothers play a violent video game on there Play Station or the Ipod, and they are very fustrated afterwards if they do not get there own way, they are very loud and aggressive towards each other most of the time, and then i get fustrated because they are being fustrated and it all turns into nonsense in our home. :/"
"My son Jonny is always playing Uncharted 3. i have even tried to snap his disks but he buys more. He even gets into fights with his little brother but his little brother wins. He wants to play the game for even longer so he can beat up his brother one day and get revenge for his black eye. All violent video games should be banned from highschooler's. My son is going to turn into a monster if he keeps playing these games."
"Who bought your son the game? You can break his games take away the console, but truthfully your best bet is to let him have it. He's YOUR son. You can take his console away to get the point across, but let him know there's a reason for it. Don't arbitrarily break his game because you feel like that will make him less angry or violent. If you wan't him to respect you, you have to respect him. That's only going to happen if you let him do him (with a few ground rules set in place). All siblings fight over things, that's half of what it means to be siblings lol"
"I am 19, my step bro is 13 and my baby bro is 5, we all play fighting and shooting games and we never hurt each other. All fighting is done virtually, and with no hate afterwards ;)"
"Lock him in his room"
"Sounds like you need to take more control of his money if he keeps buying more..."
"all the kids out there should not be playing very viloent video games becasue it makes them more subject to violence at school or in the real world"
"We live in a violent world. Get used to it."
"Sure the shooter might not play videogames, but they might have been bullied by some one that was influenced by videogames."
"Bullying is more than just physical harm."
"Why play (or even make) pointless games that teach you how to steel, kill and swear?"
"Because they give you the chance to do that without real world consequences. It's fun :)"
"Why make? They make 100s of millions of dollars, why not?"
"Video games may not be the root of school shootings, fights or any other violent acts from teens or children but they are contributing to the mindset that these actions are ok. I walked into a middle school a few weeks ago and within five minutes I was hearing swear words up and down the halls, kids talking about how many people they killed on their kill streak in call of duty, which isnt a big deal but for them to be swearing and talking about these things when their 10-14 years old just isnt right. I was no angel in middle school but I know my friends and I were not calling each other "shit- heads" or F this or F that to each other. Maybe its the parenting now a days but having children playing mature games with mature content is not something kids should be brought with when the world lately is already falling apart. Its sad to think when kids think of fun they think violence and guns. Pick up a basketball and shoot some hoops, not people."
"this is simply a change in behavior and it's perfectly natural! less than a century ago, common phrases were "bee's knees" and "flower power". times change, and this is a prime example of it."
"the would changes deal with it words are less hurtful now because of how things have changed if someone tells me to f off i say why should i care what you think but really i think that about a lot of stuff but if you are just dont be the crazy that kills people all we can do is move forward and have some faith in people around us"
"Yes, I have evidense that few years ago in Japan that a guy murdered few random people. His mom commented that he stayed in his room all the time playing video games. Later on the police asked him why did he commit this crime, and he said he got mixed up with the real world and the game world."
"The man was clearly crazy."
"So is it because of video games, or a man with a mental issue who happened to play video games? If he had been reading a violent book, or watching a violent TV show, or even watching a news report of a war (real life stuff) the same thing would have happened. Should we ban books, movies, tv, or news?"
"I can only wish that I could be in a fantasy world, but I clearly know the difference between the two. Also, not in every game do you go and kill random people. In fact, most games don't make or let you kill random people. That guy must be loco"
"I think yes infact because it was a proven fact that all of the school shootings especially the most recent in the Connecticut shooting, the shooting was infact proven to had played video games (shooting) games before he had came to the school. also in the California shooting that shooter had also been playing the shootng games before he arrived at the scene."
"Do your research first. Yes, he played video games, yes he killed people. He also had a mental disorder and suffered from depression.I play video games, I don't kill people. What do you think is the actual cause?"
"He did it because his mom worked with the kids and he felt she cared more for the than him so he went crazy"
"YOU are absolutly right I mean mental illnesses arn't a problem video games are I mean shooting a person in a fake game is just the same as killing a person in real life I mean we see gamers all the time walking down the street shot guns leaving a trail of dead bodies don't we now?"
"video games are like a disease. they start off with a little anger and before you know it you can go fly off a limb and be screaming your head off. they cause violence but in the world we need more violent people because they can contribute to the army and they take their anger out on the enemy."
"No kids shouldn't be playing violents because it cause to misbehave ,talk in bad languses,and would also cause them to do bad thing to people or even try to hurt people in each way.And also the kid would be taken away from the child's game age improperit and what drives the kid away from it improperit ."
"Video games can often hurt the personalities of the people who play them."
"...if that person is a psychopath."
"I think they shouldnt have people or kids play violent games until they are ready to"
"How do you know when they're ready exactly?"
"Derp: When the ESRB already on the box says so"
"games are violent, we should ban them"
"Banning video games? Yea, good luck with that. Heres what would happen if that happened:*Gamers would be OUTRAGED*Lots of jobs would be lost*(not really a good reason but) People would get bored easily."
"If you want to ban video games think of how many people it takes to produce a video game. One team of 50 can produce a prototype of a game in 2 years. After that it takes at least another 100 to put together the final product. On top of that almost every video game out there have dialog in it so they need to get the voices from some where. If all of that wasn't enough these can cost millions of dollars to produce. To even make a profit you need to make at least 500,000 copies. Lastly not all video games are violent, Here are a few from my own collection that aren't violent. I would like to start this list of with Wii Fit. Not only is this game not violent but it promotes health and getting into shape. Next I have Just Dance. This game is exactly what it says its a dancing game, it also promotes good health because you are up and moving. Portal, this is a puzzle game. Then there are sports games. Need I go on? There just is no point in saying that we need to get rid of video games cause they are violent."
"that's a really bad reason"
"I think it does because come on there has been so many shootings during the past year come on already!!!!!!!!??????"
"1. cool it on the exclamation marks girl. People won't take you seriously.2. Not one legitimate study has come out proving video games cause violent tendencies in NORMAL PEOPLE. Only a tiny number of crazy people (Who would just shoot people anyway) are affected."
"Yes violent video games can contribute to youth violence. I been searching for articles and studies about this topic and in the majority of the studies I've read that violent video games are considered to be more harmful in increasing aggression than cruel movies or television shows due to their interactive and attracting nature. The violet video game itself is not what makes people violent if not playing it (having a reaction to attack and kill the opponent) using cruelty."
"I think that it might contribute to violence because some kids might want to try out the things they saw on the video game to other kids an if the hear a bad word they might think that it's ok and say it to others and get them in trouble."
"I don't think it does."
"no we dont just paly a game does not make us what to go do stuff"
"Yes it does. The incident at Colorado High School in 1999 was very serious. The two high school students killed 13 people and wounded 20-23 other people. This resulted from video games is what the media contributed. The media also said that the previous night the two students had watched a violent TV show/movie and in that move, it described how a person in middle school killed everyone in his high school with a shotgun."
"They blamed video games, goth culture, marilyn manson, ect.. Completely ridiculous.. Where were the parents.. also bullying though no excuse to kill someone but it can have a large impact on the person. Something or someone always has to take the blame.. and it should not be video games, MM or movies"
"If you can come up with...let's say at least 100 accounts where violence is directly caused because the person played video games then there might be some credence. But you have just stated one account."
"viloence in video games does lead to violence in children. just think, what you do and how you do it at such a young age affects your whole being. sure you may think it is a fun, and harmless game, but it truly isnt. slowly in the minds of the young are being desenetized. what a person sees and hears is what they are going to be, and eventually they will think that if someone was beaten uo badly at school, that it is just an unavoidable part of life, and who cares. thats the attitude of these people. and when they become older, they will hear so and so was murderd, it wont affext them as much, if any at all. i know these games are not for the best, oblivously, so why waste time to play them."
"Yep, video games does cause violence like GTA when my little brother plays it, he gets all those cuss words from there and uses it everywhere, he doesn't really fight, but he got a trash mouth now."
"Ever since 1994, video games have certain features on them that can censor those, such as blood, cursing, or nudity. Have you checked out the options on said game? They DO EXIST on there, believe it or not. Most people want to be lazy, and have the video game raise their kids, or to baby sit their so-called little brother or sister, because they don't want to deal with the problem at hand. Maybe instead of that, you can try to put that in, and let "him" play the game?"
"The topics main PRO argument is based around Juvenile crime.If your little brother cannot control what he says, that is your parents responsible to not let him play those games anymore, and thus the video game itself cannot be blamed.Further more, since the pro's main argument and reasoning is based upon Juvenile crime, trash mouth children do not really fit into the case."
"Than maybe your parents shouldn't of got him the game in the first place? its not your brothers fault he plays it?"
"Well, First off. Why do you let him play the game anyways? On the back of the game, It does say M for Maturity. So asically it's your fault her cusses. YOU let him play the game. Haven't you noticed that M means that there's Maturity content such as sex, nudity, profanity, Ect.. So don't blame the video game, Blame yourself."
"than it doesnt cause violence so what if he cuss he isnt violent violence is hitting and harming get it right"
"I let my 12 year old son play Halo for over a year. He started acting out the game at home and at school. He was making paper guns and practicing with kitchen knives!!. The game is gone out of my house. The Xbox 360 is next. This is a great product and should be used to create good things not violent games!"
"If you don't like what I said previously, I have an alternative solution. There are games that include "comic mischief" (in many cases, "cartoon violence") - those are the kind of games I grew up with (AKA Mario Brothers and Zelda). Of course, you cannot obtain those exact titles for the xbox, but there are still some great games that can be worthwhile to both your child and your wallet. You can find some of these games in the xbox "arcade" (on xbox live). These games typically encourage children to use brain power over fire power, and in many cases support cooperation with others in order to advance. This route may be the more exciting alternative for your child. I DO NOT ADVOCATE CHILDHOOD VIOLENCE, I'm merely trying to help both you and myself... I'm concerned about your child's welfare as much as I am for my own (future child). The only thing that can help is YOUR involvement. It's a good thing that you intervened when your child showed signs of negatively influenced behavior, but there MUST be a fair solution! There are plenty of games out there that are mentally stimulating and engaging enough to entertain a 12 year old... I just don't see why they aren't publicized as much as these violent games."
"oh wow. paper guns. like those are really gonna hurt people. i'm sure once he gets older, he will gain some sense. the ones that are sheltered are the ones who grow up to be violent. once he hurts himself, he'll learn."
"Then what is really going in is that he has some issues that aren't being dealt with inside, such as anger, or bullying. Have you considrered taking the little tyke to soemone who can explain to him the difference between fantasy and reality? Maybe you should've told him about it from age 6, instead of 12. Maybe if more parents talk to their kids, and start telling them that there is a difference between fantasy and realit,y we wouldn't have these problems."
"P.S.At home I was extremely sheltered (in terms of restriction to violent media). My parents would never let me watch violent movies or television shows. I was only able to play games such as halo at my friends' homes (which your child will attempt to do as well), but this was okay because I had a mild temperament. I didn't tell my parents that I played such games and watched violent movies with my friends because I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to see my friends anymore - it was the only way we could connect. At that age, it was hard for me to find friends that I truly cared for (Maybe I was picky. I chose to spend time with the kids that were gentle, kind, and susceptible to bullying). Fortunately, the violent behavior portrayed in the games never entered reality - simply because there was no need. Games weren't taken away from my friends! Their aggressive behaviors (if any) that game from household or school-related stresses were unleashed in determined gameplay. We were taught that the games were only games, so we didn't use harsh language or aggressive tones while playing, we simply laughed at each other and ourselves when we performed poorly! Try againDon't let your child play Call of Duty, Gears of War, etc."
"Hello Abe! I understand your concern, but I'm not necessarily sure that taking the game away from your child will limit his potential aggression. I'm an adult gamer, and have played video games since my childhood. I have been concerned about the issue of children playing violent games for quite some time (though I am not yet a father, I am still close to children and worry that my gameplay habits will effect them), but have found little reason to restrict a child's game play (besides the amount of time spent on games and the individual child's personal motivation in school). I have a 7 year old "cousin" that plays Halo, and I understand that he sometimes acts out the roles of the characters as well. The thing is - it's sometimes a good thing. Children need heroes! Shooting aliens isn't a bad thing when a child understand that it's being done for justified, moral reasons. Of course, the kitchen knife incident is alarming, but that could have simply occurred due to a lack of experience/understanding of the harm that such an object can inflict upon another individual. Talk to your child a bit more about violence. After that, let him play again. It will help him connect with his peers. Also, tell him that it's just a game."
"Here is an update: I have to give Microsoft Kudos on their Xbox technology. I have since learned how to set parental controls and it has been effective. I also had a talk with my son and the behavior has changed. He is now barred and blocked from playing Halo. I bought him some football and basketball games, He also has an automobile game that he enjoys. Of course, homework and chores come before he earns the rights to log in. I am still against the violent video games but I give this manufacturer a thumbs up for the parental controls. Microsoft, I like you again."
"This is another case in which it is your (the parents) responsibility. Children do not suddenly become that way, they become that way over time. If you saw signs (ex. paper guns being made) you should have sat down with him and explained to him why he should not be that involved in a game. If he continues to show signs of this, then take away all violent games, and promote non-violent games.The video game itself cannot be blamed. When a 12 year old is exposed to a video game that he finds "cool" and fun, he will copy it. However when a 14 year old plays an M-rated game, he is old enough and has been taught enough by his parents that he is able to distinct fantasy from reality.So when a parent lets his kid play a game, and ignores the sign, it is their responsibility.If you find a fourteen year old who has just started playing video games and is showing huge signs of violent behavior that he hadn't possessed before-hand, then you can blame the video game.Also, keep in mind that video games are different.A person who plays call of duty will exhibit different behavior then someone who plays GTA IV"
"you did the right thing. If ur son starts acting like that, then yes the game should be tooken away."
"I vote pro for this issue for multiple reasons, most importantly, the desensitization of the players to real-world violence. I agree that of course not every teenager will go to a murderous rage after simply playing a violent game but they are definitely a contributing factor to aggressive and callous behavior, especially in middle and high school boys. They can perform graphic, "real-world" actions without real-world consequences, they are instead rewarded for this. Another aspect is the attitude of the video games towards women, nearly all women portrayed in video games are scantily dressed and usually play no part but as a sex object.(Exception: Legend of Zelda) It's a free country, you can buy the video games if you enjoy them, but I find them completely inappropriate and sick (not to mention addictive, which is probably why you all are defending them so staunchly) --Sandra, 15"
"You may be right on the women thing, but not so much on the violence. I play plenty of violent video games, and never once ever felt the need to hurt someone. Of course, there are games that make me rage, but not to the point where I go hurt/kill someone, they just make my angry like a game called Dark Souls. I'm not at all addictive either, I ski, write, program, row (its a sport) and more. I also find that people who think that they cause violence only look to the violent games like Grand Theft Auto. My favorite game is Legend Of Zelda, and is closely followed by Minecraft, Portal, Halo, and many others."
"The thing is it destroys kids emotiannly it does not nessarily make them want to attack people. The thing is like i have seen in other comments the parents lack of involve ment is a factor. The thing isni expect this to be rated down by kids. Adults can control the emtions better than kids so violent video games are geared toward them but whwn kids use it it is wrong"
"Yes, I think this because many studies show that people who play violent video games have become more violent and aggressive towards others."
"Those studies were later shown to be false.Further studies by the FBI found no direct link between video games and crimes committed by people who play them. Or people who don't for that matter."
"that isnt true"
"i agree with this if people get revenge in games wat do u think would happen to u if u did somthing bad"
"I don't know what will happen I hope not jail look I love video games but im not violent"
"games can confuse fantasy with reality"
"I think your talking about psychotic disorders not games"
"It takes a period of time for a child to confuse fantasy with reality, it doesn't happen after playing one game for a day. On top of that, children will slowly develop signs of confusing fantasy with reality.Parents, when letting their children play violent games, should watch closely for these signs, instead of being surprised when they one day see that their child is making paper guns.On top of that, a child's ability to distinct fantasy with reality can be taught, simply by the parent talking it over with the child and making sure they understand fully, and also repetition, as in telling them over and over that games are not reality."
"...in people with Schizophrenia and other mental health problems"
"Yeah when youre 4 years old"
"you know that 3 or 4 years ago i would say that was wack. but after looking at grownup cosplay and people actually THINK they are not reality but in a "game" vote up"
"i think they do. kids begin to play video games with violence and begin to think it's really fun to shoot and kill things. more shooting, more death."
"Please supply more proof than.. "Video games are bad, Mmmkay..""
"Younger and younger kids are playing these very violent and bloody game which makes them believe that killing is no big deal because they do it everyday on the video games."
"that doesent mean they are going to go kill. plus its adualts buying those games for them because you cant buy M games unless your 17 and up. if the parents dont like it then dont buy it. people need to stop complaining about it. there was killings back when there was only pac man and a hand full of other games, and are they violent? NO!!!"
"ask yourself, is that truly a rational thought?do you honestly beleve that anyone would think that killing another human being is no big deal?"
"ABSOLUTELY!!!!! I have so many bruises from when my brother hit me when i interrupted his game to tell him something. He has gotten into so many fights too!"
"In that case, it is because of violent personality. I have known people who play violent video games all the time, and they are perfectly sane, and don't do violent things, on the other hand, there are people who see pictures of art, and get violent. The problem isn't the video game, it is the PERSON. The PERSON THEMSELVES ARE VIOLENT. Video games DON'T contribute to that. If what you are saying is true, it is because that person has either very deep anger issues that are just starting to come out, or maybe it is because he has always fel that way, and saw someone weaker, and feels it is time to take it out on the one who ISN'T causing it, because they can't carry out their anger on those who cause it. In the case of that, what you are dealing with is a bully starting to show their true colors. He needs therapy, because there are more issues in there that aren't being dealt with. Food for thought."
"Aaaaannnndddd where are your parents when all this happens? Its called discipline."
"Violence inflences the mind, brain, and the way we act on what we would've just seen. Those thoughts would still be in our mind even after an hour or so because our mind is still re-playing what we saw on screen. This would then reflect on our actions and how we think for 30-45 minutes. Even I have expirenced this."
"true enugh, but isnt it also true that each brain and its reactions is diffrent? i once watched horror movies all day and it never once made me somwhat worried about opening a door or something like that."
"i think they do"
"they are corrupt and we have better things to do than justplay video games all day get a life!!!!"
"What else would you do?"
"yes, pro violent video games pose risks of addiction, health risks, and violent behavior outside of the game"
"@June's reply.Of course they're programmed to "hook" people, how else would the company make money? WoW constantly adds expansions to vanilla, and I pay for them every time. I'm even planning on paying for MOP, even though I don't want a freaking panda. :l"
"june, there were those types of seizures in them, but that was because of the lights, movement and colors of the graphics. Also, there was a cartoon in Japan in 1997, that also had the same effect, but it was because of the lights in the show, and how frequent they were blinking, as well as the speed of the lights, but it was also because of people who have epilepsy, and play the games, KNOWING that it happens, so there isn't anyone to blame for that, other than themselves. They knew the consequences, but still did it anyway, so who is to blame, right? It wasn't the companies, or the manufacturers, it was the PEOPLE who played and didn't care if they got hurt or sick. It takes two, one is the game there, but it also takes a person who has that, and does it KNOWING that they are going to be having that kind of effect. Seems people care more for stupidity than being careful. If they have that problem, and they still play the game knowing what will happen as a result of it, they deserve what they get, pure and simple. No need to feel sorry for them or get outraged over it, they did it to themselves."
"pal, this is not about addiction or health risks..."
"You know what else is addicting?.?. Smoking, people still do it though, why dont you go to that page and post some other comment on how addicting it is."
"yes to the first, yes to the second, and to the third: only if your off your rocker as it were"
"Recently, studies have shown an increase of video-induced seizures that is common in violent video games because of the disturbing violence. And as for addiction, violent video games such as call of duty, are programmed to be addicting so players will stay hooked."
"yes it do it takes violence to a whole new level"
"ah, but only in within the game itself."
"My little brother is only 8 and since his friends play a certain video game, that involves violence, he thought he should play it. He couldn't beat a level, and he went crazy. Even he said he didn't want to play the game anymore. So answer this, do you want young killers running around. I don't think so........"
"When I couldn't get past a phantom on my Zelda game, I totally nerdraged and broke my DS. :c Didn't ever play it again.Games are frustrating--they make you use your brain. Unless, that is, you're so good at it that you no longer need to think about what you're doing. /cough. like me. No human were harmed in my little "episode"...just my $200 DS. :["
"what even if it was'nt violent he would have gotten frustrated because he didnt beat a level thats why ur suppos to stop complaining and keep trying instead of being a quiter"
"Maybe ur brother is just a psycho who sucks at videogames..."
"Most young kids, fourteen and younger usually, take videogames way too seriously while most over fourteen play them for fun.I know a thirteen-year old who, in a fit of rage from not being able to get past something in a game, threw his controller at the ground towards his closet. It still works, he just has one less battery pack to use (it's forever lost in his closet). I laughed a little inside."
"ah... a lack of persistance...we all handle loss diffrently. and besides, when an 8 year old reacts like that, is much diffrent. i assume you put the "young killer" comment because he said he wanted to kill the person who made that game or something along those lines. even so, when an 8 year old says that, its much, much diffrent then when an adult or teen says that. i am possitive we all have had outburst from lossing every now and then. i did once when i lost a game of candy land when i was 6. fact is, its common. it dosent just come from video games...... though if you still feel this way, go ahead and remove violent games from your houce. just remember to remove the other things that might cause another outburst as well, like candy land, scrabble, those chose your own adventure books..."
"According to you, he had only gone crazy. That is actually typical behavior little children have to video games they are frustrated with. So, your evidence that he is becoming a "young killer" is irrelevant."
"It was failure that made him angry. Not the violence itself. I've played violent video games all my life, and you don't see me murdering one person a day at school by shanking them with a pencil!"
"my brothers have never played a m, rated game and they are still violent."
"we need info for a school debate we ned help for both side we r against them but we still need some things for our oppisite side so we know what he will do help"
""Yes they do SO DON'T PLAY THEM!!!!""
"Yes, compelling point, Ill go destroy my xbox right now."
"Don't like them? Don't play them."
"play them it opens the mind to being more active and acting things out SO PLAY THEM!!!!"
"Where is your evidence? I have mine. I have yet to see yours."
"of couse they do i a young child see some thing on the t.v they would whant to try it out because they think it is cool to act in that way."
"No, your wrong. Not every child views something and just goes out and does whatever they saw. Even young children know the difference between right and wrong. You cannot predict what a child is going to do. I know plenty of kids who play violent video games, and have they went out and shot up a town with a M19? I dont think so."
""i a young child".......... really? now back to our topic, i don't know of any kid that plays a game and then goes, hey i want to do that too! and the ones that do try and do that ussally don't live long because an eagle dive off the roof without a haybail is lethal."
"i am a teen. i have done a lot of reasearch and have found out yes, videogames lead to violence. from what i have seen in real life around me it is true."
"What kind of research?"
"You should research harder then you'd have found out people A.K.A. humans are violent by nature. It is our basic nature to want to hurt/kill things in order to get what we want. We just adapted our brains over thousands of years to be able to control this basic urge. Plus if you're talking about war for the stuff in real life you see thats because the government is trying to show dominance witch is also a basic urge. The moral of the story is its not video games that make people violent its people who make video games violent."
"please site your sources that you used so extenseively researched on this topic, if you say wikipedia im going to slap you."
"Maybe you just live in a bad neighborhood..."
"Violent video games are example for younger children. They see people being killed and think that that's what happens in the real world. Children shouldn't know how to work a gun or know all the types of guns."
"I play video games but I am also in the Army, Hooha, and the video games teach you nothing about how guns work or how to correctly use them, because they are not even realistic in games, they can only think they know something when in the real world they know nothing."
"You know what else are examples for younger children? Parents, older siblings, and music. Do you want to get rid of music? I mean that cab be just as bad with all the stuff they say on there. They talk about killing and rape. Also im sure parents swear around them now a days, Some may even see their parents beating each other. Dont go blaming games for bad examples. =P enjoy your day."
"Really? Because even in GTA(and clones, copies, spinoffs, etc.) there is a crime rate. The more you killl the higher up it goes. And do you know what happens in the game if you do that? They kill you.I don't think most kids wanna die."
"All sorts of firearms interest kids, just like fireworks. A kid learning about guns is natural. Learning about guns, gun safety, and all the dangers helps them resist any temptations later on in life, such as gang activity or checking out a friends rifle when they're not home. The only danger is in poor education, resulting in dangerous misuse of weapons. If your kids learn so much from video games, and it bothers you so much, either 1.) Take your kid and teach them what the game didn't teach them, such as safety laws, dangers, and maybe a personal experience with guns, or 2.) Step up to the plate, be a parent and take the games away from them."
"Yes, but it depends on the certain type of video game, and the type of person that you are. Everyone must remember that no one organism is the same, and they may have different personalities. However, there is such a thing of being "average". What I mean is, there may be a queue of people who become violent or experience violence in public areas. If your child ends up staying a little too close to the controller, provide some fatherly or motherly love to make your child go outside and have a bit of REAL fun. Video games are fine, as long as your child does not confuse reality with fantasy. Hint, hint, "World of Warcraft"."
"Bah. I'll have you know, WoW is perfectly fine. I have no trouble keeping my "rl" and online life separated. @Caleb.Ya' know, WoW's trial doesn't have a time limit right now. F2p's are quite popular."
"Fantasy games and RPG games are for others to be creative. But I have to agree with you about World of Warcraft. I bought it at the store and it said i get to play it for free, but then it said i had to pay to play, that's the only reason i hate it. But thats off the point. If your kids want to play a VG and not want to be outside, that's showing you that there IS NOTHING to do outside, and I should know."
"I think that violent video games are not for kids because there can be a lot of violent things in them like people's heads blowing up and things like blood and gore and sex."
"I partially agree but these games arent attained alone dont blame the game blame the parents for poor parenting"
"i don't agree with u at all"
"if you think positively about others there won't be a problem but if you think violently about others there will be a problem and someone will get hurt. What I'm saying is only certain people can play violent games thats why it says m for mature and v for violence"
"I think that violent video games are not good because they have an effect on the person that is playing the game. For an example the shooting that happen at Columbine High School was because the two boys that was causing the shooting was because they were playing violent video games.so that is why i say that violent video games are not a good thing to have."
"Those kids also supported Hitler... Maybe that has to do with the conflict social violence, not a "video games". Learn your facts before you debate bud."
"To use a school shooting as an example: The V-Tech Shooting"None of the videogames were war games or had violent themes." (Virginia Tech Review Panel, 2007)."
"You understand that the columbine shooting has been blamed on; Music, Games, Religion, Bullying, and Lack of parenting. Im guessing parenting. With lack of parental influence, pretty much anything could influence a child."
"Do more research on Columbine.."
"Thats a lot of great evidence you have there..."
"I think you are missing the main cause of the columbine shootings, which was that the guys who did it were PSYCHO NAZIS"
"You wrote a good description about violent video games."
"Yes video games are affecting our youth because that is all they want to do all day and when they get off of the games they feel violent."
"well 50% of "our youth" play video games with violence but i dont see 50% percent of kids walking around with shot guns killing everyone. youth violent crime rates have gone down in the past 10 years."
"I agree with this "intelectual" person. I will also add that you have only stated your opinion WITHOUT any evidence to back it up. So, you cannot simply state that video games are all youth ever want to do nor can you state that they feel violent when they are finished playing them."
"I think that video games does promote violence because my little brother plays grand theft auto and now he thinks he can break into tanks and get guns and shoot people and stuff. He even carries around sticks."
"@ i reply to you.Let me get this straight; your 8-year-old brother HURTS you? That made me giggle. To make it all the more interesting, he does Kung Fu on you and hits you with Harry Potter wands?! LOL.SlapAwitch. Simple solution right there. All you have to do is show your authority and he won't bother you anymore, duh. ..VIDEOGAMES DON'T MAKE ME VIOLENT."
"OK get real everyone plays with sticks at one point or another its common to swordfight or something fun dont blame video games just cuz they want to play with a stick"
"Then that is a person who SHOULD'NT play that game, because he obviously can't differenciate what is real, and what is fantasia, but it is the PERSON who can't tell the difference. There are people who play that game, and never do anything such as that. On the other hand, people do, but it is because their common sense is obviously blurred by whatever, and can't tell the difference between a video game, and reality. What your "brother" has, as you so put it, is alot of issues that aren't being dealt with, and that is a bad sign. Tell us, does he have violent tendencies? Anger that is rooted deep in his psyche, or other issues that were neglected, trauma or whatnot? If so, then he needs to see a therapist asap, before things go awry.Again, it is because of his personality, or the inability to seperate the world of video games, and the world of real life. I hoipe this clears up what people think of video games."
"OH MY GOD NOT A STICK. He could take over the world now. Nobodies safe, hide the women and childen. RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!...... But seriosly if i had a dollar for every time i played with a stich i'd have over a thousand dollars. Hell I'll admit it i still do every once and a while."
"... I don't agree with you that video games cause violence, its just the way that people view the games that gives them the ideas of that."
"it's just a stick, and where the hell could your brother find a tank with guns!? ¬_¬"
"oh no! not a stick, please anything but a stick! no ones eyes are safe now, who shall protect us from the awfull atrosity that is the mighty stick?!"
"How old is your little brother? Under 9, it's understandable he wants to mimics thing he saw in the game. What isn't normal is how is he allowed to play? But your seem to be over-reacting. Kids played with wooden sticks way before the first videogame ever existed. If you really think this videogame is bad for him, then just take it from him. Or explain him, show him the differences with fiction and reality."
"Since there aren't very many tanks around to break into, I think we're safe."
"i think that video games are good fun if your perent gets you the game they must think its ok but if they sayy no then thats ok accept it"
"lol my lil brother does that 2!!!!!"
"My brother hurts me a lot, because he is 8 years old and tries to hurt me with kung fu and harry potter wands."
"thank yous 4 voting 4 me i feel very happy"
"Yes, violent video games contribute to youth violence, and I have proof. My brother, who is 9, has ADD, AD-HD, and ODD, went to a friend's house and was introduced to Modern Warefare and Halo. Now he always looks up "killing games" and "sniper games" on the computer and he goes to Gamestop and asked the clerk directly where the "killing video games" are, since my mother banned his playing and visiting this friend. He thinks that it is ok to kill people and other things and is always threatening that he will go get my father's protection rifle and shoot someone or something. He is defininately more violent than before he was ever introduced to Modern Warefare and Halo. Abby K. , 13"
"I have AD-HD, and I believe that if your brother is doing what he sees in video games, he is to blame, not the video games. No offense to your brother. Thumbs down."
"Your little brother has ADd, AD-HD, and ODD.This is why he behaves like this, NOT because he played violent video games."
"A reason for his behavior could also be attributed to the fact that he has ADD, AH-HD, AND ODD. Not the best combination of disorders to use to show the effect of video games on a child's mind."
"Can you read what you write? I don't care if he got more violent from it. You just disproved your own claim. That "friend" is obviously a bad influence. And another note, with ADD, ADHD, ODD and the age of nine, your mind is like gelatin to influence.If you say that it isn't the cause, look at the other kid. He's perfectly sane, and he hunts because 1. his father most likely does it and 2. It's a great stress reliever, plus, FREE FOOD!Look, any other nine year old without disorders would be fine, but look. Your brother is highly subject to influence, overly hyper, very angry, and has a squirrel's attention span, from what you've said. Now, seeing something that to you with undeveloped eyes looks very real, puts you in that state. He obviously needs help. You cannot blame it on the games, seeing as any other sane nine-year-old is FINE with them.Your brother just has issues that you are obviously ignoring. Now, they do cause a slight influence on some people, and that is preventing some fear. Now, is that a pro or a con? (Hint: pro) When you multiply that with the adrenaline released from playing the games, multiply by insane, and you get:Ding ding ding! Constant violence."
"I believe the problem isn't the game itself, but the way your brother was introduced to it. You said your brother was nine,and he is playing with a friend who seems to think collecting weapons are cool.I do not know him but i think this "friend" is a really bad influence for your brother. I know how it can be hard to make a difference with reality and games at 9 years old with those defficits, since i have the tourettes syndrome, so you should have a conversation with him."
"so. i feel for you. my little siblings are always acting violent.but let me be the first to say i have autism. a mild case, but still...when i was a kid, my uncle would play a lot of violent games around me. everything from street fighter (a fighting game) to rainbow 6 (covert army opperations) on our N64. he never really invited me to play, but i never wanted to.as i got older, i eventualy, just like everyone else, became attracted to something questionable. for most people, like your brother, its guns and killing. death was a mystery to us back then. for me, it was shooting. i was infatuated with guns. modles, makes, the works. but I'm going to say this. its a faze. he will grow out of it. it might take a bit longer then most people though, seeing as how he has dissorders. i still have maturity proplems even though im 17.also, hunting is not a big deal. i dont hunt. but i have been with my dad who hunts each seson. he is a very kind man, and very wise. i dont think hunting often is a sign that the person is aggressive. as for gun ownership, my dad owns a fairly good rifle.13 is a young age, but when your older i hope you understand that your assuming. and as the saying goes, assuming makes an butt out of you & me."
"So instead of it being Rated M for mature, it should be rated for people without ADD, ADHD, or ODD because that's the reason he acts like that, not because of the game."
"your parents have it wrong, if you teach a kid to not do things that are consider to be wrong he will be messed up when he grows up he will left behind in society thinking everything is going be ok but it really wont be because he will have no sence or expirience in the real world."
"I know you are being a protective sister. But you are only 13 years old, if this is causing you problems. The simple solution is to have your parents talk to your brother and tell him that there is a difference between video games and real life."
"Really I playing video games since i was 6 and let me think Im an A+ to B student And I have not shown any aggression in my life my teacher like me hell they are my firends I could talk to them about anything but im not and if ur mom banned him from video games and his firends well hell I would be depressed and thats what that boy is YOUR MOM just took away his LIFE I think anyone would want to kill them self or hurt someone else because HELLO he has no life his depressed I love how u people blame video games right wayDid u know that because of video games the CRIME RATES has gone DOWN have you ever seen that I think not video games has helped us ALOT in many ways I get so ticked off when people blame video games right away when they dont know anything"
"im 17 and have played "killing games" since i was 6 and I have no issues with agression or a need to kill i do good and school and i am going to college these games take away my aggression with a substitute if you dont their called shooters for a reason try talking to you kid why killing is bad because he doesn't undertand it"
"i own many "killing" video games and play them frequently. I also own a few guns and i do not hunt i have no desire to hunt or take the life from others never have and never will video games have not change my opinions"
"Well considering Modern Warfare and Halo are meant for people OLDER than 9 I don't see your point. The companies put ratings on games for a reason. Violent video games are meant for mature minds not for children who are VERY impressionable. And video games (when used by the right age group) can serve as stress relief. I for one use video games for that purpose. You know those days when everyone has shot your ideas down and have been total jerks? Well thats when video games turn out to be pretty awesome. You can express your anger instead of keeping it locked away, and you aren't actually hurting someone."
"Have you ever thought that also there could be deeper issues that the person is dealing with aren't being addressed or dealt with? Does this person you speak of exhibit violent behavior in other ways? Can the person differenciate what is real and what isn't? It isn't the video game that did that, it was because this particular 9 year old can't tell the difference between fantasy and reality. What you were saying about people becoming violent is a bunch of crap. I knew a kid who played violent games at that age, and they knew very well the difference between fantasy and reality. If a kid can't tell the difference, they shouldn't be playing those games. What that kid had with that were other issues that weren't resolved or dealt with, such as violence at home, or bullying in school, or other social problems. Amazing how people always put video games or movies as an excuse for someone's stupidity, when they should realize that not everyone can differenciate things, and never take the time to talk with their kids, or be involved with their way of being, and take the time to understand that people have issues that need to be dealt with and cry because of their own stupidity."
"1. your brother should see a psychiatrist and 2. owning airsoft guns is very common even to have like 20 of them its called being a weapons enthusiast something that alot of hunters do im 15 and all of my freinds own guns and we go hunting all the time but we dont want to kill or harm people with weapons i admit ive been in plenty of fights myself but its not because of video games ill be the first to admit its because of my anger problems but thats why u see psychiatrist's juss sayin u got it twisted"
"Okaay thats weird. but dont blame video games they add not invent i'm sorry to say but it was already in your brother before the games, they just amplified the reason to do it. I agree that no little kid should be playing Halo and Modern Warfare I am personally against that, he and people his age ,assuming he's under 10, should NOT be playing those games. Video games arent to blame i was playing video games since i was 5 and i never wanted to kill anyone in my life I hate seeing the news about when people die it horrifies me. Your brother must have been into all that stuff before and to prove it, think back has he ever took interest in your dad's before the games? By the way i'm 15 well 14 in a half my bday is soon!"
"Ok, I understand where y'all are coming from, but seriously. I kept track from the past week (Feb. 13-19), and he spent a total of approx. 38 hours in the basement playing Modern Warfare and Halo Reach. And, he gets extremely upset (temper tantrum upset) when he lags out of games due to the wifi speed. I appreciate all of you who blame it all on his condition, but I am sure that the video games have some signifigance to his violence issues. I am not laying the blame completely on the violent video games, only part of it. (FYI, I'm 14 now)"
"I see where your coming from, however you cannot just asume its violent videogames alone. I want to first say its ashamed he was intrudeced in such a way 9 is an age where the understanding of death is limited, to many young kids death and killing isn't a serioue concept because they are not matured enough to fully understand, 9 is also an age where its hard to distinquish between reality and non-reality and theres a reason both games played are rated mature for 18+. The desire to play more violent video games is not some unnatural phenomninon, success in violence in all other forms of media just shows humans are attracted to violence. If this were the eightys hed be sneeking arnold schwarzenegger movies, or if it were earlier hed be reading commics or violent books. In fact it has been proven that looneytoon cartoons mischeif and violence has the same effect to the brain the most violent games have. Second denying acccess to such games and other type of meterial will not help anything, it will make him more attracted to the violence it is important to allow a certain type of violence and games which are a suitable level and to have discussions with him about reality and nonreality as well as what the violence means."
"The youth I am focused on is 7-12 years and even if he didn't have the disorders I doubt that the disorder is 100% of the cause. A part of his sub-conciousness that is unaffected is becoming violent and it is infleuencing his concious."
"Yes, but he was still more violent before the disorders got worse so I stand by my claim. I have also met his friends who introduced him to the game. They own three rifles and seven airsoft guns by themselves and hunt frequently."
"i think that video games are for people who are unemployedand for those who dont have a life"
"I play video games and im in the army, im sorry that protecting your freedom according to you is aparently considered to be unemployed."
"Honestly I don't care what you think. Your wrong and how dare you for thinking that video gamers are unemployed with no life.Who are you to tell gamers that they have no life. The important matter is, people like you have no lives, for spending you time accusing us that we have no lives."
"That is stereotyping. I play video games, and I get all A+'s. In addition, I have tons of friends."
"i think you forget that you can get a job creating games and i am sure as hell that they make more than you do"
"how bout you go to a gamer and say that to their face. i know about 30 people who are gamers, and they are making tons of money."
"Then by your standards, there should be no videogames. Because the people who make them are gamers themselfs.Also, if what you say is true, there would be no way to purchase videogames because the people who WORK (meaning they are employed) at stores like Gamestop are gamers as well."
"thats like saying people who watch a move have no lives or people who watch TV or people who listen to the radio, and im sure you do at LEAST one of those. there all forms of entertainment and they do there job they ENTERTAIN us."
"Seriously? I am 13 years old and video games have inspired me to start learning programming, and maybe even some engineering -_- What do you do, work at McDonalds?"
"There are people out there who ARE employed and are gamers. So who do you think you are for accusing someone just because they have found something to do for entertainment."
"i no a couple of teacher plays black ops"
"That is not true! I knew a phlebotamy and blood-banking technician who plays the wii with her husband and kids (who also have jobs and go to school), and I'm majoring in x-ray tech. and possibly, phlebotamy and I play PSP every now and then."
"Oh really now, games got me interested into firearms. Not just the game guns however. I wanted to know how each one functions, what the round it fires, the round itself. And that knowledge might get me a good gunsmithing job one day."
"Thats not true. To a point at least. My little brother plays games all the time but thats because he cant go outside because he cant breath when hes outside. That doesnt mean he does not have a life. He has nothing else to do but play games inside."
"Relax, guys. He's probably joking. And even if he isn't, I still laughed. And that's coming from someone who does play (non-violent) video games. Perhaps video games are having an affect on your aggression levels if you seriously feel the need to harass this kid for saying this stuff."
"true true but some can be for kids"
"Anyone who has a kid under the age of 10 knows that a child becomes totally focused on the video game they are playing. When interrupted ('time to eat' or 'go brush your teeth'), the result mostly is the kid ignoring at first only to be followed by aggression, shouting, stomping feet, hitting furniture, etc… when told again. Now kids are all different and react differently, but it is clear that video games alter their behavior. If this is let out of hand and not dealt with, it will contribute to increased violent behavior. So yes, in my opinion, video games do, in some aspects, contribute to youth violence. It might not be the only reason but it is part of it."
"The childs tantrum doesn't reflect on the violence of a video game. He or she could be playing Madden, or even something even calmer than that, and still get mad when a parent wants them to stop. They only get mad because its fun and enjoyable to play video games. When you have to stop doing something really fun and stimulating you get pretty bummed out too right?"
"i feel very, very implored to tell you i have these kinds of reactions when im pulled off a game at an exiting moment. an example of this is when i was 6 years old and playing "elmo's number adventure".take this comment how you will."
"I know kids who do this with LEGOs its not just video games."
"the temper tantrum when the kid is told to brush there teeth or time to eat is because of the child being aloud to do whatever he/she pleases without parental interference. so when parents tell the child to do something the child doesnt have to do anything if a fit is thrown."
"Maybe its beacause your child is under the age of 10?"
"They throw tantrums from anything entertaining when you try and take them away (tv, friends house, a dog etc.)"
"But does Violent Video Games cause this? This happens to anything the kid is focused on really, just ask my parents."
"This is a parenting issue, and has nothing to do with the videogame. I bet if a child was really into a book and were not taught respect then they would have the same reaction to being told to do something else."
"this is why the games are under parental discresion. and any learned violence there, I find easier to believe, was learned from a household that ALLOWED a 10-year-old to play that game. not saying any thing about you, but instead of worring about your childs grand theft auto tantrum, maybe you should worry about how he got it in the first place.furthermore, children freak at anything.case and point: my cousin ,8 years, freaked when I told him he couldnt play viva pinata anymore, when he couldnt play with his tonka trucks, when the power went out and the TV with it, when it was bedtime, you seein the trend?"
"Children below ten will do that same response for anything that they are enjoying. For instance they don't want to go somewhere so they throw a fit, or if they don't want to go to bed they throw a fit."
"parents r suppost to take rule and not let the kid ignore then, if they dont listen u lay the hand on em. it's called DISAPLINE!!!!!! most parents lack that in result the kid acts a fool all the time. how many people agree wit me"
"i agree with you some time kids just get so much focus in game that they tend to act out the violence that's in video games in real life and often get's angry when we tell them to turn the game off or tell them to go do something."
"I think video games are unhealthy to youth brains. They should not play violent video games until they are 18 years of age."
"thats just ignorant, youth brains arent damaged by video games. any child who can tell the difference between a game and real life should be able to play the game. children who have had tramatic events in there life or are just plain spoiled will have violent tantrums for the smallest things."
"im hurt. I am currently 16 and ive been playing violent video games for 2 years now (cartoon violence since I was 7) I have no difficulty with envisioning the painful demise of the people around me, but do I go out and cause it? no."
"The brain does not finish developing until the age of 21. I propose that the youth should be locked in a box until 21 years of age. This would prevent bad impressions on "youth brains.""
"video games dont damage your brain they help you with hand/eye coordination hahahaha"
"Wow, thanks for ALL of that evidence you gave.Also note the "I think."Look, if you want to argue a point, get some facts. Millions, if not at least one billion or more, people play violent video games. And guess where crime rates are? That's right, below where they were. Your simple two sentence reply has no proof, no construction, and is just plain ignorant. I propose we also ban kids from listening to music, too, eh? Because it does have emotion-editing substances, hm...?Before you go running your mouth, get some evidence. Let me ask you this, before I go.Have you or do you actually know anyone who has played a violent video game? Or, as you said, ANY video game? I'm guessing no. Get over your neophobia and join the real world, please."
"were talking about video games not under age sex."
"18 years of age. I don't think I would've been able to handle that. S'a pretty long time. You could say the same thing about television."
"It doesn't damage your brain, VGs are made for entertainment. Just look ALL the way back with the Nintendo game systems back in the old days, how is jumping around, stomping on your enemies, grabbing a mushroom to grow, and saving a princess damage your brain? It's Mario. Nothing wrong with it >:("
"actually i'm 16 and i've been playing VGs for years and just a few years ago i was at an after-school event and tried speed stacking for the first time ever and was actually decent at it, and that is about hand-eye coordination. i am also in honors classes at school so if my mind is damaged, my academics don't show it."
"We are talking about video games, not drugs. They cant be unhealthy. They improve hand eye coordination. (ex. Guitar Hero) Im a GH Expert."
"Thats's why there's an ESRB rating on the game. It's not there for show."
"I have been playing violent video games since I was five. I'm sixteen now, still playing them, and taking college grade classes. Someone tell me how my brain is damaged."
"@No to violent video gamesI think violent video games shouldn't be banned, but with all due respect a 5 year old should never play Call of Duty, let alone a teen game. I think issues from violent video games come more from kids not ready to play. Some teenagers can handle Call of Duty, but that's too young."
"You should not give an opinion on something you obviously never experienced."
"I agree with you to an extent.Personally I don't think Super Mario Brothers and porn should be restricted from the same group of people HOWEVER, there is already a rating system in place called the ESRB that rates games on a scale of E for everyone to M for mature (with things like E 10+ and T in the middle) all people have to do is follow it."
"Most sane people can play them! We r not stupid enough to go around killing people. Its better than throwing our anger on some real life person."
"Most violent games do have an age limit on them, the real problem is enforcing that law. Parents freely buy their youth children video games that they're not allowed to play."
"what about sports games?????????????"
"I agree. It is too much for them to handle. I have a nephew and he is five years old but an expert at call of duty. When he finishes a level he grabs his toy guns and pulls us outside so he can shoot at us and we can pretend to die."
"The problem is, many people who have done violent crimes such as school shootings were all depressed, and people quickly point out that they possessed some sort of a violent video game. But it doesn't matter since video games are common household items. In the homes of these school shooters, you probably have found Grand Theft Auto, Toothpaste, and Twinkies. Strangely enough, nobody is blaming the toothpaste."
"When 97% of 12-17 years olds play video games, it is hard to come across anyone who hasn't"
"Don't forget, no one's paying attention to the Twinkies. They're the downfall of society, you know."
"you are a very funny man and you made my teacher laugh lol"
"You are correct, it is not smart to use a high-base-rate behavior to blame a low-base-rate behavior. If you want more, read my comment."
"I don't think those people are depressed, i just think they have major problems they need to let go."
"You're right. We should ban toothpaste instead."
"Yes, you are right that toothpaste and video games are common household items. But the thing is: people are addicted to video games, no one get addicted to toothpaste! So why we blame it?"
"Pretty good argument. I've heard it many times before."
"You are wrong. It may be common, but the idea that because it is common, it has no impact, is an illogical bandwagon fallacy. You assume that because video-games are used by many people, that they should be legal."
"What does video game and tooth-paste have in common?please tell me."
"There is much debate on whether there is any correlation between the playing of videogames and violent behaviour. I would posit, that even if there was a strong correlation between the two, this would be the result of inherently violent people being drawn towards violent media - rather than violent media fostering violence in its audience. In this regard, then, violent videogames would be no more harmful than violent films, music or books.I would like to remind everyone that even literary fiction - the reading of which is considered a mark of culture today - were called 'novels' when they were first written. Their very name meant 'new', termed thusly because of the apprehension of their authors. Novels were seen as a corrupting influence, something that the idle reading of could cause the descent of a person into degeneracy and violence. I believe that the anti-videogame moral panic of today will one day be looked back on as quaint in a similar way. Of course, those of us who look to the past to inform our present, will already be looking at these ill-formed opinions with skepticism."
"I agree. Every new piece of media came with predictions that the world would become more violent because of it, and nothing has happened."
"Ahh... finally a person who has some sense about them and isn't just screaming in rage. It's refreshing that there is at least one of this type fo person in the world. I agree with everything you say in your comment. Thank you for your time."
"Video games have become today's scapegoat to cover up a lack of parental involvement. Many parents today are either too involved in their own lives or don't care enough to monitor what games their children are playing so long as it keeps the kids quiet and out of their way. It's up to parents to teach children about right and wrong, about real life and fantasy, and ultimately to decide what their children should and shouldn't be exposed to."
"We live in a world were kids, many of which, have a mental illness. They don't know what's right from wrong. And most of the time the parents don't care about what is going on in their kid's head. That's the problem.Another problem is that people forget something important. If the person is violent, it's because their BORN that way. It will happen eventually. So they (Anti-gamers) need to shove it, and leave us alone. If someone goes on a shooting, it's not the D*** game."
"i agree most poeple imdeatly point to video games as the cause of most violence in todays world and trying to make it look like the embodiment of all evil but video games are not the greatest source of violence (altougth some games take it way to far sometimes) in basic terms real life violence is waht people should see as the real problem and help people with that instead blaming something that dosent even fall in the same catagory."
"I wanna find a criminal who robbed a bank and ask them if they did it because in Grand theft Auto they escaped with the flying car. This argument is pointless lets look at the persons mental health and not games."
"you should (although they wont let you get near him)"
"Even if they did say it was because of GTA, it was really because they were mentally ill."
"video games help us relieve our stress on what we can't do in real life (Grand Theft Auto)"
"I completly agree with you, somtimes im just in realy bad mood and i can honestly say that picking up a controller and starting up one of my games wether it be grand theft auto 4 or prototype, it helps me relieve my stress and i don't end up exploding on people."
"heck yeah steelin cars is better then doing it in real life no charges"
"that is true because that's what i do"
"no tht is not true grand theft auto is not wat real life is and violent video games are bad for ppl if they are not then ok"
"Parents/Guardians are responsible for knowing if their children are able to handle violent video games without resorting to violece in reality."
"hey i used to play these all the time and as far as i know i havent tried to murder anyone so i think that im ok, i have strait a's and have had them for 6 years,if your that much of a hater to say that they affect us so much why dont you look at someone else whos not psyco for your stories"
"These video games can help release stress"
"that s not true"
"This is total **** And I know Im backed up by the millions of gamers out there!"
"You also forgot the fact that school with the bullying, and also, anger at alot of other things contribute to that. Video games aren't the sole source of alot of kids violent behavior. It is absurd to blame violence on one thing, especially when there are alot of contributing facots that go along with violent behavior. It is the PERSON who has violent tendencies. Some people will become violent regardless of video games, movies, or sports or whatever have you. Some people want to blame video games, because they are looking for an easy out, nothing more. Instead of being an adult and owing up to the responsibility, they just keep their kids in front of a video game, because they can't handle the responsibility. If people can't handle responsibility, and aren't able to be parents, DON'T HAVE KIDS IN THE FIRST PLACE! That simple. End of story"
"Yes these people are just looking for something to blame all this on because they can't figure out the real reasons like depression and bad parenting..."
"Your right So right I a female gamer and I be Gaming 12 years"
"yeah you go dude"
"Indeed you are. I am a gamer, and not once have I shot someone."
"Yes sir! Gamer all my life and never once got in a, actual fight with someone other than throwing fits with my parents."
"video games don't cause violence people cause violence don't blame the game"
"aw thanks guys! >w0"
"I don't think video games cause violence because people just play them for entertainment, not tips on how to kill people or anything like that. I also don't know anyone who has just finished a game like Grand Theft Auto and then tries to make weapons and murder people.A lot of people think that playing video games helps them to calm down and relax. And also, there are more educational video games than violent ones, so whats the big worry about video games anyway?With bullies, around like 95% (I'm guessing) of them just bully because they have been bullied in the past, and not from violent video games"
"Nice comment John Smith, i totally agree with all your points."
"you know, i was bullied quite often as a young kid. i knew for a fact that most of the bullies did not own videogames, and that the worst one had a couple of... eh... "bad" parents..."
"well i agree go john smith"
"Firstly, using estimated numbers to support your claim does nothing for your argument, and secondly, the association of violence with entertainment is precisely why children shouldn't be playing them."
"i do not agree with this"
"I am a player of video games an all of my favorites are of the M rating and I am youth and i do not have any urge at all to harm anyone in any way. the only people i would think would think that these actions were okay would be young children who shouldnt be playing them in the first place."
"even young children who have the ability to tell reality from fiction wouldnt be affected by a game. they may pick up some bad language but they wont grow up to be murderers."
"think of this young kids could go up to be bad people."
"I've done intense research on this topic, and I believe that video games DO NOT cause violence, or school shootings. Claiming that video games cause school shootings is using a high-base-rate (very common) behavior to explain a low-base-rate (rare) behavior. Using that explanation, you can also say that most school shooters wore sneakers, so sneakers must be the cause. (Credit to Christopher Ferguson, an assistant professor in the department of behavioral, applied sciences, and criminal justice at Texas A&M International University.)"
"I'm going to assume that you play violent video games."
"want to hear something interesting?i have an emotional disorder. i cannot contain my emotions. i love violent games like bioshock, prototype, and world of warcraft.heres the kicker, i have never once thought of hurting others. i have autism. a very mild case but still...what VGs have done for me is ring out my artistic side. VGs are what inspired me to start writing storys when i was 10 years old. i continue writing adventure amd fiction to this day.another thing is this. vediogames are, in fact, and art form in and of themselves. take one of my favorit games for example. "shin megami tensie: imagine". it is about rebuilding sociaty after it falls apart from a nuclar war. this war was caused by the apperance of demons on earth. throught the story, you both hunt and befriend demons to help you. this game touches on many points such as the american government, morals, tough choises, innocents, and the big one... who we are as a human being.i cannot say that this is what everyone thinks, but this is what i feel. videogames do not cause violence. I'm going to ask you, dear reader, to consider for yourself whether or not this is true. happy hunting."
"heh, dude. you bring up some great points while talking about your own experiances with VGs. that why i beleve what your saying is all truth. before i read this, i honestly thought all VGs where bad, but i read this and tryed that game you mentioned and now im a belever.but honestly, you have the same problem as me. spelling. XD"
"you know, i find it funny that most of the people on the pro side arte using real names, while people on the con side tend to have more crative names...I really do think videogames can bring out the artistic side, even in something as small as a made up name. its a beutiful thing."
"im autistic to and i dont go around blasting people in the face with a shotgun. I MEAN COME ON NOW!!!!!"
"Cool. We're both autistic. SPECTRUM KIDS WHO LOVE VIDEO GAMES, UNITE!"
"video games are not really violent, i think that video games can reduce stress and help you become more creative"
"I think that too because of video games when i was younger playing Grand Theft Auto on Playstation actually inspired me to be a cop and/or firefighter. Plus Gran Turismo got me to want to race. Now they inspire me to draw and gave me asperations to be a video game designer myself."
"agree with this compleatly. videogames are what ispired me to try my hand at storywriting back when i was 10 years old. i still write to this day."
"This topic was really interesting. My reason for gaming is boredom--and because it entertains me. Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Skyrim, L4D, etc. make me happy. When I'm frustrated, I go to them and gank some lowbies. Videogames have influenced me so much that I'm actually hoping to major in graphic design so I can work for Blizzard. Do I go out shooting people because I've been playing "violent videogames" all my life? It's quite the opposite. Do I rage when I'm voicing on CoD, and some guy tells me to make him a sammich? **** yes. GTFO and make your own sandwich. After I game, my body is relaxed and calm. The action gets all of the violence out of me. People these days will blame ANYTHING."
"i agree with u here 2 all the way"
"I compleetly agree. violent games date back to the Atari and little kids have been playing that long. if a kid were to go out and shoot someone its because of stress thats because of problems at home or bullies 99.9% of the time. If a parent is STUPID, yes I said STUPID, enough to leave their child, no matter the age, with a F&^$(* firearm and not locked up in a gun safe and the key with them at all times then its the parents fault the kid has the gun, and because they were to stuck up to fix the problem. That being Said, before anyone go's to blame violent video games, they need to stop and think " did that parent care enough to keep tht gun locked up or to fix a social issue" and if the answer is no then MAYBE, MAYBE, MAYBE, you can blame video games. man my brain hurts now from ranting lik that."
"Violence among youth has been a sociological problem all throughout human history, be it in the form of bullying, gangs, fights or other methods. It is socially irresponsible to attempt to pin the blame to any form of media rather than attempting to address the underlying causes (socio-economics, broken families, mental imbalances, etc.) that prime some individuals to be violent to their peers."
"Agreed, especially if you're trying to blame it on one single cause, i.e. video games, rather than if you feel the need to include video games, then to at least say video games + (reasonable thing here) + (reasonable thing here). Also, it seems pointless to just say "he murdered someone, and he's played video games, therefore the two are connected!" because chances are, he's also recently eaten food, so you could just as easily say the food was the cause. It's possible a cause, but there's no reason to jump to conclusions about it simply because it's there."
"I'm doing a speech in my public speaking class and this website has really helped me get more information on this topic. I have been playing violent video games all of my life, along with all of my friends and none of us are aggressive people or have gotten into any physical conflicts. I believe that both sides have a valid argument but that violent video games have no more effect on a child's aggressiveness as do other games such as 'cops & robbers' or tackle football"
"Games with realistic violence aren't targeted towards young kids. I don't think voilent games have much of an effect, but if you feel they do, DON'T LET YOUR KID PLAY THEM. There is a ratings system in place, comparable to the one in place for movies, and it works pretty well, seeing that most stores have agreed not to sell M games to those under 17. Also, the media is always looking for a new scapegoat to blame events on. Years ago it was comic books, now it's video games, and no one is noticing the amount of violence going on in movies, books, or tv.As for the tragic Columbine event, People who do things like that are usually disturbed in some way, and just need that one push to make them do something drastic. If not videogames, they'd get that push in some other form of media."
"If u say video games influences teens behaviors u are f***ing ignorant. I shoot mother f***ers on call of duty all day and i would not do a school shooting."
"@Keith; LOLOLOL. I'm right there with ya', bro. @Panda.I have yet to read one of your posts on this topic--I'm pretty sure that it's at the bottom of the list.Correcting people on procon is pointless, my friend. You, for one, should not be correcting people. Have we forgotten the use of the apostrophe? You also capitalize the first letter of words that don't need it--and you don't capitalize half of the ones that do. As you said, "So please, think before you speak, well type, Or else youll be perfect bait for the videogame haters of america."Man, I'm pr0. 8]"
"Call of Duty shows gameplay of what hapened in the past, like with WWII, the incodent with Vietnam, that is history MAH BOI."
"@Stone - I would love to see them try. MW2 about got banned for having a scene where you kill people in an Airport. A shootout in a school would not go over well."
"A bit too much profanity for someone trying to say something's not the end all be all but meh. You got your point across alright. But I agree, I play many video games, almost all involve combat to some degree. I haven't yet gotten myself into jail.@Panda Oh dear, he misspelled a word! I suppose anybody who plays video games have thrown intelligence out the window? For your information many, many video games are educational or otherwise include some reference to real-world logic or history. It teaches many how to make decisions themselves, judging the consequences of various actions. Also, in case you didn't know, many teachers and professional tutors play video games in their down time. Connecting a single typo to video games and saying that it causes stupidity seems a bit ridiculous compared to how smart it can make a person if you just take five seconds to consider the evidence.Sry 4 bein 2 lit-r-8 tho."
"I hope you're swearing ironically. I agree with the gist of what you're saying. I steal my dad's remote from him and finish levels of CoD he can't finish himself, and I'm not considering bringing a gun to school."
"Ya know, you have proved nothing with this statment keith. you're being too "violent" when you say i shoot motherf*ckers on CoD all day. Why use profanity? Why give them another reason to hate games...Profanity. Oh and Caleb, You mispelled incident comrade. Theres another reason to hate video games. It makes us stupid and not retain much more knowledge. So please, think before you speak,well type, Or else youll be perfect bait for the video game haters of america."
"What if they made a call of duty game where you shot up a school?"
"Well I play video games alot and none of them make me wanna do the bad things. I think people only get in fights amd stuff to act cool or to get attention, but thats just me. Also it can cause fight and bad things when its introduced to younger children because they think thats the right thing to do."
"what type of games do you play then? har har. are you old enough to play v rated games"
"Violent videogames don't make people violent. People like to have something to blame. Heck, religion makes people violent--terrorism, The Holocaust, etc. If you want to understand why people are violent, don't just note the fact that sed person had CoD left out on their desk. Do some research for the REAL REASON. I'm a 17-year-old female and have been gaming for a long time. My first gaming system was a 64 and my first game was SSB. I'll admit, gaming has changed me a tiny bit--but I know where to draw the line. With games like CoD, WoW, Dead Island, I've done many a shootings. Do I go out and shoot people? No. I’m probably the nicest person in my town of 1,000 people. I read romance novels, sketch pictures of flowers, and play violent videogames. AWWWYAAAA."
"i agree with u all the way"
"Well, I would like to say, as far as that goes, to a certain point, but many times it is the person who has that, because they are traumatized, or bullied, and nager is built up, and they can't differenciate between what is real and what is fantasy, kind of like them imitating stunts they saw in movies, comic books and other places. It isn't the game that makes a person violent, it is a person that does that. Now, the case with Virginia tech, video games weren't responsible, bullying was. Columbine, maybe, bu there were school shootings long before video games were invented, and they had nothing to do with those things. Now, as far as this issue goes, the real question is bullying responsible for making people violent? It turns into a cycle. Other times, kids are exposed to violence, and they become that way. Some people play alot of violent video games and are perfectly normal, and there are those who play puzzle games and become violent, but it is the personality and psyche if the person, nothing more. If someone will get violent, they will be that way regardless of video games, or movies, or problems at home. Nothing more, nothing less."
"Violent juvenile crime in the United States has been declining as violent video game popularity has increased. The arrest rate for juvenile murders has fallen 71.9% between 1995 and 2008. The arrest rate for all juvenile violent crimes has declined 49.3%. In this same period, video game sales have more than quadrupled.  "
"NO! i got my xbox two years ago and since i have had it i havent gotten in any fights, when im mad i just go and play it to get rid of my anger."
"They're fine. I play GTA all the time, and I've never killed anybody. Also, you can take your anger and frustration out on virtual people instead of real ones."
"I agree with you i know when im angry i like to play gta or some other rated m games they help me cool down not heat me up"
""People will point the finger at any thing to have something to take the blame. Violent video games are no different than the misplaced Goth kid or questionable music artists.""
"Video games are not contributing to violence. Violence is caused by many things. A person may be violent because something could of happend to them that changed their lives. others are violent because they have been involed in violent situations, or were brought up around violence. Some other people are violent because they are seeking revenge, but insteed of seeking help , they are trying to get closer other ways with violence."
"@Panda.LOL, you keep popping up and entertaining me with your witty-retorts. But I have to respond because your comment is so ridic. c:Naya didn't say ONE WORD that sounded angry--I don't understand what made you think she was raging. You obviously need a dictionary. @Naya, I'm with you. <3"
"this be naya just wanted to say to all the haters get off YOU DONT EVEN GO HERE"
"amen. i totally agree with her."
"I totally agree with that!"
"Jeez, your helping our case arent you little miss rage? calm down."
"it isnt true, i say that playung violent video games makes everyone have less stress b/c u take all of your anger out in or during the game."
"thats not true because some times the video games aren't enough for the anger"
"As far as violent video games go, true, alot of people play them, such as the aforementioned, and they seem perfectly sane. Well, I would like to say that the only people who are making a big deal of it are parents who are too lazy to parent, and activists with too much free time on their hands who want to vent, because they have either mental problems, or because they want to get money for people's stupidity. The bottom line is as far as violent video games go, you people have the ultimate power over those companies, since believe it or not, this is the real secret to doing something, pass it one. Here it is:DON'T BUY THEM! That simple. If enough people don't buy those games, the companies will be forced to change them. Amazing how simple it is, but some people especially activists and parents were too stupid to comprehend that. If they did, this wouldn't be such an issue, so leave the ones who like it alone, and for the ones who want it, let them play. Live and let live. It's that simple."
"thank you for giving a good argument to an incredibly good point."
"Have u seen the Crime Rate I looked in alot of towns and big citys and when new video games come out did you ever think of watching that Crime rate go down..... well the crime rate has gone down Video games are a good thing they help us in many ways just people dont care and blame them right away and never just look at the facts"
"I Play games but I Dont have a urge to go up to my friend and kill him, and I have been playing since I was 8."
"The world isn't violent because of video games, video games are violent because of the world."
""viva la violent video games"!! i think that the whole approach to the volent video games is a bunch of rubbish, people need to realize that the people doing all this bad stuff is just because they have mental issues of some sort. I HAVE SPOKEN. just ask Micheal Rivera on www.whatreallyhappend.com, he is a 'BRILLIANT' conspirisist."
"Violent video games do not effect on people how they act."
"I don't think Violent video games contribute to youth violence mostly because i'm an 18 year old who played violent video games. I would play them when I was mad and my anger would go away. My favorite Violent games are Grand Theft Auto and Mortal Kombat."
"I like mortal kombat too but it has stuck with my brother for over a year."
"As a gamer, I should know, I have never met anyone who had violent behavior from a VG. I have played multiple M-Rated games, such as Resident Evil and Castlevania, as a child (-12 years of age) and never had violent behavior from the games. Games like those are for peoples enjoyment, not to do exactly what they do in the game. That's why they made VG's, for our enjoyment, not to do whatever we want just because of what we see in a game. Video games ARE FOR ENJOYMENT!"
"violent video games dont contribute to school shootings, most school shootings and violent crime peaple commit are because they are deppressed or have had a tramatic event occur in there life. not because they played a video game."
"I think that more violence in an aminated world or there own little world the less violence in our wourld."
"A few words:VOILENT VIDEO GAMES ARE FINE THE WAY THEY ARE!!!!!!!!!!!"
"I play violent video games all the time and im a good law abiding non violent member of society!!!"
"Honestly, if people keep instantly blaming the video games for a parents mistake, than there's something wrong with how the world works now. A parent should ALWAYS teach a child wrong from right.Most importantly teach the child what's reality and what is fantasy.I do have to admit, though, violent video games does have an influence. Me being an active video gamer of Halo, COD, and other M-rated violence games. I found that I have a more violent thought process when it comes to my writing, for I want to be a fantasy writer, and my favorite character of mine is always in the mood for killing somebody.This, however, was a character I made out of hate and anger, so it probably wasn't the video gaming reason.What I'm saying is that video gaming is a ubiquitous excuse for violent happenings! The parents are the real problem, why would you let your kid play a violent game without teaching them that it's a GAME, and not in any way connected to reality.Some games are connected to reality, however, by showing what goes/went on in the world. (e.g. COD, Saints Row.)The parents should still teach them that even if people DO do it in the real world it doesn't necessarily mean that it's a good thing."
"Why would video games be anymore violent than movies like Saw. Most people who play video games knows its fake. If parents don't want their kids playing violent games, then block the game system so it can't play them. Parents need to take charge of this. Its no different than parents wanting Micky D's to stop giving toys with happy meals because kids cry for it, and their kids get health problems. If you have a kid who has mental problems, then playing video games is more than likely not for them, because most perfectly fine headed people know its fake. The people that don't know its fake should not play the games. I have been playing games for years and I have never once beat anyone up, or pulled a weapon on someone. I don't bully people because of video games, and I like to talk out fights because I don't like using violence in real life. A game is there for enjoyment, just like books, movies, and tv shows. The only difference is you get more time out of a video game then you do a movie. And for the most part, when you do kill people on a game, they are bad people and have a reason for their death. And on GTA when you kill innocent people, you get cops on you. So their is punishment for your actions."
"Video games have prevented me from harming myself (I have a severe case of depression) in the past few months. They have honestly saved my life even though it sounds completely naive. I'm smart enough to know that going around my neighborhood waving a pistol will most likely put me in prison."
"violent games are not bad. i play just about every rpg and killing game out there, i find violent video games a way to release some pent up anger. when ever im mad i get on black ops and play free for all or something. so that way you dont have to worry about having an outburst i public, or lashing out at parental figures."
"It's all becuase people are saying that they are too stimulating for the brain and how the video games put thoughts about either suicide or shooting up a school or a senator, but it's all because of where they come from in a social or family status. If you're a wealthy family the worst that you're going to get is being filthy rich all the time, but if you come fm a 'redneck' or a 'hil billy' family you're considered retarded or insane."
"video games do not allways creat violence in this world its the people that let them selfs think its the video game but its them"
"Not all kids that play violent video games become violent, and personally, most of the people i know that dont even play video games are just as violent as the people that do. I really dont think video games are that bad, if the people that play it have common sence and can tell between real life and make believe, and what can hapen in a video game that you can not do in the real world, then they really have something wrong with them. Its not the vcideo games prob;em, its the child for having no common sence."
"i am 13 and violent video games have no affect on me. I go along with what my parents tell me what is right in wrong ,the reason violent video games are so fun for people under the age of 40 is because you are able to express your self ,you cant do what you can in video games in reality"
"I play semi violent video games quite a bit . it hasn't desensitized me to violence in fact it has made me more aware of the consaquences of violence. i feel more sad then i used to when people die in books i read."
"I don't play violent video games but, my cousin does and she has all A's."
"i don't think video game makes youth violence. i am a RPG gamer and i also play war games but i have never thought about hurting anyone I'm 18 now and i have been playing games since i was 4."
"Exactly my point, as a child, I played only 2 M-Rated games, and didn't get violent behavior because of it. I was a little creeped out, but whtvr"
"I used to be PRO on this subject of desensitization and exposure to violence in media leading to violence in real life, until a nurse friend of mine pointed out that by being desensitized she can avoid panic and focus on calmly responding to medical situations. While, I do think it's reasonable for violent videogames to have age-appropriate limits and parental oversight for minors, desensitization to violence does not mean an individual condones that violence, and in some cases may positively contribute to that individual's ability to avoid panic in emergency situations."
"People need to lighten up and realize that the world is filled with worse problems then what games people play. Credit the test subjects with some common sense--they know there is boundaries and the difference between fantasy and reality. i know someone with parents that blame everything he does wrong on video games, so the poor 15-year old can only play E games. Honestly, people. video games aren't bad. Lighten up."
"It was stated and i quote "As video game sales have increased youth violence has gone down." i myself am a 13 year old and i like to play violent video games because it releases my agrestion."
""I play violent video games all the time. I use this as a way to blow off steam. I also so play football a violent sport. When I am angry I just go to practice and games and do all the hitting and stuff I want. Then after the season I go home and play some Call of Duty or Battlefield. At one point I this to see if going into the military is for me. After finding out how intense it can be I realized it not for me. So those who blame video games for violent crimes then realize that those who do those crimes have no parents in their lives and if they thing they are so bad they should try them out then sooner or later they will be addicted to them."
"Yes adults should watch their kids more for BAD games, like sex and stuff. Butttttt violence is for anyone 12+. mmmmkkayyyy. But violence isnt bad, its a stress and anger reliever."
"Worried about sex? Half of the teenagers I know watch pornography. Obviously, parents don't monitor their children enough. Heaven forbid we play reproductive games."
"i really agree with you because i use to do that just to get a break off school!"
"agreed, only if you're under 12...."
"One of the "Did you Know" statements says 'Six of the top ten best-selling video games included violence, with four of the games carrying a "Mature" rating recommended for persons aged 17 and older.' What they fail to tell you is that 2 of those games are the same (just on different consoles). The top 4 are Nintendo games, only 3 (the cross-console included) have a M rating. (source: http://www.suite101.com/content/top-selling-video-games-of-2008-a91728)Also, the ESRB has those ratings for a reason. Only people 17+ should be able to purchase M-rated games. If a minor gets one, then the fault lies on either the parent or the person who sold the game."
"i dont think this is right im a 17 year old kid and i play video games and they help control my anger and aggresion my father is to blam for my anger and nothing to do with how villunt my games are."
"I think that the real question is, what kind of parents let impressionable children play violent video games in the first place? Trying to blame video games for violence is just like trying to blame movies or novels for a child's behavior. If a child is really that impressionable, then why would anyone let them play games that involve crime and death? It's really the parents fault if they can't keep tabs on what kind of games their children play. It's not even very difficult to do this, considering that parents have tools such as the ESRB to help determine what games are appropriate for their children."
"violent video games are a way that kids can take out there anger in a safe way."
"you can't even spell 'their' right"
"People think video games are nothing more than senseless violence but they're not. Video games are books and movies, made into a format we can interact with. Video games aren't judged completely on the level of violence they contain, they are judged on how well the story goes, and how the violence fits into that story. Nobody I know would play a dating game where you rip people's heads off to try and impress a date."
"My name is Brian and im 19 and going to school for programming and can hopefully get a job in the gaming field. Since I was around 7 I have litterly been addicted to video games, now this my opinion on the situation. I think that video games are fun interactive entertainment and are occasionaly looked down upon becouse of games like grand theft auto and saints row. Although i don't believe they couse violence in youth as long as there old enough to understand its just a video game and you dont run around shooting people. Now as far as for school shootings and stuff like that i think that there is no relivent evidence linking video games to those murders and that kids use them as a way out or as an excuse. Now on the otherhand i think that its the parents choice on what the child should play and if you have a child that is really intrested in video games you should be aware of the ESRB guidelines and that they review every game that is published. Thats my point on this topic and some of the other comments people have said i can somewhat relate to."
"Some people want to blame the video games causing violence because they just want to be lazy parents and don't enforce the rules. What causes violence in youth isn't attributed to video games, it is attributed to some other deep rooted issues that have NOTHING TO DO WITH VIDEO GAMES! What they have to do with are anger issues, or trauma that wasn't dealt with for whatever reason, like it or not, parents. You people decided to put your kids in front of the video game machines, because you wanted to do whatever, not realizing that you had a moron who couldn't tell the fucking difference between fantasy or reality, as well as forcing them to go places that you know they hate, and they have to vent on a video game because of your deaf ears. If you want to prevent it, try to get the kid's anger issues rooted out BEFORE you do something stupid, and then you cry crocidile tears because they did things and you were too lazy to help them early on. Now, violence on the video games doesn't change a person, unless they are violent overall. Hate if you want, but you know I am right. End of story."
"This is a completely stupid topic. I play violent video games all the time and i am not doing violent things to myself or others. People love violence and video games are a safe way to see it."
"I think you mean a safe place to vent violent tendencies, but then again, so is a boxing bag. I understand what you said, and I totally agree, but people have to understand that as far as violence goes, if a person can't differnciate between a video game and real life, then they shouldn't be playing them, but glad you made a good point. I agree 100% with you on this one."
"ESRB Ratings are there for a reason. If you want your kid to grow up normal OBEY THE ESRB.Games do not tell you how to live your life. you dont go out and shoot someone because you did it on your playstation or xbox."
"How about we take a look at this from a statistical point of view. Grand Theft Auto IV has sold over 22 million copies. To say that it causes people to commit murder is ludicrous. I bought it, yet I haven't murdered anyone, nor do I intend to. I'm sure the people who played these games and committed murder has also drunken Mountain Dew. Yet nobody blames the Mountain Dew."
"I have been playing rated m games for a long time and i never had violent thoughts the only way i can think that they may casue violence is if the child is Mentally disturbed or some other thing in their life that is making them act out in violent ways"
"i play black ops all mothaf*****g day!!! and i dont go to school and starting fights!! the people that said yes, video games do contribute to youth violence are so f***ing stupid!! dont blame video games for all the crimes in the world!!"
"Look, let me put it this way. I am prone to violent behavior, but that was before I had even heard about video games in the first place. And, people may blame them on it, but look at the person's PERSONAL issues, not what they play. I've gone through hard times, and guess what got me through them? Blowing a zombie's head into little tiny bits. For those of you haters out there, you might wanna get over it.Foo'."
"There is a rating system for a reason, if you don't want you're kids playing M rated games, DON'T BUY THEM. You will be asked for I.D. at most major game stores when purchasing an M rated game, so the fault lies completely in the parents."
"my parents recently purchased a game for my little brother, going by the store owner's word that it was a good game for kids. the game is called "uncharted 2", which is a stealth/3rd person shooter and exploration/treasure hunting game.my parents did not know this. they didnt do any reaserch whatsoever.this is a product of ignorance. not violent games."
"Not a chance. How about we loook at the REAL issue here. POOR PARENTING. Buying your child a game meant for adults is your 1st problem, Second the fact that you use it as a means of baby sitting is a huge problem. The consoles are not to take the place of a parent. They are not there to teach your kids right and wrong. They are for entertainment. Would you buy your kids porn!? So then Why are you buying them a game that is CLEARLY MARKED 17+,18+. Stop using excuses and pointing the finger. I had a copy of Mortal Kombat for Snes, I was way way to young to have that, But I didn't decapitate anybody. I didn't try and light anyone on fire, WHY, MAYBE BECAUSE I WAS TAUGHT THAT WHAT WASN'T OK, IT WAS WRONG!! Maybe its because I understood that it wasn't real, it was mealy entertainment. Here's a slap in the face to the argument, More people DIE everyday because of a fairy tale, a myth, a book but nobody EVER points the finger at religion, DO THEY!? It kills more people every day than all violent acts that people have blamed on video games combined. SO do yourself a favor and re-examine that FACT!"
"video games dont make people crazy, their parents or mental disorders do. any kid in their right mind thats old enough to play violent video games knows not to try the things they do in the game or think that it will be ok to kill someone."
"Kids don't just see something in a game, they see how their parents react to them. If you keep your children sheltered from that for to long, then they will get frustrated and revert to bullying and crime. If you don't want your kid playing video games that's fine, just don't shelter tham completely about it, be opne and talk about it. Teach them about bullying. Don't blame video games for something that you could have taught them about a long time ago. I love video games, yet I was taught how to deal with them at a young age."
"The violence in video games is a great stress releaver for me, my friends, and my family... none of us are violent.I've been playing violent games since i was two and i'm 13.85 years old and i've never been in trouble for violence, and to disprove the whole mind numbing effects of games i'm i honors math, have good grades, and placed 1st in the MEAP(michigan education assesment program) in 5th grade so all you haters just be quiet.*=missing leter"
"is ok if you know the diffrencs between the game and real life that is why i play them and im a girl ps i love the saints row games"
"i love video games so you know what, go to h***"
"They don't promote violence. I've been playing violent video games for almost my entire life. I've never killed anybody. And also, why don't people go after practising karate or playing tetherball? Those involve punching. If video games DID cause violence, those two activities would also be equally to blame."
"There is no direct link to video games causing violence or kids imitating what they have seen in a video game. It is possibly that the kids with violent outbursts are just violent or just overreacted. Also kids know that jumping out of a plane a mile in the sky or shooting somebody is not safe or tolerated. Besides its not like you hear about a child who chainsawed someone in half and said he saw it in a video game. I think video games are very fun, a good source if entertainment, and a good storytelling method. But you should still watch what you play."
"if anything violent video games keep kids from being violent because thoes kids are too innactive and lazy to get off the chair they're sitting in to be violent just saying..."
"no. violence in reality causes youth violence"
"I play all kinds of vilont vidio games and I have never killed any body! the crap that people are blaming things on the people in school shootings are crazy doesn't any one know that!"
"honestly, your rage rant only contributes to the other side."
"I believe that video games are good for young minds and help prevent diseases"
"Video games are not even causing as much violence in children as movies and books are. Their have been many studies that have proved this wrong. If you believe this is true than you should start by going off and stop buying your kids violent video games and get them into other activities. The production of violent video games has increased where as the juvenile crime rate has decreased..."
"i dont think it's their fault"
"No because if the parents let their children play these type of games this is fine but the parents must let the students know that this is not appropriate behavior for reality. So yes it is ok for kids to play these games depending on the parents guidance."
"Life would suck even worse if u take away our violent video games im a PRO zombie player in COD Black Ops and that game is very violent im not violent in any way people who agree send me a friend request on xbox live (lil jacob 98)"
"There's a reason that Video Games put ratings on their products. The main problem with so called "violent" video games is they are not in fact intended for kids. M rated games are meant to be played by people 17 or older. It's not the game or the companies fault that bad parents will buy their children video games like Halo and Call of Duty without doing the proper research or even doing the simple task of reading on the back of the game which states why it is rated M."
"I agree. My belief is that violent video games should only be played those who are old enough and mature enough to understand what is going on. A lack of parental supervision is becoming a major problem as my mother tells me. (She is a teacher assistant in kindergarten for our local public school). That the children tell her that their parents just leave them alone watching TV or in another room playing. It should be up to the parents to be involved with their children and control the exposure of violence and amongst other things."
"violence doesnt just happen by video games , other factors contribute to this. such as family violence at home"
"i think that video games allow a teen to wind down after a long day of school and homework. i enjoy killing aliens and other people, but have never thought about hurting other people. even my terrible brother playes m rated games and never has gotten into a fight or physically theatend anyone. unless he is hiding something from us ..... :)"
"There's no way that games can be blamed for violence. Children are the responsibility of their parents. That being said, their behavior reflects their upbringing. My parents taught me how to tell the difference between reality and fantasy. If they hadn't done their job, playing cowboys and indians with their neighborhood kids would have screwed me up long before violent video games were even a factor."
"i grew up playing games like grandtheft auto and doom. i turned out just fine. video games may display graphic violence, but images of graphic violencedo not compell youth to commit acts of violence. saying that violence can be linked to video games is like saying your child will become a drug addicted doctor with a limp after they watch the show "house". If a child becomes violent after playing a video games then their is probably an underlying cause of this problem."
"while musch of the pro is backed with scientific evidence that same evidence is countered with common sense and then proven flat out wrong in the real world. this is just like the red scare with M-rated as the communists."
"video games can't be the reason for the violence, there has been violence even before video games!!!"
"video games are scapegoats for violance it basically saying "oh no i got punch in the face this guy must play grand theft auto" to be honest ive never really thought that but come on people its mostly stupidity youd have to be metaly ill or completely idiotic to get that into a video game and this is coming for a guy that plays video games DAILY."
"Because if your sugesting that video games are the only reason why the youth has violence then you should blame the TV and Movie companies for making violent movies, but the real reason is where the hell are the parents dont they have a say in what their kids watch or play? How are these kids getting these mature games if they are not the legal age to posess them, oh let me think the parents! America needs to stop blaming other people for what happens when it is their own fault to begin with. They need to grow a pare of balls and accept the fact that they messed up."
"i have to say videogames dont co ntribute to violence. i speak from experence i am 17 gonna be 18 and i have been playing violent videogames since i was 1 and i am less angry then before. Violent videogames actually show kids what not to do because in the games u dont have concenquences like cops and jail or get hurt by the ones you hurt. i only play violent games to keep calm and i like games like tht nothing more i havent chaged agressivly im more calm"
"Ive been playing video games for 15 years, and there have been many many violent games i have played and reviewed. I have no homicidal feelings to anyone really, i believe that it is the job of the parents to try and figure out a system that works for the kids and the adults. i mean when i was 6 i had my first m-rated game and im a fully functional person"
"I think sometimes it does, it depends on the game. The people are doing it themselves it's not the games fault they shouldn't of bought it if they were going to act like that! =)"
"i play video games and i dont rob anyone or kill ,infact i dont have a criminal record at all these games are for fun and if anyone does go kill some one and they blame it on games then they must be insane or crazy ? agree?"
"Video Games do NOT contribute to violence in youth.There shouldn't be an argument on this subject. I am a gamer I will play games all day and night if I want to. All video games I own are violent but I wouldn't harm an ant. There is a difference between "Video Game World" and "Real World". Some of the people who think video games do contribute to violence, go to prison and ask some of the inmates did "Call of Duty" make them do the crime. Oh, wait maybe it was "Gears Of War 2"."
"there is really no proof that they desensitize people to violence and just because you shoot people on video games doesn`t mean your going to in real life.besides it`s our right to play what we want."
"Frogger doesn't make you want to jump into traffic."
"the video games don't cause crimes the people do.Don't blame the games. your kids are the ones who do it.I'm 14 and i am fine i play call of duty black ops, and modern warefare 3. im getting black ops 2..."
"I play video games everyday and I am not a violent person. This is a bunch of bull it does not make people violent. Those people that say it is violent are probably parents that dont want their kids to play those kinds of games so they say that they make them go crazy so they cant play them."
"Well... I'm 16, and I've played violent video games like the God of War series all my life. I've never showed any violent tendencies. In fact, I hate fighting. If you have to resort to throwing punches to solve something, then I think you may have more issues than the one you're fighting over...."
"I choose Con because video games are harmless. They're just simple activities kids partake in."
"gotta love it that once you say parents need to be responsible enough to be parents, you piss a whole lot of people off. We dont really know what causes people to be violent or deviant, video games is just another scapegoat in a line of scapegoats which include television, movies, rap, rock and roll, comic books, music in general, dancing, novels, and the list goes on and on, as long as theres been man there's been a scapegoat to blame all of the worlds problems on, i guess it makes us feel better to believe others are responsible for our own problems."
"I have plenty of friends who play violent video games who have straight A's and never get into any trouble. I believe it can actually be good for youth to sometimes play it when they are angry. It allows anger to be released on the game victim and not a real victim. Overesposure to any media is never good, so don't let your kids play it 24/7, but with friends or after a hard day at school, games should be fine, especially if its in their age limitation. It still depends on what your kid is like."
"I think video games are not to blame. I believe it is the children's parents fault."
"The most a videogame cost me was a friendship. Not a life. -"
"video games help us (gamers) with stress that we don't need and it gives us time to cool off some times"
"i think the people that do school shootings are just sphcotic and the people that say that the two are connected are just iggnorrent and not looking at the big picture they should also look at the persons past and see if they have a violent past hello just because i shoot f***ers in call of duty mw3 doesnt mean im going to pick up an ak 47 and shoot every one at my school"
"Video games are great we play them to get our mind of stress like school we need fun too!"
"TO me work is work after that kids should be able to do whatever they want Its been proven that games do no lead to violence but they act as a plug in a sense it allows kids to wind own and calm down so i say let kids earn the play time and then let them play itthen saying just no."
"You shouldn't just band video games from everyone. If you don't want your child playing violent video games then don't let them. Parents are the ones buying their child video games. If they approve of it then that's all that should matter."
"It is a total load, but I do think that kids like 7 and up shouldn't, but all that about how it caused shootings and stuff is bull****."
"Alright, the problem is that many people who say that violent video games contribute in some way to youth violence are only looking at a small portion. Just because this video game has someone shoot something doesn't mean they'll grow up to be violent. That mostly hangs with other factors. There are way worse things for children than violent video games, this whole thing is blown way out of proportion."
"The world can not just be filled with good people. Think about it, if we had just good people in the world there would be no such thing as cops, FBI, CIA, crime scenes in movies, crime scenes in books, there might also be no such thing as mystery books, other genres, ETC."
"I would like for everyone that has submitted a pro statement to think back on the times when video games were not in existence. Violent crimes were happening at a higher rate than they are now. The cause of a child, or any male or female, to commit violent crimes or crimes against nature does not result in video games being the reason. What video game did Adolph Hitler play? Also the lack of parenting has caused more harm than what a video game could do in a lifetime. Remember a child's upbringing goes back to whether that parent was involved in the exposure of certain media types. So if a parent neglects their child's daily activities or just in general, what do you think will happen when a child wants to perform violent crimes?"
"I'm a teenage girl, love violent video games (Skyrim, GTA, Resident Evil), and, golly, I think everyone around me must be in grave danger of a weak, harmless girl half their size (sarcasm btw). Video games let me experience what my mind and society deem impossible without the dire consequences. How 'bout that!"
"I know women are strong, I'm not dissing on us women. I'm just saying I, in particular, am weak and harmless."
"You make it seem like girls are poor and defenseless. We're not, you know. We're fighters, but we aren't violent, just competitive."
"my son plays games like that and is fine"
"christianity does the same things and worse how come were not looking into banning that?"
"yeah yeah yeah we've all heard it. "These video games are causing our kids to become violent and causing them to kill eachother." ok one, if thats whats going on stop letting they play jeez. 2, Some people say video games and movies that are violent should be banned... you people are stupid. because we all know that i'm gonna watch a violent movie or play black ops and then go out and murder a whole ton of people, that makes no sense. the california murder, they say that guy was playing a violent game or something before he arrived on the scene but that doesn't prove that that's what caused him to do that. I don't think that these games are such a big deal. I play black ops and halo and all that stuff and i'd gladly let my son play so people stop being stupid saying these games are making kids go crazy, i dare you to go and try playing one of them. If it makes you go crazy and start killing kids at a daycare or something then i might think about believing you..."
"I like how the PRO side give valid points and I respect that. And The CON is filled with a lot of gamer kids sayin that they play violent Games. But that does not make you right. Alone. It makes right as a group. Because you guys are 99.9% of gamers who play VGs that play these games and don't end shooting a town or a school. It's pretty funny how the media makes it look like VGs are the problem but its simply just bad parenting. M rated games are made for adults not 10 year olds. And if parents can't see that, then it's their fault. Besides when a shooting happens, VGs are the first things that are blamed when in reality other more serious things come into play: like Bullying, Mental Illness, Divorce in the Family or other Traumatic Experience. Adam Lanza(Sandy Hook Shooter) Didn't shoot up the school because he was busy getting kill streaks in CoD. No because he had a bad family experience with his parents. And since he had a case of depression that caused a trigger to kill. Not VideoGames. Well I'm just piling to potluck .-David."
"it is just a game."
"videogames do not create violence in children period."
"It's a freedom of speech which is the first amendment and banning this will break that amendment"
"i agree. that would brake the first amendment and that would just be screwed up!!!!!!!!!"
"When I play them I get relaxed"
"thank you for understanding. It's really somtheing to let off steam when you're mad so you don't hurt anyone else."
"NO BECAUSE IM 14 AND IVE NEVER KILLED SOMEONE"
"More people have more fun"
"Violent video games are a stress-release mechanism! You kill the people in the video game so you don't hurt people in reality."
"I actualy play halo and you don't see me being violent!!"
"games are awesome... they keep us kids from doing bad stuff outside"
"dang,games are entertainment,not ment to violate childrens mind."
"I believe violent video games don't contribute to youth violence. As many respected doctors have claimed, there is no conclusive evidence to affirm that these video games do cause people to commit violent actions, treat women poorly or other unethical things. Furthermore, video games often help people because they serve as a medium where others can let go of their rage by shooting and killing people instead of actually doing that in real life. In addition, games such as Uncharted or Demon Souls cause the gamer to actually think thoroughly and engage in the game, stimulating their brain activity and in a way making them smarter, because if they don't, they "die" in the game and have to start over. Yes, some may claim that people may think it's OK to steal a car like you do in Grand Theft Auto, however, if you can't separate fantasy from real life, then you have a much bigger problem than worrying about video games. Even this were the case, then the world would be in chaos considering millions of people kill others every day through video games."
"hey i'm 12 and i love games like cod and use it o talk to friends and have a good time. I'm not plotting to go rob a bank i dont understand what everyones fussing about. it's just a video game."
""I know right? I'm 11 & I LOVE video games. they're awesome.""
"It is ridiculous to say that violent video games contribute to youth violence. I myself am an avid gamer, and within my library I have quite a number of games that would be considered violent; yet I have never taken part in a real fight. It seems difficult to conceptualize a teenager who is naturally drawn to pacifism changing his ways to become violent after suddenly taking an interest in violent video games. It is far more probable that violent children find a means to express their anger through violent games, and that is where the appeal of such games lies. Most likely, the causes for a school shooting is that the student was bullied to the point of breaking. Usually people who have difficulties in real life retreat to a virtual world in which they can forget the real. In fact, by the scientific method, it is difficult to say that video games cause violence: More kids who play video games are not violent than those who are."
"Some video games will often act as a substitute relax children from their fury, which could actually be better."
"Video Game violence doesnt contribute to real world violence. I have never wanted to go and beat someone up after playing a video game. Its all about Your character and the kind of person YOU are."
"I'm a teenage gamer. I play sports games, racing games, and yes, even the infamous "Grand Theft Auto" series.I've never once been in a physical confrontation in my life, for any reason, let alone because I did it once on in GTA.I play games to experience things I never will in "real" life. Riding around the wild west on horseback in "Red Dead Redemption", leading a team to the World Series in "MLB: The Show", speaking with alien lifeforms in "Mass Effect", storming the beaches of Normandy in "Medal of Honor".Are my experiences any different than people watching "A Fistful of Dollars", "Major League", "Star Wars" and "Saving Private Ryan"?That's why I play games. I don't play games to map-out real-world crimes I'm going to commit. I don't play games as an outlet for violence. I play games to experience things I never will, just like people watch movies to experience things they never will."
"I think the only bad things that actually happen to YOUNG kids who play video games, is that their vision could go bad. I know mine did.Also, video games don't contribute directly to violence. All in all, its all the parents choice on what they buy for thier kids. -McDog111"
"I have played video games since I was 8 and not once have I done anything violent. You just need to be able to be mature and know that video games are not real..."
"Just about every non-educational video game ever made has some sort of violence in it. I am a gamer myself & I am not a violent person."
"Video games are just movies with controllers. So if violent movies are allowed, why aren't violent video games allowed?"
"Violent video games do not have anything to do with violent behavoir. (excluding those who let their children play violent games at a very young age such as 5, that is an issue i have dealt with)I do not understand how one can sit there and still say that there is a big correlation, when it is a fact that juvenile crime went down as violent game sales went up.If someone said, as a fact, that murders decreased when some new law became active, people would not blame the government or law anymore.But when someone says, as a fact, that juvenile crimes decreased when violent games became more acquired, people STILL blame the games.Just because a game is violent, and that violent people are attracted to violent games, does not mean it is the games fault."
"NNNNNNOOOOOO!!!! in a 13 year old boy from belen middle school i play tons of gorry violent games and i have never ever been in a fight!!!"
"I am PRO violent video games because I believe that a certain amount of people can play violent video games and stay unaffected. I think that parents should know how their kids behave and only buy video games according to the ratings."
"in the shooting back in 2007 at virginia tech the person that was shooting had never even played video games.... and research from a book (Grand theft childhood?) said that kids tat never play video games are or have a bigger chance of doing something violent like what happen in virginia tech. I personally love to play "violent" video games like Battlefield 3 overall xP and i have grand theft auto games too and im going around shooting kids and fighting just cause i did it in a video game that is total and complete non-sence."
"You're right, same as the shooting at NIU, in 2008, Kaczmierizac didn't play those games either, but he had other mental issues, same as the Virginia tech, so on that part, the anits arguement is weak. Besides there are people who play violent games and are perfectly sane, how do they vouch for that, right? It's not the companies job to police the people, neither is it the job of the stores that sell them. It's the job of the parents to police and parent them. Problem is that parents are afraid of their kids nowadays. If parents would deal with issues with the kids that they have outside of the games, and explain that video game actions aren't real life, then this wouldn't be up for discussion, but they want to do that, to feed their drama. So, parents, try to get your act together, or don't have kids."
"I think that this is a bunch of bull, the extremeist out there who blame every violent action every person has commited don't understand the concepts of parenting. If you don't want your child playing a violent video game then tell him how you feel and your opinion on the subject. Hopefully they will respect your feelings and try not to go against you. However, if you're not there it is up to the child himself to choose if his desicions are morally right or wrong. But if he plays GTF at his buddies house then goes and shoots somebody in the face then there is something wrong with how he is influenced. It isnt the parents' fault and it isn't the videogame's either. It boils down to his decisions and even if a video game influences that there will always be another violent substitute if is erraticated."
"I believe that video games do not affect youth's aggression. I myself have played Grand Theft Auto and did not find myself wanting to steal a car and run people over. I believe that everyone should have the right to play whatever they want; not all people are insane maniacs!"
""I think the games dont desenseitise kids its just the kids themselves because they have a mental illness"."
"to build up on this argument...i have a mild case of autism. i play tons of violent games. i write very violent storys.i have never, not once, hurt another person out of anger."
"I think that video games don't provoke violence, but rather suppress it. It gives the children a way to explore the causes and effects of breaking the law. It also relieves a lot of anger inside of kids."
"i do not belive so. Because my brother at the age of 5 played fairly violent video games and he never was aggressive towards me or any of his friends. For one i think parnets are way to parnoid these days. Kids are becoming way to unstable mentally because they arent getting that face time with other kids!"
"violence in video games does not have a direct a affect on the child. It is just how the child intreperts the game think they can be just like but it is the game at all. It is the child, and most killing are by people depressed who take out all the depression and argny on others and then think that violent video games will help make their anger go away even thought it will not help at all but fuel it even more."
"I find that video games do not contribute to youth violence provided there is a positive parental influence on the child in question. There are also the questions of the mental stability of the child, most violent behaviors already exist in the child but are restrained by social, moral, and ethical guidelines instilled by parental influence and interaction. Without a positive influence from parents children tend to act out regardless of video game influence."
"I don't believe that violent video games make children at the youth age group be violent i mean i'm 10 years old and i play violent M for mature video games and i'm not violent about 50% of the boys say that it helps them relax and get their anger out."
"NNNNoooo video games dont cause violents halo reach,call of duty,gears of war and other rated M games are made for kids who are 17.so all you parents have to keep kids away from thes games.people who kill at school shootings are caused by deprestion so people get your facts right!!!!!!!"
"I agree with you totally."
"I agree with you to"
"lol "halo reach" you speak the truth that these games have nothing to do with real life violent crimes."
"First of all you have a bunch of grammar problems and spelling malfunctions, and second of all I know even I am a victim. I played "Ready to Rumble" and then boxed my sister. She got a bloody nose! I know I am not stupid. Whats your excuse?"
"As a violent video game player myself, I have never once wanted to hurt someone. Heck I feel guilty at night after stealing a chip when in my games it's all about theft and robbing. There's a line between games and real life. The majority doesn't mix them together when it comes to violent nature."
"I'm 17 years old, I have played a couple of violent video games in the past. Did I go off and kill people in real life? No. Did I start to bully others? No. Have I become more violent? No.Plain and simple people, just because kids play GTA, CoD, or Halo doesn't mean they are killers."
"As a avid girl gamer who loves her violence I do not believe that all violent video games cause disruption in the youth I was to encourage all kids to learn different types of video games I believe that the violence in children is due to lack of home training the parents at home should be the ones teaching there children how to act and behave rather than trying to blame the social media and gaming industry because of what their children do."
"If you look at other nations, they consume far more videogames violence and have a far lower crime rate. The problem isn't videogames. its our terrible mental health medical industry. All these shooters have one major thing in common. They all suffer from some kind of mental illness."
"If violent video games lead to violent people, along with an increase in crime, then Candy Land leads to an increase of children with type 2 diabetes."
"I'm a young gamer, and I have been the majority of my life. I've played a wide range of games, some of them are very violent, but the fact I play violent games doesn't mean that I've become some mindless, violent moron who goes around jumping off tall buildings and wielding guns. Games don't make me aggressive, nor do they somehow deplete my commonsense, logic and personal values or morals. People flash statistics everywhere saying that because 2 out of 100,000 gamers went crazy and killed people, the games MUST be responsible without taking into account a countless number of other factors that would have attributed to their behaviour."
"I watched in horror when those media vultures swooped in and rampaged Adams home. The vultures than took a look at a piece of "evidence" that they can expose. They have found a copy of battlefield 3 in his home. Christian Science Monitor calls this Phenomena "cultural lag". Meaning that society will always change their mind on what causes something if it's a widely accpeted thing. For example before the age of violent video games, Rock and Roll was blamed for violence in youth. Before that the Teli was blamed, before the Teli we blamed movies and before the movies we blamed Mystery Novels, before Mystery Novels we blamed Shakespeare which was blamed for causing violent thoughts, especially in youth."
"When something violent massacres happen everybody always looks to point a finger. A majority of the people blame video games. I for one am a gamer, and no I'm not just saying this because I game. Most kids understand, hey I can't just go out and shoot a bunch of people and have everything be ok. I can't just do whatever happens to the video games. If they can't, they shouldn't be allowed to play. Simply say no. I think it's up to the parents to sit down and have a talk with their kids about reality and video games, to really find out if they understand. You never see anybody point a finger at those Law & Order shows or shows like that. Stop always blaming video games."
"How come video games are the ones who are bad why aren't movies and t.v shows any different"
"Think about this, in this world we have had so many wars even with out video games. showing me to one awnser its not video games, its evey one else in this world"
"No, people who kill people have a psychological disorder, have been abused in some manner by parents, or have not fully socially interacted with their peers. Games violent or non violent, have become a social norm for interacting with other people making friends online and offline it creates a group and allows any child to have a sense of belonging with fellow peers and family. Games have become a tool to help prevent violent crimes etc. those bullies at school yeah they bully kids and yeah they have violent games, but if you evaluate this kid closer you find out either his siblings pick on him or his parents abuse him in some way or some life altering event that the child doesn't want to talk about has happened to the child. It all has to do with the parents and how they raise their kid."
"I'm 17 and i've been playing video games for a long time, and my favorite genre is action gamess. Not once after playing Call of Duty or Halo or any other game do I have the urge to kill people. I'm actually more of a peace kind of guy. To me, those who were so quick to blame video games for violent acts are just looking for a scapegoat."
"Awesome counter argument"
"When you look at the comments, notice how many people say it's a stress reliever to play video games. then look back to how life was for many of us in school at one point, stressful, I believe video games have nothing to do with it."
"No video games provide a release for violent acts as well as giving children a way to experince a new world and a diferent life style. When you look at the people who perform school shootings video games are not at fault it is their mental health that is."
"I have been a gamer withe the first Nintendo and I am a healthy adult with a family. I am prof that games do not make you violent."
"No it doesn't. I play violent video games and I don't want to "kill or fight someone"! My dad and sister play violent video games and they are no where near violent with anyone. We chose to play violent video games. It is fun and competive, nothing else."
"Assassin creed, GTA, Godfather. If they really influence me to do violence I would have been a badass mafia assassin. But I'm not. If you blame the gunman, not the gun, how could you blame the game, not the gamer? I believe it's all about self control. and chance, of course, if you have an access to gun."
"video games make kids less violent because they're in their rooms all day playing video games. i play video ganes and ive never killed anyone!!"
"I've done about four papers on this for my classes over the years, and I must admit - the arguments that people have to link violence to video games are very weak. To give an example [ Note: These percentages are random, and not at all realistic ] - "Out of all school shootings, 98% of the shooters play violent video games." Think, people! A large portion of them play violent video games, because a large portion of the citizens in this country play video games.This case mostly involves parental judgement.If a parent takes a child into a rated-R movie, we don't immediately freak out because of that, do we? Rather, we say it is the parent's decision.In many places [ if not all places ], an adult must be present when a rated-M video game is purchased.The decision lays upon the parent of the child, and not the government [ or the general population! ], to decide whether or not children should be allowed to play violent video games."
"I'm a Con because really people. Just because you kill someone in a video game does'nt mean that you're going to do it in real life. There were mass murders before pong!"
"because i play thoes games and im a youngling and i havent killed no one"
"It is not a bad thing me myself I am a video game player. When I play it makes me happy I don't play because I'm mad or because I feel aggressive, I play it for the fun of it I just want to enjoy my life. It doesn't make me mad why would it make me mad if I'm happy if I have the one thing I'm looking forward to do. You cannot get mad at a game and want to kill someone when you are having fun in the game. It does not affect you because you might kill someone if you are mad but if you play video games you will not be mad you will enjoy the fun and joy it brings to your life and if someone kills another person and plays video games, it will not always be the video games fault maybe he lost his job maybe his family member died, maybe someone made him mad, maybe he was high, maybe he was drunk. It is not video games fault. To all the video game producers, keep up the good work. -John"
"There are some things I want video game producers to stop. Blood does not enhance the game play and is just disgusting and messes up ratings. I don't like guns because they are too sudden-you can't dodge them. I like fantasy games and minecraft, since they don't have either of these generally."
"yess because people need an escape and how doesnt want to blow of steem when your pissed?! i love shooting people in games and its crazy in real life;)"
"Video games have been a focal point of controversy from the origin of our millenium. It is understandable, yet factually unjustified as to why organizations shift the blame of violent behavior in adolescent masses towards the path of these virtual realms. If so, children shouldn't be allowed to wield water guns & plastic swords due to their violent portrayals. If so, then TV shows like Jersey Shore should be banned for influencing teenagers to party, consume alcohol in abundance & provoke physical confrontations with strangers."
"well im 15 years old and i play all the violent video games like call of duty and battlefield and resident evil i also play grand theft auto. i am just fine i also play napoleon total war and empire total war and im just fine i have not hurt anyone ever in my live so why do people think oh crap my son hit someone at school how did he learn this is this from a video game not probably not maybe someone hit him first or they made fun of you mom so don't get mad that he hit someone. i love violent games cause there is times i get mad at people do i go of and hit people no i get on my games and take my anger out on someone in a fake not real game. one time i went to a small town game store and bought a game that is rated m and they did not stop me from buying it. also one time i went to a game store in Ozark Missouri and my step dad was with me i get all the god of war games they did not ask him if i could buy it. but when i went to wall mart i bought world at war my mom was with me i was paying with my own money and stuff they asked if i could buy it my mom said i dont care its my money. so why do people care its up to the parents its not because of violence."
"Videogames allows us to experiment and explore things we can't do in reality, therefore giving us a chance in a game rather out in reality."
"The thing is, youth violence has been around a heck of a lot longer then video games. In the 50s you had gangs of hoodlums wandering around causing all manners of trouble. As for the 60s and 70s well, lets just say hippies weren't model citizens. The 80s was the beginnings of the drug culture and (this little bit may be inaccurate) modern street gangs. It wasn't until the 90s, when the whole gaming culture got big, we really started to see the appearance of video games as a scape goat. And another thing is, for years before video games, movies and TV bore the brunt of people's scape goating, especially for youth violence. And before that, some books were banned even for being to risque. But then again, it's not like I'm an expert."
"The people who think that violence contributes to youth violence ARE correct... that is partially. You see, youth violence really just depends on the situations and circumstances which people are exposed to. If a teenager has a violent, abusive father, and therefore plays a lot of video games to release his or her anger, which in turn MAY lead to the teenager's violence, but the chances of that happening are low and many kids who play violent video games end up becoming wonderful adults who contribute many things to our society today."
"i don't think that violent video games contribute to youth violence because there many violence around us everyday in the streets and in the movies even in our schools."
"No, it is just a video game. Studies have actually proven that video-games that include puzzles alongside violence such as Drake's Fortune enhance the rational part of our brain, for example. Children that engage in certain violent activities after playing games that contain violence are naturally violent, the video game has no effect in any of their actions. Psychopaths don't become psychopaths because they saw Niko Bellic shooting someone through the eye, they are born that way or certain structural family issues turn them into these kind of people, not the video games they are playing. Hitler had no video games."
"i have been playing violent games since i was 6 years old and i am now 20. i have yet to do any of those things that are from games in real life. most of the crimes are done by people that have not parent support; bullying; are in a gang; peer pressure or did not receive any help from others when need. so stop blaming games because your own fault of bad parenting"
"It's funny how parents blame video games for violence and then go crazy about it when their kids play it. yet most violent games you have to have parent permission to buy it if you are not the right age. WTF parents............your fault not games"
"i scream at the TV and stuff but i don't go off and beat up people or anything and lets face it every kid has a little violence that usually goes away when maturity"
"Violent video game sales have gone up while the number of juvenile crimes has declined. Also, playing a video game that involves violence allows you to take out your anger on animated characters instead of a real person. Obviously video games do not contribute to youth violence."
"I dont believe that this accounts for any of the violence in teens or youth. I am sure that they understand the difference between real life and reality. Players are able to understand the difference beween reality and fantasy between video games. There aggression is raised when they are playing but that is natural since they get mad from there failures in the game but that is completely normal like when someone is working on something and it just gets deleted. You are mad but you don't take that aggression with you everywhere or decide to kill someone for it."
"I think that it is not the video game because if a kid is smart enough that he will know that it's just a game and that if they really do get shot that you wont always come back alive and just be able to get a bandage and patch it up."
"videogames dont create violent people but people create violent people"
"video games are not the reason. a normal person is not going to shoot people because of Call of Duty."
"No of course not this is some big ol' bullsh*t no one cares about. im one of those people and every one wants to shoot the school,NOT,the only peoplewho want to is people with major mental heath problems or people who are being bullied."