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Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?

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  • +46 +81 -35 DzKz_Phoenix May. 6, 2016
    "I think people control their own actions

    You can agree with me or not I really dont care. Im just stating my opinion"
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    • 0 +1 -1 i lovenighthawkflame Jan. 23, 2017
      "ya that very true"
  • +25 +97 -72 Jordan Gibbs Jun. 4, 2015
    "I say it depends on the on the person"
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    • +6 +8 -2 Seth Feb. 9, 2016
      "Everyone says it depends on the person"
  • +17 +99 -82 jason Oct. 22, 2015
    "It depends on how the person is"
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  • +13 +34 -21 DABitz Oct. 11, 2016
    "Totally depends. On how you live, your family . . ."
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  • +12 +36 -24 yoda Nov. 3, 2016
    "video games help your brain man"
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  • +6 +76 -70 jared conkel May. 19, 2015
    "Improves hand-eye coordination for teens and children"
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  • +3 +7 -4 Superman May. 5, 2017
    "It cannot be argued that persistent imaging of violent acts that include maiming and human disfigurement affects growing and impressionable minds."
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  • +2 +6 -4 SUPERMAN May. 6, 2017
    "There is a difference between witnessing violence and actually participating in it. Viewing the maiming and mutilation in a movie and participating in the violence as the star of the movie, as in violent video games are two different things altogether."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Darth Vader Jun. 6, 2017
    "It depends on the genre of the game, and the type of kid."
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  • 0 +11 -11 al Mar. 27, 2017
    "If your child has a mental issue then he/she should not play violent games. they can play other games but violent I don't they should.people like my mother told me "that video games are not the way to life. but the way to life is the path that you chose".so now i think you should make your own path chose it don't let your parent take control."
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    • +3 +3 0 anonymous Mar. 28, 2017
      "I have a mental issue and I played some violent video games and they didn't really had an effect at me"
  • 0 +8 -8 AL Mar. 23, 2017
    "i think that it really depends on the person and what they play at home in there room it may not be their parents fault but if they play the game then end up killing some then it is their own fault."
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  • -2 0 -2 Zootie Jul. 9, 2017
    "Yes I believe it is definitely a factor. Of course the other side howls about how stupid my opinion is. Ultimately no matter how many Columbines and Sandy Hooks there are they'll drag out selected bits and pieces of biased surveys to prove you wrong. And when you finally win the argument they'll just say, "Who cares? I don't care what you think." That is ultimately their attitude. Don't even bother to argue, just pass prohibitive laws and enforce them."
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  • -3 +6 -9 Jacob Apr. 24, 2017
    "this is a very cool website. i'm a twelve year old boy who was looking for a topic and this website made me pick the topic do violent video games and TV shows make kids violent"
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  • -3 +22 -25 person Dec. 10, 2016
    "exactly, it can help you and other stuff, people should know about their own mental issues..."
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  • -5 +32 -37 river anderson Dec. 14, 2015
    "i have played violent video games all my life and i have not been efected so these reserchers say its bad its really not cause if you look thruogh most of the comments you would see most are not afected"
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    • 0 0 0 Zootie Jul. 9, 2017
      "Since I don't know you I cannot take your claims at face value."
    • 0 0 0 Kate Jun. 28, 2017
      "You might not have turned out to be violent, but take a look around the world. So many people are dying everyday due to those violent video games which cause anger and make people aggressive."
  • -6 +5 -11 Jaina Apr. 25, 2017
    "this is a great article"
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  • -6 +41 -47 Eric Aug. 15, 2015
    "I played violent video games growing up, I also saw combat overseas and the video games did not make me more violent nor did they give me some kind of advantage in being more violent. I have not robbed a bank or murdered anyone because I am free of mental illness, those that do those kind of things did them because of mental illness and not because of the video game. they were pre-disposed to violent/aggressive behavior through genetics or are a product of their environment (home/street life) 99.9% of people can differentiate fantasy/real life and that .1% that cannot would have done something stupid eventually, video games or not!"
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    • -1 +2 -3 Hajeeb Mehmet Mar. 1, 2016
      "Stolen valor is a crime. but in other words everything you said was wrong."
  • -10 +79 -89 Roshanna Feb. 27, 2015
    "I truly think it depends on the mind set of the person who plays the video games. So many people in the world play violent video game,and they are fine,some are the sweetest people ever. As one of my classmates stated he plays NFL games,but he hasn't become a famous football player."
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    • +2 +3 -1 charles Apr. 16, 2015
      "this could count as pro and con"
  • -12 +7 -19 Chelloee Apr. 7, 2016
    "I haven't researched the subject, but before my cousin let me play his Call of Duty game, I was deathly afraid of guns. After spending a few months with only those video games as entertainment, when I saw a gun on TV, I was more intrigued than scared."
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  • -13 +23 -36 Ian Jul. 6, 2016
    "Yes, HOWEVER, they have no more or less impact on violence than a childs home environment or what they consume in media."
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  • -14 +13 -27 Angelina May. 4, 2016
    "I think it depends on the person and how they're raised. Also depends on the parents and what games they allow their child to play. Signs of violence other than playing the game, the child should't be allowed to play."
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  • -14 +19 -33 Ashley Mar. 17, 2015
    "They can help develop hand-eye coordination early in their life."
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    • +1 +1 0 clarisa May. 19, 2015
      "what do you mean about that"
  • -15 +4 -19 QUITBLAMINGPARENTS Apr. 27, 2016
    "people keep saying that its the parents job to keep a child from playing them if they think their child is to immature but there are parents out there who could not care less if their children play violent video games."
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    • 0 0 0 Cartrel Apr. 5, 2017
      "Ya it's the parents fault, you can't blame a kd for their parent not caring about them"
  • -15 +11 -26 Al Mar. 23, 2016
    "It depends on parenting and how the person was raised. One is not born automatically knowing right from wrong. Who knows? Maybe games can change how a person acts. Addiction from games doesn't just effect physical health but mental heath as well."
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  • -15 +3 -18 jazmin Mar. 17, 2016
    "Games these days have become more and more violent. Fallout: New Vegas you can shoot an enemy until they literally explode into a red mound on the ground. Assassin's Creed you kill people, destroy ships, and ruin lives for money and items of worth. Grand Theft Auto you beat people to death for absolutely no reason! Bioshock you murder horribly disfigured enemies for there money and ammo. Deus Ex: Human Revolution you sneak around killing people in the most exotic ways imaginable. In Gears of War you can shoot limbs off of enemies or stomp on there head so it explodes to kill them. In Borderlands, killing people is actually funny in some situations such as when you kill a large enemy and he says"
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    • +3 +3 0 _____ May. 17, 2016
      "But it's a game none of that is real, in assasins creed lives are being ruined the people don't have lives their collections of pixels doing what the code tells them, bioshock is a game set in a dystopian city where those horribly disfigured(you used the wrong there by the way it should be thier not there) are trying to kill you to get a genetic drug( but I would assume you haven't actually played into so you wouldn't know) borderlands is a comedic game in real life that wouldn't happen and people realize that. Deus Ex's world gives you a good reason to creatively kill, but again you wouldn't know becuas you're grasping at straws."
  • -15 +3 -18 Francisco Mar. 17, 2016
    "Games are bad because it can cause reason is that games can damage a lot of thing on your body. For example, "Games can heart your eye contact and can heart your academics."this prove that games can hurt your body.So games can damage your bady and can damage.

    Games can sometime be helpful.One reason is that video games can help in the miltery.For example,"Video games help the miltery to help on their lesson."This proves that video gamews can be helpful on bsomething.Games can help on thing that can proctect us."
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  • -15 +4 -19 Ramses Mar. 16, 2016
    "It is true that violent video games may turn kids into living hell-spawns, and that there is a chance that they'll have trouble differentiating reality and fantasy. IT's also the parents that have a responsibility to watch what their kids are playing. I completely agree with this article, and I hope that kids will be more careful with their game choices in the future."
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  • -15 +12 -27 James Madison Mar. 4, 2016
    "Violent video games don't release stress only anger"
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    • +4 +4 0 Ben Dover Mar. 9, 2016
      "Have you ever played a violent video game when you were mad?"
  • -15 +17 -32 James Madison Mar. 3, 2016
    "Violent video games should be banned because they could cause real life situations such as violence or inappropriate behavior."
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    • 0 0 0 |{}----[^_^]----{}| Apr. 25, 2017
      "Stop using video games as a scapegoat"
  • -15 +12 -27 Moses Oct. 23, 2015
    "according to , violent games do contribute in making children more violent. In a study in 2014 it does make people more aggressive. In the Sandy Hooke incident the suspect in the scene was addicted to violent games."
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  • -15 +15 -30 Prefer not to share May. 6, 2015
    "I have researched various studies on this topic, and my own personal analysis has come to the conclusion that video games do not simply "cause" violence; video games merely desensitize cognitive areas of the brain (esp. the amygdala) to violence, and therefore may lead a child/teen/adult to proceed with choices that have a less sympathetic viewpoint towards individuals who may be affected. I could argue that video games INDIRECTLY cause violent behavior. Video games desensitize us; that is essentially a fact. Do they cause violence: that's hard to prove. The trick, here, is to ask the right question."
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  • -15 +10 -25 Samuel Apr. 23, 2015
    "I'd say it depends on the person, but they absolutely can in some cases. You have the "crime rates are going down while game sales are going up" argument, but the problem with this is that a lower crime rate doesn't necessarily mean fewer crimes. In a small town of a thousand people, a .1% murder rate means that a single person was killed. On the other hand, a large city with ten million people that has a murder rate of .05% would mean that fifty thousand people were killed. Just looking at the percentages, the murder of that single person appears to be more devastating than what, if it were real, would be one of the largest attacks in the history of the planet."
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    • +4 +4 0 Victor Greywolf May. 3, 2015
      "It also depends, if there are deeper psychological issues. Some people will take a shooting and claim it was video games that made people violent. Well, Seung Hui Cho was a shooter, and guess what, he NEVER played any violent video games whatsoever. Those violent tendencies come from deeper stemmed issues, such as bullying, or neglect, abuse (remember, the cycles of abuse often repeat) and things that are going on in the mind. It is not the video game companies responsiblity to babysit the kids, and teach them right from wrong. It is the PARENTS job to do that. Most parents are pretty stupid, because they leave their kids unsupervised, and are almost afraid of being a parent. I wish birth control existed for them, and they learned how to use it. Anywho, the fact of the matter is that violence comes from within a person. Lost of people play violent video games, and they turn out sane. It's nothing more than media hype. That's all it is in a nutshell. People were violent long before video games were around, and they will still be violent regardless, so stop blaming the game companies. If a person has those issues, try finding out why, and solve them, rather than blame companies, for the stupidity of parents. Have a great day."
  • -15 +14 -29 James Mar. 22, 2015
    "I completely agree with the majority that video games don't have the power to make a person more violent. However, this statement is only a theory and theories have the chance to be wrong. If video game violence is not restricted, the worst case scenario is an unrestricted flow of violent inducing influences. But if video games are restricted then the worst case scenario is much milder. Sure it is probably true that video games don't harm kids mentally, but probably is a scary game to play. I may be sounding prude but lets play it safe and regulate violent video games a little more..."
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    • +1 +1 0 Ben Dover Mar. 9, 2016
      "They all ready have that is why there is rating system in place so that young children do not play violent games at an impressionable age."
  • -15 +18 -33 Noah Stachowiak Mar. 10, 2015
    "pro and con because it is the parents fault if they let there kids play violent video games and they are mentally unstable but i don't think anyone else but your parents should control your option to play video games"
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  • -15 +26 -41 Sarah Mar. 9, 2015
    "I'll have to go with pro. First it depends on the person, gets the stress out of the person who is playing the game, it helps them have faster reflexes, it help people think of objects from three diferent angles, and if they have more stress to get out there are more rounds to play. I know all of this for a fact, and I'm only 11."
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    • +3 +3 0 FlyingSnail Mar. 12, 2015
      "Having faster reflexes and thinking of objects from 3 different angles is good. It enables faster reaction to something like a cup falling off a table. Besides most people play video games to have fun."
  • -15 +48 -63 Jack Westbrock Mar. 9, 2015
    "i think that it depends on the person. I play violent video games and im not violent but my friend plays violent video games and he is violent"
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    • -2 +1 -3 CoDBoy26 Mar. 10, 2015
      "Which friend because i know its not me"
  • -15 +18 -33 Chania (THS) Mar. 1, 2015
    "Yes violent video games contribute to youth violence. People who get bully, they get their ideas from playing those violent games, and they want to hurt the peole that bully them. It like revenge. You hurt me and now I'm going to hurt you. Little kids shouldn't play these games because they are way too young to play the violent games."
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    • +1 +1 0 Ben Dover Mar. 9, 2016
      "That is why there is a rating system in place. Your view of children is so skewed it does not make any sense that a young child (who should not be playing the game in the first place) would hurt people because of what they did in video games."
  • -15 +29 -44 MarqusTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "I say pro because I don't think violate video games causes kids to do violate thinks like kill people."
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    • 0 0 0 unknown Mar. 9, 2017
      "where is the evidence"
  • -15 +23 -38 xyphreonths Feb. 27, 2015
    "i think that violent video games do have something to do with youth violence because some kids do not know the difference between the same and the real world so they start to believe that it is okay to kill someone or kill the cops or run into cars there is just some much that probves that they contribete to youth violence"
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    • 0 0 0 FlyingSnail Mar. 12, 2015
      "Young children around the age of 6 will probably not know the difference between fiction and reality. But for those that do know the difference between the real and virtual world(the vast majority of people who play violent video games) the effect that violent video games have on behavior is negligible."
  • -15 +33 -48 Dave Feb. 26, 2015
    "People tell me that I am very nice. And I play video games. Now am I bad?!?"
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    • +2 +4 -2 Jaxson Apr. 22, 2015
      "No your not I play violent Video games and everyone say that I'm a nice person so that's probably the same to you as well"
  • -16 +1 -17 Brenden Mar. 9, 2017
    "yes they do"
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  • -16 +5 -21 laryssajurgens Feb. 7, 2017
    "I think that yes"
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  • -16 +5 -21 Matthew Jan. 25, 2017
    "No because parents should not let their kids play violent video games."
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  • -16 +3 -19 allie m. Nov. 17, 2016
    "yes I think people should stop playing violent video games because it could cause harassment and suicide"
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    • +3 +3 0 /: Dec. 15, 2016
      "Since when does a video game cause suicide?"
  • -16 +2 -18 Joshua Oct. 12, 2016
    "I've noticed that people that play violent games tend to be more violent than other people"
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  • -16 +6 -22 Jim Jim Sep. 29, 2016
    "It can be violent depending on how much your parents/ siblings care about you. If they don't (which is probably highly unlikely) they won't care if you do anything bad."
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    • -3 0 -3 Jim Jim Oct. 7, 2016
  • -16 +3 -19 bob May. 17, 2016
    "this has no meaning you guys are wasting your time!"
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  • -16 +2 -18 Procon reader May. 11, 2016
    "It depends on what type of family you have. If they were bad parents, they would let you play violent video games."
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  • -16 +21 -37 DzKz_Phoenix May. 6, 2016
    "Plus violent video games help me relieve stress.

    ps. Im 12 years old"
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    • +8 +9 -1 quantum Oct. 13, 2016
      "Kid don't post your age online"
    • 0 0 0 Denzel Jan. 24, 2017
      "thats doesnt have to anything with this argument."
  • -16 +9 -25 jn May. 4, 2016
    "I think that violent video games contribute to youth violence because many kids are playing these games and their moms and dads are letting them and if they dont then theyre finding at way to play the games. These games are making it seem that its okay to shot or kill or even fight someone. More and more kids are wanting to play these games because theyre more entertaining then these other boring games that are better for them"
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    • +3 +3 0 Ian Jul. 6, 2016
      "Better for them is debatable. I agree with your sentiment, your wording could be better. The argument shouldn't be if they cause violence, the conversation needs to be, "Why are parents allowing their children to play games not rated for their age?"."
  • -16 +7 -23 AP May. 4, 2016
    "The games that do support violence or have violence in them usually arent that bad unless they are rated M but even then youre not allowed to buy them until youre of age."
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    • +1 +1 0 DzKz_Phoenix May. 11, 2016
      "actually you can but your parents have to be with you for via purchase"
  • -16 +6 -22 Jk May. 4, 2016
    "Young kids should not be able to play these violent games because they can become violent, they'll want to re act what the video game is doing and mock the language. There should be more education games or games that mock how to deal with life."
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    • +1 +1 0 Ian Jul. 6, 2016
      "Those "life" games exist and are boring. We play games so we can escape from real life. Also, children ARE prohibited from playing violent games. That's why we have the ESRB ratings on all games in the US. I would recommend you research the issue more in depth. maybe play some games?"
  • -16 +5 -21 np May. 4, 2016
    "I think that violent video games do contribute to youth violence. Violent videos may cause some children the act out this violent behaviors with there friends. Another reason is because in most violent video games the players are being rewarded for the violent act and this may cause children to think the behavior is okay."
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    • +2 +2 0 Gamer Dec. 7, 2016
      "few people do this, only those with mental disorders or those who are stupid enough to do that will do it. you are clearly not a gamer so you wouldn't understand. plus, gamers know the difference between the real world and the virtual world, you can't just make assumptions like this without seeing it from their side."
    • 0 0 0 a actual gamer Jan. 23, 2017
      "well you don't play videogames because us gamers know it's just a game"
  • -16 +5 -21 SHH May. 4, 2016
    "I think that video game violence is a debate spread nationwide that's turned many heads. It should be reduced to a minimum, because it causes kids to be violent. Most kids or teenagers who play violent video games might not do aggressive behaviors, but they do show or talk about aggressive/violent topics on a daily basis. If it ever came down to being violent or aggressive, almost everybody who plays violent video games will join in."
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    • -3 0 -3 Kayla Nov. 1, 2016
      "I agree with you sooo much."
  • -16 +5 -21 HM May. 4, 2016
    "Yeah! I think violent violent video games had contributed to youth violence because everything starts off from what you see whether if its through television, smart phone, or even on social media. Whatever appears to the youth, it up the chances of them doing it depending on what their viewing. If the youth is watching violent movies/violent tv shows or if their playing violent video games, it'll increase the chances of them becoming more aggressive."
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    • +4 +4 0 ian Jul. 6, 2016
      "So don't let them read Shakespeare or play sports? Those are pretty violent."
  • -16 +7 -23 L.S May. 4, 2016
    "yes they do because kids start to become really aggressive when it. My brother is the only child in my house hold that was raised on video games and he is very aggressive and alway ready to hit people or say something smart back."
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  • -16 +7 -23 Sdm May. 4, 2016
    "I feel like violent video games somewhat contribute to youth violence. I don't feel like they have to do with one's behavior but its plays a role. Violent video games aren't so bad, I've played them myself and enjoy myself but because of the violence I don't have interest in hurting someone. When I see my little cousins play violent video games the outcome is like any other 6 year old. Pretending to have guns and "kill or shoot" each other. I think what feeds such violence,if it were to burst out of a child, is lack of communication with the child. Letting them what's real and what's pretend. One thinks that its just a child playing pretend but we don't really know what the child thinks, so I believe that violent videos do contribute to youth violence"
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  • -16 +5 -21 NN May. 4, 2016
    "I am pro violent videos games contributing to youth violence. The reason why is because a one of the examples that the pro side gave on playing violent video games was that it desensitize people to real world violent acts and mostly all of the murders who have carried out mass shootings played violent video games. It scares me that a one of the influences that leads to these violent acts is a simple video game. Especially if young kids are exposed and playing this video game then they think that it's okay or normal for this to happen and they have no feeling towards it because they have become to comfortable with playing out the acts through a video game at such a young age. And then as they get older they are more likely to carry out those violent acts because they maybe feel like they can."
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  • -16 +7 -23 n.s May. 4, 2016
    "playing violent games will make kid act violent,bully and fightings because many people learn things by observing others espicialy kids,kids believe what they see, if they see someone kills for money they are gone wanna do it."
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    • +1 +1 0 Nick Mar. 31, 2017
      "What evidence shows that people who play violent video games are more likely to go out and commit violent acts."
  • -16 +11 -27 rosa martinez May. 2, 2016
    "yes it does cause violence in youth because kids wil do antthing the see or learn because they are curious."
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    • +5 +5 0 (= May. 3, 2016
      "Only the younger kids, like 2-7 yr olds, Im 12-15, and I play Borderlands, Cod, and all kinds of first person shooter games, and I wouldn't purposely hurt somebody unless they tried hurting me, my family, or my friends."
  • -16 +4 -20 Chuck Norris Apr. 29, 2016
    "Violent video games causes stress in lots of people"
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    • +2 +2 0 (= May. 3, 2016
      "It really depends on the person, some people use violent video games to relieve stress,"
  • -16 +7 -23 gladis garcia Mar. 17, 2016
    "In my opinion i think that violent video games do contribute to your youth violence.
    One reason is because violent video games can cause aggression i guess.
    For example, some that had played violent video games were most likely to bully or cyber bully other people.
    This proves that violent video games can contribute with youth violence because violent video games can cause some people to have bad aggression.
    In conclusion violent video games can be bad leading them to bad examples."
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    • +2 +2 0 (= May. 3, 2016
      "actually, its not the people who play violent video games that become violent, its that violent people are prone to play violent video games, and so is 1/2 of society!"
  • -16 +10 -26 Yasmin Mar. 17, 2016
    "Simulating violence such as shooting guns and hand-to-hand combat in video games can cause real-life violent behavior. In the article it state that " Video games often require players to simulate violent actions, such as stabbing, shooting, or dismembering someone with an ax, sword, chainsaw, or other weapons other reason is that "Two teenagers in Tennessee who shot at passing cars and killed one driver told police they got the idea from playing Grand Theft Auto" As a result of this violent videos games Simulating violence such as shooting guns and hand-to-hand combat in video games can cause real-life violent behavior.
    Violent video games desensitize players to real-life the article it state that " The study found that just 20 minutes of playing a violent video game "can cause people to become less physiologically aroused by real violence" People desensitized to violence are more likely to commit a violent act. other reason is that By age 18, American children will have seen 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence depicted in violent video games,movies, and television.As a result of this Violent video games desensitize players to real-life violence."
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  • -16 +7 -23 johana chavez Mar. 17, 2016
    "Violent video games contribute to youth violence.they have bad influences for people. people wont learn as much"
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  • -16 +5 -21 martin sanchez Mar. 17, 2016
    "I think video games are bad for kids.One reason is that some people have caused real-life tragedies.For example, a gamer made a school shooting."
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    • +1 +1 0 johnathon Oct. 3, 2016
      "you say that gaming cause school shootings but not all games teach you how to operate a gun. people who grew up with a gun in their hands i think are most likely do to things like this. something else like this is that will be like the people that go out hunting with their family. people like that will teach they son how to load the gun and take it off safty but most games don teach you how to do all that. another thing that may make this happen doesnt have to be blames on games like i know from experience because i got jumped and my family was ready to go up to that school loaded but i know that something had to happen at school to make someone go up to a school and start shooting people"
  • -16 +4 -20 Nayeli Mar. 17, 2016
    "video games are bad because they get you agressive and all the violence in it can make you lose your mind"
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  • -16 +5 -21 xantos Mar. 17, 2016
    "I think videogames are bad because they can lead to bullying and fighting. One reason 60% of middle school boy and 40% of middle school girls that play m rated game either hit someone or beat someone up. For example "60% of middle school boys and 40% of middle school girls who played m rated games or beat someone up." This proves that kid get to engages in violent video games in it make theme have agresiv thots in school. Video games are bad because they caes bullying and fighting."
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  • -16 +4 -20 angel Mar. 17, 2016
    "I think video games cause violence and is blamed for school shooting, bulling, and engage in drugs. violent video games can also take apart friends and family also can make you lazy and may also take away school work time and homework even aggressiveness."
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    • 0 0 0 Ethan Jun. 28, 2017
      "I respect your opinion and I do agree that video games can take away time with family, friends work and social life. I also think there is a line of too much violence in a video game. On the other hand there are many books with violence, there are paintings of war, one of the first written poems in France is the Song of Roland an epic about stabbing people that is very long. In history classes people learn about war and then many movies have battles in them too. Are you saying only video games cause violence. I have played computer games and have not intentionally hurt someone. I don't feel that video games are the case of all of the problems you list."
  • -16 +1 -17 Sal Mar. 17, 2016
    "I think that the video games support no good into children's lives of or that it could effect the life choices of a child. Also, kids in 4 or 6 year old children could make the person/child a bad human to probably society if he was a outlaw or a criminal to be arrested for school shootings.For example, it could also causes teasing , bullying, and also maybe being part of a gang. These social paragraphs point to all of that video games cause aggression."
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    • +1 +1 0 ______ May. 17, 2016
      "Well yeah a 4-6 year old shouldn't be playing an M or T rated game."
  • -16 +3 -19 tp9vw7 Mar. 17, 2016
    "we are looking at a screen the whole time and it messes up our vision"
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    • +4 +4 0 Lolpoop45 Jun. 14, 2016
      "Violence how?"
  • -16 +2 -18 IDEK Mar. 17, 2016
    "Video games could be bad for you.One reason why video games are bad for you is because it makes you be agressive.For example in the article "Cons and Pros" it states that it may make them prone to agressive thoughts,attitudes, and actions.This proves that they make you be agressive or have bad thoughts.I think video games are bad."
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    • 0 0 0 critic catcher Mar. 23, 2017
      "I think you should do research on both sides of the argument, because I have played violent video games LITERALLY my whole life, and never once in my life have I ever even thought about doing anything of the sort, and if you have ever played a multiplayer game and died over, and over, and over then you will know what makes kids aggressive, even if for less than 5 minutes. playing a game you are bad at for example, is one way they may induce aggression, IN THOUGHTS mind you, and for less than 5 minutes. in other words, make sure you do some research before you throw out accusations."
  • -16 +2 -18 miguel Mar. 17, 2016
    "i think video games can be lots of damage to the human brain since there is man that played violent video games and he has done a mass shooting in a school."
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    • +1 +1 0 9125673 Apr. 6, 2017
      "just because someone who committed a crime owns a violent video game is no big news because at least 60% of homes that have a male child or adult contain violent video games,
      so pointing out the fact that someone who committed a crime owns a violent video game is as pointless as saying that same person wore socks."
  • -16 +3 -19 javier Mar. 17, 2016
    "I think video games are violent . One reason is video game are violent because you kill people. The autor state that "video games make you violent and make you kill people." This proves that people yes kill people are them. In conclusion video game are bad for people.
    I think video games is bad for kid. One reason is the video game bad because they play violent games.For exmple the author state that " Violent video games have been blamed for school shootings, increases in bullying, and violence" . This proves that games make to shooting in school. In conclusion video game are bad."
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    • +2 +2 0 X( May. 3, 2016
      "OH REALLY? Fifa street 3 is bad for people, Lego Harry Potter is bad for people, Q-BERT IS BAD FOR PEOPLE? THATS, what you're saying, that ALL video games are bad, AND, It actually depends on wether the person was already violent"
  • -16 +2 -18 Rafael Maldonado Mar. 17, 2016
    "I'm against video games. One reason why i'm against video games is because parents think that video games are bad for children I agree with them. For example in the article "Pros And Cons" the author states that 90% of pediatricians and 67 % of parents agree or strongly agreed that violent video games can increase aggressive behavior among children. This shows that violent video games can be bad for children.
    Another reason why i'm against video games is because a lot of teens who play violent video games have hit or beat up someone. For example in the article "Cons and Pros" the author states that 60% of boys and 40% of girls who played at least one m-rated game has hit or beat up someone,compared with 39% of boys and 14% of girls who did not play rated-m games. This proves that video games can affect the real life world. This is why i'm against video games"
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    • 0 0 0 Ethan Jun. 11, 2017
      "I have hit a boy, and I do play rated M games, but I was corned by 7 kids and non has played a rated M game. Non has played a game actually. Then I had a good time playing Doom (Old) with my dad to cheer me up!"
  • -16 +18 -34 vannoss gaming Mar. 16, 2016
    "I am kind of a big gamer I do my own youtube channel, but I have seen kids/adults on the game and they can be really mean towards one another, but then u have those kids who r serious about the game, who have dreams about being in the military just from playing games. I think it can be a good way for kids that get bullied to play online and socialize with other people. some people cant go out side they get bullied so bad and so I think video games help out a lot of people and I don't think they really affect people in a bad way. have fun and subscribe to my channel please"
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  • -16 +7 -23 Devon H. Mar. 15, 2016
    "Yes kids at my school can be very violent and this my be a cause"
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    • +2 +2 0 (= May. 3, 2016
      "they may have actually had something really bad happen to their family, or, one of their parents may treat them badly, these events can cause somebody to become a bully"
  • -16 +5 -21 Elshalom Mar. 8, 2016
    "It dos because they will think it's a fantasy world and do the acts in the video games."
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  • -16 +16 -32 bob Feb. 17, 2016
    "It depends on how the person acts after playing the game"
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  • -16 +9 -25 Brianna Feb. 2, 2016
    "Yes because, you ever see little kids (age 5-7) play fighting and saying things game characters would say or do? I think that causes kids to get hurt because one kid might hit harder than the other, etc"
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    • +2 +2 0 Koua Feb. 3, 2016
      "But are you not suppose to teach your kid that "sticks and stones may break our bones but words will never hurt me"?"
    • +1 +1 0 ______ May. 17, 2016
      "Kids play fight, it happens regardless. also hitting hard is based on strength"
    • +1 +1 0 Anita S. Mar. 1, 2016
      "Sorry this is incorrect you child is not gonna suplex you because he saw it in a video game hes going to body slam you because he thinks you deserve one"
  • -16 +18 -34 jim Mar. 6, 2015
    "it may be bad but they are also fun for kids"
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  • -16 +21 -37 Mickayla THS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Violent video games do cause youth violence because not like a violent book or movie you can't control what's going on. I feel like violent video games teach kids its ok to do what they want because nothing will happen. Sooner or later they will expect that in real life, who to know what they will do if that doesn't happen? I also feel like people who think violent video games don't contribute to this factor its because they think that they had some psychological issues. Yes, that is a factor I'm not saying its not, but the violent video games influence this bad behavior and it will cause violent acts. The only way around this problem is follow the ratings. I feel like when a new technology comes out someone has to abuse the power to ruin it for the rest of us. As spider man once said, "With great power comes great responsibility." Not just video games with any new technology."
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    • +3 +3 0 Rahmeek Jun. 21, 2015
      "what if I told you bullying has been around way before videogames and it was a lot worse? what you forgot people who were killed just for wearing the wrong colors or being a certain skin color and those things still happen. I do not think gang members or hate groups have time to play games at all. grand theft auto has nothing to do with a child's self control. it has a lot to do with the parents not doing what they are suppose to do when the kid is young"
  • -16 +18 -34 LatrellTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Video Games do contribute to Youth Violence. Children think its okay to do things they see on video games. They have a bad influence on children. There were many incidences because of them. If parents watched what their kids played there would be any of these problems. Also kids should know right from wrong. There's a fault for both sides, Some games should be banned based on the violence. I do believe that there's some good coming from video games."
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    • +4 +5 -1 Justin Noah Mar. 23, 2015
      "If someone goes and shoots up a school and just happens to play CoD or GTA everyone blames the games i mean if someone does that they are crazy enough to do it and probably will even if they didn't play those games"
  • -17 +3 -20 Ashamed Mother Nov. 30, 2016
    "I think that violent video games can cause violence in children, as most school shooters have played violent video games and shot up their schools. It's a horrifying thing to realize that video games cause this sick, disgusting behavior."
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    • +7 +7 0 Victor Greywolf Dec. 4, 2016
      "That is not all together true. Example. The Virginia tech shooter. Never once played violent video games, according to reports from friends who knew him, and a check of his computer never showed anything other than writings. The shooter of Isla Vista, they never saw any type of video games in his computer, or in his apartment, so that arguments is not 100%. A lot of shooters don't even play video games, believe it or not. 99.98% of the cases, it involves deeper issues than that. Maybe you could look more deep into it, instead of taking the easy way out, and blaming the video game companies, instead of shoddy parenting, and be the parent with your kids. Try to find out why they are angry, instead of blaming a company that has nothing, I repeat NOTHING to do with what is going on with anything other than entertainment. Usually, the video games are way to vent the rage they have out, so they don't take it out on society. Unless the child has a problem differenciating fantasia from reality, the argument for video games causing these problems is highly flawed. Violent feelings cause violent behavior, not video games. Sorry, but it is the truth, any which way you slice it. Have a great day."
    • +3 +3 0 A gamer Jan. 13, 2017
      "The sandy hook shooter for example played Mario bros, dance, dance revolution, and other games like that. It is who you are not who you play."
    • +2 +2 0 Just another person Dec. 7, 2016
      "false because many people play video games but they do not acctually go and shoot up schools if everyone who plays video games did this then all schools would be closed due to fright and the person who is shooting the school is in control of themself and it is not video games telling us "go shoot up your local school""
  • -17 +2 -19 Nicole May. 4, 2016
    "I am completely against video game violence. It is a severely negative outlet for people to express their anger. People shouldn't be exposed to that much violence. The way people romanticize video games is disgusting and is one of the leading issues in society."
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  • -18 +4 -22 Madison May. 11, 2016
    "Do violent video games contributed to youth violence?
    Do you play video games? Well if you do, I'm here to tell you why I think that violent video games contribute to youth violence.
    The first reason is because playing violent video games can cause more bullying. 60% of middle school boys and 40% of middle school girls hit or beat up someone.
    The second reason is because of the encouragement and reward of violent behavior. An analysis of 81 video games rated for teens ages 13+ found that 90% were killed or injured by other characters.
    The third reason is that the military uses violent video games to train soldiers to kill. In 2002, The US army released first person shooter game called "Americas Army" to recruit soldiers and prepare recruits for the battlefield.
    In conclusion, I think that violent video games contributed to youth violence. What do you think?"
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    • +3 +3 0 random person Feb. 13, 2017
      ""60% of middle school boys and 40% of middle school girls hit or beat up someone. " How does this relate to violent video games?

      "The third reason is that the military uses violent video games to train soldiers to kill. In 2002, The US army released first person shooter game called "Americas Army" to recruit soldiers and prepare recruits for the battlefield. " This does not mean it makes people more violent, it could be used to learn the strategy of killing, but doesn't make people violent."
  • -18 +13 -31 Emily Villegas Oct. 23, 2015
    "I think it is contributed to youth violence because it encourages them to think that those violent things aren't bad and they get used to things like that which influences them to do things like that. Also must people after playing the game they start fighting with there relatives or like play around while still being violent."
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    • +1 +1 0 Koua Feb. 3, 2016
      "That is everyday life not just with violent video games..."
  • -18 +19 -37 jim Mar. 6, 2015
    "i think it is bad for kids to play"
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    • +2 +2 0 McThugLife4Eva Feb. 11, 2016
      "Well then don't let your kid, assuming you have one, play any of these games. Simple as that."
  • -18 +16 -34 JoseTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "If a young person was perhaps younger than 6-years-old, and they played a game rated Mature+17, they will result to become more violent due to them believing that what happens in the game is okay to do in real life."
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  • -19 +3 -22 bruh Mar. 28, 2016
    "its fun to play violent video games but it makes you crazy"
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    • 0 0 0 - Apr. 6, 2017
      "how so?"
  • -19 +21 -40 Debo Feb. 26, 2015
    "I honestly think that violent video games blur the lines between fiction and reality. This making youth think that violence is okay!"
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  • -20 +2 -22 Rafael Maldonado Mar. 17, 2016
    "I'm against video games. One reason why i'm against video games is because parents think that video games are bad for children I agree with them. For example in the article "Pros And Cons" the author states that 90% of pediatricians and 67 % of parents agree or strongly agreed that violent video games can increase aggressive behavior among children. This shows that violent video games can be bad for children.
    Another reason why i'm against video games is because a lot of teens who play violent video games have hit or beat up someone. For example in the article "Cons and Pros" the author states that 60% of boys and 40% of girls who played at least one m-rated game has hit or beat up someone,compared with 39% of boys and 14% of girls who did not play rated-m games. This proves that video games can affect the real life world. This is why i'm against video games."
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    • +1 +1 0 - Apr. 6, 2017
      ""90% of pediatricians and 67 % of parents agree or strongly agreed that violent video games can increase aggressive behavior among children." is an opinion"
  • -21 +16 -37 ayanna Feb. 25, 2015
    "violent video games can teach kids bad stuff"
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  • -22 +10 -32 Gideon Nov. 23, 2015
    "it makes kids more used to violence and they think that makes it OK."
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    • +1 +1 0 your maker Mar. 15, 2017
      "FIRSTLY, I do believe you should do some more research, because violent crime in general AND youth crime plummeted upon the release of quite a few violent videogames. SECONDLY, the only way kids are going to become violent because of the games is if they have literally no sense of reality whatsoever. and finally, if you think that they "cause violence in kids", you must have had terrible parents, and have OBVIOUSLY never heard of the rating system."
  • -23 +7 -30 I have no name Dec. 14, 2015
    "I'm for pro because a long while ago a kid had actually killed his own mother because he played so much video games he thought that he could get mad at her and kill her and she would re-spawn so he could do it again."
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  • -25 +21 -46 AnyaTHS Feb. 27, 2015
    "Let's remember the question asked, Do Violent Video Games CONTRIBUTE to Youth Violence? Yes it is a factor. Based on the pass school and movie theater shootings in the past few years, the shooters played violent video games and EXPERTS said that these violent games were a factor. Meaning it did CONTRIBUTE to the violent acts."
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    • +9 +10 -1 Collin E. Campbell Apr. 15, 2015
      "I have a question for you. Did Hitler play a violent game and then go kill hundreds of people, no. Did you know that those "Experts" and "Researchers" are either being quick to blame, biased, or payed off. When further research was done. more than 60% of the murderers didn't own or play violent video games."
    • +6 +7 -1 A sane person Mar. 31, 2015
      "Um.... You do realize that half the time those "experts" are payed off, biased, or both, right?"
    • +5 +7 -2 FlyingSnail Mar. 12, 2015
      "I agreed with your first two sentences. But the rest of your comment I disagree with. Twice as many mass murderers read violent books then played violent video games. Should we ban violent books because of that?Also these "experts" probably don't realize that the mass murderers probably liked violent video games because of their violent content but most likely did not become violent because of violent video games. Also I believe paintball causes more violence than video games because you are purposefully shooting harmful projectiles at REAL people. Pressing a button on a controller to change pixels on a tv will not make people violent unless they have no sense of what reality and fantasy is."
  • -27 +12 -39 Snoopy Dog Oct. 22, 2015
    "GTA made a kid kill his mom. Video games are bad. Go outside and plant a tree"
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    • +5 +5 0 That kid Jan. 7, 2016
      "That was me I dont like trees"
    • -3 +1 -4 DzKz_Phoenix May. 6, 2016
      "Kid you know trees create oxygen without trees WE DIE!!!!"
  • -30 +11 -41 cecy Oct. 23, 2015
    "i say video games do make kids more violent because it makes kids feel like killing or fighting is a good thing. It also shows that the more death there is in the video game the more the kids want to kill."
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    • +4 +4 0 Koua Feb. 11, 2016
      "Wrong, kids know what is right and what is wrong. If they do not, then the parents are to blame. We have a thing called an ego, superego, and an id. Well we do use a lot of these, and think of which one would benefit the society..."
  • -30 +15 -45 debo Feb. 25, 2015
    "I think violent video games teach kids how to be killers!"
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    • +3 +3 0 FlyingSnail Mar. 12, 2015
      "If entertainment says something is acceptable it is teaching people. That is true. But by that logic Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings teach children to be violent killers. But teaching is not the same as learning. Learning comes through practice and repetition of an activity. To truly learn how to kill with a gun, a person would have to buy a gun, and go to a testing range learn how to use it. If young children play violent video games they may be taught that violence is ok. But that's what ratings and parents exist for. They can helpfully point impressionable children to sources of entertainment more suitable for them until they able to differentiate between fiction and reality."
    • +1 +1 0 Johnathan B. Mar. 24, 2015
      "They teach us but it is up to us to know how to control ourselves"
    • 0 0 0 A gamer Jan. 13, 2017
      "Not true. COD does not teach anyone to load or fire a rifle. It doesn't teach you to aim either. It's just fun."
    • 0 +1 -1 hunter Mar. 31, 2015
      "no way im not violent now am I"
  • -40 +8 -48 Eric wilson Apr. 2, 2015
    "i am against video games because it takes away the meaning of being a kid and all the time i give my brother 2 hours of video game time and when he's playing he gets so aggressive and every time i tell i tell him his time up he get's so violent.and it drive me insane all the time and i mean seriously why should he even waste his time on that stuff it ruins the brain ."
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    • +4 +4 0 ______ May. 18, 2016
      "Actually it stimulates the brain"
  • -49 +11 -60 jonathan tichenor Mar. 28, 2015
    "look at sandy hook, the suspect played violent video games"
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    • +11 +12 -1 StrangeMussel03 Nov. 5, 2015
      "Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook shooter, played Dance Dance Revolution. Dance Dance Revolution is where you dance, not kill people!!!"
    • +11 +12 -1 someonesmarter Apr. 16, 2015
      "thats ignorant. the man who killed the children had a mental disability its not because of the games he played"

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  • +50 +63 -13 Madison May. 10, 2016
    "I have been playing violent games since I could hold a controller (Mostly M-Rated) and not once have I committed an act of violence against anyone, nor has anyone else I know that plays similar games. But I do have very good hand-eye coordination, logic skills, and surprisingly high moral standards. Anyone who says video games makes people violent are just trying to cast the blame onto something. People who do heinous, violent crimes are just wrong in the head, but people are trying to make a connection to something."
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    • +4 +5 -1 mcmikey May. 15, 2016
      "you are totally right people that commit crimes are wrong in the head and just need something to blame it on."
  • +37 +45 -8 Waffles! : ) Mar. 3, 2016
    "Violent video games allow players to release stress and anger. it will not make them violent."
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    • -5 +3 -8 James Bond Mar. 4, 2016
      "Doesn't release stress if you think so you must think that saying that it will help stress you mean it will give you cancer for example. the types of cancer you can get is leg cancer
      or Heart cancer.."
  • +32 +36 -4 Victor Greywolf Oct. 2, 2016
    "Oh, brother. I mean, there is no reason to do something like blame video games for shoddy parenting, bullying or issues. If a kid becomes violent, it is because of anger issues. Instead of blaming the video game companies, or whatnot, try to do your job as a parent. Blaming the game companies is like blaming booze for your own stupidity when you do something dumb.

    If there is violent behavior in YOUR child, try to find out why. Be the parent, and stop bullshitting people with this crap about contributing to youth violence. If kids can't tell the difference between fantasy and reality, whose fault is that? Instead of taking the wuss way out, grow up and be a parent, otherwise stop reproducing. It is dumb and ridiculous to blame companies for your own stupidity. You chose to have a kid, be the parent, otherwise get sterilized. Dot put the blame on the companies. Explain to your kids the difference between fantasia and reality, and see if there are deeper issues other than anger."
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  • +16 +18 -2 GoldFaz1.0 Jan. 11, 2017
    "because the game is violent doesn't mean it the kid will pull a grenade"
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  • +16 +17 -1 TheLegend27 Jan. 10, 2017
    "Its bull because the only way it can contribute to youth violence is if the youth can't separate fantasy from reality."
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  • +15 +20 -5 Mo kitty Dec. 1, 2015
    "I believe that violent people are attracted to violent video games and that the violence in video games can help vent anger and frustration caused by other problems in life."
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  • +14 +16 -2 Joshua Oct. 12, 2016
    "Playing video games is usually what keeps me quiet, i'm usually hyperactive and when I start playing a game, I tend to stay quieter than when i'm not, so I don't make sudden outbursts."
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  • +13 +17 -4 Mystery Apr. 7, 2016
    "Video games are the best"
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    • 0 0 0 _ Apr. 13, 2017
      "@whywouldyoucare Most games ARE social."
    • -8 +1 -9 why would you care? Apr. 27, 2016
      "At destroying your ability to be social."
  • +12 +18 -6 Bryce D. Apr. 11, 2016
    "The inability of others to view gaming as an outlet instead of a catalyst will find it inconceivable that those that play violent video games can also be bullied. Being an avid gamer myself, I have been bullied since a young age and I never fought back. I am currently 18, still playing VVG's on a regular basis, and I have the highest customer satisfaction out of anyone in my store. So for anyone to say that anyone of any age who plays violent video games is a recluse or has hard times in social situations is absolutely absurd. I would say I've played games since i was just a few years old, yes not all of them were violent, but ever since elementary school (when the bullying obviously began) I played games where I killed 100's of enemies on a daily basis. And throughout all of this I never started fights with my bullies, I never fought back. Video games were and still are my outlet. The belief that video games are the cause of violence in teens is absurd and I hope that soon enough this absurd belief is given a controller to let their own frustrations out."
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  • +10 +13 -3 austin morris Dec. 6, 2016
    "i think that it depends on who you are"
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  • +10 +12 -2 Devin Nov. 23, 2016
    "Played violent games for years and you don't see me popping up in the news 12 years shot up The Whole school and killed a lot of cops of cops to, this article is really just a money grabber from concerned parents that heard the words "die die die" come out of their mouth and there is a lot of competiveness in these games so hearing that isn't really that un-common."
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  • +10 +15 -5 yoky Nov. 24, 2015
    "for all the people who say people commit crimes or make people violent because of violent video games thik of all the other reasdons why they would bullying (for younger poeple), mental illness, or they like to do those things and for poeple saying what about the [people who did and play video games be quit and shut up because most of you hate video games"
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  • +9 +11 -2 Golden Freddy Jan. 10, 2017
    "just he plays a game like bo2 doesn't mean he will act one"
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  • +9 +10 -1 Jack Jan. 6, 2017
    "So what you are telling me is the equivalent of me saying a football game is going to make me an NFL pro? Think about your logic people who think video games that are violent affect youth behavior."
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    • +1 +1 0 Deb Reynlds Jan. 31, 2017
      "This is such a perfect example. I love it.. Ok if use it for my class? I am doing a debate on pros & cons of violent video games. I am for kids playing them. My daughter and sons played them since they were gosh able to grab concept of the controller."
  • +9 +11 -2 Someone Nov. 4, 2016
    "The problem with the arguement that video games cause violence is that we are too busy playing games to be violent."
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  • +9 +11 -2 69voilentvideogamer Aug. 24, 2016
    "Everyone who thinks video games cause violence pretty dumb maybe for the few people who have no chill and probably anger issues and they would probably kill anyway when the got beat at something irl .also if a parent does not tell off ther child for swearing and getting angry it is probably the parents fault unless they have a mental illness also some kids have just never been taught to be polite that is not anger issues also I hate the people who blame video games for killing people they just wanted a platform to defend themselfs"
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  • +9 +16 -7 josh May. 9, 2016
    "Video game are not dangerous ok"
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  • +9 +13 -4 PIE Gamer May. 9, 2016
    "it's the person that causes violence, not the game"
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  • +9 +16 -7 CHAD LAMONS Jan. 26, 2016
    "And violent video games can encourage kindness so they are teach them to be good and actions can be kind"
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  • +8 +9 -1 FaZe_Adapt Jan. 20, 2017
    "guys violent video games do not contribute to child violence or school shootings...its all about the parents not teachin' kids right from wrong and these kids shooting up schools aren't even old enough to by why the hell are you parents out there buying your 6-10 year old children GTA5 in the first place not only that but how have they heard of this game"
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  • +8 +9 -1 Commonsense Jan. 14, 2016
    "I say shooting games are an iffy game as long as the players know that the things that are in the game, you should never do in reality. as long as parents separate reality and virtual then maybe an playing here and there is ok. and tell them about real life violence is nothing like shooting someone in a game and the punisments about it. as long as it is a healthy habit that kids understand. this i say NO only kids who can tell between real life and game world should not be playing. like GTA 5 tell them you can't get away with crimes and just run."
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  • +7 +9 -2 :< Apr. 5, 2016
    "I'm in the range from 12-15 year olds, ad i'm known by my peers as a very nice and non-violent person. I love violent video games. I spend time play Cod, Borderlands, Halo, Etc. I think It depends on the person, And how they're raised."
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    • +1 +1 0 \/ May. 3, 2016
      "I'm exactly the same way, I love cod, Borderlands, saints row, and games like that, but i wouldn't hurt anybody unless they hurt me or my friends/family. And definitely, it all depends on the parenting and what type of person they are."
  • +7 +15 -8 Ethan Nov. 9, 2015
    "Dr.Mario doe not make you a doctor, Tetris does not make you a master carpenter, and Mario Kart does not make you a professional Go-Kart driver, why would playing call of duty make you a Soilder"
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  • +6 +7 -1 ThatLitten Feb. 14, 2017
    "Violent video games do not contribute to violence. I play Skyrim *insert everyone laughing here* But seriously. Don't expect me to suddenly shout thinking that everyone will fly away while I laugh."
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    • +1 +1 0 CJ Feb. 28, 2017
  • +6 +10 -4 ramos Mar. 17, 2016
    "Video games are because they can provide ideas and knowledge. Many people think games are harmful to children what they don't knows they can show kids about drugs and violence so when they see it they'll think i am not going to try that because this or that mite happen to me. In my experiences i Know violent video games will provide good things to children they can get new ideas for the future like new cars with a lot of upgrades or military weapons and armory. Also, when children play violent games they actually enjoy them and actually feel like there in the game. Chances of kids getting addicted or going crazy is 1 out of a 100 chances to be like that people sometimes could become like that bye thinking its real life if like some adults try to be like people in the games like robbing a bank or something. Kids are playing the games because they are just trying new things and having fun. People mite wonder why do kids get addicted or why do they like them those people are just saying those things because they probably haven't tried them before so they cant experiences them like kids do now these days. Violent video games are good for kids showing them the god and bad things in life like drugs beer and rape and sexual harassment. R"
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  • +6 +9 -3 sydnee Mar. 17, 2016
    "Video games are good .For example the reason why they are good because kids state that it helps them relax and some also say it helps them forget their problems.
    Video games can be good children. One reason why video games are good for children because it helps them forget their problems.Fore example in the articular off of it sates 61.9% of boys played to 'help me relax'. The evidence supports my claim because it explains how video games are good for children. In conclusion video games are good for kids that have stress."
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  • +6 +12 -6 ntingtg ggedd Nov. 9, 2015
    "video games are not the reason people are violent"
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  • +5 +6 -1 XGNSkilletGirl9 Nov. 1, 2016
    "Yes and no because, it would depend on the video game and the person for instance a weak minded person could kill someone over a video game and a strong minded person could just get aggravated over the same video game. So it depends on the person's mental state."
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  • +5 +6 -1 Jimbo Sep. 30, 2016
    "Yes, some games do lead to violence. However if you know right from wrong that can help you choose what to do if you play violent games. Such as if you play GTA you must know right from wrong. Because you can't just shoot somebody and expect to get away."
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  • +5 +6 -1 John Chong Sep. 29, 2016
    "If kids get Gta.. that doesn't always necessarily mean that they are going to do something bad. Therefor I think it will be okay as long as parents supervise them. (Good parents) aren't going to let there kid just walk around and shoot people or steal cars, they're going to watch them and protect them for harms way."
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    • +2 +2 0 John Chong Oct. 4, 2016
      "Great Job!!!"
  • +5 +8 -3 NotPostingMyName Apr. 4, 2016
    "Kids would only do violent things if thats the type of person they are. Or if parents fail to teach them right from wrong."
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  • +5 +8 -3 Ricky Bob Feb. 11, 2016
    "Okay, I ran out of characters for my other comment.

    More positive effects:

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

    I feel like there is no concrete evidence that video games contribute to real violence. Plus, they have so many positives..."
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  • +5 +7 -2 julin gaya Feb. 9, 2016
    "violent video games do not affect youth and their mommys"
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  • +5 +8 -3 Anon Jan. 19, 2016
    "No matter how much you take away that seems that can cause violence or make others do so, there will always be a tragic event.You can minimize it, but you can not prevent it.
    There will always be a balance between good and evil."
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  • +5 +12 -7 Tuhran Benson Oct. 30, 2015
    "I agree with the last topic. My own parents don't like me to play call of duty as much as I do. I have all of them since Modern Warfare."
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  • +5 +11 -6 Kaleb Oct. 29, 2015
    "If violent games cause kids to become violent, then why don't doctor games make kids a doctor and dancing games making kids dancers."
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  • +4 +4 0 Radish (b e e t) Apr. 19, 2017
    "as a competitive avid "gamer" myself I say this, violent games have not affected me or anyone I know. I play games that include gore, questionable content and bad themes. I play team fortress two which is a great example, you're a team of dudes killing other dudes and completing the objective. it's just killing, and in my 780 hours and on of playing it I have never shown violent behavior (other than reacting with aggression) and I play competitively too. csgo ,a toxic game yes, a******* and all around jerks play the game but I don't think it's related to violence. But I am a PC user and I know the VERY toxic xbox side, but I do not think it's for violence.

    regarding the shootings, ahh yes this b*******. I agree that most males play violent video games and I personally don't think people want to shoot people in real life because of "call of duty"

    I honestly hate these writers, their studies are bias and tying things to video games that dont belong (etc, dylan and eric who shot up columbine because eric hated the kids and dylan was lonely, poor boys) and the controversy of doom 2 and the early shooter games.

    and i hate how these writers (for pros) are neglecting the fact that other violent media exists"
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  • +4 +5 -1 CJ Feb. 22, 2017
    "Look I don't think its the video games that make us violent its the mentally ill who does the crime. BUT I don't think 10-younger kids should be playing GTA etc"
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  • +4 +4 0 Stryker Feb. 17, 2017
    "no it does not it is a way to release anger in a healthy way"
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  • +4 +4 0 julio Sep. 28, 2016
    "theydo not cause violence they are just fun people who think they are bad probaly dont have fun."
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  • +4 +8 -4 COD GTA PRO Mar. 24, 2016
    "I play lots of call of duty like 6 hours a day its my life i was playing gta vice city at 4 and i have never ever hurt people of anything and yeah yeah gta prostitution murder ditching stealing but can you walk into a gun store and buy a mini gun and thousands of bullets walk outside steal a car and hid around the corner for a few minutes and be completely fin with no cops or run into the other enemy spawn and quikscope and trickshot and comeback to life when you die and do you prestige and murder lots of people like really think about video games they dont kill people kill and people rage on xbox and break stuff is that their problem or the video game so dont give violent people games when they cant handle it"
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  • +4 +7 -3 Unknown Mar. 10, 2016
    "No, because it's just entertainment."
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  • +4 +9 -5 Ricky Bob Feb. 11, 2016
    "I'll be honest here - it's been proven that violent video games have no effect on youth. It's the adults you need to worry about - there was an instance where an adult tracked down a kid who had beat him in a game and then stabbed him.

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

    That said, there has been proven evidence of games providing positive effects. For example, a study showed that action gamers are better learners. They excel at predicting the sequence of upcoming events and become better learners by playing fast paced games. Action gamers are also better at tracking moving objects; the average gamer can track 6-7 objects while the average person can track 3-4 moving objects accurately.
    There was also an instance when a 10-year old kid saved his great grandmother's life in a speeding vehicle when she fell unconscious. He grabbed the wheel, and guided the car into a mud filled ditch. Hailed as a hero, he credited his skills to playing Mario Kart."
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  • +4 +7 -3 Koua Feb. 3, 2016
    "I say yes, no one should be hurt because of people saying wrong words or even not letting the other person to win. I think violent video games are an escape from reality to vent your frustration and hostility out on other people online without physical contact. People who say it does commit violence, then i pity you. How will you say that someone shot up a school just because of video games? Well its bullying, and video games cause bullying. Have you ever researched the bullying social issue? probably not because most studies say that they are either being treated wrong at home, have a mental issue, other kids who influence them, or just have a really bad experience and don't know how to actually communicate properly with other people. Its just like the other person said... Oh he was wearing a red sweater while he shot up a school. Lets ban red sweaters because they mean so and so..."
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  • +4 +8 -4 Chad Lamons Jan. 20, 2016
    "they do not encourage youth violence they choose to make there own action it also can be from watching vioent movies like friday the 13 and chucky"
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  • +4 +7 -3 A Jan. 15, 2016
    "People really are you just bored at this point? i mean its the parents choice if there kids can play games and if a kid kills some one with a wrench i don't think video games are the problem and if you play Mario and eat a mysterious mushroom you were getting picked off any how."
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  • +4 +6 -2 Nate Dec. 20, 2015
    "i am a Heavy player of video games, and not once have i Ever thought about picking up a gun and shooting someone. If anything, my personal life at school and at home is more stress inducing then any game i have ever played. The stress from the real world could have lead me to doing some things i would have regretted later, but you know what? instead of shooting up a school i let my anger out with games. I have played video games for as i can remember, and even back then i could tell the difference between real and fantasy, and i still can. If people say video games make people violent, we may as well say that your pet will become violent from being in the room while you play video games."
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  • +4 +9 -5 hulk Nov. 19, 2015
    "no video games don't cause kids to be violent"
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  • +4 +10 -6 Mr.Obvious Nov. 12, 2015
    "they do not"
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  • +4 +13 -9 lonleypotato Oct. 22, 2015
    "Video games are not the cause for violence, i think it is the person who plays the game."
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  • +3 +3 0 Nick Mar. 31, 2017
    "1. When people do commit violence, it's usually because they've snapped or there's something wrong with them.
    2. As the popularity of Video Games has risen, violence has gone down.
    3. Name me one time where someone has said, "Video Games are Awesome" and went of a killing spree"
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  • +3 +5 -2 Owen H. Mar. 22, 2017
    "Its like saying, more ice cream is sold during summer, and more crimes are in summer, so therefore ice cream causes crime"
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  • +3 +3 0 OGZxSabreXx Feb. 14, 2017
    "I personally think it helps kids get involved in sports and other things out there. for instance, games that involve armies and shooting can help kids who want to me in the army with shooting accuracy, where to go and how to make the right move. I play video games like 5 hours per day and yes I have anger and school problems with low grades but I have never gotten in a fight at school or anywhere."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Bob Hope Jan. 30, 2017
    "No they do not. A child may play GTA 5 every day and then go commit murder. But that doesnt mean it was the game. There are many other factors. For example, the child may have been bullied, abused, their home life sucks, or it may have even been caused by the victim."
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  • +3 +5 -2 Lx Jan. 30, 2017
    "i really dont think violent video games are...VIOLENT i mean come on children's brain are not that developed yet thinking of violent video games of the real being.

    and im only 15"
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  • +3 +4 -1 Nathaniel Jan. 19, 2017
    "I would like to disagree, I think violent video games are a good way to let out anger and stress. I also think that kids can distinguish fake violence from real violence. Kids also have moral values, just as adults do, so most kids would not actually go out and commit crimes."
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  • +3 +6 -3 Anonymous Jul. 29, 2016
    "I played halo every Friday and I also play PLAZMABURST 2, an incredibly violent game, but am I a psycho murderer who shoots people in the face?
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  • +3 +6 -3 Jbomb Mar. 21, 2016
    "They are making video games that help vision and mental instability"
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  • +3 +5 -2 just somebody Mar. 11, 2016
    "i think it does not contribute to violence because i play vide games and nothing is wrong wit me just an average kid. playing violent video games is a great way to release you anger. just like boxing, its violent but it doesn't make people violent. i know some one who boxes to relieve his anger and stress and nothing is wrong with him he is not violent in fact it does the opposite because boxing could really help for when he is in a situation where some one is attacking him."
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  • +3 +8 -5 French Toast :D Feb. 29, 2016
    "A lot of kids in my school like to play video games like Call of Duty which are usually rated as very violent, but they only like to play it because it's a fun way to waste some time. They don't actually inflict damage to any other kids based on what they see in the game.

    It really only depends on how the person thinks. Kids know what the difference is between Fantasy v. Reality. In real life, you can't survive like 5 bullets and then wait for a while and you'll recover with full health. That's not how the real world works, and kids know that."
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  • +3 +6 -3 Guns Louder Feb. 26, 2016
    "The guns are Quieter so when people fire real guns, they are louder and they give up on real guns."
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  • +3 +6 -3 Obed Feb. 18, 2016
    "I think that kid should know better and they wont do bad stuff. Kids should have vilent video games."
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  • +3 +7 -4 Faze_Curran Feb. 18, 2016
    "I feel like voilent video games was meant for adult in the first place. Most voilent video games are rated M for mature or 17 and above. It's not the developer fault but the person who buys it itself, in this case, the parents, or the guidance. So, ni all voilent video games doesnt contribute to the youth voilence. It is their (the player) responsibility to know the warning before buying this game, as well as the consequences of playing this type of games."
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  • +3 +13 -10 What are those!!!!! Oct. 22, 2015
    ""I say "NO" because Games are a way to have fun and kill time quickly, although i say there someone addicting they don't cause violent actions between kids. Kids should know reality between fantasy, if a game has flying that does not mean they will jump off a building and try to fly (one because of parent teaching them and two because they know there not the flying character). Parents play a big role in this because they teach the child right form wrong! A shooter game like COD don't make kids want to shoot people because that's fantasy vs reality, also most kids do a friendly Face-off in shooter games.""
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  • +2 +2 0 Victor Greywolf Sep. 5, 2017
    "Blaming violent video games for people's behavior is both a cheap shot, and a pretty lame excuse. A lot of people have played violent video games, and they don't go around killing people. I mean, come on. In fact, those games tend to be a release for those who are having bad days, or some other issues. If people are violent, it is because of other issues. I suppose next, they will blame martial arts and sports for those things. Violence is caused by deeper issues, such as bullying, and anger in general.

    Newsflash, the video game companies aren't responsible for people who are afraid to be parents, or their kids. If you are afraid to do your job as a parent, get sterilized, or don't have kids. That simple.

    It's not the job of those companies, or the government to play mom and dad.

    Now, with that being said, you have to explain to a kid that there is a difference between fantasy and reality, and the video games are for a release, or escape into another world where you can have fun, not be something that you're not. If that doesn't work, take it away from them. Why are you parents so spineless. Sure, they may go to another person's house, but do your job as a parent. END OF STORY!

    Have a great 2017 and beyond."
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  • +2 +6 -4 Hayes Oct. 31, 2016
    "I am MLG at Counter-Strike a game that is popular shooting and war simulating game. The goal is to kill and terrorists and defuse the bomb. I think it is good training in killing terrorists in today's society. God Bless and long live Donald Trump."
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  • +2 +6 -4 zane Feb. 12, 2016
    "it all depends on the parents if they let there kids play m rated games then its on them but i'm thirteen and i play almost only m rated games all of my friends will vouch i am the least violent person ever and i get strait a's i probably play video games 3 hours a day or more"
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  • +2 +6 -4 slender Feb. 11, 2016
    "video games relieve strees"
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  • +2 +7 -5 Bread Feb. 10, 2016
    "No, because it depends how the person is. GTA 5 is fun!"
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  • +2 +7 -5 Joey Olsen Jan. 12, 2016
    "Video-Games are violent, And cause anger and stress, such as how if you fail a level you've worked on beating for a long period of time, You get close and fail. Its stressing, But that doesn't mean video-games are bad! They are supposivly a way to relax and forget about time and just enjoy yourself. They also can be an addiction but if you control it it is much less likely for a child or an adult to commit a crime, as they say. A child should not become accustom to blood and gore but it isn't wrong for one to enjoy these types of games for the thrill and challenge."
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  • +2 +11 -9 awesome kid Nov. 11, 2015
    "i think that kids do not kill or bully because of games i think it because some parents are abusive and leave their kids."
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  • +2 +9 -7 i have your number Oct. 26, 2015
    "No, it only happens to people who are already violent"
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  • +2 +8 -6 chris cortez Oct. 26, 2015
    "Depending on what game it is I really don't think it causes violence because it makes you take out your violence"
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  • +2 +8 -6 ???What are those??? Oct. 23, 2015
    "Video games dont cause violence. that only happens if you are already violent"
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  • +2 +10 -8 Allie Oct. 22, 2015
    "In my opinion, a lot of kids don't have the guts to imitate a video game character, because a lot of them are socially awkward. When a kid 'learns' how to shoot, that's literally aiming at a screen that's ANIMATED, their 'hand skills' in shooting is using a controller. Most of the characters in video games are heroes or heroines and fight for good anyways. Besides..where would they get a gun? If you mean hand-to-hand combat, I'd say kids use it for defense if anything, but most of them are nice. I don't believe video games would make then violent, but rather assertive instead. It also depends on the surroundings of the child. Of course, kids do react angrily when they lose, but it's only natural. No one likes to lose."
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    • +2 +2 0 Bagle Dec. 16, 2015
      "I support this, because using a gun in real life is rarely accurately simulated in video games, because the games are meant to be fun. Some do simulate it, and it has it's own fun and is unique. When it comes to without a weapon, most gamers don't actually don't actually know how to handle themselves without practice in real life. I've been a gamer all my life, I know how to handle a gun, fight, etc, and I'm not thinking of killing tons of people, even if i do play violent video games."
  • +2 +13 -11 Stacy Oct. 14, 2015
    "This entire argument is flawed because you are grouping all video games together into one category. That is very far from reality. Violent games where a player listens to foul language and pretends to be gangster for hours on end are not going to have the same results as puzzle games where a player spends a couple hours of day thinking and improving their pattern recognition skills. This doesn't mean a violent game will cause a normal healthy person to break the law. However, not every game makes you FEEL the same way. If you are depressed, and your activities make you feel worse, then you need different hobbies. Games like Portal can hand a player a gun and face the player with learn-or-die situations. Yet the player doesn't feel hostile, angry, or desensitized. There's no blood, no foul language, no shooting others or even any setting that appears to mimic the real world. It's all physics puzzles, a sci-fi setting, humorous, and the only fight is against an AI. Would you let your child watch R-rated movies back to back with no oversight? No? Then buy your kids fun and healthy games, rather than questioning the value of games in general. If you don't care what your kids do in their spare, then THAT is the source of the problem."
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  • +2 +12 -10 Larison Oct. 8, 2015
    "Not enough space to give direct evidence of what I will say but: Video games have taught me how to actually be social. How to be nice. And how not to get bullied. I learned my own self dignity and strenght through video games. Games can be addictive because they can sometimes be a lot more fun than real life. It's better to play a game with real friends working with them towards a real goal, instead of sitting on the side of a street with your friends doing nothing or being so bored you start messing with other people. Without video games in my life, I wouldn't know half of the things I know. For people that think that video games make people mad and irritated (mostly parents) I think it's because the person playing the video game is in a hyper-focused mode where any distraction will irritate the person. It's not because killing makes the gamer a bad person, they get irritated because they just want to focus. This doesn't truly relate to gun shootings but it's a good thing to point out. I don't argue to win. I argue to find the truth. I could be very wrong. Or very right. I wish people would just try to solve problems instead of fighting them."
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  • +1 +1 0 Jubbuhup Jun. 12, 2017
    "It's no reason for people to pin crimes or violent actions on violent video games. I have never done and violent actions in my and I love playing violent video games."
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  • +1 +1 0 Ethan Jun. 11, 2017
    "If the person has common sense to know that its not real, doesn't react badly after playing a game is fine. If your child is screaming and throwing the controller like they don't have to replace it, then go ahead and take it away! Most video games help my son. To me it's like a reset button. Always happy the next day."
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  • +1 +1 0 Samuel Jun. 1, 2017
    "Video games do not make people violent. I cringe at the sight of blood in real life, but in games, I am not bothered by it. I have been playing games for all my 14 years on this earth, and not ONCE, have I had a wish to inflict physical pain on another human being, younger kids may have trouble distinguishing reality from fantasy, but as a parent, you should teach kids the difference between right and wrong."
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  • +1 +1 0 David C. May. 23, 2017
    "no they do not because there can also be home issues, parent issues or school issues that can encourage violent behavior. I have been playing games since I was 5 years old and I have never burst out into violence. My parents support my claim too and I have studied the human brain and analysis. It is also possible to play games and still get great grades in school because I play all day and im a strait A student."
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  • +1 +2 -1 ? Apr. 25, 2017
    "I am Just going to say something I am a player and every person that uses video games to blame the kids personality are just using games as a SCAPEGOAT"
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  • +1 +2 -1 Derrick Apr. 24, 2017
    "The only way I can see someone killing a different person because of a video game is if the killer has a mental problem."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Pieguy203 Apr. 24, 2017
    "No. Video games can help hand eye coordination and they can also help your brain grow."
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  • +1 +2 -1 keo Apr. 11, 2017
    "the things people do depends on many things there enverment how they were raised how there parents act and all those things together cause violent actions so to eliminate violence we need to get rid of a lot more things then just video games"
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  • +1 +2 -1 Mastergrief Apr. 5, 2017
    "games arent bad for you, they are a way to escape from how bad your real life is!"
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  • +1 +3 -2 anthony Mar. 31, 2017
    "i don't agree"
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  • +1 +2 -1 Nick Mar. 28, 2017
    "Most People who do commit violence probably know it's wrong. But they're twisted, they've snapped, or they don't care. They don't do it because of a Film, Anime, Video Game, or Tv Show. In Fact in the U.S., As the rise in popularity of this stuff has risen, violence has gone down. So the idea that these things are causing people to commit violence it just plain crap."
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  • +1 +2 -1 dominic s. Mar. 27, 2017
    "it just depends on who is playing and what they are playing i play gta and black opps it did not make me want to kill or harm others"
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  • +1 +2 -1 YeahBoi Mar. 26, 2017
    "I'll use the same argument conservatives use for guns.
    Video games don't kill people, people kill people.
    If guns are what makes someone violent we would see more gamers committing acts of violence.
    While it is true some people are insensitivised to commit violence as a result of video games, a NORMAL gamer wouldn't.
    This means it is ultimately THE INDIVIDUAL that commits violence, not video games."
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  • +1 +3 -2 matthew Mar. 20, 2017
    "it gives kids a idea to stand up for themselves and to choose a good path or a bad path they decide"
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  • +1 +2 -1 james Mar. 16, 2017
    "Video games allow a stress relieve as well as anger kids should only play violent video games when they understand that video game violence is different from real life violence and if not the parents are responsible for them"
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  • +1 +2 -1 Gabriel Mar. 15, 2017
    "I believe that is all depends on the home life of the individual whether or not they are violent, for example i have played violent video games from a very young age (about 9) and the only signs of violence were fight where it was proven that i wasn't the aggressor (I won all of them)."
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  • +1 +2 -1 minemaster Mar. 9, 2017
    "they do not cause violence in fact they decrease violence by the youth."
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  • +1 +4 -3 patrick r. Mar. 6, 2017
    "no its not we know good from bad"
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  • +1 +3 -2 kickercba Mar. 3, 2017
    "yes there's a lot of violence in games but like in gta for example. if you do so much crimes cops will go after you so it will teach kids that if they do crimes they might get arrested"
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  • +1 +3 -2 rebecca Feb. 21, 2017
    "I think that there are people out there who think it's okay for teens and up to play violent video games and others who don't think that it's okay. Personally I think it depends on where you live, how you were raised, and what you believe in. I also think that if you're already feeling depressed to not play violent video games, that might not help you very much, find another way to show your feelings without hurting yourself or anyone else. Honestly it just depends on you not a violent video games."
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  • +1 +3 -2 griffin t. Feb. 21, 2017
    "I am a 14 year old and I love video games I am not violent to any of my friends nor do I have the urge to kill people this thing on video games making kids violent is bull because they made their decision to kill (which is bad)"
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    • +2 +2 0 griffin t. Feb. 22, 2017
      "Q: hay what did the assassin say to his little daughter when she was heading off to school?
      A: have an in-CREED-able day!!!!"
  • +1 +3 -2 Cj Feb. 10, 2017
    "Bruh i play GTA since i was a kid, you don't see me puling a M16 or M14 out of my closet."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Hi Feb. 7, 2017
    "As long as you know what's real and fake, and how to handle yourself, then you should be fine."
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  • +1 +3 -2 deb reynlds Jan. 31, 2017
    "I am doing Debate assignment for my Abnormal Personality class about Pro and Cons. I am I guess by this article Con. My son plays gta, ops, etc and is not violent one bit. I think watching the news is more violent then a video game. I agree it depends on the child's family life (sheltered or abused) and their mentality, not a video game.

    thank you"
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  • +1 +3 -2 steven Jan. 27, 2017
    "games make better mines and you smarter and helps your anger and gives better vision if not close to tv"
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  • +1 +3 -2 Eric Morgan Jan. 26, 2017
    "It is the PARENTS fault if they give their kid games that are violent. There does exist good games that aren't violent, ESRB is here for a reason."
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  • +1 +4 -3 matthew Jan. 25, 2017
    "Yes kids should play"
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  • +1 +4 -3 MMPORG Gamer(Female) Nov. 1, 2016
    "I think no because if, obviously, you're not mentally stable enough you should stay away from them in general. I'm 13 and somewhat a violent child and play violent games, but my violent nature comes from the person my mom lived with off and on for 13 years. Violent kids tend to be "encouraged" by violence in their homes or even school then video games. All in all, games are purely for fun and, if you read the backs of them and stuff, you will see probably somewhere in there that it says "This game is purely fictional and for your entertainment/ amusement.""
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  • +1 +6 -5 yk Jul. 20, 2016
    "games may make people violent,
    but they can`t if you know right from wrong"
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  • +1 +5 -4 Nathan Brown Jul. 19, 2016
    "I say no because these games are created so that kids don't do those violet things or crimes in general in real life, I mean why would you risk getting killed or spend years in jail/prison for something you did in real life that you could have done in a game and not have to have that punishment or risk of death. There's a case of a kid actually saving his sister or other family from a wild animal thanks to the skills he learned in the popular MMO World of Warcraft."
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  • +1 +7 -6 T Dark Bonnie May. 17, 2016
    "I honestly think people should stop complaining about violent video games being bad and try them. Its addicting to play, it helps blow off steam,and it should stop being blamed. why dosn't TV get blamed?"
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    • -2 +2 -4 Mcmikey May. 18, 2016
      "I agree with you why aren't televisions to blame."
  • +1 +5 -4 Eric May. 10, 2016
    "I agree with the con side here I play a lot of video games myself most are violent but I feel that it is a great outlet for anger or stress."
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  • +1 +5 -4 N.N May. 4, 2016
    "I would say that yes it violent but the parent has to know which one is best for the kids. And it also have the rate of the game to tell you which one is good with kids as they grow older and know more of things than they can play call of duty or soul calibur 2 because they know from right to wrong hopefully"
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  • +1 +5 -4 F.S May. 4, 2016
    "Although some video games may be violent in extreme ways not all video games contribute to youth violence. If anything kids can play violent games, watch movies with violence and not be affected because in the end the parents make a big difference in their lives as a role model. Teaching their kids right from wrong and reality."
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  • +1 +6 -5 PW May. 4, 2016
    "Honestly, I do not believe video games are the blame for youth violence. There are other factors in which causes youth violence such as family status, mental health, and the environment the youth are surrounded by. If youth are surrounded by violence, they are most likely going to commit a crime or see violence as a normal day to day thing. A child may also witness domestic violence within his family which may play a part in the child's actions. There may be instances where someone may believe they are in a videogame and result to violence but videogames cannot entirely persuade a generation of people to result to violence into the real world."
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  • +1 +7 -6 ANMN May. 4, 2016
    "I agree with the subtext, about older generations rejecting technologies they hate it but video game violence is real life my brother is a different person now from seeing violence."
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  • +1 +6 -5 NW May. 4, 2016
    "I say "no" because although the games may be violent, violent acts are due to other reasons such as cyberbullying/bullying. Video games do not promote violent acts but promote scenarios one individual can be placed in that will give another perception of what it could be like if you were in the gamer's shoes. Crime rates have decreased, bullying decreases because people are now more focused on playing a game instead of showing their anger towards other individuals"
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  • +1 +6 -5 Devin May. 4, 2016
    "I feel that video games do not contribute to violence in youth. I feel this because people who play video games are too busy playing the games than actually going out and doing aggressive things. Also like people who play violent games know the difference between being violent in the games from being violent in real life, usually because in game violence is used to further advance in the game and any consequences they receive does not reflect on them personally whereas violence in reality causes people to actually have to deal with any consequences they may receive and their violent actions could hurt them more then it would help them in any way, shape, or form."
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  • +1 +6 -5 JLA May. 4, 2016
    "sure as many as 97% of kids 12-17 play violent video games but that doesn't mean there a connection between video games and the people that commit violent crimes. sure some people who commit violent crime may have played violent video games but that isn't enough to create a connection between the two. I say that video games are just a way people have fun and relax. it allows them a way to release some stress and have fun with friends."
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  • +1 +6 -5 BC May. 4, 2016
    "I don't think that watching violence or hearing about violence is a bad thing. It doesn't shape who you become, it shows you what the world is capable of doing. The government is who lets us and our kids watch these things on TV, it was that big of a deal and they didn't want kids to watch these things because they were scared of who these kids would become, they would take it off the programs. Parents are the ones who need to be able to tell their kids what is right and what is wrong. What not to do and what is ok to do. Killers don't become killers just by watching TV shows, playing video games, and hearing about it. Seeing what this would can do to you just because you're walking down the street or even in school and someone is mad and has problems and then shoots at you is how we grow and how we learn to watch everything we do and be awear of who is around us."
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  • +1 +5 -4 NM May. 4, 2016
    "I started playing GTA when I was 9 years old. I am not a psychopath. My brother on the other hand, started playing videogames that were all about guns and war. He has now joined the army. I believe videogames have an incredible impact on a person, depending on the amount of time you give for videogames and the game itself."
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  • +1 +5 -4 Ethan Apr. 29, 2016
    "People make their own decisions"
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  • +1 +5 -4 John Cena Apr. 29, 2016
    "No no no! Many people violent video games and are lest stressed then people that play less violent video games!"
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  • +1 +5 -4 Mcmikey Apr. 28, 2016
    "I know many poeple that play nonviolent video game that get alot more mad at simple games."
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  • +1 +6 -5 Farko Apr. 27, 2016
    "If anything video games relive stress. Also the people that say video games do cause "stress" or "aggression" I highly doubt have ever gotten into a video."
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  • +1 +6 -5 The Truth Apr. 26, 2016
    "I'ts all in the parenting. Teach your child right and wrong, fantasy from reality, real from fake. You know what your child can and can't handle. There is a certain age where you show your child different things. We blame the kids, but the parents are at fault here. If your child is mental, again you know what your child can and, can't handle."
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  • +1 +5 -4 thomas Apr. 22, 2016
    "ok all video game can be good if you play them right"
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  • +1 +6 -5 Tyler Apr. 20, 2016
    "The way I look at it, people who were "lead to violence by video games" actually already had desires to do violent acts, and their violent video games were just their attempt to satisfy themselves. Afterward, when they are not satisfied and still desire to do crime, they go ahead. We shouldn't look at percentage of video games from violent crime committers players, but percentage of violent crimes from video game players"
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  • +1 +6 -5 Seth Apr. 19, 2016
    "No, I do not believe that violent video games cause real life violence. It depends on who the person is. If the kid is mentally
    unstable then they should not even own the game. But this page makes it look like all kids who play games with violence are going to become school shooters. Plus people who do shoot up schools have way more than video games effecting them. It is sad but unfortunately the media feeds off of this kind of stuff to make a quick buck."
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  • +1 +5 -4 Kyra Peoples Apr. 19, 2016
    "I think video games like Call of Duty, Halo and etc are good stress relievers because it gives kids and teens a outlet to get rid of their anger."
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  • +1 +7 -6 Caleb Apr. 7, 2016
    "I love how in argument number 4 for the pros say many shooters have played violent games but they only list 5 of the 71 shooters since 1983. That is about 7% of the shooter population."
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  • +1 +7 -6 seth dewey Apr. 6, 2016
    "ok this is not true the fact is not all games are bad for everybody im 15 and i played alot of bad games growing up for me it was a stress reliver it helped me deal with anger but no the news sees school shooting and then go OH VIDEIO GAMES DID THAT no its the parents not the game if the parent buys the game its there desition but then when there kid gets all bad and stuff they blame the vidio game compony umm no its the other way around you bought the game for you kid so dont blame the compony beacause your kid goes bad shit crazy"
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  • +1 +6 -5 juan Mar. 17, 2016
    "i don't think video games cause violence it depends who uses the game"
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  • +1 +4 -3 con Mar. 10, 2016
    "video games are cool :)"
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  • +1 +6 -5 devin n. Mar. 1, 2016
    "I play violent video games to release my anger not to get more angry."
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  • +1 +6 -5 hick Feb. 17, 2016
    "no video games do not cause more violent in real life it actually helps people channel their anger into something else."
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  • +1 +6 -5 Charles Bock Feb. 12, 2016
    "It falls upon the parent or guardian to ensure that a child who plays violent video games or watches violent media of any kind not to follow that example. Therefore we should not ban video games we should instead beater teach our children not to those things. Also the media (specifically the news) continuously pegs violent video games as the culprit. They like president Obama have become the scapegoats of today's society. It easier to blame the new guy (video game since there only 30 to 70 years old) then find the true reason and even accept the blame. We need to move forward and beater our self's from this low finger pointing point we are beater than to blame because we cant accept the truth."
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  • +1 +5 -4 WHY Feb. 2, 2016
    "Why would this happen it never does and never will"
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  • +1 +5 -4 kaden Jan. 15, 2016
    "video games are just fun its just an they that they like to blame that for school shootings"
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  • +1 +7 -6 Connor Jan. 8, 2016
    "Playing videogames normally allows the player to chill and have some fun after school. Sure they can go outside and go do something but when its cold outside kids don't go outside and just play video games. Sure ther's some bad games with a bunch of nasty stuff but it allows us to calm down and have some fun. My parents have this rule wher i can only play one hour a day. They do it so that I don't get addicted like some people. Gaming is great ill admit that but if were playing 24/7 then it becomes a problem."
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  • +1 +6 -5 Joey Jan. 6, 2016
    "No. Its the immaturity. Children shouldn't be allowed to play rated M games because its clearly reads +18. If people stuck to their ratings maybe kids wouldn't be so violent. My little brother used to play Halo all the time until I got rid of my Xbox and now he isn't as bratty and violent as he used to be. Children should stick to their E and E+10."
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  • 0 +1 -1 E.M.R May. 3, 2017
    "i feel that if your parents have to be worried about if violent games will affect you then you shouldn't own them. If you are worried that a child will be affected by this then your not trusting your spawn enough."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Torin Apr. 30, 2017
    "Whether or not video games make a given child more violent or not come down to the child itself. As long as the child understands the difference between fake and real he will not get more violent as a result of playing video games."
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  • 0 +1 -1 kate1407 Apr. 18, 2017
    "i play lots of video games and do you honestly think im going to pull a gun or something at school and shoot people? Stop blaming something stupid and find a real reason."
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  • 0 +2 -2 tyler Mar. 9, 2017
    "no they don't because i play shooter games so ya"
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  • 0 +4 -4 Cj Feb. 22, 2017
    "I have played battlefield since it came out, I also play battlefield one. You don't see me grabbing a Springfield M1903 bolt action rifle from my car."
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  • 0 +4 -4 idk Jan. 9, 2017
    "Whats so bad about violent games? pretty much everyone plays them"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Devon n. Jan. 5, 2017
    "This argument is very dated and broken. That's all i had to say really. giving my real opinion is.... meh, unnecessary."
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  • 0 +4 -4 Little Kylie Star May. 25, 2016
    "No because when a kid feels violent, they can take out their anger on the game, and parents should set a limit on what games kids can play"
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  • 0 +5 -5 Mcmikey May. 13, 2016
    "Violent video games especially can bring people together because it is able to let your friend or family member play with you and/or watch to have a good time."
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  • 0 +5 -5 rm May. 4, 2016
    "I don't think it completely contributes to youth violence. Most teens nowadays play violent video games it's inevitable, but it does not mean that they are going to want to go out and go on a mass shooting spree. there are other factors that contribute to the heinous acts of crime such as columbine and century 16. Home life, school life, access to weapons, schizophrenia just to name a few. I myself find it to be more helpful to release built up anger in a fictional video game world than in real life."
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  • 0 +5 -5 JC May. 4, 2016
    "No I don't think that violent video games are the one to blame to violent crimes because not all kids who play violent video games commit violent crimes. It's even been proven that most kids who do play these violent games no the difference between virtual violence and reality as well as the consequences for preforming such acts."
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  • 0 +5 -5 NS May. 4, 2016
    "No I don't think that violent video games contribute to youth violence because when it comes to something like this there is more than just one factor that needs to be taken into consideration. Yes younger children that have committed crimes in some cases have played these violent video games but we don't know all the factors that have to be taken consideration such as the child's personal life and other problems they might be experiencing behind closed doors, so no I don't think that violent video games are the one to blame."
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  • 0 +5 -5 Gustavo Ramirez Apr. 22, 2016
    "Adults think that anything that has to do with violence is bad, but they don't understand that playing violent video games is a way of relieving stress. They have to understand that."
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  • 0 +5 -5 CJD Apr. 20, 2016
    "i say no i play many shooter games and they don't promote unjustified killing but the only game that i might think promotes this is gta v but it is rare to hear someone say i killed this guy because i saw it in a video game,"
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  • 0 +5 -5 Logan McElroy Mar. 30, 2016
    "I think that violent video games do not effect a child's train of thought. At least not for me and i'm a kid my self, I play violent video games almost everyday , an i've been playing "GTA" since "vice city" the first "Grand theft auto" ever made. you could call me a hard gamer I love video games. But you don't see me "High jacking" car to car. yes it is violent but that's only if you make the game violent you can drive just like a normal car. the violent's is what YOU do by your self. its all just inside your head, the game isen't violent but its self its only as violent as "YOU" make the game."
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  • 0 +5 -5 paola Mar. 22, 2016
    "video games are good"
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  • 0 +6 -6 Teenager/Gamer Mar. 22, 2016
    "It all comes down to the person, place, and who they live with. Some kids want more attention because they need it and their parents don't spend time with their kids that could be a reason. Another reason is that they might be abused and mistreated. Kids also might have a disorder and can't handle or they think this is real life. But you all think it is the games but really it is the kid so get a grip and stop saying it's the games. Also kid is bullied maybe and wants to stop it with a weapon or violence and not tell anyone about it! SO GET A GRIP!!!!!"
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  • 0 +6 -6 Kaiden Brunke Mar. 18, 2016
    "video games don't cause violence"
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  • 0 +6 -6 rjn3yd Mar. 17, 2016
    "video games are fun and a way to get rid of anger and stress ."
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  • 0 +7 -7 Damian Mar. 17, 2016
    "Video games are not bad for you they can help you in a real life emergency like GTA 5 can help you fly a airplane or use a gun for instance and maby also drive and drift in that car also it can help you if u want to be a cop when your older it can show you that police can get shoot by gangsters or like get shoot by random people your shooting and i chase the police to see when their going to do something and they end you all dead sometimes and when their hurt i end up helping them but then go for me but i dont help them alot no more also people can make a lir to kidnap you like a random event they try killing or rob you but i always have looooots of guns on me so i kill them and i leave to do something fun or missions so games are not bad for you call of duty can help you if you want to be in the military."
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  • 0 +9 -9 Ryan Mar. 17, 2016
    "Video games are not bad for you. One reason why video games aren't bad for is Video games don't make you violent I know for a fact because I play violent games like call of duty and grand theft auto five all the time and it doesn't make me violent I think that it's the person's fault to be violent not the games. Have you ever heard that we make our own decision.I say that it depends on the person who is playing the violent video games.I think that it's clear that video games don't promote violence. Violent video games just make people waste their violence on the video game. it is a great way to let out your anger."
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  • 0 +8 -8 No name Mar. 17, 2016
    "I think that videogames are good and bad. One reason is that videogames are good is because video games could be educational and it could teach you something.You could get skills that would be educational like buliding and learning.For example in the article "Minecraft" it states that "with minecraft you could bulid anthing and they learn to work together wiht other people."This proves that you could bulid anything and aslo learn how to work together.Video games are good for you."
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  • 0 +5 -5 Lucero G. Mar. 17, 2016
    "Video games can be good. For example the reason why they are good because they can help you get your anger.

    I think video games can be good one reason that video games can be good is that The real violence comes from bad parenting. If you find out that your child Is misbehaving at school, then you should have a talk to them about fantasy vs real life. I love video games and I'm not violent at all. Many people think that young kids are stupid and inexperienced people, but I'm sure they know better than to go and attack people just after playing Minecraft or something. And even if violence comes from video games in a few cases, why ban everyone from the fun?""
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  • 0 +9 -9 Salva Mar. 17, 2016
    ""I say "NO" because Games are a way to have fun and kill time quickly, although i say there someone addicting they don't cause violent actions between kids. Some kids play video games to let their anger out of them instead of fighting"What's wrong with videogames? The real violence comes from bad parenting. Some parents say that how do they get their hands on these games but some parents buy violent games and don't pay attention to the stuff i has in it.So next time you buy a violent game pay attention to the thing that are in the game like tell the guy what it is about or look at the box."
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  • 0 +7 -7 yahir Mar. 17, 2016
    "Video games are good because it helps you be survival . For example, video games are good because it could help you how to do many things in life . Many games could help with many things .

    Video games help you because in minecraft it teaches you how to build things and it helps you how to survive . People have to learn how to survive if there lost in the forest or something ."
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    • 0 0 0 username Feb. 16, 2017
      "I agree with you that video games are helpful. But you saying that minecraft can teach you survival skills in the wild is ridiculous. In minecraft their is gravity but it only applies to sand and gravel you could not build a structure the way you do in minecraft. Besides you can only get materials like wood one of the main ingredients in crafting by punching a tree this would be impossible to do in real life without breaking your hands and getting nowhere. also hunting for food in real life and hunting for food in minecraft are totally different in real life you cant just find random cows and pigs running around in the wild."
  • 0 +3 -3 Ramses Mar. 16, 2016
    "I read somewhere that video games increase your creativity levels, and they also improve your drawing ability a little. It is true that some kids may turn violent at these games, but there are good things to it as well. In a game like Call of Duty, it shows you what you can do in the army, and how it works. This could be helpful if you plan to join the army in the future."
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  • 0 +6 -6 andrew ayala Mar. 4, 2016
    "i think that they dont hurt children im a child myself and i dont get in trouble and i play violent games"
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  • 0 +6 -6 Ryan Mar. 2, 2016
    "I'm on the fence I but, do I have a concern that heavy video gameplay contributes to a general apathy I see in younger people."
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  • 0 +10 -10 sherry Sep. 26, 2015
    "I vote No because its the individual child and how they mentally communicate with society. It's not the product that makes the kid violent, it's the kid themselves. If they choose to be violent then that is in their makeup. People could of said the 3 stooges was violent the way they hit each other and nothing was said about them."
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  • -1 +1 -2 Jim Walsh May. 8, 2017
    "Get real everyone! The Supreme Court of the United States has decided this issue once and for all! Video games, violent or not, is protected speech under the Fourteenth Amendment. So get used to it. The gaming industry has their shield under Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, so good luck trying to take it away."
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    • +1 +1 0 SUPERMAN Jun. 13, 2017
      "You mean the first amendment, Jim. No one is trying to take away anyone's right to free speech. The idea is not to abuse the privilege of free speech, and the state has a compelling interest in protecting the vulnerability of our precious youth."
    • +1 +1 0 Samuel Jun. 1, 2017
      "You mean the 1st amendment?"
  • -1 +1 -2 Jim Walsh May. 5, 2017
    "Much too much has been made out of almost cartoon imagery in certain video games that certain individuals claim damage impressionable minds. Hello. Do we want to censor like we did comic books. The Supreme Court has already decided the issue."
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    • +1 +1 0 Jim Walsh Jun. 2, 2017
      "I absolutely mean the 1st amendment. In Brown v Entertainment Software Assn the Supreme Court ruled that children under 12 yrs old have a right to protected speech when playing their video games. The gaming industry is under the shield of the 1st amendment - end of story."
  • -5 +6 -11 red Nov. 15, 2016
    "i think kids shouldn't play bad games like "GTA".I feel like if their brother/sister is play a bad game in front of them. In the future the child that saw him/her playing this game they mite not think its a game they mite think its a video or something and copy what they are waching and do it in the real life. but this is my opinion"
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  • -15 +24 -39 Bla Oct. 7, 2015
    "Minecraft teaches good stuff more than bad stuff"
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