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After reading @nicolejb's card about gun control and gun violence in the United States and the ensuing conversation that happened in the comments of it, I got started thinking about the age-old debate about whether violence in video games are making kids more violent, more prone to violence in general.
There have been numerous studies conducted on the potential effects of violent video games on aggression and violent behavior in players. Some studies indicate that violent video games and other media lead to an increase in aggression in children and young adults. Other studies have indicated that this is not necessarily true.
The debate generally goes between determining whether people who claim videogame violence cause aggressive behavior in youth is simply a moral panic, or something founded in empirical evidence. More than that, though, it is also hard to separate video games as a medium from other invasive medias. There is violence broadcasted on television, both fictional and real.
This all makes it hard to determine what side to rest on. So it appears to boil down to a personal decision. Having seen the gusto that people talked with on @nicolejb's card, I thought we could have a similar conversation about violent video games and the sensationalism around it, on both sides.
To that end, I want to tage those who voiced their opinions over there, as well as video game community folks!
I feel that the problem is not having violence in video games, but more who is gaining access to said games, I feel a little disturbed having a conversation with a 6 year old about gaming, who then starts to tell me how much they love playing GTA V and Assassins Creed seriously people, these games are made with ratings for a reason. Stuff like that is never going to end well. I've been gaming for almost as long as I can remember, but the games I played when I was young were games made for kids my age. My favourite game for the longest time was a Bugs Bunny time travel was amazing!!!! But anyway I'm getting away from my main point which is that, kids tend to soak up a lot of what they are exposed to, if video game violence is what they are soaking up, there is probably gonna be issues stemming from that. So no, I don't think video games cause violence, I think that bad parenting certainly can though
I think that video games and other media aren't the cause, they and mearly a symptom. Society as a whole have become desensitized to violence and even crave it. The fault lies in us as parents. We all to often turn to video games and TV as a digital pacifier or babysitter, then we want to blame everyone but ourselves when our child acts out what they see. As a father I accept my role to raise my children the right way and teach them to value the people around them. Also I will use TV time and video games as a privlage and reward, not an "I don't know what to do with you" or "dealing with you is too inconvenient right now" so "go watch TV" who else accepts this difficult and all too important role?
One of the most destructive human pastimes is playing the blame game. It has been responsible for mass casualties of war and on a broad interpersonal level (social, familial and work-related), a considerable amount of human frustration and unhappiness. The blame game consists of blaming another person or a thing (in this case) for an event or state of affairs thought to be undesirable, and persisting in it instead of proactively making changes that ameliorate the situation. If something has gone wrong (or is not the way it should be), then someone or something other than myself must be identified and blamed for causing the situation. Perhaps, when people play the blame game, they often engage in all kinds of irrational thinking in order to justify blaming others. For example, “It’s my wife's fault I caught that nasty bug because the night before I got sick, she made me stay up to the wee hours watching that dumb video she rented." But how could someone possibly ever prove that he wouldn’t have gotten sick had he gotten more sleep or not watched that video at all...??? Just because one event followed the other doesn’t mean the first caused the second. The fallacy is classic but it’s a lot easier to cast blame than to be scientific. The blame game is a breeding ground for unscientific, unsupportable blame claims...!! Unfortunately, the blame game looks outside oneself to cast blame. It is never me in any significant way; it is rather the other guy or a thing(in this case) who is to blame. Blame me? Hell no! No flies on me!! The fact is we are desensitized to violence, and we have a generation of people that do not have the coping skills necessary to deal with the reality. And those who say video game makes people violent, just try to pass the buck with these blame games, and are only focused on the patient, not on the DISEASE...!!
we do too @MattK95 at least on most games and now, even movies
@shannonl5 maybe some parents do have trouble with that, but in Australia we often have written on the game why they are rated that, so if a have is rated R (restricted 18+) it will most likely say, "contains nudity, coarse language, violence, and strong sex scenes" I don't really think there is then an excuse to have a 6 year old playing that game...
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