Currently, in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings, there is an argument that violence is connected to violent video games. Some believe that killers’ minds are desensitized to violence because they spend a lot of time playing violent video games.
I, on the other hand, think that criminals commit murder because they have a mental or emotion issue, not because they play Call of Duty. The only people who commit violent murders are the ones who are mentally or emotionally unhealthy. True, many people who commit murders play violent video games. But so do millions of people who don’t mass murder other human beings! I’m sure there are more murderers playing video games these days than there were ten years ago, but there are more janitors and cab drivers too. The fact is that there are simply more people playing violent video games these days.
I don’t think that video games are the factor that makes people go out and commit violent crimes. I think that other factors- physical or verbal abuse perhaps- could influence their lives in detrimental ways. But I do not think that violent video games are the main cause for violent crimes. I have played violent video games and watched scary movies just as much as anyone else, but I do not have the slightest desire to go out and kill anyone. Playing a First Person Shooter does not make me want to go out and shoot someone in real life.
Video games are fun because they allow you to live in a fantasy world, where you can wield powerful weapons, and have no consequences of injury or death. You can be an unbeatable hero! Every guy wants that power and glory, and every guy can get it through video games. Through video games, they can vent their feelings by shooting terrorists and blowing up airplanes, all in the safety of their home.
Violence is no small issue; it is a serious problem in this day and age. But video games are just that- games. They do no harm.