Are video games to violent?

 

In my opinion video games over the years have gotten more and more violent. Violent video games have caused lots of problems in children, teenagers, and some adults. Violent video games make you think it is okay to behave the way the characters do in the game. I’m sure you all have heard of the school shooting at Columbine High School, 13 young teenagers lost there lives because of the fact that the shooters had been playing violet video games.

If video games were not so violet children would not be so influenced to commit crimes. These shooting games and war games may give you a reality of how the war is but yet it is to violent for children under 18. Some adults can not even stand the violence in some games. Games can control your mind in a way. I have a little brother the age of 14, he is very caught up in his xbox, he gets home from school and you will catch him in his room playing away in a daze. You cant even talk to him while he is playing simply because he is so focused on the game he wont here you. If people are this obsessed with the gaming systems, then most likely they are playing violent games. In that case it is poisoning their minds.

There should be limits on to what images and profanity can be on video games now. I personally do not want to see my children playing violent video games and becoming violent at school or at home, or any where!

 

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4 thoughts on “Are video games to violent?

  1. Yes, I agree that video games have gotten increasingly violent over the years, however, I disagree that video games influence a child’s behavior. For some children, violent video games are an outlet to release their emotions. In an article published in Time ideas, Christopher J. Ferguson states that, “Our research lab recently published new prospective results with teens in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence indicating that exposure to video game violence neither increased aggressive behaviors, nor decreased prosocial behaviors”. Evidence shows that violent video games are not what influences children to commit crimes. Are video games any different than movies, books, or observing neighbors? Our world is corrupt and filled with violence, and video games are just another factor.

    I found it interesting that even in the Columbine shooting; video games were not to blame. According to psychologist Peter Langman in his book Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold “are not ordinary kids who played too many video games…These are kids with serious psychological problems”. Early on during the investigation some pointed to violent video games as the cause, but these were unsupported claims. Extensive research has shown that the Columbine shooting stemmed from psychological issues rather than the influence of video games.

    For some people, video games are just like a good book; it captures their attention and allows them to indulge in fantasy. This escape from reality is healthy and promotes creativity. Restricting authors from writing about violent or graphic topics in books is absurd and infringes upon our First Amendment rights. Video games should be treated the same way and should not be restricted. Diverse materials affect children differently depending on their maturity level and psychological condition. In my opinion, parents should regulate their child’s exposure to violence in any form based on the character and needs of the child. Violent video games themselves are neither good nor bad; the influence of the game depends on the user.

    http://ideas.time.com/2012/12/20/sandy-hook-shooting-video-games-blamed-again/
    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/7.107351-Ten-Years-Later-Videogames-Not-Responsible-for-Columbine

  2. I respect your opinion, but completely disagree. I will, however, agree that violence in video games has increased over the years, probably because technology in general has advanced and games can now be more realistic. I do not think that the violence in video games cause lots of problems, such as the school shooting at Columbine High School. Video games might have contributed to the shooters violent behavior, but was not the singe reason they did it.
    There should be no limits on the content of a video game. The creators should not have to sensor out parts of the game because some people think violence in the game leads to violence in reality. And even if violence in a video game did lead to violence in a kids reality, that’s the parents or guardians decision to allow their kids to be exposed or participate in those kinds of games. Video games in general are supposed to be entertaining and fun, so if you think violent video games are no good and lead to bad behavior, then don’t allow your kids to play them. Overall I think certain kids have the maturity level to handle a violent game and keep it just a game, and some don’t.

  3. Yes videogames have become very violent, but videogames do not create violent behavior. I agree that children under 18 shouldn’t have access to games like Call of Duty, Halo,etc. I have been playing games like those since I was twelve, but it was because I was more mature and knew how to handle it. Children these day are so warped in videogames its ridicolous. I occasionally play videogames now, but I’m old enough for those games and I am smart enough to know they are fictional. Also, its the mindset that creates violence. Kids these days are more fragile being exposed to so much technology that they can be easily influenced by anything. People like that shouldn’t really have access to violent videogames that are in today’s market. After playing both the Black Ops series of Call of Duty, I decided that my ten year old cousin who lived with me couldn’t play it whenever I wasn’t around. Its the parents job to watch what the children play, and if they are too immature or not ready to handle it, then they shouldn’t play them.

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