In the article When Life Imitates Video, writer John Leo gives his opinion that video kill games can lead to violent behavior. He makes many good points throughout his argument, although, he seems to put the blame of violence almost entirely on video games. Leo believes that “we are now a society in which the chief form of play for millions of youngsters is making large numbers of people die” (p. 4). This statement hardly seems possible to prove; he doesn’t back it up with any evidence. There really is no way of proving that more people are dying each year because of murderers being influenced by violent video games.
From a parental guidance standpoint, there are already laws restricting minors from purchasing suggestive and violent video games. Therefore, if your child is playing these video games then how did they obtain it in the first place? In my opinion, violent video games should not be the one to blame. If the parents of these younger kids are letting them play these violent games, then they are the ones responsible for any influence the game has on their children. Leo provides a statement from Psychologist David Grossman who believes that parents “have to start worrying about what we are putting into the minds of our young.” Even if some parents trusted their children to play these sorts of games, then the least they could do is observe their thoughts and actions towards these games.
Leo admits the opposing argument that “this is a harmless activity among children who know the difference between fantasy and reality” (p. 5). I feel like this proves that the argument will always remain debatable and will never be resolved. Some children grow up well educated and cared for, and will never have a bad bone in their body even if they are exposed to violence. Many children do understand right from wrong merely because they’ve been exposed to violence in the first place. On the other hand, some children will end up committing crimes, but for multiple reasons aside from violent video games.