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Are violent video games the cause of real life violence?

Posted on 9/19/2013 by with 7 comments

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The pundits are talking thanks to the successful launch of GTA I would assume. So the talking heads on both sides of the fence are pointing fingers from the conservatives to the liberals, both sides are call for the stop of violent game because it leads to a life of crime. You’ve heard them violent video games this and violent video games that!

Every time I hear this theory on violent video games I cringe. As a young guy I joined the service and was sent all over the world to do the things that nobody else wanted to do, but we did them we complained from time to time, well maybe we complained all the time, but I wouldn’t change a thing about that time I spent with some good people and terrible places. So needless to say I’ve been around the block a few times, the big difference is I know the difference between right and wrong.

Let me get one thing straight, I don’t have any kids. Not because I don’t like kids because I have responsibility to know that right now isn’t a good time for me to have kids in my life.

So what I have to say will probably not be taken by all very well. If your kid plays violent video games and doesn’t know the difference between a game and real life, I have question the upbringing of that family he or she belonged to. Sorry parents! I would question why you even have kids in the first place.

A friend of mine said that some of his army buddies where using call of duty to come up with tactics for training and I could see that, but carrying out in real life is a little different mashing a button in a game.

If a violent video games makes someone go off the deep end, I’m pretty sure that person wasn’t right to begin with. Maybe not but I’m no psychologist, nor do I plan to be.

 

I’m only a gamer that knows the difference between right and wrong.

 

So today I ask you, are violent video games causing real violence?

7 responses to Are violent video games the cause of real life violence?

  1. On September 19th, 2013 at 10:00 am , Mike P. said...

    I can’t stand when the media starts blaming video games for violence! Its beyond ridiculous and they should start looking at the real issues: unemployment, education, etc… Good article 🙂

    GTA V is the greatest video game in history by the way!!! 😀

  2. On September 19th, 2013 at 10:30 am , gamebloggirl said...

    I agree totally. The responsibility rests with the parents. And why aren’t we asking better questions, if we are really going to have a thoughtful discussion about violence in video games. Who plays violent video games? What attracts people to violent video games? Are people who are *already* violent more likely to purchase violent video games?

  3. On September 19th, 2013 at 10:32 am , Matt said...

    Every so often we hear these arguments ring throughout the country on every cable news station. I’ll admit, I’m not a GTA fan but I do play “violent” video games. Whether I’m playing CS, Red Dead Redemption, Battlefield, etc. I don’t leave the game wanting to go kill someone.

    When I think about my childhood there are two things that really come to mind when dealing with gun violence or violence in general. First, my Mom, Dad, or grandparents would’ve beat my ass if I did something that wasn’t well though of. For Instance, for years I knew where my father’s guns were and they were left unlocked. Obviously this was poor decision making on his part but I knew if I touched what I wasn’t supposed to I would’ve been punished. This is something that doesn’t fully exist now a days. Kids are able to do a lot of what they want and are no longer being parented (I know this is a blanket statement). This has definitely caused a change in the way kids learn and grow. Personally I wouldn’t buy GTA for my daughter or son, at least at their young age.

    Also, the US is so easy on gun ownership and glorifies violence in their shows and movies. Other countries have stricter laws surrounding ownership and allow more emphasis on sexuality than highlighting violence. This is just an overarching issue in the US and video games are not the problem.

  4. On September 19th, 2013 at 12:41 pm , geekoutsw said...

    An important point to raise is most violent video games are rated too high for children. They should not be playing them, same as they should not watch an 18 movie.

    This being said, I understand peoples cause for concern, but media appears to have misguided the public to question: violent video games. Not violent media. Get them to question a violent movie, whole different ball game.

    I echo that upbringing plays a lot to a child’s future, including violent tendencies. If anything is to be done: it starts at home.

  5. On September 19th, 2013 at 12:55 pm , Kevin Gesterling said...

    I think video games can be a contributing factor to real life violence, but I don’t blame video games for mass shootings or any other real life violence.

    What really causes these horrific stories actually has to do with mental health issues for the most part. And if it goes untreated it can just cause someone to snap and sadly in some cases other people are the victims.

    However when you look at mental health issues, I do put some of the onus on the parents who should be making better decisions on when to buy these types of games for their children.

    For example, if the kid is a whiny little brat, he probably should not be playing these types of games because he is not showing maturity. And to me if you get these games for your kids you need to know that they are mature enough to play this game, and understand that the games are meant as a way to be entertained and have fun. The real life implications are severe if you do these things in real life.

    And also as a parent I think that you (the parent) need to avoid these games if your kid has signs of being violent, or aggressive since it can just add to the problems by teaching methods of revenge.

    I think the media gets it wrong, when they see a story of a young man or woman going on a rampage, they automatically try to pin it in video games. But the reality is that a very large number of these people have severe mental health issues and video games might have been part of their lives, but it is a small contributing factor out of many factors that could lead to someone going crazy.

    Just my two cents worth here, I just did a piece like this a month or so ago, it’s sad that it i already coming back up.

  6. On September 20th, 2013 at 5:28 am , The Otaku Judge said...

    I’m not sure what U.S law is like, but in Europe games carry age ratings. Why ban/censor games for everyone? Kids shouldn’t have access to those mature games in the first place. No one demands that porn be banned because it is corrupting kids.

  7. On September 21st, 2013 at 8:45 am , Chris said...

    Yeah we have age rating on this type of game, must be 18 or over to purchase. Not sure how well that is enforced at all game shops thou

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