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Are violent games one of the reason why people are violent?
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Posted 3/17/12
Columbine is the reason we can't have nice things.
Posted 3/20/12
They will affect the minds and behavior of the very idiotic but you don't see people jumping over walls trying to be Mario either.
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Video games don't kill people, I do.
Posted 3/27/12
i've been pretty violent all my life lol so no
Posted 3/27/12
No, if they did then I would be praising the sun and slaying heathens day in and day out. I only do one of those, usually.
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no cause i have played those type of games and i am not violent . i hate fighting but in a game its fun cause no one is actually getting hurt.
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I'm sure it's all ready been posted but I think violent games are tension, stress-relievers more so than trouble creators. You can take out or vent your frustrations in or on the game rather being violent out in public. Besides, all the cool third dimension spots in the dark alleys are all ready taken. That's 1 of the drawbacks of aging, I don't have enough testosterone, pumped up fists, too cool martial arts moves left to retain 1 of these hard fought for spots if any were open. Alas, it's just easier to put on a game face instead of a bloodied, toothless lame face.
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I used to think no, but my 6 year old nephew recently got into Mortal Kombat on the PS3,
& now he's been hitting everyone in the house pretending to be Scorpion.
Plus he's a black belt in karate, so you can imagine how much it hurts.
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Posted 5/8/12
I see this argument everywhere! Even in my psychology textbooks...Violent games could make violent people, but it could also be reversed: violent people like playing violent games. I'm not sure what my take is on this...
Posted 5/8/12
I always used to think that violent people would like to play games that match their thoughts and actions rather than the other way around.
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Posted 5/10/12 , edited 5/10/12
Violent games may also be an outlet for people who wish to do violence. They actually help PREVENT people from being violent because they get to 'vent' while playing. Those people who become so immersed and unhealthily obsessed to the point where they copy what violent actions are in-game are just extremes. They have the type of mind that will let them develop such unhealthy fixations. If they hadn't copied stuff in violent games, they could very well have just used some other twisted excuse as a reason for violence.


That being said, people were way more violent hundreds of years ago. People today are very tame in comparison.
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That's right. It's a well-hidden secret that a Modern Warefare fan head shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand and triggered the start of World War I.
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Posted 5/12/12
No its mainly the way people are raised.
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Posted 5/12/12 , edited 5/12/12
People have been violent for millions of years. Video games have been around for a little more than 30. I rest my case.



Marionetta wrote:

Columbine is the reason we can't have nice things.


Columbine was Marilyn Manson's fault.
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Posted 5/17/12 , edited 5/17/12

Marilynnn wrote:

I used to think no, but my 6 year old nephew recently got into Mortal Kombat on the PS3,
& now he's been hitting everyone in the house pretending to be Scorpion.
Plus he's a black belt in karate, so you can imagine how much it hurts.


That's called bad parenting. Why would any one allow any 6yr old kid to play Mortal Kombat (which is clearly ranked as MA)? Children that young are in developmental stages, so yes they imitate things. Comparing the mind of a 6yr old to a teenage or an adult is nonsensical. I get so sick of parents being too damn lazy to properly raise their kids, and then when the kid does something dumb, they shift the blame on outside sources. It's a parents job to watch and control what a child does, not the media or any product of it. Hopefully martial arts actually taught him discipline since that and not fighting is the key principal.

In regards to violent games/movies/music causing violence, that's total BS. It's called a red herring argument. Video games, movies, books, and music are a reflection and product of society and its standards at any given time. The reason things seem more violent in games and media is because the world we live in has become more dangerous, or at lest our perceived awareness of that danger has increased. War, terrorism, gang shootings, school shootings, abductions, drug crimes, sex crimes have all spiked compared to what they were 40 years ago. Games/movies/music are just a reflection of the fact that we have accepted more violence into our lives. Most people are too placated to deal with the real problem; go after the sources of violence instead of blaming it on the products. In fact, most of the studies done on violent games shows that the individuals who spend more time playing them (and are of the appropriate age per rating system) showed less aggressive tendencies and tended to not act out, since they had an outlet. There are some studies to the contrary, but they number fewer and are usually back by dubious funding from people with obvious agendas. The reason I mentioned the red herring argument is because of people like that. They are only interested in forcing their own definition of morality in other peoples' faces, and they care not for scientific fact to the contrary.

I could go on at length about this, and have as I have written many articles about the subject, but that's pretty much the lowdown of it. Decide for yourself, but please use your own time to educate yourself, don't take what anyone says at face value, even what I just wrote. Knowledge is not something gathered by word of mouth, it's gathered by researching as much as possible.

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