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Are violent games one of the reason why people are violent?
Posted 5/18/12 , edited 5/18/12
No, according to FBI psychoanalysts, people who play violent games release all their pent up anger and frustrations in the games which is why countries like Sweden, England and even China are making many hardened criminals play First Person Shooters as therapy...

Those who did commit violent crime after playing violent games were the exception and not the norm...

FBI psychoanalyst Raymond V. Walkson in a report back in 2009:
Violent games are no more likely to influence a normal and sane person to go out and kill someone than a good, family oriented game is likely to influence a sociopath to be loving and caring...
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Posted 6/4/12 , edited 6/4/12

Londo wrote:

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.


Don't lie.

I'VE SEEN YOU DO IT.

I steal cars, pick up hookers, bang them, then run over them with said stolen vehicle.



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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.

Class is out of session.


You took the words right out of my mouth. As I was reading it I was thinking "that isn't the games fault, it's the parents for letting a SIX year old play friggin MK.."

Obviously I was joking with Mr. Londo. People who blame video games for violence are the same people who sue McDonalds for making them fat.
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Posted 6/5/12

ThePinkRanger wrote:

You took the words right out of my mouth. As I was reading it I was thinking "that isn't the games fault, it's the parents for letting a SIX year old play friggin MK.."

Obviously I was joking with Mr. Londo. People who blame video games for violence are the same people who sue McDonalds for making them fat.


Exactly. Irresponsible parents or households usually find other means to pin the blame on negative actions, rather there own kids, or such. Video games could be some influence, but bad environments are the trigger.
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Posted 6/6/12
I've been watching my uncle play Resident Evil since I was 2 years old. Good times. It always felt so exciting to watch him kick zombie ass when I knew I'd never have the courage to pick up the controller and do it myself.

He would always tease me by going to a really dark or scary spot and then say something along the lines of "Think fast!" before tossing the controller to me and watching me lose my shit and panic.

I've played most of the most violent videogames ever made, not the least of which would be God of War or Grand Theft Auto. Oddly enough, I haven't murdered or seriously injured anyone to this day. Quite to the contrary, I aspire to be virtuous in all my actions ..

If anything, I always looked at games in a metaphorical sense, personally. Certain violence or conflict parallels real world issues which often are not violent by comparison, but share clear causal links.

I honestly don't believe violent media of any sort will cause anyone of any age to become violent as long as they maintain the level of sanity required to differentiate fantasy from reality. Some media can be quite frightening on the other hand, though. In that case .. stop being a wuss.
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Posted 6/7/12
No.
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Posted 6/9/12
I don't think so.
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Posted 6/9/12
No. I started playing violent games since i was 6 (Mortal Kombat) and lived with a father who had anger management. Maybe it's just me, but i'm not really a violent person :3
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Posted 6/14/12
Silly bafoon, what twat would be inspired to cause violence by playing video games?

Now on the other hand, I can understand why someone would attack an innocent person if they were involved in a D&D (or any LARP/whatever the hell these games are classified as, for that matter)... the only way to have fun in those is to really get into character.
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Posted 6/15/12
Violence was around before computer games.
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Posted 12/30/12
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Posted 12/31/12
Games don't make people violent.
LAG AND SHITTY TEAM MATES DO!
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Posted 12/31/12
Violent video games dont create violent people. Violent people create the video games...
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Posted 12/31/12
If video games had as much influence as critics claim, there'd be millions of Facebook users becoming farmers.

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Posted 1/1/13
No. I play Skyrim all the time, and I've never killed any dragons in real life.
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Posted 1/1/13
The thing is that everything influences your personality... so technically yes, but not moreso than violence in books, movies, television, the news, on the streets, etc. influences you.
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