Have you ever seen someone playing a violent video game, or played one yourself
Have you ever seen someone playing a violent video game, or played one yourself? Have you ever seen someone get aggressive over a video game? I myself have played my fair share of games and I know first hand that they can provoke aggression. Today I'm going to discuss video game violence, and the impact they can have on the players and society.
As a class, you might wonder what this has to do with me? Well, based on general knowledge, most of you the guys in this room, maybe some girls, play video games for at least a couple of hours a week. Today I will tell you about the games you play, their history and how they affect you.
First, lets look at the history of violent games. In 1976 a game called "Death race 2000", produced by Atari, was released. The game allowed you to control a tiny pixel car and run over tiny pixel gremlins. The game caused such a stir, that it was banned from store shelves, and it caused 60 minutes to do an investigation into how violent video games affect the people who play them. A while later in 1992, another very popular, and very violent video game was released. This game was mortal kombat. The game featured a great deal of blood and gore, more than parents wanted their kids to be exposed to. Their anger was answered by the government putting ratings on games such as M, MA, and R. The ratings are based on the amount of language, violence, and sexual content within the game.
Today, video games have become more realistic than pixel cars and gremlins. The people and characters in the games look like real people. Lets take a look at the very popular grand theft auto, from rockstar games. One of its key features is that you can do just about anything, with little consequence. You could go on a mass killing rampage, run away from the cops, and the will be home free. The games missions tell you to murder and beat up people, many of them innocent, then you get rewarded as if you have done something good. In the most recent installment, Grand Theft Auto IV, the graphics are so realistic; it's easy to think the game to be real life. Now lets look at Gears of War, by Epic Games. The character that you control is in the middle of a graphic alien war. While you dodge bullets and watch your teammate die beside you while fighting, you attack the aliens with...