Video game violence has no effect on teenagers becoming violent in the real world, although the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has raised lots of controversy because of the rating of recent games. The difficulty of games has more of an effect on teen’s aggression than the games’ violence itself. These days there have been many games that have caused many heads to turn due to the violent contents. But in some cases video games teach children things and raise hand eye coordination. In some cases playing violent video games help children develop problem-solving skills. Video game violence controversies started off in 1976 with the release of a game called Death Race. A recent study at a university states that video games are a cause of racism.
Studies have shown that video game violence has no effect on real world violence. In fact violent crime rates have actually decreased while video game sales have more than doubled since 1996 according to New York Times. Dr. Michael Ward, an economist at the University of Texas at Arlington said “We found that higher rates of violent video game sales related to a decrease in crimes, and especially violent crimes.” "None of these extreme acts, like a school shooting, occurs because of only one risk factor; there are many factors, including feeling socially isolated, being bullied, and so on," said Iowa State University psychologist Dr. Craig A. Anderson.
Instead of the violent game itself, being bad at playing difficult games gives rise to real-world aggression. Not being able to beat a level on Tetris might cause more of a vulgar out lash than running around killing thousands of pedestrians on Call of Duty. There is something called “rage quitting”, this is when someone loses on a game and aggressively quits the game or rips a cord out of the TV. In my opinion this is the only aggressive behavior that results from playing video games. Players who could not master a game in the first 20 minutes were more likely to become aggressive regardless of the game being violent or not. “If players feel thwarted by the controls or the design of the game, they can wind up feeling aggressive,” said co-author Dr Andrew Przybylski from the Oxford Internet Institute. This need to master the game is far more significant than whether the game contained violent material. If a gamer is having a good time with a game, regardless of the violence, they will be enjoying themselves and be in a good mood afterwards. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise to most gamers, when you get a sweet headshot you are most likely to want to go up for a high five, not commit a violent crime.
These days there have been many games that have caused many heads to turn due to the violent contents. The first controversial video game was in 1976 and was called Death Race. It was also the first game to be pulled off shelves. The objective of the game was to run over as many “gremlins” as possible in the time allowed. The reason parents...