Violence in Video Games
My friend Aaron rocked me with an unsuspecting blow to the stomach. “Oww, what was that for?!?” I asked him in shock. “You stole my kill,” he responded. We were playing the very violent, very bloody, very popular shoot ‘em up video game, Halo for the XBOX. Aaron was always a nice, well-mannered, and generally friendly person, until we met in the video game arena. It was almost as if he was a completely changed person once the game was popped into the XBOX disk drive.
Psychological Science journal has concluded “that violent video games increase aggressive behavior in children and young adults.” The review goes on to say “Analyses also reveal that exposure to violent video games increases physiological arousal, aggression related thoughts and feelings. Playing violent video games also decreases pro-social behavior.”
The exciting tales of Super Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Pong once used to light up television screens in family rooms where kids played their video games. These games were an outlet for children and adults to escape reality, and have a little fun. Now televisions across the world are lit up with violent, horrific tales of murder, sex, and drugs. Games such as Mortal Kombat, Halo, and Grand Theft Auto 3, have changed the gaming landscape from fun loving entertainment to a drug ridden blood sport. Over the past decade, video games have technologically evolved from the 8 bit Atari master system to the powerful 128 bit, visually stunning XBOX. However, along with these new technological advances, developers are creating raunchier, more sadistic games that have a profound effect on the youth of America. Such games use these enhanced, real-to-life graphics to depict violent themes such as homicide, hard drug use, prostitution, profanity, and cop killing. These themes are in no way suitable for young children and teenagers.
The bloodiness began with Moral Kombat, a second rate fighting game first introduced in the early 1990’s on the Sega Genesis was the catalyst for video game violence today. Blood is spewed on every punch, kick, and blow that is thrown in Mortal Kombat. The game doesn’t just consist of a horrendous amount of blood, but it also contains extremely horrifying finishing moves known as fatalities. These fatalities are especially sick and gruesome. After winning a fight with Kano, a character from the game, he would raise his hand and savagely pull out the heart of his defeated opponent, and as the other character slumped to the ground, Kano would raise the beating heart into the air as if it were a gold trophy.
I high-tail it in my sleek, stolen, sports car, as countless cops and FBI agents pursue me in a grueling high speed chase. It all started when I blew up a night club owned by a rival gang-member with 15 grenades, and 22 rounds from my sub-machine gun. After that I ran into a policeman near the scene, and emptied 29 rounds into his chest with my...