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tendencies may be as subtle as inappropriate language or as obvious as getting into fights with others.
Almost all video games contain violence. Dr. Craig Anderson, a psychologist who studies violence, declares: The rating itself does not tell you whether it is a healthy or unhealthy game. Any game that involves killing or harming another character in order to advance is likely to be teaching inappropriate lessons to whoever is playing it Dr. Anderson then goes on to explain that just because a game is not rated mature or teen that does not necessarily mean that the game will not contain violence. In fact, a lot of video games have hidden violence, even cartoon games. For instance, SpongeBob Square
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Video Game Violence
Violence in video games has been a hot topic ever since the beginnings of the industry. From depictions of a polygonal frog being run over in Frogger, to stealing cars in a realistic environment a la Grand Theft Auto, this topic has sparked serious debate. The traditional liberal stance is that the government should forcefully regulate the video game industry. The conservative stance is that the industry does a good job of rating itself, and that government should not get involved. The liberal stance has its points, in the fact that video games are getting more realistic and more violent. With increasing technology in computers, the video game industry also makes
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“Video Game Violence Does Not Cause Violent Tendencies”
An In-Depth Look at Video Game Violence and its Positives Effects
“On Tuesday, November 2, while the rest of the country was voting, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Schwarzenegger v. EMA, the landmark case in which the state of California is petitioning for the re-instatement of a California law banning the sale of deviant or morbid violent video games to minors” (Macris). This case is a current example of the opponents of video games trying to prove video games are a bad influence on children and teenagers. Violent video game opponents have always tried to disprove the positive effects of video games
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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
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Video Game Violence
Concerns about the effect of media violence on children extends back at least to the beginning of the mass media, with the issue raised with reference to films, radio, television, comic books, and so on. As technology brings new types of media to the fore, the issue shifts to depictions of violence in these new media. Both popular sources and scholarly address this issue, asking in effect how violent video games change children’s behavior and make them more violent, assuming that it is believed that this is the case.
The first issue is clearly whether or not violent video games
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Video Game Violence
Video game violence has been a long going controversy. Video games have not been around all that long, “first introduced in the 1970s” (Cesarone, Feb. ‘95), and started out as being centered towards the Children. Well anybody that has grown up with games are now older and more mature and demand more from their gaming experience, and so the creation of new types and styles of games have evolved to suit them. I have grown up with games, and am at the age where ‘kids games’ just don’t do it for me anymore. The games that I thought were enjoyable when I was a kid are now very boring. I need a more complex game with many variables to consider, and I am mature
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Politics: current us problem-video games and violence 2000-07-10 In recent years, video games have been a popular icon of youth culture. However,as games have become popular, so has the amount of violence contained in them. Because of the immense popularity of video games with children, violence within them should be handled more properly. First of all, let's take a look at some background information to get a few ideas of who plays the games frequently and what amount of video games contain violence. A lot of people tend to think that the majority of video game users are children, but a congressional testimony by Interactive Digital Software Association denies this, and points out that 77
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games should be more respective to the public and not create so much violence in video games.
December 14, 2012, was an ordinary day until a young man named Adam Lanza shocked the world. If Adam Lanza doesn’t ring a bell he is known for bringing a gun to Sandy Hook elementary school in Colorado. Newscast after newscast broadcast the story of Adam who drove to the elementary school and killed a total of twenty children and six adult staff members. Lanza was a video game addict. He played very violent games such as Call of Duty. Adam went and killed random children who he had no connection to just like the video games where an individual kills random people who are zombies in the video game. In
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Video Game Industry Should Restrain Violence
In 1998, the US software industry sold $6.3 billion worth of video games (see Unknown). Not bad for an industry that didn't exist 25 years ago! Yet despite its continued growth, all is not well in the video game industry. School shootings in Littleton, Colorado; Pearl, Mississippi; Paducah, Kentucky; Conyers, Georgia and many other towns have shocked the nation (see Malcolm). Understandably, grieving parents and sympathetic citizens are searching for a cause for this "outbreak" of youth violence. It is natural to assume, "when children, the symbol of innocence, commit the severest of crimes, then something must be going wrong
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side that is more correct.
Over 97 percent of American teenagers play video games at an average of 13 hours per week (Greitemeyer & Mügge). With so many young adults playing video games, it would make sense that some of them might already have a psychological disorder that can trigger them to be violent. However, if the a majority of the teenagers studied did not have a previous history of violence or psychiatric disorders in the study, then it might be possible to infer that video game violence and real-life violence might have a correlation. A study suggests that playing video games excessively can affect learning and behavior, but playing pro-social video games increases helping and
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Approximately 90% of American kids ages 8 to 16 play video games for about 13 hours a week (Harding). There are many different kinds of video games but the particular genre that is becoming more and more popular among kids is violent video games. Games like “Grand Theft Auto”, “Call of Duty”, “Hitman” and “Mortal Kombat”. Each year these games become more realistic and more violent, leading some people to believe that there is actually a link between video game violence and real life violence. For decades research has been done on this topic to see if violence in video games can cause more aggressive behaviors in players, especially younger players. There are a lot of factors to consider
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How Does Video Game Violence Relate to Violence in Reality?With every action there is a cause and effect; when a child acts out in a violent manner, people usually look back and try to find out what provoked this response. Did the child learn it from home? Do they hang around a bad crowd? Probably the most common response is - they learn it from media. More specifically- video games and fantasy violence. This is a frequent theory adults have on where children and teens get their violent tendencies, but as any other accepted stereotype, it isn't entirely true. Statistics on the increasing exposure of violence in media and juvenile violence in the real world prove this prevalent assumption
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In today’s world, video games have come along way since the birth of game consoles, with such games as Pac Man, Donkey Kong, and Frogger. Not only have the graphics done a complete turn but the violence has also on video games. There have been many people discussing on the topic of video games that have violence and the effect it has on kids. It brings out more aggression on kids that play those types of games than those who does not. Video games are considered harmful to society.
MSNBC.msn.com Kristin Kaining games editor states that in a recent research study (Does game violence make teens aggressive) teens played two different types of games for thirty minutes each. The one who
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Throughout a number of recent studies, participants playing violent video games have consistently shown increases in their aggressive behavior, both during and after the gameplay. A study that linked violent video games to child aggression found that in every group they tested, “Children who were exposed to more video game violence did become more aggressive over time than their peers who had less exposure” (Harding 1). An increase in aggressive behavior after playing violent video games is quite common in most cases, although many gamers would argue that other factors, such as people’s emotions, cause this negative change in behavior. This reveals numerous questions surrounding
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seventh grade, he or she will have witnessed 8,000 murders and 100,000 acts of violence on television. Some people say so much violence on television makes American society- including its children- more violent” (“Causes of School Violence” 1). Among the violent media, video games are the current trend. Although video games are rated by ESRB (the entertainment software rating board) based on content, and specified what age group they are appropriate for on
their cases, many parents overlook the ratings, and allow their children to play game intended for mature audiences. A survey of teens conducted in 2000 regarding video games reveled the following: “89 percent reported that their parents never
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There has been a lot of factors linked to child aggression. One of biggest factors is children playing violent video games. Although video games are commonly used by children there can be negative effects when introduced to violent video games. Recent studies have shown a correlation between violent video games and the behavior of young children. Violent video games influence children's behavior because their attitudes become more aggressive, the availability of violent games has become very easy for children , and with the help of technology the graphics of the video games make the game look identical to real life.
Iowa Sate University did a study on how the violence in video games
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The second reason video games are an issue is that videogames have been linked to a variety of mental and physical ailments. The most common physical health problems tend to be arthritis from barely moving the fingers while using a keyboard or game controller, and a variety of eye problems due to constantly staring at the game screen. The most frequently occurring mental problems range from delusions to schizophrenia and becoming desensitized to violence. Keegan says that "repeated exposure to violent images can make people less sensitive to the effects of violence" (1). All of these ailments, both mental and physical, can and will occur in many people, but this statement only holds true
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realistic, and they give you the feeling that you are actually in the game. Elizabeth Carll, PhD in Psychology says “A comprehensive analysis of violence in interactive video game research suggests exposure increases aggressive behavior, aggressive thoughts, angry feeling, and physiological arousal and decreases helpful behavior”. Children that have played these games for long periods of time have come to accept the behaviors that they are being influenced by and opposing against their own morals (Vanhorn, 1999). It might be said that children are taking out their anger on these games but my question is Are the games what give the children the hostile ideas and ways of thinking? Practice
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“Breaking news tonight at 11, three students dead, several wounded after manic depressed teen lashes out with a handgun…” Americans serve witness in recent decades to this scary yet familiar occurrence. The cause of this familiar scene is minors suffering from social disorders and aggression. The major focus of blame is the entertainment industry including television, movies, books, and recently video games. The state of California decided to address the concern of video game violence by passing a law banning minors from purchasing games that are considered “violent”. However, the law is unconstitutional and unnecessary.
The law is simple: any game that humanoid characters are maimed
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? Don't you think this might make children more aggressive to see someone shot at point blank only to be unharmed and fit as a fiddle? I do and I plan to prove that video game AND television violence cause children to become more aggressive.Firstly, psychologist Brandon S. Centerwall states, "Children have an instinctive desire to imitate behavior. Unfortunately, however, children are not born with an instinct for evaluating the appropriateness of certain actions" (1-58). This means that children naturally model what they see on television and do not typically think about whether or not they should model what they see.John Murray, professor of developmental psychology at Kansas State University
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This project shows if video game violence affects children.Many children between the ages of eight years old and tenyears old will be observed before, during, and after playingviolent video games. Looking for violent behavior before,during, and after playing violent video games is the wholeexperiment. The conclusion is that most children have noproblems after playing the violent videogames.I think that most of the children will beunaffected by playing violent games. Mostchildren have the ability to tell thedifference between reality and a game, sothey should act normally. But the othersmay have their behavior affected becauseof the lack of telling the differencebetween reality and
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the medical field before the Senate regarding whether or not these comics should be purchasable by children, or even in eyesight of them. (Hall, Day, and Hall) Dr. Frederic Wertham, forensic psychiatrist, gave this testimony before a Senate subcommittee using many of the arguments that we see again today regarding the safety and effects of violent video games and media on children:
There are however two “social theories” that hold the majority sway over the ideas of the potential impact of violent video games(Hall, Day, and Hall). The first stating that these games increase violence by teaching the players how to be violent, then rewarding them in game for violent activities. (Hall, Day
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on other children instead of videogames or traditional play.In order to save lives and preserve a multi-billion dollar industry, anti-videogame legislation must be prevented from becoming law. There is much evidence, which suggests that violent videogames are actually a benefit to children. They act as an outlet for their naturally violent behavior. Videogames allow children to release their anger on the game itself, rather than on their peers. Violence has existed in movies and television for many years, yet they do not cause unacceptable behavior. In fact, the content of movies are not subjected to nearly the amount of censorship, which has been proposed for videogames. In addition, the
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In America teenagers committed thousands of homicides last year and many believe these are due to video game violence. This paper clearly explains why video games do not cause any type of actual violence. My argument is based on three main points. All video games produced in America today are required to have a rating system. No proof exists that there is any relation to video games and violence, and a large number of Americans play video games today.All video games today have an ESRB rating system. This system involves a board that views the specified game and rates it on a scale. The scale ranges from "E" meaning for everyone to "M" meaning only suitable for mature or adult players. This
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“Budda...Budda...Budda!” Bryce and Louis are finishing a game of Grand Theft Auto V. Have you realized how realistic video games have gotten? Or, how it can affect people? Theres ways to prevent violence from video games. Also, research has been done by high talked about researchers. If only parents looked at the video games content rating. Violent video games have desensitized boys and men to violence. Most violence created by 14-16 year olds came from video games.
Violence is rough or injurious force(Kerstetter). Shootings and murders and real life violence and there all caused by something. Whether its revenge or if the person can't desensitize real life from a movie/video game
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In today’s world of video games, there are wonderful pictures, surround sound effects, and realistic graphics which encourage players to keep playing. It means when they play an action game or war game, it will have shooting shots, bloody splashes, decapitated scenes, or fighting movements. Unfortunately some people call these games causes negative effects in players. They say that violent video games cause players to become killers or terrorists. A research study on video game violence concluded, “There is no evidence to show proof of the relationship between computer game violence and violence in children above the age of 8.” (Stuart, 2014) Moreover, millions of people play violent video
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media violence influencing a child to act violent and have aggressive behavior.
Video game violence has become a highly politicized issue for the public due to the rising concerns that there is a high risk in aggression in violent video games. There have been several debates of video game promoting negative effects to the youth. The overall negative and positive influences in violent video games suggest to aggressions and visuospatial cognition (visual perception) in order to understand the development of an adolescent. However, many debates promote positive developments on youth such as visuospatial cognition (visual perception). In a Meta-analysis 1 (The Bad), video games have
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who are exposed to violent video games, our society will have less violence, more peace, and healthier children. I believe that the ESRB should be more restrictive in rating violent video games.Of course not everybody agrees with me that the ESRB should be more restrictive in rating violent video games. Defenders of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) argue that the current rating system is already strong enough to prevent children to access into violent video games. First, the ESRB state that before a game is released to the public, the game publishers must submit responses to written ESRB questionnaire specifying exactly what pertinent content will be in the games. Second, the
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People have always been looking for a reason why horrible things happen. The media is quick to blame video games as the target and cause of many shootings that have occurred, ever since Columbine and Quake. People have been blaming video games for violence for years now, ever since violent video games have been made. News reports blame video games more and more for each shooting, telling the public how this person played video games for x amount of hours a day, and that video games caused him or her to shoot people, and how video games encourage and reward violence. Anti-video game lobbyists have been campaigning to have violence removed from video games, citing resources
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. Therefore, video games are addictive, dangerous…’ These South Koreans do not have anyone to watch over them or restrict what they do so they continue to play without breaks or eating food until they die. On BBC News a Korean couple left their own baby to starve to death while raising an online baby, they fed their baby every 12 hours and went back to the online game. The couples have lost their responsibility and are too addicted to the game to even care about what is happening in the real world.
Violence caused by video games normally affect people who have a mental condition as they are more likely to attempt what is in the video game. Most of the video games played contain violence but
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A video game is “an electronic game in which players control images on a television or computer screen” (Merriam-Webster). Video games have been entertaining and challenging gamers since the Game Boy to modern console games. Despite the simplicity of the definition of video games, a video game, especially ones containing violence can have a large effect on the gamer. Because of the realism and advancements in the video game industry, video games can influence the player, and can make the gamer more aggressive, even if the game is not a violent video game. Even though video games have grown in popularity over the past decade, some have not been too popular with parents, for the reason that
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. "There are good reason, such as the participant nature of video-games playing as compared to the more passive nature of viewing television, to hypothesize that vide game violence exposure maybe more strongly related to aggressive behavior then television exposure. (Dill and Dill, 1998") Although one early studies done by slivern and Williamson, 1987 found no difference between the impact of video games and television on short term aggressive behavior in children. There were different correlations studies and case controlled design was done in this research for example studies was to target aggressive behavior ranging from mild aggression to serious and chronic aggressive behavior. Also they
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emotional responses to non-violent games, have shown that violent games increase aggressive emotions. Adolescents themselves often seem to recognize this. When asked to name the "bad things" about computer games, many students reported that they make people more moody and aggressive (Shin np).
Studies on children age four to six, found evidence that the violence from cartoons was not any different than that of video games. Video games have been used for entertainment and have in the majority depreciated the health of children. Games peek the interest of the children and provoke them to act out the violence they experience in the game (Dorman 4). A
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game displayed a higher level of aggression than children who played a nonviolent game (6). Similarly, in a study by Calvert and Tan, college students who played a violent video game reported more aggressive thoughts after playing the game than college students who played a nonviolent game (6). Although several researchers advocate the position that video games cause violent behavior in children and adults, there are also many researchers who support the opposite belief, which is that video games purge one's desire to act violently and thus reduce the amount of violence in which a person will engage (5). Other detrimental effects of video games include taking time away from a child's studies or
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Violent Media Images and Video Games Results In Violent Behavior
Can violent media images and video games result in violent behavior? The answer is yes. For a few decades now hundreds of researchers have take time to research the relationship of media images and video games to violent behavior in children. In the next few paragraphs I will discuss why media images and video games result in violent behavior in children. This paper will also provide some important factors that adults should know about media images and video game violence.
It has been researched that media images and video games can be harmful and damaging to children’s minds. Most children watch 21-23 hours of
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hard to get these consumers to buy their products. This demand also includes titles which contain violence.All video games have rating on them. This rating is given by ESRP, which stands for Entertainment Rating Software Board. This board rates video games from E to M. The ratings include: E for everyone, E10+ for everyone over the age of ten, T for teenagers, and M for mature ages seventeen and up. The worse the game the higher the rating. To purchase a game rated M you must have a valid ID proving you are over the age of seventeen.People argue that violence, blood, and gore in video games is the same as what we see on television. The counter to that proposal is the fact thatvideo games have
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Have you ever been to the movies and denied a ticket because you wee not old enough? Or, have you ever attempted to buy a game, and, of course, you got turned down, because, once again, you were not old enough? Although, you probably do know why you were denied or turned down, because of those great warning or rating systems on every form of media nowadays. Video games have been a part of American culture since the late 1970's and first emerged as a controversial social problem in late 1994 and has continued until the present. Violence in video games is one of important issues that most countries are facing right now. They number of children exposed to violent video games is increasing
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For years now, professionals of different fields have been debating about violent video games and its effect on the gamers. This paper aims to outline the claims and counterclaims in the debate around video game violence. This paper supports the contention that concerns about video game violence are not legitimate. This paper examines the two main opposing arguments concerned with video game violence. First, it addresses the issues surrounding the debate around video game violence. Second, it examines the literature concerned with this issue. Finally, it discusses some cases related to video game violence like the Columbine High School massacre. Before proceeding, it is appropriate to
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“It is clear that the causal relationship between televised violence and antisocial behavior is sufficient to warrant appropriate and immediate remedial action… There comes a time when the data are sufficient to justify action. That time has come” (Berkowitz, Leonard). Approximately forty-two years ago, Surgeon General published a warning against violence in the media. While violence in television is still a big problem today, a new and worse problem has arisen: video game violence. Unlike in television, people are able to interact through the video games as if they were the ones hurting and/or killing the victims. This is a huge concern for society because youth are being taught that
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This game is so cool! I can do whatever I want. I can rob the bank, I can hit other people with a baseball bat, and I can kill people. Why do I kill? Because I'm the boss and because I can! This is just a game! These are some thoughts that come into my mind when I play Grand Theft Auto. Many kids in America play many violent games. In fact, forty-two percent of children play at least an hour per day ("Video Games Cause Aggressive… 2). Many people believe that violence in the media doesn't affect a child's behavior at all. Well, I am opposing that viewpoint. Getting rid of some violence in the media will greatly affect children behavior.
Many people don’t believe that viewing some violent
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Does the famous video game Pac Man influence its players to abuse the use of prescription pills? It may sound ridiculous, but that is how news media specializes in the alteration of false information. By arriving at conclusions without providing accurate research and facts to back it up, news media blames extreme video games for causing violence in our society. They ignore factors such as population, mental health, and home life as they quickly jump to conclusions that violence portrayed through media influences individuals to cause harm to others. The misrepresentation of violent entertainment by news media has successfully caused false judgments and opinions about violent video games
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controversies over videogames but the biggest controversy is violence in video games. Many parents believe that video games will corrupt their children's minds. Thats not always true because many kids can play a game knowing the difference between reality and imagination. Children learn a lot from their parents so if parents tell the kids before they buy them a game that it is reality and that they should never do it. In recent studies by American Psychological Association (APA) and Brown University that violent video games like shooters can boost children's learning, health, and social skills (washingtonpost). Many parents tell their kids “playing video games will rot your brain.” This is not true
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them selves, rather than initiating action. (Cesarone) One study found that the covers of the forty-seven most popular Nintendo games depicted 115 male and nine female characters; among these characters, twenty of the males played a dominant role while none of the females did. (Provenzo, 1992) women found themselves in need of rescue, in thirteen out of the forty-seven game scenarios tested. Many children have difficulty agreeing to themes presented in video games, leading to confusion and misunderstanding of the content.
Secondly violence, another suggestive theme also contributes to societies major concerns about video games. “Advanced improvement in the presentation of the games
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The Violence of Video Games and the Effect It Have On Society
In today world video games have come along way since the birth of game consoles, with such games as Pac Man, Donkey Kong, and Frogger. Not only have the graphics done a complete three hundred and sixty degrees turn but the violence has also on video games. There have been many people discussing on the topic of video games that have violence and the effect it has on kids. It brings out more aggression on kids that play those types of games than those who does not. Although some video games are considered harmful to society, we must find the necessary steps to improve on what we allow our children to play to fix this
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have gained and they don’t feel the motivation the get rid of it. When you play video games you set for hours sometimes playing your favorite game but what impact does that have on your vision? Playing a video game for an extended period of time can cause eye strain causing discomfort, fatigue, blurry vision and a whole lot more so it is best when playing video games to give your eyes some time to rest.
We know video games can cause you to lack social skills and we know it can cause health problems but did you know it also can cause aggressive behavior? Violent video games have been the blame for shootings, bullying, and violence towards women. When children and young
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Imagine the government coming in and taking all of your video games away. This may sound crazy, but some people think that video games are violent but they don't see the positive side of them. As americans we enjoy a wide range of personal choice, and thankfully that videogames are one of them. But think for a moment about the positive side of violent video games. For many years people say that violence in video games causes real life violence but think for a moment do video games really cause violence in real life or is it just people that do it. In a 2007 study said that 45% of boys play it to help me with my anger and 62% say it helps me relax. Another study done by the US Secret
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with rare exceptions, they haven't found any evidence to support their theory that violent video games cause violent behaviour (CNET, 2013). Christopher Ferguson, of Texas A&M International University, argued in one paper that "the negative effects of violent games have been exaggerated by some elements of the scientific community, fitting with past cycles of media-focused moral panics." Ferguson also found that over the past 10 years, published studies on the effects of video game violence and behaviour and the effects of video games on aggressive behaviour may be exaggerating the link between violence and aggression (CNET, 2013).Violent video games have been blamed for school shootings
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another playing some sort of violent video game containing guns and killing. The media has made a clear stance on believing that the violence teenagers have watched and token apart of in a video game is the main cause of them replicating violence onto the real world. There have also been issues on governments banning certain video games form being sold in their country due to its violent nature, causing an uproar from parents to get games banned in their countries as well. In the 90’s there was even enough media attention to video game violence that the United States Congress had a hearing on issuing age appropriate labels, much like in movies, to video games to warn parents of the contents of
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