Do Video Games Cause Violence?
Some points I’ll be covering are: is it good or bad? Why do people play them? Do video games cause violence and influence real-world violence?
What are video game?
A video game is another form of entertainment, you get movies, sports, etc. But what’s unique and special about video games is it displays pixels on your TV screen and you can moves these pixels, like your character or car and it tells a visual story that you can interact with. It gives you feedback like sound and vibrations through the controller and this can give that sense of realism like a gun.
Video games are extremely popular, I’m sure all of us here have played at least one. (I know I have, a bit too many)
And over time video games have had their fair share of criticism and the main criticism is video games cause violence and I’m going to see to both sides of the table, do video games actually cause violence?
Research for and against video games
“Players were tested in a variety of ways over a variety of time periods, short term to the longer term and researchers concluded that violent video games have an effect on aggression.
“The research demonstrates a consistent relation between violent video game use and increases in aggressive behavior, aggressive cognition and aggressive affect, and decreases in pro-social behavior, empathy and sensitivity to aggression,” the report concludes.
However, pro-gaming groups have denounced the findings, saying that the psychologists who carried out the research are known as “anti-gamers” and were selective in the studies that they deemed relevant.”
These pro-gaming groups set up their own surveys and polls, and these polls heavily indicated towards video games not causing real life violence.
Yes they can cause violent thoughts but so can movies and books, the action is what counts.
Playing violent video games increases aggressive thoughts and angry feelings, yes but again the action is what counts.
games actually prevents violence because your channeling those negatives, the bad day you had into a video game, so in a way video games are doing society a favor and is considered a stress relief to many people such as billionaire Elon Musk.
How do we restrict and stop children being desensitized? How do we get the games to their intended audience?
This is very simple, you can use the parent control level which is available on every modern console like the PS4 and PS Vita, if your not on a console and on PC you can download an application for parent control features. Looking at the back of a video game box includes age restriction, the box could say it contains sex, drugs, violence etc. And this is an industry standard, it’s the same with blue rays and DVDs. Parents can easily access the information and decide whether they want their child to play it or not. A game like Shadow Of Mordor is violent but it tells you that when you read its description.
Do video games cause people to become introverts?
If your worried your child will be on it all the time you can put “game time lock feature” on and this enables you to tweak play time. Also what’s wrong with being introverted? And in a way you are more extrovert than anything because of online gaming, you can talk to people on the other side of the planet.
Distance you from the community?
That all depends on what your doing and how long you spend in your room, you can balance them both. But video exposes you to new communities and you can grow a liking to it.
Video games can generate violent thoughts depending on what your playing but does’t necessarily lead to real life violence. I’ve been playing video games for as long as I can remember and I don’t have any violent background, even with 0 parent restrictions and violent games at a young age, I’m fine.