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Is there a link between video games and violence?

PolySa

Member
Some studies say it is not linked.


But some studies show that every criminal arrested has game playing history. And they have played the violent games in the past. So the school shooter kids and other criminals are also into this type of the issues.

What do you think?
 
I think there is a tendency but violent behavior is a personal decision. Video games is just a game. To be violent to others without any cause is a different thing.
 
In the context of mind conditioning and the used of simulation to display a real situations in the field of education. Violent games has an impact to children. I've seen how unfeelings kids are nowadays. Thank to social media and violent pc and mobile games. Researches has vast amount of discovery regarding how video games and other forms of violence can be link to behavior. The end decision though, depends on the individual.
 

kjbotona23

Member
I think there is a tendency but violent behavior is a personal decision. Video games is just a game. To be violent to others without any cause is a different thing.

I agree. It depends on you on how you take it. You already know what is wrong or right in every thing you do. It depends on what you think. You could not be violent for no reason. As for kids, we need to guide them. It is better that we avoid these kind of games or educate them.
 

Alania

Member
I think not! On the contrary, games allow us to release the stress accumulated through our life. Such as boxing a ragdoll is better for stress relief. Same goes and applies to the games out there. Violent nature doesn't come from the gaming, but lurks within a person himself.
 

Ronwald

Member
In a way, yes there might be a slight correlation. However, until now there is no concrete evidence that can prove this. Most of the time, the evidence that scholarly journals’ editorial biases just distorts the scientific record on violent video games.
 

Jelineex

Member
I think that violent games may somehow contributes behavioral problem especially with those kids that aren't guided by parents. They are wild and ill mannered while playing. The more extreme experience the more adrenaline rush. They have this attitude "Swag". This somehow influence the moral values of a child. Plus, kids will be very unproductive in most times.
 

bphlover

Member
Unintentionally. I guess it somehow "promotes" violence but it still depends on the person playing the game. If he's well aware that violence (be it on a game, film or tv series) is just added to spice up the material and should not be emulated, then there shouldn't be a problem.
 

jpk0007

Member
Well, i dont think that the violent games promote violent behaviour especially if you are an adult. However violent games can certainly influence the minds of children and younger generation. When the children get addicted to such games then the behavior promoted in the game becomes a part of there life. If the parents are not mindful about this fact, then the children may become violent in there day to day behavior and it may have a serious impact on there minds in the long run.
 

rockpen23

Member
What really bothers me is whenever people say that playing games makes people violent. In my opinion playing games really helps reduce bad emotions since it is a good way to release stress and tension whenever we feel tired and exhausted. I know there are a lot of violent incident that are being linked with playing these types of games.

There a lot of studies out there supporting both sides but if you just think about it and you know other people to play video games out there is that we're generally a peaceful folk yes we might commit murders in Grand Theft Auto slaughter callous aliens but at the end of the day I know a lot of video gamers are afraid of real blood. I would have to say that what you do magnifies who you are. Gaming may be an influence for violence or a reliever, it just depends on how we master emotions which will be the ultimate game for me. ?
 

GioMatos

Member
I personally don't think that gaming can make us better or worse, to be honest. I see gaming simply as a recreational activity and just because you make certain decisions in a game doesn't mean you would make them in real life too. However, I do know that there are many studies in the matter. I guess it depends on how young or impressionable the person is.
 

GioMatos

Member
I feel it depends of how impressionable, and how mentally healthy the person is. I've heard, for example, that mass shooters/school shooters have the tendency to prefer violent games that include guns and dungeons. I don't really think that they end up killing people because of the games, but I think they choose to play them/like them due to their violent nature. Games are just games, being violent is a choice. Unless you're a kid. Kids don't know what is good or bad yet, they need to be educated, that's why games have age restrictions.
 

egghead

Member
I think if you are playing games within a certain limit, for instance, one or two hours a day, games help you in analytic thinking. Since most of the games need strategic thinking, games help us to plan everything in advance. However, if you are playing too much your mind can be really dull as you are too much occupied with a game (that's because you are tiring your mind).
 

Jayson

Member
No, but bad parenting combined with violent video games - or other stuff - might. Anyway, in the US and other places, many kids don't have two parents or have weak parents. It's sad and I don't really know what to do about it.
 

beth466

Member
I think no because just like me I'm playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) and it is a shooting game. After playing 2-3 competitive games no matter I lost or win all games I feel happy by means of I did my best all throughout the game, I helped my team, and it relieves my stress. In terms of behavior, it doesn't make me violent it just makes me build good decision making as well as build a positive attitude towards other people.
 

Tonivir

Member
There are other games that at first glance it seems to be a normal battle but if you are playing already, it's a violent environment on the on the screen. For example this carmageddon game, if you are a child and you do not see in your life car crash with human, then this game wi give you a visual example of how violent it is. That is for me, it's my opinion.
 

Tonivir

Member
It depends, I think. If gaming made you think good and apply your skills on everyday life, then its a good result of gaming. But if gaming made you brag, lazy, and not socially inclined to other people, your not being receptive, your focus is just the game, then it's a bad result of gaming.
 
Well... To be very honest, I think in general, video games don't make us better (or worse) people.

However, looking into another way, we can use video game as a tool to help other people (but this is totally inherent in the essence of each player... because helping others also doesn't make you a good person in the sense of the word).
 

QQ4U

Member
I think you become who you allow yourself to become. If you play violent games but realize that such actions are confined to the game world and should never be done in real life, then you won't become a bad person. If you play games that focus on having a main character as a hero and emulate their good characteristics but make sure that you do so based on realistic situations, then you can possibly become a better person.

However, I think most of us don't really become better or worse people by playing video games. This is because people mostly use games to relieve stress and relax and not as sources of life lessons.
 

Lizardbro

Member
No, unless one is just mentally unstable in my opinion. Really, the fault relies on the individual and how they view fiction and reality.
 

egghead

Member
I think violent games promote violent behavior, especially in kids and young adults. I am saying this based on my observation. I have noticed that kids start showing aggressive behavior when they play violent games too much.
 

Dekaron

Member
Many experiments and researches involving thousands of participants have concluded that violent video games does not promote violent behavior or increase aggression. But in my opinion, it is still better to keep children away from playing too much violent video games
 

Bravosi

Member
I disapprove such s tatements immediately when I hear them. As some people above wrote, violent nature comes out of an individual person. A game cannot develop what is already hidden within the person itself.
 

chi92

Member
I don't think they do. Any normal person would never even think about doing something from the game or even the movie, there is no much difference, to another being. I used to play a lot of violent games and I love to watch horror movies, but I don't struggle with the desire to go on a rampage. I think games could even help, so the people who do have tendencies towards violent behavior don't do it in real life, but rather do it in the game.
 

Mora

Member
If we're talking about kids, then yes every thing they get contact with affect their personality in one way or another, and recently there was a couple of games that had caused multiple suicide cases all over the world, that can only show how fragile are kids and how much of a dangerous impact "the wrong kind of games" can have on them, causing them to hurt themselves of others. But in the case of grown Men/Women, then I would say if somebody is missed up "up there" then either he or she plays Resident Evil or Dora the Explorer, It's all the same.
 

gsergent

Member
I think that everything depends on the environment in which a person is growing, since with a good education (ignoring psychological things) you can get to play very violent things and not generate any type of behavior in the person !
 

Jayson

Member
Violence doesn't bother me so much - cause sometimes violent characters are good guys. However, stuff like "Grand Theft Auto" glamorizes degenerate behavior. I would never allow my kids to play it - but I might suggest Crazy Taxi as an alternative.
 

egghead

Member
If we're talking about kids, then yes every thing they get contact with affect their personality in one way or another, and recently there was a couple of games that had caused multiple suicide cases all over the world, that can only show how fragile are kids and how much of a dangerous impact "the wrong kind of games" can have on them, causing them to hurt themselves of others. But in the case of grown Men/Women, then I would say if somebody is missed up "up there" then either he or she plays Resident Evil or Dora the Explorer, It's all the same.
Kids can be easily influenced. They also imitate easily. Therefore, when they play violent video games, they will try to show violent behavior. Adults are not easy to be influenced. However, those people who have something wrong in their brain might take a cue from violent games.
 

CasualMiser

Member
I think the feeling of a game is more catharsis than inspiration. I know there have been times I’ve put on GTA or Skyrim just to run around with certain liberties real life does not afford. It’s just like taking your frustrations out on a punching bag. Blasting through traffic at high speed while causing absolute havoc on the streets with a rocket launcher is my punching bag.
 

Nova

Member
People give excuses but video games and anime definitely have an impact on the kids and the adults alike. If you want violent things those things tend to have more impact on your health and mind. You may end up making more violent decisions. And that shows in the behavior too. Most of the people who were caught criminals have history of video games too.
 

Nova

Member
I think people think that gaming has no effect on us. But it does have effect. For example people who play a lot of games tend to be more disturbed. And they have more psychological issues to go through. And that makes it a bit harder to understand the gaming simply. I can tell you that I do think people need to play the game in balance way and not assume that games have no impact on us.
 

leadtech

Member
Sometimes it makes us better and Sometimes not. Playing games can learn more ways and strategy but the bad factor on playing games are people learn how to trashtalks and sometimes anger is coming out.
 

leadtech

Member
Yeah violent games are most affected on it are kids. My nephew behavior are change on what he sees on the game.even trash talking is also adapt when she's playing a game..
 

MaryMock

Member
Online gaming does have a lot of advantages as it builds up your social and lateral skills and we can make new friends all around the world. We stay connected to our family and friends in a joyful manner. But obviously, it can also have disadvantages if we play these kinds of games a lot.
 
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Jelineex

Member
I think violent video games also influence the mind of a person. Especially with the kids who doesn't have parents that discipline and guide for good values. Games gives them the sense of belongingness and a feeling of being a "swag". An image that they want to portray and boost their individuality. It's always a good choice to choose and guide children on playing games.
 

wallet

Member
I do agree that video games is influencing people especially the young children who play video games for a long time, they forget how to socialize and behave in a society, sometimes some of them become violent with their friends.
 

phanuruch

Member
There is some truth in the theory that what a person watches is likely to influence their behavior. But it could also be the other way around. A violent person is attracted to violent scenes and content because that is where they feel at home. In addition, personal values have lots of influence on a person's response to any content they interact with.
 

Nova

Member
The point is that there are many kids and the adults alike who are falling for the addiction. And addiction like anything gets higher. And things change from what I have seen so far. I mostly found out that people tend to be negative if they are exposed to the negativity. Because it's all about what we get exposed to.
 

Camelie

Member
Given the pervasiveness of video games in the mainstream consciousness, I don't think it's much of a surprise that a lot of the younger criminals have been exposed to it. But I also don't think there's any solid correlation between video game and violence. There's a whole slew of more probable causes for the resulting violence, in my opinion.

But it's also important to make sure that video games are played in moderation. Too much of anything is bound to have an overall negative effect.
 

TheCount16

Member
Some years ago, in a trial, a judge once ruled in favour of gaming companies stating that games have no influence on people's behaviour. Today, this can't be furthest from the truth. Studies show that some videogames tend to increase anxiety levels and violent behaviour on most gamers. I wouldn't be taken aback by the fact that many criminals have gaming history.
 

Mora

Member
I don't think those stats show any thing unusual because of course if a person lives in this society now than 99% he had experiences with gaming or still does game, it's like saying every criminal that committed a crime in the last 5 years have a social media account or watch Netflix, it's almost inevitable, as I've mentioned in a similar post, if a person is missed up 'up there' then playing monopoly is just as bad.
 

Ash

Member
It's nonsense really. Just because a particular person does something like gaming does not mean that it resulted in them committing violence. Consider how many gamers there are around the world that have been playing games like Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto or even Battlefield. If video games really did cause violence, would it not be a global problem? But no, we only have crazy lunatics committing crime from time to time and the majority of the time, they aren't regular gamers.
 
No.

Video games and violence are two distinct things. However, as the community of players accepted this merger well, it has become banal and therefore has been (and continues to be) increasingly exploited in games with an increasingly realistic degree of violence.

It looks like more violence = more money.
 
Watching too much violence without so much of a guidance is a problem not just with video games. It is what we call mind conditioning. We have a lot of researches already in the world and it seems hard because while others claim that violent games is not directly related to perpetuation of crimes, some claim otherwise. It seems to me that we can never point it out by using research information, end point of the game is that it depends as to the circumstances an individual is in on whether to commit violence or not.
 

Alania

Member
I hardly doubt it. The violence of a person and individual himself sturs within him. Videogame cant be the reason for violence.
 

bphlover

Member
Only to people who can not separate their gaming world and real world. But I feel like that's only a small percentage compared to those who knows that playing a video game is just a form of recreation.
 

theresajane

Member
I don't know, but I think it's the lack of guidance. There are kids who play video games in moderation because of their parents or guardians, and I guess that's really helpful. The video games may upset a gamer, but it is not entirely the reason why kids become violent.
 

Erika1358

Member
Video games can influence the way a person thinks, especially since children nowadays are exposed to video ganes at very young ages without guidance. Often, parents leave the children with gadgets and allows them to play violent games without any monitoring. This could lead to children developing wrong ideas that it's okay to hurt people because there are no real consequences in doing so.
 
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