Argumentative Essay On Violent Video Games

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Violent Video Games The culprit? While video games certainly have a decorated history of violence, they have been unfairly attributed for real life violence for way to long. Games with violent undertones have been in existence for nearly forty years. Attempts are continually made to focus on the violent effects that these video games supposedly have on players of all ages. Violent video games are not responsible for violent actions in the real world. Violent video games have been around for decades. “One of the first controversial games was Death Race (1976), which had players running over people with cars. Even though the victims did not look realistic—they were just stick figures—the controversy stirred enough concern that the television news program 60 Minutes aired a story about it” (Hile 1). Violent games again became part of conversation in the mid-nineties, with the release of Mortal Kombat. Released on systems designed to have better graphics and visuals, this game escorted animated violence into televisions all across the country. Coincidentally, the crime rate of juveniles decreased about the same time Mortal Kombat was released. Studies in recent years have supported players find entertainment value over realism. “Harvard Medical School Center for Mental Health and Media, discuss interviews that they conducted with kids who enjoyed Mortal Kombat. They were seeking to understand the appeal of the violent game. One youngster named Joe explained that he liked

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