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 …show more content…
“According to Patrick Kierkegaard, a PhD candidate at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex in England, early studies on violent games were biased. In other words, scientists had negative opinions about violent video games and that they designed their experiments to support their ideas” (Hile 14). Kierkegaard studies into the early research on the subject of violent video games, also announced strong data which supports his previous statement showing bias in research. “According to Kierkegaard, "violent crime, particularly among the young, has decreased dramatically since the early 1990s." There were 1.36 million violent crimes in the United States in 2005 versus 1.42 million in 2004, "while video games have steadily increased in popularity and use” (HIle 14). This proves that video games have no effect on crimes, while also proving video games are helping in some way. “The amount of violent crimes committed by juveniles decreased from 1993 (the year Doom was released) to 2003. Most of this propaganda comes from the U.S., but people forget that video games are played around the world” (Hile). Could it be that these violent video games are establishing a healthy avenue for adolescent children to relieve or release frustrations? Teenage game players have also offered their opinions on this subject, “When it comes down to it, teens are smart enough to know the …show more content…
The cause of violent action in the real world are not caused by violent video games. Violent video games have been around since 1976. There was a rating system put into place to let people know what was in the game they were buying. There is research and studies that prove violent video games have nothing to do with crimes all around the world. Even though there are people and politicians who believe that violent video games lead to violent behavior,the research and studies show that that is not the
In this essay, I will be analysing the article by Christopher Ferguson entitled Stop Blaming Violent Video Games. Video games have been at the front of social and political controversy since their popularity increase in the early 1990's. With the use of scientific research data, and the common misconception that society makes in connection with violent video games and young adults committing aggressive crimes. Ferguson demonstrates a clear and concise argument to the fallacy of video games being linked to heightened aggressive behavior and violent tendencies.
The article “Do Video Games Kill” written by Karen Sternheimer responds to one of the most sought-after question; are video games the cause for “young killers”? (220) Sternheimer believes the influence of video games on today’s youth maybe spiraling out of control. She focuses most of the blame on the media, politicians and the Juvenile Justice System. Sternheimer suggests that there are other factors to blame for violent behavior: poverty, the neighborhood, unemployment, family violence, divorced parents and mental illness (218). While juvenile crimes have declined, and personal backgrounds effect actions, it cannot be proven that video game violence has no to little effect on America’s youth.
Shamar McCollough Mrs. Wurst English 4 period 2 Nov 18 2016 Violent Video Games Causes Treacherous Behavior in Kids Kids these days are now to seem to be taking video games into the matter of their own hands. They are wanting to be like some of the violent characters in those video games. Like shoot a gun or rob someone or something. They just want to have the story of how you grow up as a wanted criminal, which is not tolerated by our country today.
14 June 2016. This article talks about the possible dangers violent video games have on children. The issue stems from a school shooting at the hands of two avid gamers who played the game Doom one of the original action games. They make connections between the violence they experience in the game, and how that could have impacted their decision to murder 13 students.
Mass shootings, gun violence, car accidents. These are all said to be causes of violent video games. In “Shoot Out” by Guy Martin, he writes about the popular high school game. Killer, senior assassin etc. He gives multiple pieces of evidence for why it is good for children.
Romeo Vitelli, Ph.D., a psychologist in private practice in Toronto, Canada, cites “A new research study published in the journal Psychology of Media Culture takes a comprehensive look at different risk factors of violence, including playing video games. Whitney de Camp of Western Michigan University used data taken from the 2008 Delaware School Survey to assess violence risk in 6567 Grade Eight children. Students were asked about violent and pre-violent behaviour, i.e., “hit someone with the intention of hurting them,” “take some kind of weapon to school or to a school event,” and “carry a gun when you’re not in school.” “According to the study results, playing violent video games didn 't appear to be related to any of the violent behaviours that the researchers examined. For both males and females, the two factors most successful in predicting risk of hitting someone in the previous year were seeing or hearing violence at home and being high in sensation-seeking.”
Violent video games have been blamed for everything from bullying to school shootings. Critics of these video games believe they cause people to commit violent acts in real life. These critics, mainly comprised of parents and other responsible adults, don’t agree with what the video games portray. Others say the video games cause less violence and are an outlet for anger and stress. Although violent video games have violent actions in them, teenagers should be able to play violent video games because there isn’t enough evidence to prove they make teens more aggressive, it could prevent violence, and violent video games are a fun and relaxing way to relieve stress and anger.
A it was a result by event A (401). Video games nowadays are all about violence, mature content, and suggestive themes. In “Is video game violence bad,” written by Christopher Ferguson, the author proposes there is no correlation between violent video games and
A recent content analysis by the research organization Children Now shows that a majority of video games include violence and about half of the violent incidents would result in serious injuries or death in the "real" world. Claim1 Research involving British primary schoolchildren found that the length of time young people spend playing games, rather than their content, could have an effect on their behavior or school performance. But it concluded that fears that generations of young people are growing up with their development impaired by exposure to violent video games are no more likely to be borne out than previous “moral panics” over television and other media. Playing one-player games is not always negative if you do it moderately.
There are games that literally replicate and give people the ability to score points for doing the very same thing that these students are doing inside schools, where you get extra points for finishing someone off who’s lying there begins for their life.” ( 6) There are several ideas that say young people benefit from these violent video games “Surprisingly, playing video games can help our physical, mental, and emotional health.” It helps them to improve hand eye coordination and thinking ability. These benefits are not worth the risk of being influenced by violent video games. (7) All in all the research and officials say that violent video games affect how children, teenagers and young adults act.
Over the past decade video games have grown a lot since the first console to the recent one. Although today 's video games have been more violent, and disturbing, causing society to blame them for teens killings. With all these violent video games society has been more aware and has caused more controversy. This has caused parents to stop letting their children play violent video games. However I feel video games don 't create violence instead they do positives for you.
Do Video Games Promote Violence? Does virtual violence lead to actual violence? As we all know at this age of sophisticated technology and information, children are more exposed to video gaming compared to the past decades. As a result, video gaming industry has gained tremendous growth since coming into the market in the 1980s. This is because of the increased number of its consumers, especially children and teenagers.
Some researches admit that violent games may cause adolescents to become tremendous. Studies showed that video games increase psychological awakening, it could also increase aggressive behavior, emotions and thoughts and finally let teenagers lose the sense of helping others. All these effects will be carried by aggressive young people. It’s true that video games are violent, but aggressive adolescents are more likely to be more attracted to it. Some games reward players for doing violent actions, so this will affect them negatively, letting them think that violence is normal.