Violence In Final Fantasy

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If you’ve never heard of the popular game series Final Fantasy then you’ve probably lived under a rock. Final Fantasy is one of the most popular roleplaying video games to date, spanning more than fifteen sequels and four movie adaptations. The game is about a set of heroes off to battle the forces of evil or an antagonistic ruler. Sounds interesting, right? Unfortunately, what’s not so interesting to hear is that a 16 year old Spanish teenager named, Jose Rabadan Parlo had killed both his parents and his younger sister after he had said to be on an “avenging mission” for one of the main characters in Final Fantasy 7. Many other incidents such as this have happened all over the world. Thus, violent video games should be strictly regulated as…show more content…
Hollywood movies, TV shows and all other forms of media have grown accustomed to showing violence to audiences of almost all ages. This includes video games. Popular video games such as Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed and Mortal Kombat which are usually played by children and adults aged twelve and above all feature some sort of depiction of violence. In truth, there is nothing completely wrong with having violence in order to achieve a more realistic parallel into the real world but it is also important to note that creating games that revolve around using violence in order to gain fictional achievements such as one would do in the aforementioned games, can cause people to view violence in an over glorified manner. Instilling the ideology that violence is and will be rewarded can breed a new generation of people who view violence in a different…show more content…
According to Dr. Anderson and his group from the University of Iowa, after performing meta analysis on 130 studies that included 130,000 participants, it was found that exposure to violent video games caused either short or long term aggression. Empathy and pro social behavior also decreased. There also have been many cases of video game addiction all over the world. In some severe cases, video game addiction has led to death. One example is when a Chinese man named Yang Lee, died after consecutively playing for 36 hours. Although video game addiction is not only limited to violent video games, it is important to consider that this is another detrimental effect that can be brought by playing violent video games which can eventually become a factor in producing overly aggressive behavior in people. In the end, despite the argument that exposure to violent video games do not primarily cause aggressive or abnormal behavior, it is hard to ignore the instances in which these two things
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