Violent Video Games Cause Violence

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The number of violent video game-related massacres is on the rise as new, more realistic, bloody and gory games are soaring in popularity during recent years ("Issue Overview: Do video games cause violence?" 2). The issue of whether violent video games are a cause of real life violence or desensitize children to blood or gore first arose around 1976 when the game, Death Race, was first released. The game was based on driving cars recklessly down a road and running over human like stick- figures. People were conflicted on whether this game was just for fun or was too inappropriate for young children, so protesters ran the game out of production ("Issue Overview: Do violent video games cause violence?" par. 1-2). Gory and violent video games…show more content…
With this in mind, gamers can be so swept into the way of the game that that they decide to try it in real life. An example of this is Adam Lanza, the man who slaughtered countless citizens during the Newton Shooting. Adam spent most of his time in his basement, obsessing over his first shooter games constantly. He knew how to handle a weapon and owned firearms, so he used the anger he had developed at other gamers to fuel his violent plans and later his actions. Violent video games are also able to teach a young adult how to handle a weapon and how to kill (Drinka par. 12-13). This is significant because violent video games cause real world violence and have unfavorable mental outcomes on an adolescent's mind. This is because the constant isolation from real people and obsession with the game can create built up rage and make weapons or killing people a familiar topic to the…show more content…
This is shown by the Chicago Tribune, when they claim that video games help gamers with their physical health and keep them from eating unhealthy food. When they're busy with the video game controller, they won't be able to eat food and won't be thinking about unhealthy food. They also said that kids who play violent video games are less likely to be a bully because they let their anger out online and are too busy to hurt real people ("Game On! New study says video games could be good for you" par. 5). However, people on the other side of the argument say this doesn’t make them healthier at all, especially when they aren’t moving for hours on end. Evidence that shows this is wrong would be that when violent video games are being played too often, it can lead to health problems like increased heart rates and epileptic seizures. Also, gamers can go as long as seven hours without getting food or moving which can obviously lead to health concerns when done consistently ("Game On! New study says video games could be good for you" par. 16-17). Another piece of evidence would be that venting anger online doesn’t decrease it in real life, it only makes it increase, making the gamers even more angry ("Violent Video Games Are Linked to Real World Violence" par. 10). This shows that too many violent video games, or
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