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Does Violence in Video Games Contribute to Real Life Violence?

Violence is affecting video game players and making them more violent… Not true at all… Completely false, might I add. I have been playing video games probably since before I could talk, and trust me, the video games that I was playing back then were not some Fisher-Price kiddie “Match the cards!” game. I grew up on the real games of the retro days. Games like the Double Dragon series and River City Ransom. And it seems like things have gone just fine for me…

Violence in video games does not affect the members of today’s youth. And it seems like rumors like this are just going to keep coming until somebody decides to stand up and tell the truth, so I’ll be the first to speak up. Violent games aren’t corrupting the young children of society… BAD PARENTING is the real criminal here! Yes I said it! BAD PARENTING turns good children bad. If you can’t manage to teach your child that its wrong to hit, shoot, or harm another person in anyway other than in means of self-defense, then that sounds like a personal problem that you need to fix as a parent or guardian to me.

Violence, whether its verbal or physical, will be around for kids to observe for a long time. So take away the fighting games and the shooting games and all other forms of violence in games and lets see what would happen? Nothing changes, because violence is still viewed on television, violence is still heard in music, and violence still exists in real life. Muting the games to hide curse words will solve nothing, because when your child gets into the fifth or sixth grade, the cursing is going to fill the halls.

If video games violence was such a problem, then there would be a lot more problems with teenagers and children than there are already. My mother taught me right, so I know that trying to pull a “Grand Theft Auto” on a fellow civilian is not exactly the right way to go. Kids and teenagers are naturally going to pick up on almost every little thing that they see that they like, and its your job as a parent to be able to break through to them that somethings aren’t meant to be mimicked or imitated.

In today’s society, anything can be taken and turned into a violent situation.  The original video game Pong can be viewed as two sticks beating a ball back and forth if the player chooses to think this way.  People should realize that although things are displayed as one thing, they can always be taken out of context at will.

So in conclusion I would like to stress once again that video game violence has no effect on children unless the parents aren’t doing their jobs correctly. If parents are incapable of training their children properly and teaching them right from wrong, then maybe they shouldn’t buy the games for the kids. But other than that, the good and responsible parents should have absolutely nothing to worry about.

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  1. Netty net

    On October 6, 2009 at 8:06 am

    I have to say this make a lot sense, but, I also believe that if someone who isn’t health might go out and shoot someone after playing a video game.

    Most people know that it is wrong to go out and shoot some or kill some one, I agree with you.

  2. sloanie

    On October 11, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Good article, but I disagree with you.

  3. Tmrobotix

    On January 19, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I agree with the author.
    Some comments on the comments though.

    @Netty net,
    It depends, someone who isn’t healthy, what do you mean with that?
    If you mean a psychotic persons or a crazy persons, then I want to say that a crazy man already has a higher chance of violence even without playing games.

    Any further arguments would make your comment valuable, now it’s just nothing.

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