Do video games lead to violence? I totally agree violent video games are not all so bad. I mean they teach you hand-eye coordination and can teach you things to help you one day in a violent situation. Yes it may cause aggression; I will get into depth about this in the next paragraph. But long ago violent games were invented based on violent movies so if someone says it causes aggression then some movies in the world cause aggression too.
Are video games causing violence amongst today’s children? Nowadays, video games have caught the attention of both the Media and parents. Increasingly, the media tends to remind people how much violence these games contain, thus blaming them for the violent behavior a child may be imitating. In addition, video games seem to be the scapegoat for a quick point of blame and is a much easier answer rather than finding what truly may lie behind the motives for violence in a child. With RPG (role playing games) becoming ever more so popular, so does the demand for realistic violence in them.
Video games can help with a person’s hand/eye coordination, aid with stress and anger release, and develop the social capabilities of an individual. Video games are a positive and fun way to become something one could not in real life and help aid with creativity. The proposals that video games can cause increased violence, addiction, prejudice, and sexual instability in most adolescents are absurd, and the flaws in those arguments are almost too Fagan 2 obvious. First, what is to say that these effects are life-long? These affects may only last a little bit, and can thus be cured.
At a young age, children's minds are sponge-like, absorbing everything that surrounds them, which makes them easy targets in terms of manipulation and victimized by violent video games. Violent games might seem like harmless fun, but what if the violence attracts and addicts young players, affecting their behavior and their view of reality? Problem: Should Violent Video Games Be Monitored Some say that violent video games have minimal impact on young teenagers, pointing out that most video-game player’s live completely normal lives. The weaknesses in that argument are almost too obvious: first of all just because a player does not immediately imitate specific violent acts found in video games does not mean the games will not have any long-term negative effect on that player’s views and behavior. Because of this possibility, parents should assume responsibility for evaluating video games and should prohibit young teenagers from purchasing those that are especially violent.
Parents should regulate the amount of video games their children play because if your child regularly plays games with plots based on violence and aggression, research shows children at risk for increased aggressive behavior, it inhibits social interaction, and it is not always intellectually stimulating. First, parents, not government, need to monitor video games. Laws don't go far enough to help parents, argues Craig Anderson, a professor at Iowa State University: "The results are really quite clear; regardless of gender... regardless of culture... we know that playing violent videogames increases the likelihood of aggressive behavior and aggressive thinking, decreases the likelihood of pro-social behavior, and increases what you might think of as desensitization... Probably the best solution is to educate parents... but we also need to give parents better tools and the current rating systems don't do that." "One study reveals that young men who are habitually aggressive may be especially vulnerable to the aggression-enhancing effects of repeated exposure to violent games," said psychologists Craig A. Anderson, Ph.D., and Karen E. Dill, Ph.D. "The other study reveals that even a brief exposure to violent video games can
Nnachi Opie Professor English 102 Due date: 5/7/13 Violence on video games and its effect on children Violence is said to be a crime that affects a community, city, or a country in the sense that it contributes to the social life of an individual. This is so because people find pleasures in committing suicides and other crimes, without thinking about the repercussions. There are lots of things that are happening in our society today due to advance in technology and civilization. The act 0f playing video game has become a popular activity for people of all ages, in a way that many children and adolescents have developed a habit of spending large amount of their time playing them. It’s said that Video games are entertaining and effective motivation for children in a way that it engages them with skillful play depending on the design of the game.
Every bad experience or violent act that has been seen in the public somehow will get linked to violent video games causing the violent acts of the people that do the crimes. In 1994, a system was put together to help rate video games to help keep underage children from being able to play these games that are rated inappropriate for their ages, this board is called the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) ("Esrb History", n.d.). However, even though this guideline was put into place some adults will purchase the games that are rated for mature audiences for their younger children. Some research will prove the opposite of the violent actions coming from playing a video game such as the video game will calm down a person or even kids that play video games that are on the honor roll in school. What is the meaning of violence?
The harm that video games cause can be evaluated by many different factors, and the most obvious among them is the negative effects they can have on physical health. Some experts in the video gaming industry can claim that the first-person shooters and real-time strategies sharpen reflexes, increase concentration and muscle coordination, in reality, youth who spend an ample amount of time playing video games experience effects which are not so beneficial at all. There is a possibility of the vision impairments. “Playing video games for extended amounts of time can cause children to experience many of the same symptoms seen in computer vision syndrome in adults. Extensive viewing of the game screen can lead to eye discomfort, fatigue, blurry vision and headaches.” (Bedinghaus, Troy) Vision impairments can cause many negative effects on a persons quality of life and can last a lifetime.
A lot of people suggest that there are more than just negative outcomes to playing video games. Nicholas Carr is one of the people that think this but not in the way that most people do. He thinks that it helps but not that much because he thinks that it just helps the lower cognitive functions and not the higher ones. Though it is important to research the content of the video game, the research on cognition and video games should move beyond the content of the game. This is not to say the content does not play a role on the effects of video game play on the human mind, but rather there is another important piece to understand how cognition is affected by video games.
The boys told the investigators that they decided to go on a shooting spree after playing the video game Grand Theft Auto III. That particular game is one of the most popular games in which players can play missions that involve killing people or just play at random and go on shooting sprees. Although this game is far less violent and gory than other games, it does have enough influence to make two teens’ fire shots at their own family. The biggest factor to the video game violence is the fact that parents go out and buy these games without knowing that their child may be addicted to the game. If the chid is abusing the game it can become very addictive.