Violent Video Games Lead To Aggression

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Do Violent Video Games Lead To Violence? 2 Do Violent Video Games Lead To Violence? Violent video games seem to be the most popular among young kids and adolescents these days. But a very controversial question is being aroused by these games. Do violent video games lead to actual violence and increased aggression? Some feel that they don’t have any correlation while others feel that they are a direct cause. I believe that that violent video games increase aggression & violence because these gaming systems are mostly played by young children who are easily influenced and create a thin line between reality & fiction. According to Pediatric Nursing volume 26 issue 6 most children of both genders prefer games with violent content. When electronic video games were first introduced in the late 1970’s, they were basic animated interactive games such as Atari’s Pong. Unfortunately, greater sophistication and realism found in today’s video games are incorporated with very violent themes and gestures. In today’s games children can battle realistic looking characters and witness the blood, gore, and mutilation. The intense active nature of children’s play when interfacing with violence further underscores these concerns (Anderson & Dill, 2000). There has been concern about the effect of video games on children almost since they first became popular. As early as 1982, the Surgeon General of the United States, C. Everett Koop, stated that “children are into the games, mind, body, and soul - everything is zapping the enemy” (Cited in Scott 1995). Since then the concerns of the public have intensified. President Clinton and the first lady addressed “kids steeped in the culture of violence do become desensitized to it and are more capable of
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