Violence in video games leads to real life violence?
Now this is what I think on this subject. I have the GTA games that TV shows love to hate. In those games you can do some pretty violent things. Now I think that if we didn't have the chance to do those things in this type of fantasy world then there would be more violence. I mean I can kinda see where the other side of the debate gets "They wouldn't know about these violent things if they didn't play the game at all" Well, they are eventually going to find out about these violent things. You can't keep your son or daughter away from that their whole life. The GTA games are a way for me to get out some of my anger. I hear some people taking some crap about me, I don't go home and punch my sister, I go home and punch some random computer made up person in GTA3. Maybe that's just for me because I was raised to know that going and doing that kind of stuff in real life is wrong but I can't believe that people think that because it is on TV or in a video game that they can do it in real life. Kinda like these people who sue MTV because their son caught himself on fire like he saw on Jackass. Well not only do they have the warnings saying "These stunts were performed by professionals and should not be tried at home" They also are very dangerous and that's when common sense should kick in and say "Whoa, you aren't that stupid..." Oh well, I guess there will always be that person who has a lower IQ and has no common sense at all. I could understand if it was a person who had brain damage that was doing these things because then they wouldn't have common sense and would not be as smart as a person without brain damage but the people doing these stunts are people who have a fully functional brain, or so we think.
:spock: Looks like they have started to actually do something about it.
From Deseret News:
WASHINGTON BANS SALE OF VIOLENT GAMES TO KIDS
Washington on Tuesday became the first state to enact a law against renting or
selling some violent computer games to children under 17. Within hours after it
was signed by Gov. Gary Locke, one trade group pledged to block the law as an
unconstitutional infringement on minors' rights.
::) Somebody please tell me that the below is just a sales strategy to gewt parents to relax about their kids playing games...
STUDY: VIDEO GAMES SHARPEN MIND
All those hours spent playing video games may not be wasted time after all: A
new study suggests action-packed video games like "Grand Theft Auto III" and
"Counter-Strike" may sharpen your mind.
It all boils down to a few key components: maturity, responsibility, sanity, and choice.
Maturity... There are games that should not be played or viewed by children, some teenagers, and adults. They simply cannot handle the themes and/or language.
Responsibility... It is up to an adult of sound judgement to monitor and decide what is appropriate for younger gamers. Don't just rely on the rating of the game. Read reviews, do research, talk with other reliable adults.
Sanity... This goes along similar lines as maturity, however, some folks simply don't have a firm grasp on reality. If one is very impressionable and impulsive, that person should not play overtly violent games.
Choice... It's simple- if one finds a particular game objectionable DON'T BUT IT! But that doesn't mean it should be banned to mature, responsible, sane adults who may like that sort of thing.
|I actually believe that a lot of crimes are 'fueled' by some of these games, for instance: Grand theft Auto. If you look at the youth playing these games you will see their eyes light up with glee at killing a guy or stealing a car?|
so what games do you find fun then?
i agree...no sex in video games is necessary. the new GTA:Las Santos, (somethin along that line) is going to have a whole lot more violence and sex. putting some of that stuff aside would make it a great/er game.
so i figure i'll just stick to halo and star wars ... B)
In a related story from CNN.com, Playboy magazine has announced that it's October issue will feature topless and/or semi-nude images of video game characters. What do you think about this move by such a magazine? Is this the kind of message we want to send to our young people; Play video games and then see them naked in Playboy?
I work at a place that sells violent video games. When such a game is scanned I need to have a birthdate on a driver's liscense or I.D. before I can sell the item. The purchaser must be 18 or over. Usually if it's a parent buying a gift I will let them know why they are being asked for the information. I play these games myself so I know how violent they can be. I try to inform the parent that it really isn't a game for a child. 9 times out of 10 the parent already knows about the warnings and doesn't think there is any problem. Vice City happens to be one of my favorite games and I can play it for hours. Needless to say I have never had the urge to get on top of a building and start shooting people. I think this is just the newest wrinkle on the "it makes people violent" thinking. Back in the 70's it was rock music that was going to corrupt our minds, then in the 80's it was rap. By the time the 90's got here video games were the target. Personally I believe that if you're not likely to go on a shooting rampage before playing these games, you won't be seduced into killing after playing. Again, parents have the responsiblity for controlling what their children play. Just as you wouldn't let a child see an overly violent or pornographic movie, you shouldn't let them play these games.