Do violent video games lead to violence in real life?

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#1 Posted by Gaviscon (8 posts) -

I'm curious to see what people think about this topic as I've never heard a definite answer to the question.

#3 Posted by Carl_W21 (2020 posts) -

I would say very rarely a game influences violence. Unfortunately there are some grim stories where it is believed/alleged games are responsible for violence caused. However the proportion of these compared to the millions of gamers would suggest the answer is "No" with a minor "but"...

That is my personal opinion, however you cannot really answer it, seems to be a 'dark figure'. Do crime stats show crimes linked to gaming ? Unreported crimes linked to gaming ? and How could anyone know for sure the cause of violence in the first place ?

It's a very circumstantial question and probably impossible to truly answer with a YES or NO.

Does seem to be a good topic for a project, can add a lot of for/against arguments, lots of stuff to support/critique your work and maybe some good theories to link with it.

#4 Posted by foxhound_fox (87329 posts) -

Only among the mentally ill who would have issues with anything that makes it hard to discern reality from non-reality.

#5 Posted by hippiesanta (9756 posts) -


#6 Posted by Ariabed (1101 posts) -

Maybe only when violent games are played from a young age.

#7 Posted by indzman (16841 posts) -

Only among the mentally ill who would have issues with anything that makes it hard to discern reality from non-reality.

#8 Posted by EnoshimaJunko (192 posts) -

Not really. If simply playing violent games made you violent, I would've gone on several killing sprees already and be planning to kill you all right now. But that hasn't happened, so....

You have to have some serious mental health issues to have a video game spur you to get violent with other people.

#9 Posted by Boddicker (2390 posts) -


True 'dat.

Honestly it's just human nature to be violent. We're only evolved apes and societal bonds keep us from lashing out with any regularity.

#10 Edited by alim298 (1108 posts) -

Does playing goat simulator make you a goat?

what's with the double post sorry people.

#12 Posted by gamerguru100 (10450 posts) -

Short answer: No

Long answer: Nope

#13 Posted by Treflis (11418 posts) -

To a normal person, no. Violence in Videogames has about the same effect on a person's behaviour in life as seeing violence in movies. For many it actually is a way for them to let out stress and pent up frustration potentially encountered in a day and thus make them even less likely to get angry and violent.

However to those with a Mental illness who could have trouble seperating fiction to reality then there might be a small risk that they could get affected and thus more violent, but it has yet to be proven and they may very likely get more violent through other media besides videogames aswell.

So if you want a definite answer then I'm afraid there isn't one.

#14 Edited by Carl_W21 (2020 posts) -

Short answer: No

Long answer: Nope

Haha, love this

#15 Edited by Aljosa23 (24539 posts) -
#16 Edited by Carl_W21 (2020 posts) -

@alim298 said:

Does playing goat simulator make you a goat?

what's with the double post sorry people.

#17 Edited by Cyberdot (3510 posts) -

No, not at all.

Only ignorant idiots say that.

#18 Posted by Korvus (2811 posts) -
#19 Edited by wis3boi (31004 posts) -

Only among the mentally ill who would have issues with anything that makes it hard to discern reality from non-reality.

#20 Posted by SNIPER4321 (10142 posts) -

Thats the thinking of non gamers. as an old school hardcore veteran gamer i have to say it depend on mentally of person.

#21 Posted by Wasdie (49533 posts) -

No, but overwriting my save game files does.

#22 Posted by magicalclick (22362 posts) -

No. Violence existed way before gaming. Normally the kid already has the tendency to violence and there is no self control after the parents failed to help him manage his emotions. And adding with bad choice of friends, getting bullied, or other life issues.

#23 Posted by DeadMan1290 (15499 posts) -

It's stupid to think violent video games make people violent. I've been playing violent games since I was 10 and never had any problems. People just like to point fingers.

#24 Edited by ferrari2001 (16736 posts) -


#25 Posted by British_Azimio (2452 posts) -

Of course it does.

#26 Edited by BranKetra (47777 posts) -

Wired has an article on this.

"To date, researchers have tended to explore passive aspects of gaming, such as whether looking at violent material in electronic games desensitises or aggravates players," said co-author Andrew Przybylski. "We focused on the motives of people who play electronic games and found players have a psychological need to come out on top when playing.

"If players feel thwarted by the controls or the design of the game, they can wind up feeling aggressive. This need to master the game was far more significant than whether the game contained violent material. Players on games without any violent content were still feeling pretty aggressive if they hadn't been able to master the controls or progress through the levels at the end of the session."

I agree with the findings of that research. Playing a game and then reaching a critical point only to be subjected to unresponsive controls or ridiculously difficult bosses can be frustrating. I have seen how it affects people firsthand.

#27 Posted by Master_Live (13931 posts) -

Yes they do.

#28 Posted by Sword-Demon (6927 posts) -


I'd say any correlation between video games and violence would be the opposite: Violent people naturally gravitate toward violent games, but enjoying violent games doesn't make you a violent person.

#29 Posted by CountBleck12 (22494 posts) -
#30 Edited by turtlethetaffer (16609 posts) -

I play Dead Space, The Darkness, Silent Hill, Just Cause 2, sleeping dogs, Max Payne 3 and many other incredibly violent games. Not once have I ever felt the need to pick up a gun and go on a shooting spree. If anything, playing a bloody game when I'm in a bad mood helps relieve my stress (not totally, but makes it better than it was).

Question answered.

#31 Posted by VaguelyTagged (10057 posts) -

no unless you're a 3 YO who played Manhunt.

#32 Posted by ultimate-k (2348 posts) -

Not physical violence, but do make me fucking aggressive!!!!! when I play for long hours.

#33 Posted by MakeMeaSammitch (3729 posts) -

no, just look at japan and S. korea. They play more video games than any country and they have 0 crime.

#34 Posted by Riverwolf007 (23411 posts) -

it does.

i just killed a turtle by jumping on it.

#35 Posted by Gaviscon (8 posts) -

you're mostly all making good points about the topic, i didn't really expect any other response than what i'm getting on a website called Gamespot.

#36 Edited by sSubZerOo (43003 posts) -

No, like many other forms of media, it is used as a convenient scapegoat to push aside things we would rather not focus on.. Those being things like mental illness, poor parenting, or irresponsibility of teachers etc etc.. The fact of the matter is we are on a huge low in violence nation wide compared to past decades like the 1970s where we had a spike in violent crimes.. Either video games do not promote violence in any meaningful way or that the effect is so small that it isn't changing the current trend.

#37 Posted by jasean79 (2338 posts) -

Video games don't make gamers violent.

Lag does.