Do violent video games lead to violence in real life?

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#1 Posted by Gaviscon (25 posts) -

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

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#3 Posted by Carl_W21 (2021 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.

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#4 Posted by foxhound_fox (96696 posts) -

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

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#5 Posted by hippiesanta (10299 posts) -

ONLY NON-GAMER WILL SAY THAT

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#6 Posted by Ariabed (2121 posts) -

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

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#7 Posted by indzman (27389 posts) -

@foxhound_fox said:

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

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#8 Posted by EnoshimaJunko (322 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.

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#9 Posted by Boddicker (4347 posts) -

@hippiesanta said:

ONLY NON-GAMER WILL SAY THAT

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.

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#10 Edited by alim298 (2747 posts) -

Does playing goat simulator make you a goat?

what's with the double post sorry people.

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#11 Edited by alim298 (2747 posts) -

Does playing goat simulator make you a goat?

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#12 Posted by gamerguru100 (12686 posts) -

Short answer: No

Long answer: Nope

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#13 Posted by Treflis (13311 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.

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#14 Edited by Carl_W21 (2021 posts) -

@gamerguru100 said:

Short answer: No

Long answer: Nope

Haha, love this

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#15 Edited by Perfect_Blue (29947 posts) -

Not violent ones.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26921743

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#16 Edited by Carl_W21 (2021 posts) -

@alim298 said:

Does playing goat simulator make you a goat?

what's with the double post sorry people.

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#17 Edited by Cyberdot (3928 posts) -

No, not at all.

Only ignorant idiots say that.

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#18 Posted by korvus (10685 posts) -

@EnoshimaJunko: Maybe you're just a slow planner? =P

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#19 Edited by wis3boi (32507 posts) -

@foxhound_fox said:

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

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#21 Posted by Wasdie (53469 posts) -

No, but overwriting my save game files does.

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#23 Posted by DeadMan1290 (15528 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.

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#24 Edited by ferrari2001 (17760 posts) -

No.

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#25 Posted by British_Azimio (2459 posts) -

Of course it does.

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#26 Edited by BranKetra (51726 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."

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-04/08/game-aggression-and-incompetence

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.

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#27 Posted by Master_Live (18815 posts) -

Yes they do.

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#28 Posted by Sword-Demon (7007 posts) -

No.

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.

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#29 Posted by CountBleck12 (4740 posts) -

@gamerguru100 said:

Short answer: No

Long answer: Nope

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#30 Edited by turtlethetaffer (18588 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.

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#31 Posted by VaguelyTagged (10701 posts) -

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

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

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

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#33 Posted by MakeMeaSammitch (4889 posts) -

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

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#34 Posted by Riverwolf007 (26023 posts) -

it does.

i just killed a turtle by jumping on it.

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#35 Posted by Gaviscon (25 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.

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#36 Edited by deactivated-59d151f079814 (47239 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.

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#37 Posted by jasean79 (2593 posts) -

Video games don't make gamers violent.

Lag does.