Violence In Video Games
By Jamison N
With the release of the controversial Grand Theft Auto 5, the topic of video games causing violence is brought up once again. Violence in video games has always been perceived as mind altering for the players; mind altering to the extent that it alters the behavior of those playing to be more violent. But could that perception be untrue?
Most parents and adults eventually broach the subject of violent video games thinking they might warp the minds of young children. Many parents are afraid that their kids will mimic the actions they see within the game. It doesn’t help that, in some cases, kids blame their violent actions on video games for a more lenient punishment, whether it be with the law or with their parents.
Others believe that videogames create an outlet for people and that games can help violent kids stay calm.
A study at the University of Texas stated that kids would voluntarily stay inside playing video games rather than going outside and committing crimes.
The same study has shown an increase in anger while playing video games. This anger was for a short period of time, essentially getting the anger out of their system. Other studies that have shown video games as having caused aggression have been found to be falsified or resulted from conditions that were ill-managed.
During the majority of these tests, children have been put in rooms that are not a similar environment to playing a videogame at home. The kids are in labs being tested in a way that does not correlate to video games, but to violent images. There is evidence outside of labs, though, that show a correlation between violent video games and violent behavior.
To share some insight on this, I asked a teacher and a student from Ithaca High School to share their thoughts on the topic.
Are you familiar with video games?
Have you ever played a video game?
What is your opinion on video games?
Would you/your parent ever buy an M-rated game for a child under the recommended age?
Do you think that video games cause violence in young people?
What is your opinion on violence in other venues such as TV or books?
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