Violence in Video Games

My perspective on violent video games will be slightly biased. I’m on the verge of playing Call of Duty as a career so I think I could offer a unique opinion on the subject.

From my perspective, video games have always offered me an escape from life. I have had extremely strict parents. I was never allowed to go out as a kid. Nowadays, I’m still required to go through a 15 minute interview with each parent before I go anywhere. Most days I can’t put up with it so I lock myself in my room and I take my anger and frustration out on the game.

I’ve met many people and made many friends throughout the course of my e-sports career. They all play video games for similar reasons as me. Some play to stay out of trouble. Some play because they’re severely injured or have some sort of medical or mental problem so they can’t function normally in society. Some have lost everything and games are all they have left.

I don’t believe video games make people violent. If anything, they keep people from committing violent acts because they can get the violent vibes out of their system by playing video games.

I think its ludicrous people are calling for the banning of video games. These games have changed in recent years. For example, in Call of Duty, much more teamwork, communication, and self sacrifice is required in order to win consistently. Players need to learn to communicate efficiently. A much quicker reaction time is required now so this would help people when driving or when quick decision needs to be made. These games are helping children with poor eye sight have better cognitive recognition and better peripheral vision.

I think video games have helped many more people than they have hurt.

3 thoughts on “Violence in Video Games

  1. I agree that video games provide an outlet for people that have no other way to take out frustration or anger. It allows people to do something somewhat constructive instead of doing something destructive to themselves or someone else. While I do agree it gives some sort of outlet to people who need it, I would posit that it causes some people to feel numb to the effects of guns or any sort of violence. If someone plays video games repeatedly eventually the act of killing and the use of guns will become commonplace and it will almost feel normal.

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  2. I completely agree with the idea that video games provide more good than the supposed harm they cause. There have been studies in the past proving that people who play fast-paced video games do indeed have a faster reaction time. Also, while there may not have been studies on it, video games cause a community to come together and form a bond. I’ve read many stories of people becoming long-term friends because they met on a video game and connected. What I haven’t heard is that one person killed another because he lost his video game.
    I do not believe that the observational learning that occurs in video games can transfer so much as to cause someone to go and commit the actions they are seeing. I use the term observational learning because while the user is playing the game, what they are seeing is someone else doing the actions. Additionally, video games may cause some positive reinforcement in terms of teamwork and other collective attributes, indicating that by working together, you can win the game, but I do not see that going as far as working together to win the game and then going out and killed a bunch of people to win life. I do not believe the correlation is there. While many people do think banning games will decrease violence, I do not see and evidence that suggests that and even if there is some, I think more harm would be done by banning video games.

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  3. I strongly agree with the points that you are making here in this post. I too have met many people who not only enjoy playing video games, but they are also integral parts of their lives and tend to help them in many different ways. I also think that it would be absurd to think that individuals playing violent video games tend to be more violent than individuals who do not play these types of games.Although you could make an argument that people who play these games may be becoming violent through the process of observational learning, most if not all of the people who play these games know to differentiate these from real life. Not only this, but I think that you would be able to make a counter argument that these video games may do more good than they do harm. As stated in previous comments, you often have to work as a team which could be considered a continuous schedule of reinforcement, and would mean that you may be more willing to work with others even when you are not playing these games.

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