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Will_Peters
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Adam2isback
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Banning violent video games in the US?

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Adam2isback
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/29/2014 Category: Games
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Will_Peters

Pro

In many states there have been cases of school shootings or very unnecessary violence by teens and younger children. People blame these violent acts on these offensive and violent video games these kids are playing. Sources believe that when these kids play these video games they desensitize these kids to violence and make them think that violence is the answer to conflicts. In many of these games violence or murdering is rewarded and is the goal of the game. So should we ban these violent video games.
Adam2isback

Con

That is not necessarily true. Kids acting the way they do has to do with the upbringing the kids. Assuming what you mean by violence is murder game or Mafia games, it still would be true for the argument above, that it's parents responsible. It's all about demand. And it's not true that violence in video games causes violence in real life. There's more to it than that. Plenty of users play violent video games and they are decent folks.

You also can't curtail demand. It would be considered suppression. There's high demand for video games like "GTA," "Doom," "Mortal Combat." How about we educate people that grudges are not the way to solve problems?
Debate Round No. 1
Will_Peters

Pro

You are correct on how not everyone who plays these games is violent. However it is not all the parents responsibility for their child's violence. For instance in the Navy Yard Shooting according to his friends he would play these violent video games up to 16 hours at a time. This defends my statement because the killer did not have a parent to supervise him and due to that this led him to become violent and there is nothing to blame for this except him or the video game.

I do agree with you about the demand for these video games. I will agree that there is a huge market for games like GTA and Call of Duty and that is where the money is in video games.
Adam2isback

Con

You are correct on how not everyone who plays these games is violent. However it is not all the parents responsibility for their child's violence. For instance in the Navy Yard Shooting according to his friends he would play these violent video games up to 16 hours at a time. This defends my statement because the killer did not have a parent to supervise him and due to that this led him to become violent and there is nothing to blame for this except him or the video game.

http://psychcentral.com...
http://www.gamespot.com...
http://www.dailytitan.com...
Three articles point to studies that have proven negative when it comes to video game violence.

If anything, we should be concerned about the messages video games might teach. We'd have more of a case if we said more would learn racism by playing it than violence.

Humans are not naturally violent. Things cause us to be violent, not video games.
Debate Round No. 2
Will_Peters

Pro

http://www.cnn.com...
http://www.nytimes.com...
http://www.drphil.com...
http://www.news.iastate.edu...
http://videogames.procon.org...

These 5 sources defend my statement and are in fact implying that video games can cause aggression, bullying and unbelievable and horrible violence in children, and in GTA they have corrupt,disrespectful, and rude morals that can make kids disobedient, rude, and aggressive to their parents and other kids. A kid I know watches south park and plays GTA and is offensive and rude to teachers and other kids. This kid is mean and cruel to other kids.

If video games don't teach us violence why would they teach us racism. I though you were trying to say that video games don't have that big of an influence on people and that video games don't make us violent.
Adam2isback

Con

http://www.cnn.com......
http://www.nytimes.com......
http://www.drphil.com......
http://www.news.iastate.edu......
http://videogames.procon.org......

The problem with those sources is that at least three of them are biased (much like FOX is biased as well), instead of local sources.

No one just randomly says, "Hey violence is fun I wanna kill someone." Us humans are naturally loving creatures. It's more probable to say that video games cause racial hatred than racism. Violence is unnatural to happen just for any reason.

Thank you for the awesome debate.
Debate Round No. 3
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by EmmaWeston 2 years ago
EmmaWeston
Why are you against video games? There has been violence ever since man walked this Earth. Nothing wrong with violent video games.
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Vote Placed by 9spaceking 2 years ago
9spaceking
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Reasons for voting decision: con shows sufficient benefits of (violent) video games and put sufficient doubt in pro's arguments about increasing violence. I'm tempted to give con sources since, indeed, analyzing them, they are not all news sources and show different research instead of the same news just worded differently, but pro deserves kudos for more sources, therefore sources are tied.