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Do video games really promote violence?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/6/2015 Category: Games
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Dracos

Con

No it has been proven by researchers that they actually lower homicide and violence rates in america
simonstuffles

Pro

As per DDO customs I'll use this first round for acceptance.
Debate Round No. 1
Dracos

Con

Dracos forfeited this round.
simonstuffles

Pro

Rebuttal
That is a bare assertion, and it could be true, but you have not provided any evidence. Even if it were the case that: "video games promote lower homicide rates" in America, it still does little to fufill the BoP because reported homicide does not encompass all kinds of violence.

Constructive Case
This is just going to some studies that show the affirmative, followed by a short summary:

1.The 2008 study Grand Theft Childhood reported that 60% of middle school boys who played at least one Mature-rated game hit or beat up someone, compared to 39% of boys that did not play Mature-rated games. [1]
This is the most appropiate study, it shows that Children from a substantial survey, are more likely to be violent (by hitting someone or beating them up) if they have played a violent Mature-rated game. That couldn't show the relationship much clearer.

2. A 2009 study found that it takes up to four minutes for the level of aggressive thoughts and feelings in children to return to normal after playing violent video games. It takes five to ten minutes for heart rate and aggressive behavior to return to baseline. Video games that show the most blood generate more aggressive thoughts. When blood is present in video games, there is a measurable increase in arousal and hostility. [2]
Despite not being directly linked to violent acts, one can assume more violent thoughts will, as a general trend lead to an increase in violent acts.

3. This 1998 study found that exposure to sexual violence in video games is linked to increases in violence towards women and false attitudes about rape such as that women incite men to rape or that women secretly desire rape. [3]
A large proportion of rape can be considered violent acts, and therefore a medium that causes a potential perpitrator to justify the action (in his mind) is, in effect, promoting a violent act.

4. Exposure to violent video games is linked to lower empathy in players. In a 2004 study of 150 fourth and fifth graders by Professor Jeanne Funk, violent video games were the only type of media associated with lower empathy. Empathy, the ability to understand and enter into another's feelings, plays an important role in the process of moral evaluation and is believed to inhibit aggressive behavior. [4]
Not especially relevant, but interesting nonetheless, given that one primary reason people do not commit violent acts, is because it would feel bad for them to hurt another person. If less empathy is present in a population, more violent actions are going to be committed.

References
[1] Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl K. Olsen, Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth about Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do, Apr. 2008
[2] Christopher Barlett, Richard Harris, and Callie Bruey, "The Effect of the Amount of Blood in a Violent Video Game on Aggression, Hostility, and Arousal," Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Oct. 2007
[3] http://videogames.procon.org...
[4] Jeanne Funk, Heidi Bechtoldt Baldacci, Tracie Pasold, and Jennifer Baumgardner, "Violence Exposure in Real-life, Video Games, Television, Movies, and the Internet: Is There Desensitization?," Journal of Adolescence, 2004

In conclusion
To fufill by BoP, I didn't even have to prove that video games are successful in promoting violence, just that they promote it, but I have done so by citing a number of studies that show relationships between playing violent video games.
Debate Round No. 2
Dracos

Con

Dracos forfeited this round.
simonstuffles

Pro

I extend all arguments.
Debate Round No. 3
Dracos

Con

Dracos forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
Dracos

Con

Dracos forfeited this round.
simonstuffles

Pro

I have fulfilled my BoP and my opponent has forfeited. Vote Pro!
Debate Round No. 5
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by Cya10000 2 years ago
Cya10000
Me and my friends on PS3 were debating this and we all agreed that you have to be stupid in order to be violent, if your violent, then your violent by nature, or you already were, I'm not violent and video games have never made me violent, only mad, but thats once in a while and its not bad. if your violent due to a video game, I say your stupid enough to try something or your violent by nature.
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Reasons for voting decision: Con forfeited nearly every round. Pro used reliable sources to back his claims and overall made a very strong argument. Con said "No it has been proven by researchers that they actually lower homicide and violence rates in america", but gave no sources to verify that. Spelling also goes to Pro, as Con forgot a comma.
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