Does violent games make people become violent ??
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I accept the challenge, and will prove that video games do not cause violence but actually benefit those who play them.
My opponent makes the argument that many active shooters for school shootings shot up a school because of playing violent video games, but my opponent neglects other facts besides playing video games. For this example, we will discuss about Adam lanza since my opponent brought him up for this debate.
First off, my opponent makes a claim but fails to provide any source. So we will not know if this is true or not, and because of this cannot be proven evident enough. While my sources will clear up this issue, where according to journalist Aaron Katersky (1), he states that Adam Lanza had multiple crucial impacts in his life before the shooting. Example is losing a close friend, and having continuous fights with his mother. Personally, we must look at other events besides him playing a video game considered "violent".
The video game he did play was Mass Effect, which for those who do not know is a space RPG. Is there combat? Yes, but the weapons used are not based off of real guns but blasters. Far different, and is hard to make a claim that those who did commit a horrific crime did it because of a video game (2).
Me personally, I play lots of video games; but how many are truly violent? Looking at the definition of "Violent", it states: "Marked by extreme force or sudden intense activity (3). This "Sudden intense activity" can actually be applied to 98% of video games on the market. Even the child friendly ones like Mario or Sonic the Hedgehog, and the fact is that many kids play these games; and or adults. They have played these games, yet have they shot up a school or done a horrific crime? No, they did not and is ridiculous to claim video games as the lore for causing violence.
Instead of blaming one thing, we must look more in depth before video games is considered an option. Just because someone plays a video game does not mean they will do a crime.
In this round, my opponent states "Yes but video game is a training simulation for shooting. Military often use it for training before going to war". First off, a few key words that my opponent fails to understand about video games. My opponent makes the argument that video games are a training simulation. Actually, they are not a training simulation but more so a form of entertainment like TV or Movies (1), which why not consider these factors?. They are not necessarily a simulation. Secondly, my opponent makes the assumption that all video games are shooters. Most games are not shooters, and any type of video game does have some sort of violence like I stated in the previous round.
My opponent makes the claim that the military also uses video games, but once more fails to provide a source. Because of this, its questionable of whether or not this is reliable. also, I must bring up common sense that just because one plays a video game does not mean they know the real deal. One example is the famous Call of Duty, just because you play it does not mean one will know how to shoot a gun correctly. And even if the military used video games, it is for a good cause not necessarily bad. Video games have actually been able to promote really good benefits to the player who plays the games. Examples include: Better coordination, have stronger memory, and have improved vision (2). There is more if you would like to check source two.
As it is seen, video games do have many benefits and is not necessarily the cause of all violence. Then my opponent states: "And besides yes he have mental health problem but due to he ineffective in distinguish between fantasy and reality so therefore video game make him confuse and can have an negative effect on him". First off, my opponent stated that Adam Lanza had a mental health problem, but that doesn't mean video games got him confused between reality and fantasy.
Adam Lanza was said to have a condition called "Asperger's Syndrome" (3). Now a little bit of a personal backstory, my younger brother also has Asperger's and he plays many games himself. He plays Call of Duty, Halo, Minecraft, and Mario. Has he ever been violent, no and did not shoot up a school. With Adam Lanza's case, there are other factors besides just video games that made him shoot up a school, which my opponent failed to Rebuttal. Those reasons are more relevant, instead of looking at only one thing. Once more, I argue that instead of blaming one particular area in the case; look at other things besides blaming on one common trend.
Like I stated earlier, Adam Lanza had a trouble life growing up. In the second round, I stated: "While my sources will clear up this issue, where according to journalist Aaron Katersky (1), he states that Adam Lanza had multiple crucial impacts in his life before the shooting. Example is losing a close friend, and having continuous fights with his mother". These factors can easily play into someone shooting up a school, not a video game.
http://www.jsonline.com... some people have mental illness but that does not always mean they will commit crime.
Opening up to my opponents conclusion, he states: "Yes i understand how he suffer during childhood but many kids being bullied doesn't mean they have go to school and shoot people". same thing can be applied to video games, where even though someone plays it does not necessarily mean that they are going to go shoot up a school.
In this final round, my opponent finally puts a source in that video games does cause violence. In an experiment, it states that kids who do play violent video games do get violent. However, i will disprove my opponents statement that video games does not cause violence. Stated by Randy Dotinga (1), "And even if spending a lot of time playing video games every day may alter the way kids act in everyday life, 'All observed behaviors were very small in magnitude, suggesting only a minor relationship at best and that games do not have as large an impact as some parents and practitioners worry,' said study author Andrew Przybylski". As it is seen, video games have such a minor impact that there are no violence easily seen.
To conclude the debate, my opponent makes many claims but fails to provide evidence. Because of this, his arguments cannot be truly valid while I provided evidence, and Rebutalled against many of my opponent's statements. For this reason, I urge voters to vote Con!
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Vote Placed by twsurber 11 months ago
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