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Ok, seriously; VIDEO GAMES DON'T MAKE PEOPLE VIOLENT

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Started: 11/14/2008 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
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MKDoomFan

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Ok, seriously! This seems like a topic that is always on the wrong side. Nobody ever really thinks about it except to be negative, and now I will start my argument: Everyone says that the kids from the Columbine were Doom Addicts.
1st of all, I play Doom A LOT. And I play Mortal Kombat A LOT. That doesn't mean I'm gonna bring an SMG to school and start going on a massacre, ripping people's heads off left and right. The kids from the Columbine Massacre had psychological issues. Not everyone you meet on the street is gonna be an insane, psychopathic, homicidal freak.
2nd of all, what do you think the ESRB Rating system is for? Decoration? No! IT ACTUALLY MEANS SOMETHING! Mortal Kombat is rated M for Mature... Mature meaning 18 or Older. Nobody even fathomed people under aged children playing the bloodiest game in the USA at the time.
And Last but not least, Imagine the following: You come home from a tough day of school ready to rip someone's head off their shoulders. What do you do?
A) Go on a massacre
B) Get in a fight with your brother
C) Play Tekken and beat the Ungodly Crap out of everyone you come against
Now really, witch one seems more logical? I rest my case.
InquireTruth

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I thank my opponent for starting a great debate. I hope we can enjoy ourselves!

"And I play Mortal Kombat A LOT. That doesn't mean I'm gonna bring an SMG to school and start going on a massacre, ripping people's heads off left and right. "

You probably will not, but it will certainly increase the probability of such an event happening.

"2nd of all, what do you think the ESRB Rating system is for? Decoration? No! IT ACTUALLY MEANS SOMETHING! Mortal Kombat is rated M for Mature... Mature meaning 18 or Older. Nobody even fathomed people under aged children playing the bloodiest game in the USA at the time."

This is irrelevant. It has nothing to do with whether or not video games can increase violence.

"And Last but not least, Imagine the following: You come home from a tough day of school ready to rip someone's head off their shoulders. What do you do?"

Wowzers! You must play too many violent video games!

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The facts:
1. Two studies in the April issue of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Journal of Personality and Social Psychology showed - both in the lab and actual life - that playing video games like doom and mortal combat can increase "aggressive thoughts, feelings and behavior." The studies also show that violent video games not only increase the aggressiveness of those with a pre-established proclivity, but they also temporarily increase the aggressive behavior of all types of participants (1).

2. A recent study using brain-scanning technology showed that participants who played violent video games experienced a stark increase in emotional arousal (identified with aggressive behavior) and a stark decrease in areas of the brain that support attention and self-control (2).

Conclusion:
The evidence is damning. Video games can indeed increase violent behavior. I look forward to my opponents response and adequate counter data.

Sources -
1. http://www.apa.org...
2. http://www.msnbc.msn.com...
http://mentalhealth.about.com...
Debate Round No. 1
MKDoomFan

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InquireTruth

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Extend all my arguments! So unfortunate is my opponents forfeiture!
Extend all my arguments! So unfortunate is my opponents forfeiture!
Extend all my arguments! So unfortunate is my opponents forfeiture!
Debate Round No. 2
MKDoomFan

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MKDoomFan forfeited this round.
InquireTruth

Con

Thank you for the debate and I hope the judges will vote appropriately!
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Rickymadeja 8 years ago
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The presence of Violence or things associated with Violence make people violent. .And experiment was done, a college teacher was given a group of students. Each student was connected to electrodes. the teacher, at any time had the choice to shock any given student for any reason In studies, a gun sitting on a table of a class room was twice as likely to make a teacher shock a student for making a mistake
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