Should 12 Year Olds Play M Rated Games?
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First round is for acceptance! Good luck!
I am sorry about your brother, but there are many other factors other than video games. Think about who he hung around with, how was he raised. All of these are other reasons he is angry. Your brother also may have a mental disease called Intermittent Explosive Disorder (1) Now, I will try to clear up the three reasons why you think video games are effecting him.
"1. He is seeing these people do extremely violently acts which only teaches him that this is acceptable."
This means one of two things. He either knows it's wrong, or his parents messed up big time. Your parents should talk to him and say that those games are just games. He should know the difference between right and wrong. This is should twelve year olds play M rated video games. Not third graders. A study has shown violent and I repeat, VIOLENT video games relieve anger and stress. (2)
"2. It allows his anger to be shown in the only way he has seen which is violence. It also does not help his dirty mouth."
Then you admit he had a dirty mouth before he played video games. It could just be him getting worse. You also have to factor in his friends, movies he watches, his home and school environment, ETC.
"3. These games are showing warfare as how it was seen it WWI times; glorious and manly. I personally have several relatives who were in Vietnam. War is NOT glorious or awesome or gives you a second chance. War is ugly and usually shows all of the traits in humans that are cruel and plain evil."
Hey, I see nothing bad in this. Maybe it will inspire him to fight in the army.
Well, times have changed. I wouldn't call it a bad thing. Hey, how is it wrong for them to play violent video games? I played Call of Duty: World At War when I was about nine. Sure, I blew a few zombies head off, but I have a IQ of 116, and have a girl I am interested in. I can't help it if you had overly-strict parents that wouldn't let you play these games. I am twelve, and I play GTAV, Catherine, and Saints Row, yet, I am not a monster with anger issues, cursing the world for everything. We are debating if twelve year olds should play video games. They are going to be exposed to it anyways, why not in a game. Every game has morals made into it. Give me a few games and I'll tell you the moral of it. Hey if you want to be the overly strict parent saying "rated M video games are the devil" then by all means do. Yet, I can't help but feel sorry for your kids. While I'm going to allow my kids to play rated M games, yours will be excluded. Is it really fair for that to happen? Again, we are doing a debate if twelve year olds should play rated M video games. It seems you have more problems with the ideas of violent video games, rather than the games.
Case 1: Benefits of gaming
There are shown benefits for playing games.
Thank you. I look forward to your rebuttals!
I agree that we should be talking about 12 year olds so I will move past the point but only say that while he is not yet 12, it is still leading to those who will be playing these games when they are 12 by starting earlier. Anyway, let me enlighten you about violent video games and their effects. These games, while I admit can, and I repeat, CAN, help with stress, a quote shows how this works best in my opinion. "Like anything, [videogames are] another activity that can be either positive or negative, depending on how people use it and the state of mind they are in." -Christopher Ferguson. Not to disprove my own statement but this gives and interesting aspect to this. It says specifically how they can help or hinder, based on how they are used. My concern is, are 12 year olds able to use these games to help instead of hinder? In a study(in the very zombie game you mentioned) they told someone to kill as many zombies as possible. They then had them play a game and if they won they got to blast their opponent with an "unpleasant noise". They found that when the ones who had played the violent video game blasted the opponent with the noise, they did so longer. This was also found in the opposite case as well. The other half had been told to protect someone for as long as possible in the zombie game and were found not to blast the noise as long, if even shorter than normal. Now to bring this full circle, can a middle school child make that differentiation or is it even noticeable. To find out I used this from a PBS study:
Our frontal lobes " the parts of the brain important for attention, decision-making and shifting our attention from one thing to another " can get depleted quickly after a period of time, particularly if you are engaged in a highly demanding activity that"s taking up your attention and vigilance. "That"s when the reward pathways run amok and then there is nothing to control them or keep them in check," she said.
"It"s known as a "locked-in syndrome," Sinha said. "Your brain gets hijacked by doing something over and over again, and it can begin to have the same effect as an addiction. "
This is of greater concern for young people because in children and adolescents, the systems of the brain involved in making good choices and helping to shift the mind are still developing.
"They"re not at full capacity to begin with and so they"re likely to have more difficulty than adults," Sinha said.(End of report)
While, Yes, video games can help, kids of this age are still developing and so these games can cause these behaviors to be more influential and addictive. You may have mistaken me when I said I only played a few T games when I was younger as I never have played an M game. As a matter-of-fact I have an xbox 360 I use on a somewhat regular basis to play with friends and even make a few more. I am not saying VIDEO GAME BAD! I am saying that maybe at this age, since they are still developing, they should not be playing these as they may cause problems further down the road or closer in time than they realize.
So far a good debate. Looking forward to your rebuttal and conclusion:)
Cooldudebro forfeited this round.
Sorry. I have been really busy but here we go.
Wow, almost all your arguments are done in. I barely have anything to rebut. Your whole argument is based on kids, and their choice in a zombie game. Have you ever heard of trollers? People online who love to mess with people, so they do everything to keep them from winning. These are trollers. They are having fun. I see no good effect that the study has in your arguments. Then you argue that our frontal lobes can be damaged by basically focusing. Yet, that would mean that we shouldn't watch movie, play sports, school, ETC because those all demand a lot of attention. This argument can be dismissed easily. So your argument, that if kids play violent video games, they will totally not care about the outside world is in-correct. If it is true, then we should ban our kids from all activities that require heavy attention. I would also like you to see the causes of LID syndrome. No causes on the list are from violent video games! (1) Another link says LID is very rare. (2)
Ladies And, I have proved that:
There are more benefits to playing video games than not playing them
LID is very rare, and can be caused by other activities
LID is not caused by video games
Video games have many benefits, such as making you smarter, and slowing the aging process! (3)
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