Should Kids be playing M rated games?
Debate Rounds (3)
It may be easy to blame violent video games for real life violence, but research shows that crimes and "M" rated games that show how to do them aren't related at all.
According to a study published on the Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers observed more than 1,200 seventh and eight grade gamers. It turns out that most 12-14 year olds play M-rated games, yet we don't see pre-teens shooting people. The thought of violent games causing major violence "doesn't hold water," said Cheryl Olson from Massachusetts General Hospital.
Violent video games actually help younger gamers in dealing with stress and anger. "We don't know whether playing to get anger out is a good thing or a bad thing for any individual child, but we suspect that it might be healthy for a lot of kids," Olson continued.
The stereotype of gamers being loners, anti-social, and violent was also debunked by the study. Contrary to popular belief, playing video games is actually a social activity. Even gamers that stick to MMORPGs for countless hours are still likely to play with a group of friends.
"It's not going to ruin them, they're not going to go out and pick up a gun. Violent video game play is typical and normal for kids nowadays. That doesn't mean that parents have to like it, but they shouldn't panic about it," said Olson.
So basically this article has proof saying that it actually helps to play M rated games so kids most definitely should be able to play M rated games
"People who say there aren't enough studies on violent video games don"t know what they are talking about," Bushman said. "There is little margin of error, and the findings are so statistically significant that there is no question that violent video games affect behavior."
Just to make sure that you don't think I am just picking one let me broaden the spectrum.
97% of 12-17 year olds in the US played video games in 2008, thus fueling an $11.7 billion domestic video game industry. In 2008, 10 of the top 20 best-selling video games in the US contained violence.
Violent video games have been blamed for school shootings, increases in bullying, and violence towards women. Critics argue that these games desensitize players to violence, reward players for simulating violence, and teach children that violence is an acceptable way to resolve conflicts.
Video game advocates contend that a majority of the research on the topic is deeply flawed and that no causal relationship has been found between video games and social violence. They argue that violent video games may reduce violence by serving as a substitute for rough and tumble play and by providing a safe outlet for aggressive and angry feelings.The debate over violent video games can be traced back to the 1976 release of the game Death Race. The object of the game was to run over screaming "gremlins" with a car, at which point they would turn into tombstones. Controversy erupted because the "gremlins" resembled stick-figure humans, and it was reported that the working title of the game was Pedestrian. After protestors dragged Death Race machines out of arcades and burned them in parking lots, production of the game ceased. (Now to skip a little of the timeline where all that happened has outcry about violent games)A 2005 resolution by the American Psychological Association called for the reduction of violence in video games marketed to youth because of possible links between video games and aggression towards women. In response to the discovery of disabled but accessible sexual content in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, then-Senator of New York Hillary Clinton introduced a bill in 2005 to criminalize selling "Mature" or "Adults Only" rated video games to minors, arguing that video games were a "silent epidemic of desensitization."The bill died in committee at the end of the 109th congress. This changed things plain and simple. These games are now not only showing but ENCOURAGING sexual content against women. Games such as GTA( or Grand Theft Auto) show rape scenes and even allow the player to engage in sex with prostitutes. This is not something I would want to have my 3rd grader playing when he asks to play a M game. While not all games have this feature or are not "as bad" just remember that they were rated M for a reason. Not just to make parents go with the kids to the store to get it. Thank You if you actually read this far:)
The con also dropped my earlier point that they stated that they only played T games every once in awhile so they should not be debating this topic, so they agree with that statement.
The topic is asking if one should allow children/kids to play "M" rated games. I choose to oppose this for several reasons including the effect it has on behavior, how it demonstrates behavior has acceptable, and that it directly causes violent attacks against the average people of America. I rest my case by saying that if something is going to directly affect the well being of the "Average Joe" than we as an American people have the duty to take action. Whether or not it is for or against is now in your hands. Thank You for reading this ridiculously long debate and I have enjoyed it and I hope to do so again.
ninjalover36 forfeited this round.
1 votes has been placed for this debate.
Vote Placed by Polevaulter1 2 years ago
|Agreed with before the debate:||-||-||0 points|
|Agreed with after the debate:||-||-||0 points|
|Who had better conduct:||-||-||1 point|
|Had better spelling and grammar:||-||-||1 point|
|Made more convincing arguments:||-||-||3 points|
|Used the most reliable sources:||-||-||2 points|
|Total points awarded:||1||0|
Reasons for voting decision: FF
You are not eligible to vote on this debate
This debate has been configured to only allow voters who meet the requirements set by the debaters. This debate either has an Elo score requirement or is to be voted on by a select panel of judges.