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Should Violent Video Games be Banned?

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Started: 3/21/2008 Category: Technology
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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Noah25

Pro

I think that its very sad that we are poisoning the minds of are youth with this junk that some think is "fun". Whoever thinks killing someone and many other things in violent video games is a good thing has a problem. You can make a fun video game without blood and violence.
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It is a tragedy whenever a school shooting happens, it is a travesty whenever anyone loses their life due to gun violence; however, that does not mean that we should ban violent video games. As little children we are taught that pretending to be a cop chasing down a bad guy is fun. By this precedent that mode of thinking would ban the timeless game of cops and robbers. Tens of millions of people in America play violent video games but there are not tens of millions of people emulating the actions in those games. There are some that may emulate those actions but they are few and moronic. Their problems and mental issues could just as easily be fanned by violent movies, should we ban those?

We as Americans hold our civil liberties very dear and should not allow misguided grief and anger take those civil liberties away. Instead of blaming the video games for gun violence let's give credit where credit is due. It is the parents of these children, it is the abuse for which these kids endure, it is the environment for which they grow up in that causes them to commit these atrocities. Two of the three most devastating school shootings occurred not because of "violent video games" but because of other grievances. In 1966 when there was no such thing as a video game Charles Whitman murdered 14 at UT and just last year at Virginia Tech 33 students perished due to Seung-Hui Cho's anger at college debauchery. Should we make it illegal to drink and be sexual pervasive as well? The answer is unequivocally no! We hold our civil liberties dear and should put more responsibility on society and keep government out of "moral" affairs.
Debate Round No. 1
Noah25

Pro

As I do some-what agree with you I also believe that its not just playing a video game and going out into the real world and shooting people, but also the fact that its just something not nescasary for our youth to see. Just like inappropriate websites. There not hurting anyone, but they are still bad. One other thing is that it just puts bad thoughts in to there minds.
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I will not disagree that children should not be able to purchase violent video games, that is why there is an ESRB rating on video games that does not allow them to buy it; however, it is the parents who buy the games who have the responsibility of making sure that their children are mature enough to separate fantasy (the video game) from reality. Regardless, millions should not be deprived of fun and entertainment like Halo or Call of Duty, which according to some experts these games actually relieve tension rather than feed it.

There is no direct correlation between violent video games and real world violence by one expert's estimation this is the least violent generation since the 1950s.

"Mr. Johnson said another objection he hears is about Grand Theft Auto, a violent game involving carjacking. His response is that this is the least violent generation of youth since the '50s. When asked, don't video games cause aggression? He said: so can high school football. To the question of whether video games influenced the youths who killed at Columbine, his answer was that Mark Chapman, who killed singer John Lennon, read J.D. Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye.'" (http://www.nysun.com...)He claimed that reading "Catcher in the Rye" influenced him to kill John Lennon, should we ban that too?

Anything can cause a murderer to snap, it's not just video games. According to the same article "David 'Son of Sam' Berkowitz was supposedly influenced by the dog next door."

Pornographic websites may be unhealthy for some because of the possibility of sex addiction but alcohol carries the same risk. The point is that these are things that are fun and used responsibility by most; therefore, the rest of us should not be deprived of them. However, my point remains that video games do not lead to violent behavior, the murderers' past does. This is evident in the fact that violent video games are more prevalent than ever yet this is the least violent generation since the 50s. We need to look at keeping these killers from being created by promoting tolerance and understanding in our schools. It is the ridicule and social abuse that they endure that causes them to kill, not video games. We should focus our attention on these causes, the true causes, and ignore this nonsense about video games causing violence. Regardless of whether or not these video games may put bad ideas in their heads, the intent to kill is already there and could be triggered by anything from "Catcher in the Rye" to the dog next door, there is no rhyme or reason to what makes these people tick, it could be anything. We should not be denied the fun and entertainment of video games because some misguided fools see it as the root of these murderers, no offense. The truth is that their reasoning is clearly wrong and we should NOT compromise our liberties by giving in to this nonsense.
Debate Round No. 2
Noah25

Pro

Noah25 forfeited this round.
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Con

First to all voters, I implore you to vote regardless of your personal positions and look at the debate. My opponent has made only one point, that video games poison minds and has given no evidence to back this up. Therefore, by default the votes should go to me, the Con. However let me sum up my points:

Anything can make a killer tick. Murderers have blamed everything from the dog next door, to "Catcher and the Rye", to God and the Bible, to pretty much anything. These are not the causes of their murderous actions, their childhood and their abuses are.

My opponent says that these games put bad images in our children's heads but so do books, so does the Bible, so do violent movies and violent television shows, so does the game cops and robbers or cowboys and indians, so do many things that our children are exposed to--should these things be banned as well? It is the job of parents to make sure that their kids are mature enough to handle these images appropriately, not the government. We must not allow the government more control over our personal lives, they have too much control already. Why should everyone have to sacrifice their freedoms because some parents may act irresponsibly? We should not, we deserve our freedoms and we should retain them.

My opponents argument was based off of a common misconception and not even explained fully; therefore, it should be easy to see that I am the winner of this debate, vote Con.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by zfemocheese 5 years ago
zfemocheese
This is one sad debate. The Con is winning this debate, and the Pro cant handle it. Look in the votes section. Noah25 (The Pro party) votes for HIMSELF. That is called a SORE LOSER.
Posted by WolfSong 7 years ago
WolfSong
Wow, this helps me so much for my debate that's coming up real soon. Thanks for having great points! :)

I do agree Con did better. But also, that's exactly what I needed. And violent video games are not only very entertaining, but I'm quite sure it does help us learn hoe some weapons work and how to use them properly. My older sister is in the military and if she'd played these type of games, I bet she would have had an easier time.
Posted by desijatt4all 8 years ago
desijatt4all
pro do not have any thing!

I can tell every pro...
Posted by d-bate241 9 years ago
d-bate241
I would just like to say, thank you. I have a debate so I actually know how to start my speech. Sorry Pro, but Con did do a better job.
Posted by dmoore 9 years ago
dmoore
It would be almost impossible to get a band on violent video games with all the support they are getting. The military is a big supporter of military based games to because they have surveys that say people who play these games are able to use the technology in the military better.
Posted by HCPwns95 9 years ago
HCPwns95
We have something called the ESRB.

They rate games for people to see if the game is appropriate for a persons age. It is up to us to make the decision if you want to buy it or not.

Oh man I would also SLAP the cashier in this news story. WHAT A *****. COME ON!!
http://consumerist.com...
Posted by ScrewSociety62 9 years ago
ScrewSociety62
I've been playing violent Video Games since I was maybe 5, and i've never committed a crime like the ones detailed in such games like Grand Theft Auto in all my life, and I don't want to either.
Posted by Samacado 9 years ago
Samacado
I played violent video games and watched violent movies ever since age 10. I had unfiltered access to the internet my whole life and I have seen nothing but benefit. I have no desire to murder, rape, or pillage.

i wouldn't mind pillaging things, but yes i agree
Posted by Harboggles 9 years ago
Harboggles
I played violent video games and watched violent movies ever since age 10. I had unfiltered access to the internet my whole life and I have seen nothing but benefit. I have no desire to murder, rape, or pillage.
Posted by PreacherFred 9 years ago
PreacherFred
I teach anger management. Violent video games do have an adverse effect on young children as it subconsciously teaches that violence without consequences is an acceptable behavior. However, Pro did an inadequate job in defending his premise and missed round 3. I have to vote for con.
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