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ldodd42
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Hazzaboy98
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Video Games Are Too Violent

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Started: 3/5/2014 Category: Games
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ldodd42

Pro

In video games such as Call of Duty, Gears of War and Saints Row, the main goal is to kill or be killed. How are these violent video games affecting the minds of children? One gamer was asked if they liked violent video games, his response was " Yes because I have started to feel the urge to practice my sniper skills for real." A child who plays violent video games starts looking at the world as a dangerous place where violence and aggression are an appropriate response, more than a child would who hasn't had that exposure. Young children also try to copy the actions they have observed while playing video games. These actions or gestures are stored in their memories and children do feel the urge to try them out in their real lives on their siblings and in school, thus increasing the bullying tendencies. Non-violent games can prove to be a great teaching tool and they can be used for educational purposes. They also improve the hand-eye co-ordination. So, parents should try to convince their children to play such games and divert their attention from violence.
Hazzaboy98

Con

May I start by pointing out that humans will always have the urge for violence since the dawn of time. I'm a strong believer that video games are providing a peaceful way of letting out this violent intent within all people. In fact, today's murder rates are at an all time low. May I also ask that you provide citation to the quotes you use? You seem to use rather extreme examples in quoting children that wish to express their violence in real life, but I'm not sure where you have gathered such quotes. Also, as far as I'm aware there has been no scientifically PROVEN link between the playing of video games and violence in later life. Lets be honest, the same issue has been raised for a number of cultural developments such as Rock music and mobile phones. Today most people wouldn't consider these as "violence-inducing". I think that video game violence is used as a cover up too often to mask wider issues of mental health care and ingrained mental attitudes towards the glorification of violence.

To conclude, every age has its psycopaths and every age has its entertainment... they are NOT the same thing.
Debate Round No. 1
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Posted by Hazzaboy98 2 years ago
Hazzaboy98
Thanks Generic! And yes George_Lenton, I agree fully that video games are not the answer for violence in children/young people. That issue is a far wider one that I believe needs to be tackled with a different approach to blaming the video game industry! As long as we keep the (appropriate) age ratings on games I don't see a problem with violence within them.
Posted by Generic 2 years ago
Generic
I agree strongly with the points made in the other comments that, while video games do not impact the mental attitudes of an adult, there can be complications when mature games are exposed to children.
I also particularly like con's closing statement. It lends the argument roundness.
Posted by George_Lenton 2 years ago
George_Lenton
No, video games are not the stem or origin of an individuals violent tendencies, it is that of the psychology of the individual. Video games actually provide a release of stress, anger and many other emotions that would be considered unsavoury to be shown in public. However, only do games become a hindrance when the child itself is mentally unstable or unprepared to understand such things and the moral issues between committing what is shown in the game, in real life (this is why there are age restrictions on games, which if followed would solve most issues surrounding games being 'too violent').
In actual fact, were a parent to deny a child a game simply because they thought it was too violent (not for any other reason than that, I do not suggest people buy games for their children whenever they want one), that would cause a child to lose its temper and become violent. A child's reasoning is still in development far into adulthood, and therefore react strongly to many things that others would consider 'a minor setback', or perhaps even less serious. However, my actual point is that, it is not the games that are the problems, its the children and their surroundings.
Posted by TofuWaffle 2 years ago
TofuWaffle
Some people claim that video games, especially shooters, are the reason gunfights and violence are happening in the streets. If this is true, i guess Call Of Duty caused World Wars I and II.
Posted by annarywang 2 years ago
annarywang
There should be some restriction on the title, after all, not all video games are violent.
Posted by mrsatan 2 years ago
mrsatan
Too violent? Nah. Too violent for kids, on the other hand, yea. There's a reason those games are rated mature. A lot of parents just don't seem to understand that.
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Vote Placed by Wylted 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con's arguments were better.