The thought of video games such as GTA or CoD causing kids to go out and shoot up schools or their family is extremely ludicrous its the equivalent of saying Cooking Mama will cause kids to become cooks. While kids especially from the ages of 10 to 13 (Which is the age group I hear the most referred to in regards to this issue ) are not known for their intellect or their concept of the world, however, they aren't so dense that they can not tell the difference between the game and the real world. Plus its not like any of the games such as GTA, Hitman, CoD don't punish you for killing the innocents or any other immoral activities. Grand Theft Auto causes the police to pursue you if any civilians are killed or even if you steal their car. In the case of GTA V there is only one mission you are actually forced to kill any civilians so apart from that one mission you could go through the whole game not killing a single civilian .Hitman will deduct points for killing innocents and actually rewards you if you don't kill anyone except for the person you are meant to kill. In the case of CoD you are a soldier like in the real world and you don't kill any civilians only soldiers from the other army which is what soldiers do in the real world. In the game modes in which you can kill your team mates you are punished if you do it by getting kicked from the game if you kill 3 of your team mates.
Correct. Video games will never effect a common, regular, 10+ year old anyone. But thats the thing. Personally, I've been playing video games my entire life, and its not video games that cause those things to happen. Its what games you play. I know a six year old that plays GTA, AC, Duke Nukem, and whatever the crud else. I once heard a news story of a six year old shooting his grandmother after playing GTA. With that said.... That child was probably mentally unstable. The question here isn't if Video Games effect children, it's which children it effects.
I would like to give the example of a teenager who shot his parents after they didn't allow him to play Halo. I know a ton of people, myself included, that play Halo. At least 1/3 of them are kids. I'm sorry, but I don't expect little Timmy to find a gun in the garbage and shoot his parents like he saw in Halo.