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DebateNoob101
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therocker6204
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Video games cause children to be violent.

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Started: 2/25/2016 Category: Games
Updated: 11 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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DebateNoob101

Con

Do they? No, no they dont. There may be studies in children/teens that show more violence in them but that all depends on who they are. How they grew up. Who they are surrounded by. Things like that. I mean I'm still a kid and I play games like Call of Duty, Gta, Saints row, Battlefield, and I'm not a bad kid or anything. I'm actually pretty well behaved. Now im not saying it doesnt bring out anger in kids. I get angry too but I dont go on a rampage because i can do that in a video game. Anyway I wanna see what you guys think :)
therocker6204

Pro

Do video games cause children to be violent? Due to me being con for this debate, yes video games can cause violence in children, which I conclude is an individual under the age of 18. Most of my arguments will revolve around mature games because educational games are not the thing being controversial in this case. The following lines will give my points.

Violent video games are obviously mature. They mainly have guns, blood, pornography, vulgar language, and even mass murder. A grown adult can handle this, but I don't think children with their brains still developing should be exposed to this type of maturity. They might not show any signs of instability at first, but the problem is not now, it's later. If as a child we see guns, blood, and murder as a good thing, what will happen when we get an actual gun? What will happen when we compare life to a video game and start shooting on real people? I know we might say, "Well it won"t ever happen to me," but how do we know? There are many examples in the news of children and even adults turning violent due to video games. The one that touched me the most was the "Slender Man" Stabbing. This is when two twelve year old girl stabbed their friend nineteen times in the woods "to appease Slender Man and keep him from harming them and their families." The problem is that they were so exposed to this character that they didn't know what was real anymore. They resulted to violence due to a video game that they were exposed to over a long period of time.

As video gamers, we often say, "Video games don't have an effect over my life." This for me is most particularly false. Video games will affect an individual's life greatly. Pamf.org says from a survey by Kaiser Family Foundation, "...that youth age 8 to 18 devote seven-and-a-half hours a day to entertainment media." This shows how much time a child devotes to technological entertainments, which for gamers are mainly video games and videos on video games. This means that video games do affect gamers a lot because they pass a good part of their waking hours on them, and get their controversial messages over and over. This is where violence can appear. I personally have times where I got mad over a video game after a major amount of time spent on it, and many videos on Youtube can be found of people loosing control and breaking their room. For any video gamers out there, how many times have you screamed at your parent, "I have to finish my game," and got upset when they said you could not? This is why I think video games can make children violent. They might get aggressive over something like having to stop playing and assault their parents.

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Debate Round No. 1
DebateNoob101

Con

DebateNoob101 forfeited this round.
therocker6204

Pro

I am honestly disappointed that my opponent has decided to not respond to my argument. Due to him not responding, I will make a response to his first round paragraph. Keep reading the next sentences to see my views on what he had to say.


I will start with a general overview of the paragraph. First of all, from what I see, he did some grammatical and spelling mistakes, but I won’t make my arguments on that because I make some too. Secondly, reading the paragraph, I understand that he is an under aged violent game player. Thirdly, he made mainly self contradicting arguments on his views of video games.


“Do they? No, no they dont.” This is my opponent’s first sentence. With that said, just after he says, “There may be studies in children/teens that show more violence in them…” This shows that some children are affected by violent video games, which make his first point inaccurate, and at the same time, false.


With the following sentences, he defines that it is the surroundings and their life that affect the individual, and not that they are playing video games. He gives the example, “…I mean I’m still a kid and I play games like Call of Duty, Gta, Saints row, Battlefield, and I’m not a bad kid or anything…” The problem, like I have said, is not when you are a kid; it’s when you grow up. You’re surrounding might not be the same as when you are a child, and you might get into “grown up problems.” You never know when depression can hit, and when it hits, you might not see the difference between a video game and reality.


Finally, he says that he is well behaved, but gets angry. I honestly feel that that is a sign of immaturity, and guess what, it’s normal for a kid to be immature. The problem is kids now a day play mature games when they never experienced these topics. I understand that you don’t go on rampages because you are angry, but you could in 10-20 years. On top of this, if you were well behaved and educated you would’ve at least responded to the debate!


Thank you :)

Debate Round No. 2
DebateNoob101

Con

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therocker6204

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
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Pro

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Debate Round No. 4
DebateNoob101

Con

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therocker6204

Pro

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Shark34 12 months ago
Shark34
Video games do not cause or worship violence. I find very violent-playing-illegal games distasteful, but I can't see them causing violence, except in cases with young children who aren't inherently violent but don't know what is right yet, and have played a "cool" game. Also, many cases of video game inspired accidental violence is with firearms, which shouldn't be within the reach of an 8 year old anyway. Video games are entertaining and powerful, and though there are violent games out there, the violence they cause is mostly accidental and irresponsible, a and not an actual sense of violence or bloodlust.
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