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TheTrueScotsman
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Eli01
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Violent video games lead to violent behaivior

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Started: 11/10/2014 Category: Games
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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TheTrueScotsman

Con

Violent video games don't lead to violent behaivior any more than playing Candy Crush leads to candy addictions. If anything, they are cathartic. Studies on this topic are plagued by the fact that correlation does not imply causation. If a murderer plays violent video games, isn't it more logical to say that as someone who kills in real life would kill in a game than to say that the game led him/her to the act of killing?
Eli01

Pro

Depending on age the answer differs. Little kids can be influenced by anything. There is a reason video games have ratings. (EC, E, E10+, T, M) CNN reports "A new study suggests virtual violence in these games may make kids more aggressive in real life." Violent Video Games can influence people to be violent.
Debate Round No. 1
TheTrueScotsman

Con

There are two problems with studies on this subject. The first is that they assume correlation implies causation. Maybe people become more aggressive from playing violent video games. Maybe violent video games are more enjoyable to more aggressive people. Or maybe there is a third factor that causes both. The second problem is that they only measure in short-term lengths. It's one thing to have volunteers play Call of Duty and then measure their activity. It's another thing to say that these games have a long-term, psychological effect on the actions of those people who play them. To quote the study Violent Video Games and Real-World Violence: Rhetoric Versus Data, "finding that a young man who committed a violent crime also played a popular video game, such as Call of Duty, Halo, or Grand Theft Auto, is as pointless as pointing out that the criminal also wore socks." If anything, these games provide catharsis. One of the major theories for the evolutionary need for imagination is catharsis. If an individual has pent up anger, fictional acts of aggression have proved to relieve said anger. How much more so could these games release the anger?
Thanks, its time for your argument.
Eli01

Pro

I see you are still not specifying an age. But until you do, I will stick to children's age. But here is something for you.
"The question of whether children's participation in violent video games can lead to an increase in violent thoughts, emotions and behaviors has been resolved, and the conclusive answer is yes. Studies that have provided this answer are based on statistical comparisons between large groups of children who do or don't play violent video games. "

Also as i stated in my previous statement, why do you think there are ratings for games? Game designers even recognize that violence can influence people, especially children.
Thank You.
Now your argument.
Debate Round No. 2
TheTrueScotsman

Con

TheTrueScotsman forfeited this round.
Eli01

Pro

Studies have shown that when children are introduced to violence of any form the become aggressive, even if the aggression is short-term, it affects the child's personality, and can cause him or her to show that same type of aggression in real life situations. One report states, "One of the most severe effects of violent video games on children is that the games are addictive and they tend to keep children engaged for a longer period. Many parents must have observed that their child becomes restless if he/ she does not play the specific game for the specific time every day. This can affect the child's mental stability and make him dependent on the game." Clearly the evidence shows that violence from video games can have devastating effects.
Debate Round No. 3
TheTrueScotsman

Con

TheTrueScotsman forfeited this round.
Eli01

Pro

Vote Pro.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by EmmaWeston 2 years ago
EmmaWeston
Con probably also wants violent video games to be banned.
Posted by SwaggyG27 2 years ago
SwaggyG27
There have been studies showing that when popular violent video games came out, crime DECREASED!
Posted by TheTrueScotsman 2 years ago
TheTrueScotsman
Emma Watson, I doubt that you can accurately gauge the character of a complete stranger based solely on a single debate he is in. If you can, I must say I am quite impressed.
Posted by Eli01 2 years ago
Eli01
lol
Posted by EmmaWeston 2 years ago
EmmaWeston
Con is an idiot.
Posted by Eli01 2 years ago
Eli01
That is what i was thinking. I am starting a new debate. Come and see if you want to challenge me.
Posted by Shreyas200312 2 years ago
Shreyas200312
Yes, You have to be more specific. I am a 6th grader and I have played call of duty, and I have never done any major acts of violence or unintentional bullying, just by playing this game.
Posted by blackkid 2 years ago
blackkid
You need to specify an age group. I've had this debate before; violent videogames does lead to violent behavior in children under the age of 10 actually.
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Reasons for voting decision: Excellent job pro, and very good arguments