Just ask any kid who plays Call of Duty, and you will see how much violence and mayhem is glorified for them. Colonel Dave Grossman is the best authority on this subject. He has several good points about violence in video games making kids more effective killers in real life.
First and foremost, video games can assist with the growth and development of our brain. A recent study by neuroscientists have shown that video games have many cognitive benefits. The study has found that video gaming can stimulate neurogenesis (growth of new neurons) and connectivity in the brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning. Neurogenesis and neuroplasticity improvements were observed in the right hippocampus, right prefrontal cortex and the cerebellum. These brain regions are involved in functions such as spatial navigation, memory formation and strategic planning. Increasingly, the level of connectivity between brain areas is being linked to higher intelligence and consciousness.
In addition, video games help improve our motor skills. It helps with our hand-eye coordination skills. When you are playing a video game, you are not only staring at the computer inactively. The activities and actions on the screen provide a lot of mental stimulation. In order to play, you will need to coordinate their visual, audial and physical movement. They also enable us to concentrate better. Video games have been proven capture the player's attention for the entire period of the game. This is brought about by the player's need to achieve certain objectives within the game, and be able to progress to the next level. In order to do this, you need to have full concentration on the game.
Furthermore, video games are a good source of entertainment. Need something to lighten up the day? Then video games are the best possible option for you! They can help us escape from reality and enter a fantasy world, full of imagination. This can help us relieve stress from your bodies on a tiring day. While entertaining us, video games are a form of escapism.
All evidence shows that violent video games do not contribute to more violence in society, and the very claim they do just does not meet with the evidence. The reality is certain people are offended by violent video games and want every reason to ban such content, and will lie to get this done.
Video games do provoke a range of emotional responses – frustration, anxiety, elation, even sadness. But the same can be said of every other form of media out there – novels, movies, music, comic books, the list goes on. And just like movies and novels, the best video games are the ones that elicit the deepest response.In the end of the day, a video game will not kill a person any more than a movie or a song or a book will. Each of these could tip an unstable psyche over the edge but it will be the gun in that person’s hand that will allow them to slaughter indiscriminately.
Video games are not responsible for the violence that happens in society. The majority of people who play games knows the difference between the virtual world and reality. People play games to relax, enjoy, and have fun. While I do agree video games desensitize and makes us more used to violence, killing a creature in a video game can not be considered the same as killing a person in real life. It is the individuals that commit the violence that are responsible for the actions and not the video games itself.
We learn our morals from our parents and the community we grow up in. If violence is not acceptable in the community and home, we learn that violence is wrong. However, video games are full of graphic violence.The more we are exposed to realistic violence, the more we learn to ignore it. No one is shocked anymore when a child is accidentally killed in a drive-by shooting because we have seen it a hundred times on certain video games.
Video games do not lead to or cause violence in society. People that play games know that there is a difference between graphics on a screen and reality. Millions of people play video games and are not violent at all. People that think they do do not know what they're talking about.
I do not believe that video games contribute to violence in society. We've been subjected to violent TV shows for two generations and violence in society has not increased significantly. It's the same way with violent music.
People that attribute violence to video games are scapegoating. We should blame the perpetrators for their crimes, rather than trying to blame third parties for the crimes of others.