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Video games do not cause children to commit crimes

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Started: 12/5/2013 Category: Games
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Well here are the rules and good luck to who ever challenges me
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First round we both accept the challenge
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I accept the challenge. And will follow the rules.
Debate Round No. 1


So here's my point that video games do not commit crimes which is very true it may make the child lack in intelligence but not violence that they would be able to commit crimes in such a way.
1. The purpose of a video game is child amusement/entertainment which means video games were not meant to motivate crime
2.'Studies have shown that video games do not harm the brain or cause violent acts'
By gathering all the evidence I can show that video games do not harm the brain and support the quote. People commit crimes in many ways because of this
*Gene cells in their body which are inherited from relatives, family members, and your parents. If a child was born from the acts of a criminal they would have that criminal behavior inside part of their body
*Experience from a human bein could cause violent crimes just like how batman's parents got killed and from that experience he started to become a hero. Remember this is an example so I am just giving an example about an experience. Experience that would turn a person into a criminal is that something must have happened in their life that was so tragic that they would want to go and kill. Another example is that after the Adam Lanzer had a problem with having a normal life and interaction so this shows what could have caused what happened at this day. In the news papers they also stated this 'He kept tabs of trigger happy video games' this does not show what the show that video games caused it. Adam Lanzer was unstable so keeping him near a gun was not the right choice which his mom had assault weapons in his house.
*Revenge is another way of crime being caused because during the incident of Atiq Hennis, Anthony Hennis was a criminal who had about twenty three arrest records. 'The shooters brother had a old beef with Anthony Hennis' which shows that the criminal and murderer of the baby wanted revenge
*Drugs and Achohal can be another cause because those type of drinks changes the human behavior and effect the brain.
To go back to the statement that video games do not effect the brain. To support this, studies and research shows that video games could decrease the physical violence of children. Now here is what many people are saying is that GTA is a game about killing at random. That is not what the game is about, that's what the users choose to do and you do not have to do missions with killing you can just live your life as a good guy. CoD is also another game people think motivates crime. Call of duty is a game about army's and military not any game with stealing goods from others and killing innocents.
Children who buy games and commits crimes after they played were like that before they got it.
In conclusion, video would not have an effect on your brain in that matter we can all say video games are meant to be enjoyable.


Thank you for your points and good luck.
I believe that video games DO cause children children to commit crimes.
Children get influenced by friends,family and society. But they also get influenced by television and video games.
While some video games have educational content,many of the most popular games promote negative themes,such as:
1.The killing of people or animals.
2.The use and abuse of drugs and alcohol.
3.Criminal behaviour and disrespect of the law.
4.Sexual exploitation and abuse towards women.
5.Racial,sexual and gender stereotypes.
6.Foul language.

All of these things can affect the child's brain. Yes it is just a video game,but MOST children take these negative themes out in real life.

Studies show that children exposed to violence can become:
1. "Numb" to the horror of violence.
2. More aggressive.
3. depressed.

Some children accept violence as a way to solve/handle problems.
If children think that violence is a way to solve/handle things,they will cause crimes.
If children think that the killing of people or animals are all right they will cause crimes.
It affects the brain causing them to think its right and actually doing it in real life,thinking its fun.

There has been heaps of real life incidents of children being violent in real life due to playing video games
After students Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris opened fire in their Colorado high school in 1999 -- shooting 20 people and killing 13 -- Linda Sanders filed a lawsuit. Her husband was a teacher at Columbine and among the dead. The media revealed that Harris and Klebold played a lot of violent video games, including "Wolfenstein 3D," "Doom," and "Mortal Kombat." Sanders named multiple video game publishers, including Sony and Nintendo, in the suit as well as Time Warner and Palm Pictures since the shooters had apparently watched "The Basketball Diaries," in which a character uses a shotgun to kill students at his high school.

So in conclusion, video games DO cause children to commit crimes.

Thank you
Debate Round No. 2


Lets see like I said before about the video games could make them mad but it does not cause any homicide behavior.
1. Dylan and Harris were the two shooters. I can show that video games do not cause violence because studies have shown that mass murders are caused by mental illness or a experience. Dylan was known for swearing at teachers and arguing with his co workers. Both were bullied and was unpopular.The game doom was just the layout it did not influence them to kill.Harris had anger management problems and had lots of rage. The game was just the layout. The full report also states that in his paper said "I want to die this world does not know who I f_ing am" he also wanted to kill everyone with him. This tragic was caused by the experience of bullying or how there life was.Video games have nothing to do with it.
2. Well you are saying children think that the things on video game influence them to do something that is right and you involve TV shows. Well here's what I am going to say
* Children do not take these things on the real life of course it happens to themselves like I said Dylan was not a very great student because he cursed at teachers. Of course I doubt the game doom had nothing to do with it and the game doom never had no foul language because its all about shooting. So this shows how kids were already bad before they had the game.
China has more video games then we do in USA and the crime rate is extremely low. This also shows how video games do not cause violence and it also shows that its the people who choose to do the crime.
3. People just kill animals for their goods and money and even if you Bann video games people will keep killing elephants for ivory.
In conclusion video games do not cause children to cause crime and that's, that.


sahaam forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3


Con has forfeited and never stated any evidence that video games make kids depressed or aggressive. He didn't also site sources. My arguments still stand and have not been rebutted and stay on the topic con this about video games not TV

Games have quadrupled 1995-2008 and there has been a massive drop in arrest record reports. Just to show the studies of video games say that "children get into less physical fights" this shows how video games do not cause our violence. If you banned video games there will be still more murders and school attacks
2. The Supreme Court went up against the government about trying to banned video games as shown in the link below
Like I said just banning video games there would be more mass murders and it will put lots of gaming industries out of money just because people think video games persuade children to criminal behavior.
3. Again to state that cons argument was wrong 'killing the people and animals'
just exactly what I said still kill for ivory and animal skins and you cannot change that there will be still more and more poachers and about the killing of others that"s something that will continue to happen like rape, gun crimes, kidnapping will still happen no matter what. Not every video game has shooting in it.
I would like to thank my opponent for this debate and hope he has a well written argument


Sorry for forfeiting the round, I did have other debates to do and so I have run out of time.

You said: People just kill animals for their goods and money and even if you Ban video games people will keep killing elephants for ivory.

Yes,people kill animals for their goods and money, but in video games they show horrific violence. Humans kill the animals in video games in an abusive way. They kill animals for no reason. (not for their goods and money.)

You said children were already bad before they played these video games,but Dylan wasn't a person that would kill someone,but when he played the video games his brain got influenced and he shot innocent lives.

Also to make it clear,im not saying to ban video games I just believe that we need to be more strict with what we put into children's minds. Some things are so graphic and children shouldn't even be looking at this kind of stuff. Studies show that if you look at something so graphic or horrific you will get criminal behaviour or even be traumatised. Its not healthy for your brain.

I know that even if you ban video games things like rape and murder will still happen,but if these games that promote these negative themes get banned, the rape and murder rates would go lower. (better than going higher.)

I do know that not all video games have shooting in them,in fact some of them are educational. But like I said its not good to promote negative themes.

Their companies that are to stop rape and murder but how can we stop it if video games are promoting these themes?

I thank you for this debate and wish you good luck. But I still believe STRONGLY that video games do cause children to commit crimes. Thank you.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Gohan12345 5 years ago
josh b explain more of your vote and u put tied in resource he did not cite sources just telling u but u put tied in resource links count as resource
Posted by Gohan12345 5 years ago
What makes this debate so good
Posted by Gohan12345 5 years ago
Josh b you are say that because you believe video games cause crime and you will video games and me showing that his statement is false means I am rebutting his statement. I will tell you this exact round why video games would not really commit a crime and don't forget he did not cite evidence or counter and my arguments still stand plus he forfeited. Yeah my grammar is sometimes wrong cause I am so bad at ELA
Posted by ScrinTech 5 years ago
Nice Debate so far I gotta follow this
Posted by Josh_b 5 years ago
I'm sorry that con forfeited round 2. He presented a true reasonable case where playing video games led to criminal behavior. He also made a case that the most popular games are based on committing crimes. If he comes back, I think he has a good chance of winning this debate. Because pro's argument is only that con's argument is false. If video games did not cause violence, there would be no proof that they did.
Posted by Gohan12345 5 years ago
Video games do not cause crime and long live video games!!!!
Posted by Josh_b 5 years ago
I'll follow this debate.
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct and sources go to Pro for obvious reasons. I agree with Pro's stand, but the arguments put forth by him were well countered by Con. Also, Con's stance was very well explained, while Pro's was a bit hazy towards the end. Neither side did very well with S&G, but Pro's was especially horrible, so a point went to Con.
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Reasons for voting decision: conduct to pro for participating in all rounds. Pro makes a lot of unsound arguments including: because he say's it, that's that; diversion to other violence causing factors; equates using animals as food sources and tools to mindless violence; denies the traumatic representations shown in video games because it is not shown in all video games and most importantly suppresses evidence regarding restricted violence in Chinese video games. China is known for banning overt levels of realism in video games. Con reinforces the idea that video games support negative themes and have influence over behavioral patterns, and includes what I consider the most debated conflict of video game's influential capabilities (Columbine) where video games happened simultaneously with other behaviors.