Video Games: All Fun and Games, Right?

We all know somebody that plays videogames. Whether it be World of Warcraft or the next installment of Call of Duty. We people play these games for ours on end and are perfectly normal people when we are done, right?

According to the California State Senator Leland Yee, “California’s violent video game law properly seeks to protect children from the harmful effects of excessively violent, interactive video games,” said Yee, who is also a child psychologist.

The state of California proposed a law stating that the sale of “Mature” rated video games to minors would be made illegal because of the effects of violent video games on kids. They say that they studies that claim that children become more violent and aggressive after playing violent video games for an extended period of time.

On the other side of the argument is the games industry. They also claim to have studies that say there is no effect on a child’s behavior after playing a violent game. In an interview with BBC, Epic Games’ Cliff Blezinski says, "The majority of what we implement into the game we do for feedback and interactivity, not because we're strange sadistic people who want to see how much blood we can put on the screen when you shoot one of the lizard creatures.”

Blezinski sees the violence in his company’s “Mature” rated games as “cartoon-like” much like Looney Tunes. “But, rather than ACME hammers and anvils, we have machine guns and grenades,” he said. For example, in his upcoming, “Mature” rated,  game, Bulletstorm, players utilize a large arsenal of weapons and a “skillshot” system that rewards them for creating over the top mayhem in the most creative and destructive way possible.

I personally agree with the people in the games industry. I have played hundreds of video games for thousands of hours and I haven’t killed anybody and started a school massacre. But, to law makers that still aren’t yet full to speed on the digital age of entertainment, one kid in a million that lashes out is good enough. Even if the kids that do these crazy things have terrible lives, drugged out parents that don’t care, or ones that abuse them constantly, they blame it on the video games.

Many people don’t play video games for the violence; we play them to get a story or a new form of entertainment for a while. We see them as safe havens were we can just get away from all of ours problems, relax, and have fun with friends. Both Call of Duty and Halo, to some misinformed people, are extremely violent video games. But they pale in comparison to games like Gears of War or Dead Space which are never brought up.

In the end, we can all agree that violent video games do not make people do violent things. One in a million is just another statistic that, in reality, can be compared to anything else that makes people do violent things. Drugs, alcohol, and gangs are hundreds of times as worse than “violent” video games and people need to see that. They’re essentially interactive movies, which are becoming to many the main source of entertainment. It is our future; let us give our point of view and decide what we believe is right.

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Posted by xXwindoverXx

We all know somebody that plays videogames. Whether it be World of Warcraft or the next installment of Call of Duty. We people play these games for ours on end and are perfectly normal people when we are done, right?

According to the California State Senator Leland Yee, “California’s violent video game law properly seeks to protect children from the harmful effects of excessively violent, interactive video games,” said Yee, who is also a child psychologist.

The state of California proposed a law stating that the sale of “Mature” rated video games to minors would be made illegal because of the effects of violent video games on kids. They say that they studies that claim that children become more violent and aggressive after playing violent video games for an extended period of time.

On the other side of the argument is the games industry. They also claim to have studies that say there is no effect on a child’s behavior after playing a violent game. In an interview with BBC, Epic Games’ Cliff Blezinski says, "The majority of what we implement into the game we do for feedback and interactivity, not because we're strange sadistic people who want to see how much blood we can put on the screen when you shoot one of the lizard creatures.”

Blezinski sees the violence in his company’s “Mature” rated games as “cartoon-like” much like Looney Tunes. “But, rather than ACME hammers and anvils, we have machine guns and grenades,” he said. For example, in his upcoming, “Mature” rated,  game, Bulletstorm, players utilize a large arsenal of weapons and a “skillshot” system that rewards them for creating over the top mayhem in the most creative and destructive way possible.

I personally agree with the people in the games industry. I have played hundreds of video games for thousands of hours and I haven’t killed anybody and started a school massacre. But, to law makers that still aren’t yet full to speed on the digital age of entertainment, one kid in a million that lashes out is good enough. Even if the kids that do these crazy things have terrible lives, drugged out parents that don’t care, or ones that abuse them constantly, they blame it on the video games.

Many people don’t play video games for the violence; we play them to get a story or a new form of entertainment for a while. We see them as safe havens were we can just get away from all of ours problems, relax, and have fun with friends. Both Call of Duty and Halo, to some misinformed people, are extremely violent video games. But they pale in comparison to games like Gears of War or Dead Space which are never brought up.

In the end, we can all agree that violent video games do not make people do violent things. One in a million is just another statistic that, in reality, can be compared to anything else that makes people do violent things. Drugs, alcohol, and gangs are hundreds of times as worse than “violent” video games and people need to see that. They’re essentially interactive movies, which are becoming to many the main source of entertainment. It is our future; let us give our point of view and decide what we believe is right.

Posted by EVO

Are video games solely to blame for making people violent? No. 
 
Are they partly to blame for desensitized people to violence. I think so.
 
Along with modern culture; the internet, music, TV & movies, clothing etc. kids are definitely growing up faster, and arguably, more violent than, say, in the 50s. 

Posted by Sweep

Duplicate post removed :P 
 
I think most people know deep down that videogames and violence aren't really related, but when something terrible happens one way of coping with it is to turn around and find someone to blame. Videogames are an easy target because they are still considered excessively violent by a lot of people - you mention Call Of Duty and Halo as being not "Extremely Violent" yet I have memories of black ops where I gouged out some poor fuckers eyes with my thumbsticks. Similarly halo is a game where 10 foot tall aliens smash humans to death with giant gravity hammers. It's easy to see how those game could feasibly encourage violence, despite the evidence. 
 
Also people just like to kick the hornets nest every once in a while. A large chunk of the consumers in the videogame industry are kids who have no right to vote and aren't yet mature enough to compose a decent counter-argument. But this is changing, and it changes more and more every year as people have now grown up with videogames and just accept them as part of society.

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Posted by Toms115

it's easier to blame the gory video game than it is to blame poor parenting skills or mental instability. they're not always the root of the problem, though; some guys just want to fuck shit up. 
 
i've been playing video games of the violent and non-violent variety since a young age, and the only time i would ever get angry is when i lost.  
 
 
 
...fucking spyro.

Posted by iam3green

video games are just fun and games. it is for entertainment. i play video games to not have to worry about anything in the real world. it doesn't have to be call of duty, it can be racing games also. 
 
movies are another violent thing that don't get any recognition on violence. i think movies are more gore than video games. Saw there was a lot of blood.

Edited by Meowayne

 kids are more violent than in the 50s.   

That is, quite simply, not true
 
In fact youth violence was much more of an issue in the 1950s then it is today. Interesting read about the topic. 
 
This blindly believed notion that with increased desensitization towards violent imagery (which undoubtedly happens) comes increased violent behaviour is the prime reason why this "video games are teh evil" 'debate' is so fruit- and pointless.
Posted by xXwindoverXx
@Meowayne said:
"

 kids are more violent than in the 50s.   

That is, quite simply, not true
 
In fact youth violence was much more of an issue in the 1950s then it is today. Interesting read about the topic.   This blindly believed notion that with increased desensitization towards violent imagery (which undoubtedly happens) comes increased violent behaviour is the prime reason why this "video games are teh evil" 'debate' is so fruit- and pointless. "
*Brofist*
Posted by benjaebe

Video games are just the newest thing that people like to get up in arms about. When "those damn talky-pictures" first came out, people probably thought Charlie Chaplin was making everyone more violent too. It's just a new form of media's growing pains and when the next big thing comes out people will get upset about that instead.

Posted by xaLieNxGrEyx
@EVO said:
"Are video games solely to blame for making people violent? No.   Are they partly to blame for desensitized people to violence. I think so.  Along with modern culture; the internet, music, TV & movies, clothing etc. kids are definitely growing up faster, and arguably, more violent than, say, in the 50s.  "

Kids less violent in the 50's?  
 
Um, what reality do you live in?
Posted by Kjellm87

  Yeah , I do not think video games are to blame for violent behavior.
I think that young people playing mature games 
will have a negative effect somehow however.

Posted by GunslingerPanda

I'll be honest. I kinda wanna go on a mad killing spree most of the time. That's got nothing to do with violent videogames though. The bang bang shooty shit kinda bores me. Bulletstorm looks incredibly bland. Call of Duty can suck my dick for being so boring. Manhunt looks dull. I prefer Harvest Moon. 
 
Yet I still just want to tear peoples throats apart. Strange.

Posted by Pezen

I've never quite grasped why so many people get so up in arms about kids. A kid isn't supposed to play Call of Duty. A kid isn't supposed to play Heavy Rain. So what do I care if people want to make measures to keep kids away from violent video games? They're not supposed to play them anyway.  As long as it's keeping M rated games from kids and not everyone, that's fine. Granted, I think their argument is flawed and I don't think it's a worthwhile measure when it really should be up to the parents and stores to enforce the guidelines. And if a parent decides Call of Duty is fine for their kid, that's their business. 

Posted by Brians

I think part of the problem is that when something violent happens rather than suggest the possibility it was the perpetrators fault scapegoats are looked for.