does video game violence lead to violent children?

United States
April 23, 2008 9:35pm CST
Do you think that If a child plays a violent video game that that children will become violent?If so, why do you think that?And what do you think should be done about it?If not, why not? Which video games do you consider to be violent? How old do you think you should have to be to play video games?In my opinion I dont think that violent video games influences a child behavior, aslong as the children no that video games are video games,and aslong as parents teach their children right from wrong.The children who do get violent and commit crimes and claim that video games led them to it, should also blame their parents for not stopping them from playing the games,or for letting them play their video games for too long at a time.I think that any age of children can play video games,aslong as they are supervised by their parents and only get to play for so long each day.Most video games have some kind of violence in them,and they always will,but thats the way video games are,you cant blame video game creators for that can you?Ive always played video games for aslong as I can remember,and they have never made me violent,on the contrery it has quite the opposite affect on me,instead of making me violent, if im angry or upset or stressed,and I play a really violent game such as a war game,then it helps me take my stress out on the enemys,and then after a while I wont be angry anymore and ill feel better.One of my favorite games to play when im stressed is Halo cause I love going through especially in coop with my brother and slaughtering hundreds and hundreds of aliens who dont stand a chance against his assualt rifle and my shotgun.
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@SomeCowgirl (32254)
• United States
24 Apr 08
I think that as long as the parent sits down with the child and explains that the things that happen in the video game should not be expressed in real life, the child should be allowed to play it. I think also that if the parents buy a balanced amount of videogames both good and bad, that this will help. Instead of punishing the child and not allowing them to play the game system at all for doing something bad, the parent should instead take away the violent games and allow them to play the nicer ones. Rewarding the child by giving them back one video game after apologizing, doing a chore, or doing something nice for a friend or to the person that they have wronged will also teach them the value of respect. A parent should also check the ESRB rating and judge whether their child is mature enough to actually play a higher rated video game. The ratings are merely a suggestion and many children do p;ay higher rated video games, but this doesn't mean that they became violent because of it. If the parent plays the game through either with the child or before the child plays it then this will also help the parent understand what is going on in the game and how often the child should be allowed to play it.
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• United States
24 Apr 08
The parents should sit down with the their child,and explain to them the difference between real life,and make believe like in a video game.I think its and excellent idea to buy enough good and bad games to balance each other out.I also like your idea of taking away the violent games, as punishment,and that you should reward them by, giving them a game for each chore, appology, or something nice they do to whoever it was that they wronged, I also think this will help them learn respect, and they will learn to not take their video games for granted, so they will try harder not to lose them. Parents should check the ESRB rating and depending on the rating decide if there child is mature enough to handle games with maturer ratings.Yeah you have to keep in mind that ratings are suggestions and just because children play higher rated games does mean they will become violent because of it.Also if parents play through the games and see exactly what the child will see, it will help them get a better idea of the violence their child will encounter and then they can either help prepare there child for the game, or decide that its to violent and not allow their child to play.
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@SomeCowgirl (32254)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I am glad that you agree to what I've decided.... I think that this would help the parent understand what the children are playing and allow the kids to know what is right and wrong in video games. However, to the point of the child having several different gaming systems... I think that all violent video games from the game system should be taken away, and if the child does not do as the parent instructed (apologizing, doing something nice... etc) they should also take away a gaming system. This will hopefully teach the child that it is wrong to disobey the parents as well.
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• United States
25 Apr 08
Thats true we have to consider if a child has more than one gaming system,even though if they have multiple systems that means they might be spoiled.Thats another thing parents need to try and watch for, is signs that they are spoiling their kids.I guess game creators could try and think of it from a parents perspective and even a kids perspective and try to make more games, suitable for young children,and maybe a few less games that are violent.
• United States
24 Apr 08
You can't blame the game creator for making a perfectly fun game. Usually the child has mental problems. If this is the case they should stay away. I play video games for fun, not some hidden satisfaction in killing things.
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• United States
24 Apr 08
Im glad you agree that you cant blame video game creators for making fun games,but at the same time its wrong for you to say that they have mental problems and should stay away,cause thats not true.How would you feel if someone said that about you?Or one of your Friends?Im glad you play video games for fun,and not everyone likes playing video games because they get to kill things, and you should take satisfaction in killing something, you should ,however, take complete satisfaction in a job well done on any game you manage to beat.
@irdsm1 (288)
• United States
24 Apr 08
I believe similarly to you guys. I think that it is the parents responsibility to decide whether they have raised a child that can handle the violence. If they haven't then they are either too young or the parent is at fault. I was playing mortal combat at 7 or 8 years old, maybe younger, and I'm not an exceptionally violent person. My mother was very open when it came to video games. She made sure I knew that video game were just that: games. She felt I was equipped mentally to handle them, and let me loose on some okay games like zelda and donkey kong. When I showed my ability to handle those maturely she allowed me to play when I wanted and what I wanted. I think that is the appropriate way to handle the situation. If the child goes out and commits a crime because of a video game then they are not equipped to handle any type of media such as TV or radio, and are likely mentally handicapped in some way. Dan
• United States
24 Apr 08
I agree it is the parents responsibility to decide,and Its cool that you've been playing mortal combat since you were so young,and your not a violent person.Its good that your mother was open when it came to video games,and im glad she made you realize that video games arent real. I think her letting you play games like zelda and donkey kong at first was a good idea,and she didnt let you play what you want,when you wanted until she thought you were ready.If more parents were like that then there would be less controversy, I believe, and I agree that if they commit a crime, then they cant handle television or radio,usually they have some dilusion in there head,about the world or something like that, but that doesnt mean they are mentally handicapped, and i think its wrong for you to assume that just because they commit a crime, they are mentally handicapped.
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@irdsm1 (288)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I would consider the inability to tell reality from a video game a mental condition. Mentally handicap may have been the wrong word though. Thanks for the response. Dan
• United States
25 Apr 08
Your welcome for the response, and you dont have to have a mental coniditon to have trouble distinguising between real and make believe,it justs depends on who you are and how big your imigination is and yeah you might want to try and come up with a better way to put it so you dont end up offending someone.
@060157 (1060)
• Pakistan
24 Apr 08
first of id like to say that u are contradicitng ur own statement. first u are saying that violent games do not affect children minds and then u say yeah they do but the parents are to be blamed for that. u have answered ur question urself but i ll give my views as well. i strongly believe that a child's mind is affected by violent video games. we may ignore this fact easily because we are grown ups and mature and think that 'it's just a game and our child will think of it the same way.' well it doesnt work this way. a child's mind tends to adopt anything which it finds interesting and that includes the behaviour shown in the video games. i do agree that some crimes committed by the underaged are fueled by the violence shown in the games and those kids just want to copy what they saw in the game. i personally believe that ALL people who play games have psychological affect on their minds because people do relate everyday events with whatever is in their head. when i am mistreated by someone else, i DO think that i would rip the person apart like that video game character did... obviously most of the people dont do such things but SOME children fail to control themselves. other affects maybe a feeling of mercilessness, being unemotional or even developing a fantasy towards violence and interest in violence related news. all this is the result of violence in the games. i would strongly suggest parents to not let their children play games that are meant for mature audience... especially games like mortal kombat (too much blood and gore), manhunt (too much blood and gore, merciless and brutal killings) and GTA (this game might not seem that serious at times but still has lots of violence and if it doesnt makes one feel aggressive, it'd surely make one's language extremely foul). and there are tons of other games... the parents should check the esrb ratings before buying the games.
• United States
27 Apr 08
Im not trying to contradict myself, im just trying to prove a point,and im saying that violent games dont affect MOST children,but in the few cases it does,the parents are also partly to blame for their childrens actions.And some kids have a more mature mind set than alot of adults out there,and are adults not just kids at heart?I think kids understand more than you are giving them credit for.Yeah some games are to graphic and have too much gore for kids,thats why parents should monitor what kids play,and play the games through themselves, to decide whats appropriate for their children,and also it depends on the age of the child, because children at different ages, will take things differently,and kids who are older tend to be able to tell reality from fiction better than younger kids.