What do think about video games and violence?

United States
May 8, 2009 1:57pm CST
What do you think about video games and violence? Do violent video games influence violent behavior? Or do you think that they are an outlet for violence?
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@relikie (125)
• United States
5 Jun 09
I do not believe video games are a source of violence. Children may learn things from them, but game rating systems are in place to mark games like that for parents. If the parents of a child are letting them view and act out things like this, it is not the game's fault!
@hellcowboy (7380)
• United States
2 Jun 09
This is a really good discussion and I think video games are a really important source of enjoyment and fun,because they can help you pass the time when you are extremely bored or have nothing to do,especially on the rainy days or the cold days where you do not want to leave the house,I think some video games have violence but those games are marked as such,so that does not make them bad,and I do not think that video game violence influences violent behavior as long as a parent makes a kid understand that it is just a game,and that they can not mimic the actions,the problem is not video games,but the fact that parents do not take enough responsibility to make sure their kids are not getting the wrong messages,and the fact that some parents by mature rated games for their young children which is something that should never be done,when it comes to me,video games are a good way for me to deal with my frustration,because if I am playing a war game like Halo 3 or something like that I can take my frustration and use it to slaughter the aliens or whoever the enemy is,and then when I am done I feel much better,and much more relaxed and that way I do not do hurt anyone,or do anything stupid,have a great day, good luck with your life,and all of your mylotting goals,and Happy Posting.
• United States
8 May 09
I think video games are rated in a manner that makes the violence level of them known to the purchaser or parents of the child playing them so the information is there for them. Some parents choose to take an active part in paying attention to what their child is playing and doing and some don't. I don't think video games influence violence anymore than turning on your local news at 6pm. If a child doesn't see the violence on the news, or in our world in general, because violence is everywhere around us, then I think they will venture out to find out what it is all about on their own. I do not think video games are an outlet for violence anymore than, once again, your local news broadcast.
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
8 May 09
I think it really depends on the person. I don't blame violent video games for causing violent behavior. I think that if a person behaves in a violent way, he or she probably has bigger underlying problems than what video games they play. Personally, I don't prefer to play games that depict violence against people, especially if it targets a specific group of people (i.e. women or a certain ethnic group). I tend to stick to games that have violence against monsters or zombies or whatever.