Submitted by lightwarrior179 970d ago | opinion piece

Violence in Video Games: Reality or Illusion

Violence is a product of one of the most primal emotions known to humans – that of anger and rage. For more than a century, entertainment media have given us plenty examples that celebrate or abhor actions borne out of such emotions – be it War and Peace in literature or A Clockwork Orange in films. No culture has been a stranger to violence and such books or movies have utilized it to entertain or enlighten us for decades. (Culture, Hotline Miami, Industry, Journey, Minecraft, PC, PS3, Spec Ops: The Line, The Walking Dead: Episode 1 "A New Day", Xbox 360)

thorstein  +   970d ago
If violent video games created violent individuals then GTA would have created 10s of millions of violent felons. It did not.

If violent video games created violent individuals then Japan and Canada and Europe would have far more violent felons (seeing as they play the same violent games and watch the same violent media as the US)
joab777  +   970d ago
Its both but more illusion. This is because sick ppl are delusional but their acts are realistic. Anything can inspire and be a trigger, games, movies, books, home life etc.
pixelsword  +   970d ago
Which came first:

WWII or Call of Duty?
Bimkoblerutso  +   970d ago
Violent video games don't cause violence. There is some evidence to suggest that it can stimulate aggression...to the same degree that sports or music or movies or even talking to people can incite similar emotions. It's honestly a ridiculously insulting vendetta that these parents and politicians are pursuing and it takes attention away from the real issues behind these shootings.

Still, if the industry's reliance on violence isn't actually damaging to society, it IS at least getting a little stale if you ask me. It's sort of become like a crutch for developers to fall back on because they're unwilling to explore territory that isn't proven.
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kostchtchie_  +   970d ago
do people even need to ask?

how many Gamers are there in the world and how many fatality's are due to gamer?

seriously has everyone on this planet lost there common sense
thorstein  +   970d ago
Think about this: Since gaming has gone mainstream, murder has decreased in the USA. Our murder rate is currently the same as the 1970s. (fbi.gov)

There actually might be some correlation between the rise in gaming and the lack of killing.
kostchtchie_  +   966d ago
now that would be funny thorstein
Donnieboi  +   970d ago
Freedom of free speech and expression in America: Does it exist anymore? I don't know. But all this talk in the media about banning or taxing violent games is something I never thought my country would do. We're quickly becoming a police state. The constitution has been trampled on mercilessly since Obama became president. O can't believe I voted for him >_<
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thorstein  +   970d ago
Since Obama has become President? Try since Eisenhower left office.

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