Gamasutra: "A new study from UK-based market research firm YouGov this week suggests that the more familiar a person is with video games in general, the less they believe that there is a connection between in-game violence and real-life violence."
Simple answer is a big fat NO. Although I hate it when parents are iresponsible when purchasing games for their children. More often than not, whenever I'm in line at my local gamestop I see parents buying children M rated games even after being told by the rep. what kinds of graphic content are depicted in them.
Shhh, don't use common sense! That is too easy, we need a scapegoat and we need an easy one! Today's modern parent has full pardon from responsibility, dontchaknow!
Yup, videogames have been a scapegoat for senseless violence for a very long time. Makes me sad how far our society has fallen to put blame on something as trivial as a piece of electonic entertainment.
@hulk_bash Pretty sure society has always been pretty stupid throughout history. I guess it changes as technology advances. We see things that have happened in the past, could be 100's of years and we think how stupid they were for accusing people for stupidity.
I don't about you but when I drive I wonder what it would be like to go full throttle driving on the center divider and weaving in between cars. I stand in the middle of this because you can't take away from entertainment. There's lots of things that can promote violence.
I like UK, people there seems to be smart and organized. Too bad they aren't the world leaders.
I thought there was a study not long ago stating that these types of games actually relieve stress, rather than the opposite.. Also in another article, gamers have more control over their dreams or nightmares. Hmm..
Agreed, videogames have always been an outlet for me to relieve stress and playing them has never made me once want to cause any real person any harm or commit any crimes. And I've been gaming for alittle over 2 decades.
ha thats funny cuz i have almost 100% control in like 90% of my dreams and they are all vivid as hell, as well as sleep paralysis often (not in the last year). with very few nightmares, maybe once a year. yeah, i play a lotta games xd.
The only time a game effected my dreams was when I played Pixil Junk Monstors for to long.
Then I started to have dreams of monstors blowing up into coins.
Here's what a minority, politically retarded group of UK grannies (who can only use the internet for yougov polls and forwarding pictures of malnourished kittens) thinks. NEWS!
So to cut out all the waffle, old people who are retired think games are bad and anybody who has the strength left to pick up a game pad thinks they're ok. Lets do another poll. Do you think that the soaps that are on tv are a real reflection of how people actually conduct their lives and is a fair reflection on society as a whole? 15-25 years. 25% said yes 26-45 years. 60% said yes 46-75 years. 90% said yes Conclusion. Point the finger at something and shout loud enough and there will always be people happy to agree with you even if they are sat at home watching the 10th person within the last 12 months brutally murdered down one cobbled street in wetherfield.
Many, many, people are violent, they just display or suppress it in different ways. Some are so quietly violent that they cannot bear even the best of people. Unfortunately, many people mistake this kind of quietness as evidence of calm normality. Abstracting your perceptions, whether by videogames or whatever, is not necessarily a bad thing if your reality is so mundane. But real life needs to be made more like a fun videogame. It's the only way to try to stop this harmful disconnect between fantasy and reality.
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