Violent video games, even nonviolent games, do have a tendency to teach those that play a few things. Obviously, the younger the player is, the more susceptible they are to being influenced by the content of the titles.
Yea, I'm on board with all of the things pointed out here. Really terrific article about the farce of video game violence in the real world.
Well the bottom line is that we like violent games because people are violent by nature. Game can’t make you violent it’s our predisposition to resolve problems with violence (please don’t ask why "works 9 out of 10") and only if we know that violence it’s not an answer we’ll look for other ways. Violence as well comes out of anger and we all get angry now and then so really blaming anything else then actually the person who did commit those crimes is just stupid and just maybe if he couldn’t get hold of gun then instead of bloodshed this would just end up being a Drunken Fist fight.
I agree. Few actually think violent games turn people violent, just like how listening to Marilyn Manson or playing DOOM doesn't make you into a killer. I've grown up with violent/sexual games, music, movies, and books and what I've learned is that it depends on the person playing them. I was huge into Unreal Tournament back in the day, along with Splinter Cell and Halo, and this article rings true for so many of the positive benefits that come from playing with others, providing a space for introverts to work together and form friendships in an environment that is comfortable for them. However, I cannot speak too much on today's multiplayer experiences as I've lacked the time to play most Multiplayer games these days, but I remember when Call of Duty and Xbox Live subscriptions including microphones being a blessing and a curse..... There are some truly terrible people out there who use that same comfort of relative anonymity to say some absolutely abhorrent things to others, putting others down for absolutely no reason, and relishing in trollish behavior. This schadenfreude can be absolutely detrimental to the experience and *that* I believe could affect you or your children more than the actual content of the game itself. When I played Halo 2, the worst thing would often be people killing themselves a bunch of times and then quitting the match, or a whole group of people on your team leaving right when the game starts, pitting you against 4 on the other team as a weird joke of sorts. Violent games are just an extension of a power fantasy we all have. It's a perfect, digital simulation of destruction and control, and if we can quench that thirst virtually, we are far less likely to have someone wanting to do it in real life.
agreed, up until this "I once had a person tell me that it was harder to buy cellphones for their business than it was to buy a .50 cal rifle. Why the fuck does someone need that?" who cares why someone needs/wants a .50. its their choice/right and it should have been left at that. In my opinion, the question "Why the fuck does someone need that?" could be left out. but other than that, this is a great article
Wut? I have non of these skills.
Aren't headshots a skill as well?!
I've been playing games for years and I'm rubbish at headshots.
It doesn't sound like this kid is playing really violent game. Get back at me when they are playing Wolfenstein or something with teeth. Fortnite and PUBG aren't violent
Yea be toxic and encourage more kids to play adult stuff, yawn.. Like the gaming world needs more toxicity.
Toxic doesn’t mean shit anymore.
Lmfao pubg isnt violent? A literal realistic style military survival game with real guns, grenades, and blood. I tell ya some people have no sense at all.
If someone thinks PUBG isn't violent, I'd hate to see they they think is violent.
PUBG is 1000x more realistic violence than Wolfenstein.
"Realistic violence" doesn't mean it has the same impact as exaggerated realistic violence. You can argue that Wolfenstein has a greater psychological impact because you can see gore and dismemberment in far more detail. It also looks more realistic graphically compared to PUBG which looks like a last gen game. It has realistic gameplay yes, but I think seeing a guy's head chopped off with an axe is much more violent.
@ spicelicka - yes thats true, but PUBG is more grounded in real world gameplay, along with knowing everyone your playing against is a real person.
10 yr old is far too young for adult games, they pick up on everything including foul language which many morons use today in MP games. Fortnite is fine for 10+ yr olds though, since it's rated 12 i guess it's just acceptable.
I hope you're not serious. I can only talk from my perspective, but when I was around 5 years old I played lots of violent and adult games. Such as Destroy All Humans, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, XIII, God of War, GTA Vice City and etc. I didn't pick up on foul language from video games more than when I was around adults. I have never had violent tendencies, and as a matter of fact it did nothing but open up my imagination even more.
Kids will continue using swear words regardless of whether or not they're playing violent video games.
They will bounce off their peers, so if they get a lot of other kids talking like that they they will get worse. Always best to keep an eye on them for all sorts of reasons when their playing on line. You don't want your kid to become "that kid".
I don't let my kids play violent games or games rated above their age, i don't do this because it makes them any more aggressive or violent, i do this because they are my kids. Esrb does a fine job as long as you use that as a guide and then decide how you want to parent your kids. freedom is a great thing... Until people try to chip away at it.
My foul language was picked up from my father. He had a habit of swearing when he was frustrated. Whenever I use bad language, it's in the same way he did it. The stuff I picked up through gaming, or other media, I can't say I emulate in the way I generally speak, and I'm certainly never as vitriolic and hateful towards specific people like I hear in media or through online chats. Parents are the number one influence on their children. After that it's peer influence, then I'd say other media falls in somewhere after those two.
10 yr olds will hear more foul language from their parents than in a video game lmao
Man. This is just as cringe as the articles making a case for the opposing view. The best way for a child to learn is good, unselfish, involved parenting and interaction with peers and life situations. Video games dont teach shit.
I grew up on rated M games my parents were immigrants and they did not give af.
Violence and errant behavior in children has all to do with poor parenting and nothing with gaming. If you truly think that gaming is the problem, then you're the main and only reason that your kid is messed up. You gotta straighten them out. If birdbrains want to single out violent video games, then do the right thing and also call out the other mediums of entertainment that depict violence. Be honest with yourselves. It's 2019. Using video games as a scapegoat is primitive thinking.
I'm not saying games cause violence but this is a really dumb argument. If I said my 11 year old smoked a cigarette and doesn't have lung cancer so lung cancer isn't real everyone would say that's crazy. Just like you could find a 40 year old who smokes daily that doesn't have lung cancer but that still doesn't mean that smoking doesn't cause lung cancer. A test sample of one can hardly show the results of anything conclusively.
Interesting to see your 11 yrs old son speaks for all eleven year olds around the world. You should do scientific studies!
My son is 10 and is half way through dark souls 3. I sit with him while he plays. We discuss the themes, the lore, all the environmental storytelling elements it's easy to miss. I think From Software are massively sophisticated storytellers and provided I'm there to discuss the game with him, I'm happy for him to play it. He loves the challenge and I believe he's mature enough to be able to handle the adult themes. Also, I can't deny I did feel a sense of pride when he said he didn't want to summon in any help for boss fights, because where's the challenge?!
This is perfection.
I bet your cat has gone missing though. That deviant probably killed it.
Video games taught me that most of the time one needs cooperation from their team in order to win. And since internet teammates are complete strangers they are usually very undependable.
I go off of the role models in games, what modes I will let my son play, and how scary the game is. For example, I'm not letting him play any GTA until he's much older because the main characters are scumbags, but Halo is fine outside of any flood levels because I know he'll be scared.
My son has been playing Dark Souls since he was 6. Hes great at it. Hasn't stabbed anyone yet
Yeah I played all sorts of violent games when I was a kid and the idea of even striking someone disgusts me. I was raised by my parents not videogames.
Title only tells me the parent is not doing a good job. Lol
the arsehole youtubers are the biggest problem imo. skreeching and screaming mixed in with all the curse words
I disagree with the political agenda based connection to violence and video games but if we're being honest here all those things he learned could be learned just as easily playing non-violent games.
Lol you scrubs, ive been playing gta and everything else since i was like 8, and i have never been in a fight. So SUCK my balls you stupid ignorant people. Oh and im actually really nice aswell. (Despite just having told ya'll to suck my balls) :)
Briljant article. I 100% agree with this guy.👍
I love the honesty of this piece. An interesting perspective backed up by tangible, real life evidence and experiences. Awesome.
The most important thing is for the parents to know what the kids are playing and hopefully are there enjoying it with them. Unfortunately until these old people in government either dies or leaves, this will be an on going battle for the video game industry.
Think my first experiences (around 7 or 8 years old) with violent games were doom 3d, duke nukem 3d and wolfenstein. Was more shocked when i found out that the spacebar did something special in duke nukem ;) Never got violent, yet ... :p
If games made you violent I would be a serial killer. Since I've only killed two people thus far my point is proven.
Wow, nice parenting. As a parent its your f***ing JOB to protect your kids from things they aren't ready for, and at 11 they are NOT ready for violent games. Grats dude, you're part of the problem.
That's absurd. Kids are much more resilient than adults give them credit for. Eleven year olds aren't toddlers who need to be shielded from every violent imagery, and to treat them like little babies incapable of thought is detrimental to their development.
Dont come back you're a one hit wonder
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