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    Re: Do video games cause real world violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Video games and movies might give ideas for specific acts, but the potential for violence was already there.

    Of course, the world was peaceful and virtually non-aggressive prior to video games. Oh, wait...


    Exactly. Violence is inherent in the human condition, and existed before we even had writing, let alone video games.

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    Re: Do video games cause real world violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Anything can 'cause' violence. Some guy might get up late, spill coffee on his pants, get mad, drive to work mad, get in a wreck, act an ass, and get in a fight, somebody pulls a weapon and somebody dies... and it all started with just a bad morning, and might not have happened otherwise.

    Violent video games can be entertainment for some, a safe outlet for others, or an exacerbating factor for those who are already "borderline personalities" I don't doubt. The same could be said of violent movies and violent music.

    But I don't think they are usually the PRIMARY causal agent... When I was a kid we watched war movies, cowboys and Indians, martial arts movies... then we went outside and played out those kinds of things with our friends in make-believe... but I don't think they actually made us significantly more aggressive or violence prone in and of themselves, and I'd say the same about violent video games and MOST young people.

    But there are always exceptions. Someone who ALREADY has "issues" might find violent video games to be either a safe OUTLET, or an exacerbating factor, depending on circumstances.


    Sometimes when I'm fed up with the human race an hour or two of "Destroy all Humans!" is just the thing to take the edge off my anger and frustration in a harmless way.

    OTOH someone who already has a broken conscience and damaged "governor" might instead be inspired... but then again such a person might have gained inspiration to violence from any number of sources.
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    Do video games cause real world violence?

    Absolutely. Video games brainwash people into acting them out in real life

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    Re: Do video games cause real world violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Video games are not advertisements for violence. There is no connection. Just like Moby Dick isn't an advertisement for whaling.
    They are more like training simulators. There are connections. Some military training happens in simulators that function like video games. The simulator isn't the cause but it trains, objectively, reaction and desensitization.

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    Re: Do video games cause real world violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by johndylan1 View Post
    They are more like training simulators. There are connections. Some military training happens in simulators that function like video games. The simulator isn't the cause but it trains, objectively, reaction and desensitization.


    Still, there has to be SOME kind of gap in your upbringing, or in your brain where your humanity is supposed to be, for someone to think that going out into the street and PERFORMING "Grand Theft Auto" on real people is a good idea.

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    Re: Do video games cause real world violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Still, there has to be SOME kind of gap in your upbringing, or in your brain where your humanity is supposed to be, for someone to think that going out into the street and PERFORMING "Grand Theft Auto" on real people is a good idea.
    I agree and I voted no. I was arguing against the notion that there is "no link or correlation".

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    Re: Do video games cause real world violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by johndylan1 View Post
    They are more like training simulators. There are connections. Some military training happens in simulators that function like video games. The simulator isn't the cause but it trains, objectively, reaction and desensitization.
    Shooting in real life, and shooting in games is a lot different.
    You do have somewhat of a point though. Military shooters do train people in basic tactics.
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    Re: Do video games cause real world violence?

    It's funny. There is a new game coming on the market. "Beyond - Two Souls". It features violence and sexual content.
    In the US they have to censor some of the sexual content to be able to release the game. in Europe on the other hand, they have to censor some of the violence to be able to release the game.

    I answered "I don't know". And this game poses many interesting questions in the same regard. Why censor sexual content? Does that lead to abormal sexual behaviour? Does it hurt anyone? Why censor violent content? Does that lead to violent behaviour? Does it hurt anyone?

    It is interesting for me to think about violence though. Do violence in games prevent violent behaviour? Do people who play violent video games "get rid of" some desire for violence through playing violent games?

    Another question I always ask myself. Why do we like violence? Why are all our movies, all our games violent? What is the purpose of that? What would movies be about if they would not be violent? What would games be about if they were not violent?

    I simply cannot understand why we have such an affinity for violence in our media. We also send only violent and sad things in the news, in the newspapers etc. To me it seems that either we are fed violence because that is what we love and want, or we are fed violence for some other reason.

    One can only wonder...
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    Re: Do video games cause real world violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Zeebra View Post
    It's funny. There is a new game coming on the market. "Beyond - Two Souls". It features violence and sexual content.
    In the US they have to censor some of the sexual content to be able to release the game. in Europe on the other hand, they have to censor some of the violence to be able to release the game.

    I answered "I don't know". And this game poses many interesting questions in the same regard. Why censor sexual content? Does that lead to abormal sexual behaviour? Does it hurt anyone? Why censor violent content? Does that lead to violent behaviour? Does it hurt anyone?

    It is interesting for me to think about violence though. Do violence in games prevent violent behaviour? Do people who play violent video games "get rid of" some desire for violence through playing violent games?

    Another question I always ask myself. Why do we like violence? Why are all our movies, all our games violent? What is the purpose of that? What would movies be about if they would not be violent? What would games be about if they were not violent?

    I simply cannot understand why we have such an affinity for violence in our media. We also send only violent and sad things in the news, in the newspapers etc. To me it seems that either we are fed violence because that is what we love and want, or we are fed violence for some other reason.

    One can only wonder...
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    Re: Do video games cause real world violence?

    Now I don't think that video games cause real world violence, but I do think it is possible that video games (and really any media) may influence those who are basically prone to or going to be violent in a certain way that they may not have thought of themselves. However, that wouldn't be the video game causing the situation nor should that change anything about video games.
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