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    Re: Do video games cause real world violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    Maybe the question should have been if violent video games cause real world violence in the US.

    I do know that my son will start to see a psychologist on Wednesday for this very problem. He is acting out because his godfather lets him play these games even though they were prohibited by his mother and I. He is 8 and his godfather doesn't understand the damage these games do to such a young mind.
    after he sees the doctor you are going to learn he is mentally broken/deficient in some way and video games did cause it one bit. Hopefully he can be fixed through therapy and or medication. I wish you and him luck.
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    Re: Do video games cause real world violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by sbrettt View Post
    This is a public poll.
    In an adult, I don't think so. In children? Yes, I do.

    From the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry:

    Studies of children exposed to violence have shown that they can become: “immune” or numb to the horror of violence, imitate the violence they see, and show more aggressive behavior with greater exposure to violence. Some children accept violence as a way to handle problems. Studies have also shown that the more realistic and repeated the exposure to violence, the greater the impact on children. In addition, children with emotional, behavioral and learning problems may be more influenced by violent images.
    Children and Video Games: Playing with Violence

    Other researchers have found similar results. My colleagues and I conducted a comprehensive review of 136 articles reporting 381 effects involving over 130,000 participants around the world. These studies show that violent video games increase aggressive thoughts, angry feelings, physiological arousal (e.g., heart rate, blood pressure), and aggressive behavior. Violent games also decrease helping behavior and feelings of empathy for others. The effects occurred for males and females of all ages, regardless of what country they lived in.
    ^^Citation (link provided) tells us that the Navy Yard shooter was known to be an avid player of violent video games -- playing 16 hours a day enough times that his friends were aware of it. *shrug* (BTW, I'm so delighted I don't know the guy's name.) Opinion: Do violent video games play a role in shootings? - CNN.com

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    Re: Do video games cause real world violence?

    I think violent video games are an outlet for people who have violent tendencies. The video games get blamed, but I think because of the violent video games, the violent urges are able to be suppressed longer. Also, there are people who do not have violent tendencies that play violent video games, and they are fine.

    Again, by using the same logic of the gun control debate, we should analyze why people are prone to violence while others are not. There is already good information out there, and if we were to make the information more mainstream there would be less uncertainty on this topic.

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    Re: Do video games cause real world violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    Are you on autopilot?

    If you apply one stimulus to one group of people and then you apply THE SAME stimulus to another group of people... and one turns violent and the other remains benign... you deduce from this that the fault lies with the stimulus.

    Don't you think there is some fault with the people who turn violent... I mean it's just common sense to me. logic you know...
    Why are you insistent on pretending that all people must react the same to the same stimulus?

    Just look at the study MaggieD just cited in post #62 which shows you are clearly wrong.

    Studies of children exposed to violence have shown that they can become: “immune” or numb to the horror of violence, imitate the violence they see, and show more aggressive behavior with greater exposure to violence. Some children accept violence as a way to handle problems. Studies have also shown that the more realistic and repeated the exposure to violence, the greater the impact on children. In addition, children with emotional, behavioral and learning problems may be more influenced by violent images.
    Why are you trying to deny simple reality?

    Do you have some political goal in this?

    What is it you are trying to protect by playing ostrich and hiding your head in the sand?
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    Re: Do video games cause real world violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by AGENT J View Post
    after he sees the doctor you are going to learn he is mentally broken/deficient in some way and video games did cause it one bit. Hopefully he can be fixed through therapy and or medication. I wish you and him luck.
    Thank you I appreciate that.

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    Re: Do video games cause real world violence?

    you're welcome, and my post should have said did NOT cause it one bit.

    I have a nephew getting help for aggressiveness, the harsh truth is he is broken and no movies, video games, sports, music or anything like that caused it. He is simply mis-wired to put it in laymen terms.
    Luckily for him meds and therapy work.
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    Re: Do video games cause real world violence?

    The only thing video games cause is sociopathic behavior for kids whose parents use it as a babysitter.

    In my day, we paid our prostitutes...we didn't beat them up and rob them.

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    Re: Do video games cause real world violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    The only thing video games cause is sociopathic behavior for kids whose parents use it as a babysitter.

    In my day, we paid our prostitutes...we didn't beat them up and rob them.
    Then why were pimps a necessary evil?
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