Video Games and Violence

Kids and violent video games

Explenation of why it is an issue

Explenation :

This becomes an issue because it create a legal debate between two different groups, the first group believe that video games contribute to youth violence and the second group do not believe that video games contribute to youth violence. This creates a social controversial topic and creates confusion for some people in the society.

The Pros and Cons of the issue

Pros :

1- Increasing reports of bullying can be partially attributed to the popularity of violent video games. The 2008 study Grand Theft Childhood reported that 60% of middle school boys who played at least one Mature-rated game hit or beat up someone, compared to 39% of boys that did not play Mature-rated games.


2-A 2000 FBI report includes playing violent video games in a list of behaviors associated with school shootings.


3- Violent video games cause players to associate pleasure and happiness with the ability to cause pain in others. [3]






Cons :

1- A 2004 US Secret Service review of previous school-based attacks found that one-eighth of attackers exhibited an interest in violent video games, less than the rate of interest attackers showed in violent movies, books, and violence in their own writings. The report did not find a relationship between playing violent video games and school shootings.


2- The small correlations that have been found between video games and violence may be explained by violent youth being drawn to violent video games. Violent games do not cause youth to be violent. Instead, youth that are predisposed to be violent seek out violent entertainment such as video games


3-Video game players understand they are playing a game. Their ability to distinguish between fantasy and reality prevents them from emulating video game violence in real life.