What violent video games can do!

why do young people play violent video games?

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Violent video games have been blamed for school shootings, increases in bullying, and violence towards women. Critics argue that these games desensitize players to violence, reward players for simulating violence, and teach children that violence is an acceptable way to resolve conflicts.


Violent juvenile crime in the United States has been declining as violent video game popularity has increased. The arrest rate for juvenile murders has fallen 71.9% between 1995 and 2008. The arrest rate for all juvenile violent crimes has declined 49.3%. In this same period, video game sales have more than quadrupled.                                                                                                                                                                                                  The level of control granted to video game players, especially in terms of pace and directing the actions of their character, allows youth to regulate their emotional state during play.                                                                                                                                                                                            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.


Video games often reward players for simulating violence, and thus enhance the learning of violence behaviors. Studies suggest that when violence is rewarded in video games.                                                                                                                                                               players exhibit increased aggressive behavior compared to players of video games where violence is punished.                                                                                                                                                                                                      A 2000 FBI report includes playing violent video games in a list of behaviors associated with school shootings. Young children are most likely to confuse fantasy violence with real world violence, and without a framework for ethical decision making, they may mimic the actions they see in violent video games.


By: Elizabeth Hanson