Is it ok to play violent games?

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Some people say its fine, others say it could be generating more mass murderers. Whats your thoughts, and why?

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Statistically speaking, murder and general violent crime rates are at historic lows and mass murders account for a small fraction of murders. I forget the exact number, but there was ~15,000 people murdered in the United States in 2013, compared to the millions of copies games like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty sell per installment. Even if you could prove every murder was committed by someone who plays violent video games, that amounts to less than 1% of violent video game players becoming murderers, and not all murderers are gamers of any stripe.

 

Now, that's not to say there aren't people who's distinction between fantasy and reality is so tenuous that violent video games could tip them over the edge, but that's more of a stimulus triggering an existing mental health issue rather than the stimulus causing the issue, and I have trouble believing a mentally healthy, well adjusted person is going to blow stuff up in a video game and then decide to go out and blow up stuff in real life.

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Hence the word "could". Even then, experiments have been done in small groups, showing that player playing a violent verson of a game acted more violent then the ones that play the non-violent version.

However, only in small groups. (I apologize in advance for any spelling errors. Omo.org and my phone dont mix.)

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If the violent video game isn't completely fucked like some games then violent video games are fine. Plus, the rate at which someone kills over or because of a video game is extremely small, so I think it's fine.

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^And even then, from what I've read, most of the studies have only detected elevated aggression shortly after playing violent games rather than any long term increase in aggression. Speaking more generally, I've read that studies that show stimuli x causes behavior y during or shortly after stimulation are a dime a dozen, but even when such results are easily replicated, there isn't much to suggest that such translates to long-term.

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There is no link between violent video games and aggressive behavior. Fun fact: the number of murders has been decreasing, while the revenue from games increases. But I'm not aware of a link between these too.acce2b308f2e23693df63e7c3b249e23.thumb.jpg.2264f76565d96817d2b4df0a6296d209.jpg

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I don't think there's any strong correlation between liking gore/violence in media and wanting to kill. Maybe it's a catalyst for some people who are already predisposed, but most people understand that fantasy and reality are separate

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I don't think violent video games turn people violent. You either have a violent predisposition or you don't. If somebody who is of sound mind plays a violent video game it won't suddenly make them want to go inflict harm. Somebody who already has a violent mind, yes it may fuel their already messed up way of thinking but I don't think blaming the video game is reasonable. They obviously have a serious problem and I see people blaming what they play. watch or listen to as an easy way out rather than looking at their mental state and what caused it.

 

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Working off of the graph @EmmaWees showed earlier, it seems violent video games make you less violent.  Based on the correlation, that's way more valid than saying the "murder-simulators" cause violent behavior.  In my experience, if you play a violent video game, you are less likely to commit violence in the real world; you've taken it all out on a virtual world, and you feel better because of it.

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I think the most important thing to take away from this is that you can't really conduct a controlled test to prove that violent video games incite aggressive behavior, and in some cases, even non-violent video games can still cause increased aggression.

In my experience, Mario Party incited significantly more aggressive behavior in people than Counter Strike ever did. (RIP childhood friendships)

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^You and me both, brother/sister/attack helicopter...

 

I'd like to say, you all made great arguments... For what equivilates to a porn site, there are a lot of sharp minds here.

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