Violence in Video Games

I grew up into a gaming family. I had three older brothers, all of them loved playing games. I could never play any games my parents deemed too violent, but I could watch my brothers play them. It was always a weird thing in my mind. As I got older I questioned my mother’s method behind this as to why I was not able to play such games with them, but was able to watch them. I think that violent games should be targeted towards older people. Younger kids would not be able to distinguish between real life and fantasy since their brains are not as developed yet. I think they will grow up with some more violent behavior, but not enough to commit dangerous acts.

I do not think that violent video games should be banned permanently. I believe parents should do a better job restricting access to such games with too much adult content. Companies and retail stores can only do so much to restrict access to these games, which leaves family and friends at fault for granting such to the younger generations. Violent games help relieve some built up anger in people who do not have ways of expressing their emotions in other ways.

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2 thoughts on “Violence in Video Games

  1. I also grew up in a house where when I was younger my older brother was able to play shooter games, but I was only allowed to watch him and not able to play them myself. I agree with you that it is weird way to go about it, but I was then allowed to play them, and I have not become violent from playing video games. I agree with you that parents should do a better job of restricting access to violent games until an age when parents believe the child is mature enough to distinguish between real life and fantasy. I also agree with you that violent video games should not be banned permanently because as you said violent games help relieve built up anger in people who do not have any other way of expressing their emotions. Overall, I agree with what you are saying and that video game companies can only do so much to keep violent video games out of the hands of young kids, but ultimately better parent restriction is the best way to deal with violent video games and deciding when I kid is mature enough to play these types of video games.

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  2. Hi Chris!

    I definitely agree that video games should not be completely banned, but they can have harmful consequences if viewed or played by those who are too young. Younger children tend to overimitate, and have a harder time discerning between right and wrong in real life versus a video game. Violent games tend to reward death and damage with credit and points, and this vicarious reinforcement can greatly contribute to modeling. Older brains are able to play a violent game and understand that what is acceptable and rewarding in a game is not always acceptable in real life, which is why I agree that there is no need to completely banish violent games, but they should be harder to for younger audiences to access and view.

    Great first impression!
    Emily

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