Do violent video games promote violence?

October 10, 2019

If you’re a tween, teen, or devoted gamer, you have probably heard about the latest video games such as the new Modern Warfare that is coming out or Call Of Duty Mobile, from one of the most successful game franchises of all time. 

      

Games involving guns, blood, and gore have been around since the 1970s and have remained a controversial topic since then, but the question of them influencing violent actions still remains a topic today. One major point that has been brought up is that video games cause increased aggression. A 2015 report from the American Psychological Association found that “Violent video game play is linked to increased aggression in players but insufficient evidence exists about whether the link extends to criminal violence or delinquency” Meaning there is no direct correlation between Violent video games to the act of committing a crime, but it can still influence a bit aggressive behavior among adolescents. 

Though the report does prove there is no correlation between crime and violent video games, there is a correlation between age and maturity. Most violent video games are made for the mature young adults of 18 and over, but many of the players are still under the age of the rating and play regardless. Parents are a big influence on whether their child can play these types of games, they are involved in understanding what the game is, the maturity of the child and also discussing those things if they’re younger children, discussing how that violence isn’t real violence, and it’s not something that we would ever do in the real world. 

 

Being a parent himself, Mr. McFadden, a West Leyden business teacher, believes there should be some limitation between a  child and an adolescent playing certain types of violent video games, as he claims “I really think it depends on the type of violence. Is it cartoon violence or is it blood and gore violence? Is it a more gratuitous type of violence? I feel like that really has to be a parental decision based on the maturity of their child. Certainly, I did not want to expose my own child to violent video games at an early age, you know. Would we consider Smash Brothers violent? Do we consider the Mario games violent?”

Andres Cifuentes, a junior at West Leyden has played violent video games from a young age, “Video games, in general, are meant to be a form of entertainment and have no influence on me or any other person playing them, and thus should not be criticized or blamed for inciting violence in young people.” he shares as many others do believe the same. 

There is always going to be a debate between violent video games and their influences, but in the end, it really depends on several variables. The one thing we all know that its always to limit yourself and go outside to experience the opportunities life has in store for you.

 

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