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arteml October 22nd, 2013 4:23pm

A lot of attention has recently been focused on video games, claiming that they lead to violence in children. Do you believe that Video games lead to violence, or that the media is using it as a scapegoat for all the recent murders/massacres.

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robbyjr04
10/22/13 3:23 pm

So many places to blame in modern society but most of all its the destruction of the family.

Mercurial Doodily Bop
10/22/13 3:20 pm

Because of the success of genres like the first person shooter, there are many games that are made to use violence somewhat as a moneymaking gimmick. However, when it comes to this matter, it's really up to the parents deciding whether or not

Mercurial Doodily Bop
10/22/13 3:22 pm

their child is mature enough to play this game. For instance, Grand Theft Auto V is a fabulous game made by a very creative company (look at Rockstar's other games, like L. A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption, and Bully)

Mercurial Doodily Bop
10/22/13 3:23 pm

, but it's also a game drenched in satire. The game uses violence and makes references to modern day events in order to parody them. However, a younger child may not understand this and may have difficulty realizing that what happens in this game

Mercurial Doodily Bop
10/22/13 3:26 pm

is not something that is meant to be reproduced in the real world. They may not understand the satire (not the dark story that is driven by this satire) and may think what is happening in this game is considered "okay".

Mercurial Doodily Bop
10/22/13 3:29 pm

To cut my rant short and better answer your question, video games, like any other media containing violent images/lyrics/scenarios, are most definitely used as a scapegoat. But we cannot confuse satire and creativity for endorsement.

Mercurial Doodily Bop
10/22/13 3:32 pm

However, it's an individual thing and a maturity thing. Some people will read a book that depicts scenes like that and will think "Eh" whereas others may find some sort of connection or inspiration. It just depends.

AngryAngel Oswego, IL
10/22/13 3:11 pm

I've killed thousands upon thousands in videogames. I've never committed murder in real life.

jvc1133 61535
10/22/13 11:04 am

Media story,

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Bbarbeau Texas
10/22/13 10:20 am

I am a gamer, have been since the 90's. Not once have I been driven to imitate a game. I just finished GTA V, and I'm not about to go reenact it.

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presrvd Phoenix
10/22/13 10:56 am

Tell me about it. I tried to imitate Sonic the Hedgehog, and all I got out of it was injured.

LadyA Earth Explorer
10/22/13 9:53 am

Yes, and no. I believe they CAN blur reality but they are not the only factor in child / teen violence etc.

shellybaxter1234 Peaceful Place
10/22/13 9:49 am

I think video games have the ability to desensitize people to violence - just as movies and TV do

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rlands
10/22/13 9:50 am

So does real violence, too. All of them together just creates one sad community :(

shellybaxter1234 Peaceful Place
10/22/13 9:53 am

Absolutely agree - I live just a little over an hour from Reno/Sparks NV. Lots of prayers today that there is no more violence - I always worry about copy cats after a shooting like that

ThinkAboutIt Staten Island, NY
10/22/13 9:42 am

No, theories state that violet video games let out anger in teens but I'm not sure about younger children. I don't believe that they should be exposed to extremely violent games because they may mimic what happens in the game.

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inge MIA
10/22/13 9:38 am

Scapegoat for bad parenting.

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EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/22/13 9:43 am

I agree wholeheartedly. I've played many a video game in my time and, with the exception of my weekend habit of rolling homeless people, I've turned out just fine!

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/22/13 9:34 am

Japan has some worse games than they import over here, and doesn't have the difficulties we do. It's something else.

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arteml NY
10/22/13 9:35 am

It's all about the reception.

MJSeals J.D.
10/22/13 9:32 am

Three votes all from a 5 foot radius of eachother

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arteml NY
10/22/13 9:33 am

That way if I disagree I can lean over and take your iPad.

rlands
10/22/13 9:52 am

#SoHparty

rlands
10/22/13 10:00 am

I figured. It's nice to expand SoH's horizons. Can't say I haven't had an SoH party of my own...

MJSeals J.D.
10/22/13 10:01 am

Your the only DCer here :P

rlands
10/22/13 10:06 am

That's what you think :P the DC area encompasses MD VA and DC.

MJSeals J.D.
10/22/13 10:09 am

What users have you partied with?

MJSeals J.D.
10/22/13 10:13 am

I meant which users, but now I know your lying! Friends!



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rlands
10/22/13 10:14 am

I know...friends? What are those!? And I don't have clearance to disclose their usernames ;)

rlands
10/22/13 10:15 am

They don't really go on much anymore. And sorry arteml for flooding your notifications :)

MJSeals J.D.
10/22/13 10:16 am

Sure. Can you just answer wether or not I would know them

MJSeals J.D.
10/22/13 10:16 am

Arteml is Russian he can take it

rlands
10/22/13 10:18 am

Maybe one of them, but probably not. You'd recognize her at least.

And you're Russian? Great, you can back me up on the fact that Russians are better than Tavares.

MJSeals J.D.
10/22/13 10:20 am

He's in class right now :) I win!

rlands
10/22/13 10:21 am

Nope, you still lose. Just like Tavares.

MJSeals J.D.
10/22/13 10:23 am

Islanders lose, Tavares wins! I ❤️ JT91!

rlands
10/22/13 10:27 am

Well I hope you and John are very happy together. I'll be expecting an invitation to the ceremony.

MJSeals J.D.
10/22/13 10:29 am

Idk if I go to Alabama if that can happen down there

rlands
10/22/13 10:29 am

The just stay up north, you two will be fine.

MJSeals J.D.
10/22/13 10:31 am

Also that might hurt my chances when I run for office

rlands
10/22/13 11:52 am

Well go do physics and get off SoH! And I don't think it'll hurt your chances too much. We already elected a minority president...

rlands
10/22/13 11:57 am

So am I, what a coincidence.

MJSeals J.D.
10/22/13 3:42 pm

Rland your old your DONE done with school, my day just ended

rlands
10/22/13 4:52 pm

You don't even know...

cgmonin Maryland
10/22/13 9:29 am

In my opinion, they don't cause kids to be more violent at all

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