Hmmm, Someone clicked, "yes" but didn't share their argument. :''( Well, this thread does have massive support for the "no" argumment. I can understand not wanting to start a flame war. Although, hearing the logic from the other side would have been intresting.
Parents need to do their job and raise their kids instead of relying on the media to teach them their values. While I do think that there are a few games that are very distasteful and go a bit far, generally, no, I don't think violent or mature videogames are the problem. And for me, some of these games are just an outlet for the stress I deal with in everyday life.
I can honestly say that, when I listen to music, it affects how I think. I know this from personal experience. Maybe not if it's just one song, but it DOES. I think it does for everyone, it's just they don't even notice(or care if it affects them anyway XD). So yes, I do think music and video games can have an affect one you. I also don't think that alone is enough to make you completely crazy lol! You deffinetly need more/worse things going on in your life and have already been having problems.
I think that when or if patents or friends notice an instability when someone is playing or listening to violent music/ games they should immediately take initiativte instead of assuming it'll be fine. I dont personally think that they cause violrbt behavior I play violent games and listen to some sketchy music sometimes but I don't want or feel like I have to go awol and kill everyone. It depends on your brain and some people can't handle it and that sucks but the world is so uncensored now that its almost impossible to prevent children from becoming influenced. I don't think young children should be playing games like Vice City and other GTA titles but that's my personal opinion. My aunt let's her 10th year old play san andreas and you pick up hookers and have a "hot coffee" mission. Do I think its a good idea. Nope but its not my place so I guess you have to be sure you have the mentality to be able to tell fiction from reality and know the difference between right and wrong.
People who commit crimes based on video games are not mentally stable, they are not normal people, they can't be considered a good basis for why violent video games are bad if they may have had underlying undiagnosed problems. If they can't tell the difference between reality and fiction (and I don't mean like, four year olds with imaginary friends, I mean 10+ year olds) then something isn't quite right there (or presumably) so probably seeing a behaviourist is a good idea.
Personally? I don't particularly care. I think it's worse to try to hide it from your kids rather than get down to their level and explain it to them. If you try to limit what they have access to then they will try to circumvent that and get around it. I'd rather avoid the secrecy and going-behind-my-back and just be able to talk. Why do they want the game? For any reason other than it being popular? Are they as obsessed as I am about [random tv show here] and that's why they want the game? Alright, we'll talk about it and decide.
No. From a pretty young age, kids know the difference between pretend and reality; a teenager isn't gonna try to kill someone because of GTA anymore than they're going to try to fly because they watched Peter Pan. These are the same people who think that Harry Potter is going to turn kids into witches. (Granted, I'm both a pagan and a Harry Potter fan but it's unrelated. )
I really enjoy mowing people down in GTA, setting people on fire in Sims, and shooting people with arrows through the knee in Skyrim. I've never do any of these things in real life. Nor would anyone I know who plays these games!
I'ma go with the NO argument on this one. I second that the people who act on things based on a video game they've played are not of sound mind.. |:
My answer is no. I'll go into why and back this up 100%, but most people who said no already stated my reasons.
I was goth looking when I was younger. I liked death metal, rap, I played Grand Theft Auto religiously and it was my favorite part to kill people randomly in it. My favorite games are actually violet ones with gore, killing, and blood. Why? Because I would never ever harm someone else unless it was for self defense nor have I ever had the urge to! I play these games because it's a form of roleplaying where I get to do those things and take on a different persona of what I wouldn't ever actually do. I'm not violent at all. I work with kids and love it and I'm an aspiring elementary teacher. I play the most violent video games, but no. I have never ever intended to harm another individual.
Post by cuppedsunshine on Sept 18, 2015 19:07:54 GMT -5
Ugh, these people who bash video games need to take a chill pill and IQ test because A, they are providing attention to the game developers and from that attention more cash, and B, I play Yandere Simulator, a game where you are a murderous, scheming stalker, as well as many other games that are openly violent or racy. Am I a stalker? No. Am I a murderer? No! I enjoy these games because they are a detach from reality. And honestly, these people just want to get the clicks and attention from outraged gamers, as well as form a negative stereotype to further the outrage and views. And tbh, if you so much as mention all the groups who think that the Pokemon games etc. are work of the devil and Pokemon are demons I could rant for hours. I just don't because that's giving them the gift of attention, like the bawling three-year-old who wants the toy. (not religious, so demons are kinda just a dumb idea to me anyways, haha)
Post by RebeccaMonkey on Sept 19, 2015 1:00:18 GMT -5
Yandere Simulator looks so fun! I can take out all my hate for humanity in video games and not in real life. But at the same time, I would have to already be very mentally unstable and very influence by violence to actually said copy video games. Also there are some really violent movies out there too. So no, I don't think video games make people violent. They can affect people in so many ways, but not like that, I don't think. Plus most stories you hear on the news of violence have to do with mental things and not GTA. And I don't think people crash cars for GTA reasons either.
Also I was reading something interesting but never cross checked sources so feel free to correct me. In Australia, their MA is 15+, in America, it's 17+. I think age is and isn't just a number. It really depends on the situation, but here, it seems to be more maturity than age. Also every boy was playing COD and Halo in my Elementary school xD Anyway, America seems to be a little more uh...violent, which is a problem and maybe the reason for 17+. But what I was also reading was about European versus American ratings. I honestly can't remember which was which now but I remember thinking it was really odd. But in one country, violence is considered way worse than sexual material. On the other hand, a sexual but non-violent game in the other country would also get an R rating. I want to say it was violence was a no no in America and sexual stuff in Europe. Which is odd because America is okay with women doing ads in bikinis (that and we have gun problems) to sell hamburgers while Europe has naked statues and more nude beaches.
There's so much I could say on this but I'll leave it there for now but if I had a child who wanted to play Telltale's The Walking Dead at like 15, I'd let them. Lots of kids under 17 seem to watch stuff like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead anyway xD and those have actors, aka people they can look up to.
"Self-control" is pretty much what I can say here. If a person suddenly snaps because of a heavy metal song or anything else along those lines, then that's his/her problem. A fine example would be the nutjob that done such callous shootings in Arizona five years ago, because a Drowning Pool song somehow told him to kill and thought in his little mind that it glorified violence when in reality, it didn't.
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