Violent video games...?

There are many video games today that encourage violence (shootings, theft, beatings, killings, etc.) - and many children of all ages play those games.

a. How do you feel these violent video games affect our society?

b. How do they affect young children who play them? Do children realize the difference between the game (where there are no consequences to such behavior) and real life (where those types of behaviors are considered crimes with repercussions?

c. If you were a parent, what would you do about these games?

d. If you were a city official and saw a lot of violent crimes happening with young children, what would you do to encourage limits on young children playing violent video games?

Answer:
My son does not play video games in our home and we have discussions at length about what is real and what is not...

I think violent video games desensitize us to violence and the repercussions of our action ...adults also not just kids..

I think it is worse on young children.too much negative sensory input..they believe too much tv or video games is related to autism
Blaming real violence on video game violence is complete bull. They don't encourage violence.
Well, if the kid is well balanced, and the family environment he is in is peaceful, then there won't be any problem.
I watched violent cartoons when I was a teenager (japanese ones), they didn't have any impact on me behavior wise...
I think parent need to monitor what they let their kids watch and play. I like GTA San Andreas, but I would never let my kids play it.
Well, its just another medium that can be influential. I remember in the 70s, I had the misconception that I could kick anyone's azz after watching "The Warriors". I even use to roam the streets with nunchakus in my pants. The fact is, Im sure I would not have won any small battles with a pair of chainlinked sticks. What was I thinking?

So, yes, music, movies (SawII, wtf is that all about) I'd say horror movies are worse...celebrities (vick dogs)..blah blah.. Its all one big mushpit. It always goes back to the parents, common sense, spiritual guidance, morals, blah blah blah.. You can't point the finger on one or two things, that's way to easy.

Kinda like how wardrobe designers have a minor influence on what is considered casual work clothes. Have you noticed, work clothes have gotten a bit more sexual over the years, this trend trickling down from the fleshy tones on todays walkways. So, yes, I believe it can have an influential long term affect, much similiar to what has yet to be named...One day, cell phones will be the primose of evil..

I'm a gamer. If anything I try to fight the addiction. It's not what im playing, its the act of sitting down for 4 hours doing ''well...nothing."
a) I don't think violent video games affect our society in any large way. Yes there might be the occasional child who's impacted. But really it's the job of the parents to separate the video game world from the real world. Studies have been done that looked at links between violence in kids that didn't play violent games, and violence in kids who didn't play violent video games. No noticeable link was found. If I remember correctly in one study the children who didn't play violent video games were more prone to violence then those who did.

b) covered that in A
c) I would let my child play them, but make certain they understood that the video game world is a fake fantasy world that can never interact with the real world.

d) No. I would take a look at their upbringing via their parents, and what tyep of household they grew up in.
The scum of the earth produce these games. They like making money off of other people's miseries. Columbine is a very good example of the outcome in violence of these games. The violent game producers are in the same category as pornographers, drug dealers, child abusers and any other person who makes money off of the miseries of other people.
a. How do you feel these violent video games affect our society? Violent video games affect our society minimally. Every once in a while something crazy happens because of their influence but for the most part they are safe for children...statistically speaking.

b. How do they affect young children who play them? Violent video games affect young children only minimally. Do children realize the difference between the game (where there are no consequences to such behavior) and real life (where those types of behaviors are considered crimes with repercussions? Most children do realize the difference but the answer is most children have impulse control issues. That can be dangerous.

c. If you were a parent, what would you do about these games? I would ban my children from playing any of these games. I would put a parental lock on the system so they couldn't play the games at the house.

d. If you were a city official and saw a lot of violent crimes happening with young children, what would you do to encourage limits on young children playing violent video games? If I were a city official I wouldn't jump on the people who make the video games. I would jump on the parents who are letting the kids play "R" rated games.
I think kids can play those kinds of games. If the child is responsible and know the difference between right and wrong it's OK. Like Grand theft auto. It's rated mature. I played that game when I was 9 I played that game all of the time. My cousin that was 8 played it. We both play it all of the time. You can't change the world. You can easily tell the kid don't do what you see on the game. But on the game the police chase after you and they know well if I do this then it can happen. But tell the kid don't be walkin around with guns and stuff. If you live in the ghetto and see people get arrested for that dumb crap. You'll know don't try that cuz if you do you'll end up like the others have like 10 years or more for stealin a car of runnin over people or stuff you see in the game. So you don't have to make other kids not play it. Don't let your child play it. I would let my kids play it. If they try it thats there fault. They tried it and have to live with the consequences.
Ah yes we think we are something else but we are just monkeys. Intelligent monkeys but monkeys.
If it wasn't a human desire for this, then it wouldn't be there.
I think you're forgetting it wasn't long ago in our short evolutionary history that we were out really killing other animals every day. Violence is a part of our human nature even if it doesn't fit you. We are on the path to somewhere, let's just not lock anything down, as rebellion is also a most strong human condition. Teach morality and then let nature take its course.
Though it does affect negatively,parents should play positive role in educating children b/w reality and fiction.young children should be allowed to watch some of these violent videos and proper counselling given there-after.in some cases it helps as defensive mechanisms.As a city officials i 'll ensure that the violent videos released for watching ends up with a positive lessons to be learnt there-from.
Video game violence is the convenient excuse that concerned parents have made up about violence in young people. Street violence will always happen among teenagers, video games or not. As for things such as school shootings, video games are not to blame for this! Look at 2 of the major school shootings, columbine and v tech. The shooters all had either mental or anger issues. You could blame columbine on klebold and harris playing doom, but really, come on. I played violent video games when I was young (as young as 8) and you don't see me shooting people. If your child has mental problems such as the school shooters, then yes limit what they play and they should be monitered a lot. For street violence, it just happens, it has always happen, and it will continue to happen. Not allowing your child to pretend to shoot aliens won't help this...


Ext: I don't see why parents are so concerned about their children seeing sex in video games (look at the "hot coffee" outburst!) rather than violence. Sex is something that their children are going to expeirence. Hopefully, they never experience the violence.

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