Video Game Violence
Video games are all fun and games until they start causing violence in the real world. Many studies have shown that there is a link to violence in video games and violence in real life. These violent video games are also setting bad examples across the world and something should be done about it.
One effect of violent video games is that they can make a person think that violence isn’t as bad as it really is. It just sets a bad example for people in general. According to Time Magazine, 90% of the children in the United States play video games. Ninety percent of the games played by these children include mature content that includes violence. Also a study led by Craig Anderson, director of the center for the study of violence at Iowa State University, found that the kids in the study who played more hours of violent video games per week showed increases in aggressive behavior and violent tendencies compared to the children who played fewer hours a week. When asked a question like if it was okay to strike a peer if that peer said something negative about them, the kids who were exposed to more hours of violent video games were more likely to say yes. They also answered that they would respond with aggressive action if they were provoked, even if by accident.
Also many different studies have found a link between violent video games and real life violence. According to the New York Times, when playing violent video games, they can and do stir hostile urges and mildly aggressive behavior in the short term. For kids who develop a gaming habit, they can become slightly more aggressive. Iowa State University had another study in which they had 47 undergraduates play “ Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance” for fifteen minutes. Afterwards they were told to dole out hot sauce to a fellow student who they were told did not like spicy food but had to swallow the sauce anyway. The group who played “ Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance” gave the student significantly larger portions of hot sauce when compared to a group who played a nonviolent video game. This shows that there is a link between violent video games and aggressive behavior.
Some people might say that violence only has to do with the type person playing the game, but just like how some people can influence who you are, video games can too. If you spend more and more time playing the video game, the effects of the game will start to rub onto you just like how someone’s personality can affect yours.
Violent video games can cause violence in the real world. Many studies have shown that there are links between violence in video games and violence in the real world. These violent games also set bad examples for kids worldwide. To keep people from reenacting their dark game fantasies, I think video game stores should be more strict with who they sell their games that contain mature content to. Even though it might seem like just a game, it might affect who you will be in the future.