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John Falstaff
07-02-04, 21:32
Hi Everyone,

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Are video games the causes of violence in the 'real world'?

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This article:-

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3466525.stm

is ambiguous, but I'd be interested what others think

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Titanium
07-02-04, 21:37
I dont think they cause real violance... i say films do much worse than computer games http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

[ 07. February 2004, 21:38: Message edited by: Titanium ]

bubbleblaster
07-02-04, 21:40
hi john http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif hi T http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

i think if some1 started playing violent games at a young age then they would probably be more vionlent when they grow older, but it demends.

vectra_sri
07-02-04, 21:41
I guess some games can be , cuz some young people do like to role play there favourite characters dont they ??

Yuna
07-02-04, 22:31
I believe people like to role play people, so I guess it's partly to blame. Only with the younger crowd.

[ 07. February 2004, 22:32: Message edited by: Yuna ]

tazmine
07-02-04, 22:45
Hi John. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif Good to see you.

I think the real world is the cause of violence in video games. ;)

laracroft8290
07-02-04, 22:48
I think not. I play quake, unreal, and half-life all the time, they are first-person shooters but I have no desire to go out and kill someone. Actually it has the opposite effect on me, I'm more calm than I was before I started the game, go figure http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/bash.gif

John Falstaff
07-02-04, 23:40
Hi,

I think that Tazmine has a point. I can't help have the feeling that when people blame specific media (TV, films, games) for problems that they have the tail wagging the dog.

Also some media seem to be immune from this criticism.

I mean who goes around saying that Shakespeare is responsible for political assasinations, Byron for infidelity and Dickens for organised crime? Or is 'literature' a legitimate form of incitement?

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ras1310
08-02-04, 00:00
Well, let's look at some other evidence: what types of violence existed before computer games? Let's see: in the Twentieth Century, before PC games or even TV, we had two, not one but two, World Wars. The Nazis wiped out 11-12 million people, half of them Jews, separate from the war. Stalin killed 20-30 million people subduing his own Soviet Union. Before that, we had the conquest of most of the world by Europe, we had the Crusades, we had the Spanish and Holy Roman Inquisitions, we had all the "great" conquering empires. One could safely say that extreme violence is part of human nature.

I see computer games being blamed for two reasons. One, they are a high profile area that politicians can win cheap points off in claiming they are doing something to reduce society's violence, while not really doing anything other than making noise. Second, games are a way of committing violence, even extreme violence, in a controlled environment with no damage to any real persons or objects. Certain people object to them because they thus remove violence from the real world.

That's my two cents.
RAS

Helix
08-02-04, 00:24
I think not.
There has to be something wrong in the person himself
when they decide to shoot someone or in some public place. Mostly they blame for the game Doom. But that is just stupid bacause everyone who has played a lot of computer games, has played Doom. So that would mean that most of us has an urge to shoot someone. That is stupid. And has anyone think where those kids had learned to use guns? Or where they have got them?
Games do not give them guns or teach them how to use those.

natalie13_au
08-02-04, 03:34
Yeah, I think it really depends on the person, everyone is different.

I started playing things like Doom when I was about 8, and I always used to watch my dad play before then. I turned out fine, ok I can be really psyco sometimes but that's coz of something else *sigh* http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

ambico17
08-02-04, 06:07
I agree with the article saying environment has some influence on the behavior of a child while growing up. But I also believe that the parents are the biggest influence of how a child will turn out when older.

It's up to the parents to monitor what their kids are playing. What they can and can not buy/rent.

I could go on and on about this subject of parenting. But then again, if the parents don't think the video game/movie/book is bad................. :(