My dad keeps arguing that video games give people violent tendencies and provides the idea of hurting others and leads to the loss of distinguishing between reality and video games. But countless people grew up with these games and are completely normal and harmless.
My critique: Some people are inherently evil and want to hurt people. These people essentially “graduate” to hurting people in real life when video games aren’t enough anymore.
I don’t believe video games blend themselves with reality. I agree there are some people with mental problems where it may be the case. There was a study that compared the effects on aggression of realistic physics vs crappy physics and panicking people vs calm people ignoring the shooter. The point of the study was to show how realism affected aggression. They found no correlation (p was around 0.57 for one of them). It was shared on r/science on reddit. I’d have to search for it there.
@PBnJ, those people are serial killers. Video games didn't fvck them up, they were born fvcked up
@Not him again, I wouldn’t say “born that way”, but rather that most messed up people become that way through some childhood trauma.
@pirey, well regardless, video games don't make monsters. Maybe they're born with it, maybe it's Maybelline
@Not him again, Agreeing with @pirey, many people can be molded or traumatized to develop a false sense of right and wrong. Some people know the difference—they just don’t care. But I agree some people’s natures are overwhelming and unchanging.
@PBnJ, Just show him the chart GameRevolution did years ago. They were the only game website that literally took fbi/government crime data and overlaid the release dates of game consoles and the GTA series.
Theres a sharp drop in crime following those release dates.
Data points and facts.... Because people refuse to do actual research and blame everything but themselves for why bad people do what they do.
@Seohn, The truth is we’ve all created a society that would rather blame there political opponent then look at their own speech and actions. Just look at how often Trump justifies his actions by saying Obama or Hillary did this or that. Why you looking at me. It’s diverting attention and trying to justify being a bad action because somebody else did bad things.
I use Trump as an example because he’s the most current example. Not because I hate Trump. So if you down vote me because you don’t like my example. Then you are literally in denial, because he does this all the time.
@PBnJ, sometimes video games give psychos ideas on how to kill/torture people, but if they aren't exposed to those video games they'll find their inspiration from other sources of media....aka, hate the playa not the game
@PBnJ, I think there is something inherently wrong with harming a member of your own species. After all, the first and foremost commandment of life and nature is the propagation and continuation of the survival of the species (i.e. breeding/defense) be it human or otherwise. To destroy oneself or others breaks this mold and is only seen in sentient/semi-sentient species. So what I'm saying is, yes as a social species, we can have outside factors influence us, and we can act out in defense, but to attack/hurt another member of the species without due reason, there must be something inherently wrong with the way the being has been either raised (trained for such behavior) or the very fiber of that being, the genetic makeup, has been corrupted in some sense. Video games may be the trigger in some cases but would very rarely be the reason unless you play them quite literally all day and don't understand the concept of reality, but that would be a far deeper issue, and would not be the
@PBnJ, psych major here, the most agreed upon conclusion I’ve heard is aggressive people who already have violent tendencies tend to seek out violent video games. Therefore video games should be encouraged since I’d rather them shoot people in GTA than in real life.
@Prince super Vegeta , primary cause of the behavior. Also if you think of it this way, malicious intent can be boiled down to some root problem with that person, and it'd be harder to label them with simply "good" or "evil"
@PBnJ, if he thinks video games are the main source of violent tendencies, how does he explain Jack the Ripper, Elizabeth Bathory, Gilles de Rais, H. H. Holmes, or literally any other serial killer that was around before video games, computers, or television were even invented? He does realize that video games were only invented in the late 50s, right?
@PBnJ, The murder rate is declining, why people think that it's getting worst when it isn't is beyond me.
@PBnJ, after playing survival collection games I sometimes see the real world counterpart and want to pick it up, does that make me weird?
@PBnJ, not to mention studies about this issue only came to the conclusion that violent video games may have an effect on empathy (not violence), to be specific video game players tended to be less empathetic
@Marida Cruz, he does not. He thinks the world started 15 years ago when Alex Jones descended from the chem trails.
@Prince super Vegeta , I think you'll find survival of the fittest/strongest, as well as the need to propagate our own genes is the driving force. You see throughout nature males fighting for supremacy and the right to mate with the best females.
Video games make people violent? So which Grand theft auto were they playing before the crusades?
@Smash Like Gaston, Grand Theft Auto -XVI: Jerusalem Wars
@Kalam1ty, must've been the DEUS VULT!!! expansion
@Smash Like Gaston, probably the same as the Spanish Inquisition.
As a Person who both struggles with homicidal ideation and thoroughly enjoys violent videogames, games do not make one violent. If anything in my case its given me more opportunity to practice empathy towards others. Perfect example, mass effect, I was playing a hard line renegade, but on the rachni mission (spoilers) I Just couldn't dissolve the queen. She had nothing to do with the wars of her predecessors, and I drew a hard line at genocide. Fallout 4 and Kelloggs memories, instead of just another mini boss he became a much more human character, neither perfect nor truly villainous.
She looks like she's tired of their shït
The Spanish Inquisition sounds like a good esports team name.
I literally just wrote a three page paper explaining what you did with a single meme
@CynicalSir, no u