Poll: Do you think violent video games increase or decrease real violence in the real world?

Some would argue that violent video games 'desensitize' people to violence, perhaps making them more likely to be violent and less likely to stop others from being violent. Some might argue that acting out natural violent tendancies in a non-harmful fantasy perhaps actually decreases the potential for... show more Some would argue that violent video games 'desensitize' people to violence, perhaps making them more likely to be violent and less likely to stop others from being violent.

Some might argue that acting out natural violent tendancies in a non-harmful fantasy perhaps actually decreases the potential for violence in the real world. After all, humans have been violent for quite a long time (well before video games were ever invented) and the general trend is that violent crime has been going down for the end of the 20thC and beginning of the 21stC (in Canada and the US anyway, where these games are made and are popular).

That said, shouldn't we err on the side of caution when it comes to the ugly violent side of human behaviour and do all we can to reduce violence as much as we can. However, maybe this IS the way to reduce violence in the real world. Maybe not.

Maybe it's not even about the violence at all, just the graphics that make some people squeamish. Let's face it, chess is a violent game, we just don't see the combat in gory detail, but it's there complete with intent to wipe out your enemy's army and kill the enemy king. Nobody seems to complain about that game.

What do you think?
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