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 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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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    My philosophy class had a discussion about this today.

    There aren't any studies or statistics that say violent video games influence people to commit crimes in the real world.

    So, I would say no, most people realize that video games aren't real, at least I hope so.

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  • 3 years ago

    video games are only like the violent video clips way of life has grown up with. people from the beginning up of time enjoyed violence. classic thoughts all have violence in them. yet because of fact we watch those issues or play them that does no longer make it okay to kill or harm absolutely everyone. those persons that kill or harm certainly are actually not doing it because of video games they play yet because of fact they're needless to say violent it is how they're programmed. If each baby that performs violent video games is destined to grow to be a murderer or a danger to society then we ought to consistently comprise the enormous volume of persons that watch violent video clips or study violent books. yet you are able to no longer call any case have been a baby committed a violent act because of fact he grew to become into mimicking a violent video recreation. each physique has the capacity to inform perfect from incorrect and all of us be attentive to that killing and hurting people isn't perfect so we don't do it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I think it increases because of the fact that they are being exposed to it and they think that they are able to do it seeing they are allowed to in the video game

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