Violent Video Games, Weak Statistics And Sensationalistic Headlines

from the details-please? dept

It seems one of the more controversial areas of study lately surrounds violent video games. It seems like every few months a new study comes out, and the results are always sensationalized, even if the details of the study usually don't add up to very much. Much more telling is the fact that as graphically violent video games have become more popular, incidents of youth violence continue to drop when you would expect it to go the other way. Obviously, this is an area that could use more research -- but so much of it seems to have serious problems. The latest "research" has come out on violent video games, and it's grabbing lots of headlines, claiming that violent video games are linked to "risky behaviors" and increase paranoia. Other headlines point out the "major public health issue" and the "negative impact on youth". Of course, the most sensationalistic claim is that somehow this study suggests violent video games make young males more likely to smoke marijuana. Of course, given that the effects of marijuana are supposed to make people less likely to go out and do stuff, it would seem to go against the view that violent video games lead to actual violence. Either way, it would seem that the press covering this story might want to dig a bit deeper into the facts. The study involves a fairly small sample size (100 young men) to start. Also, the fact that playing such games increases your blood pressure seems sort of obvious. People who are engaged in a video game are likely to have their blood pressure rise. That just means they're really engaged in the game. As for the "leads to pot smoking" claim, this one deserves the most investigation -- and one person who claims to have seen the study (if anyone has a copy, we'd love to check it out) says that what the study actually showed was that both the violent video gaming group and the control group said that marijuana was bad for your health on a six point scale. It's just that the violent video game play group found it slightly less bad. To suggest that this means violent video gamers are more likely to actually engage in such things seems like a huge stretch -- but it sure makes for good headlines.


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    Exiled From the mainstream, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 4:15am

    Gee haven't I heard THIS before?

    I wanna hurt people who come up with this junk. Video games bad even though its usally a great way to let out stress from the daily grind? Anyone that seriously looks into this whole "video games are evil" thing can tell the media just wants something to get ratings from.

    As for the marijuana thing, yes its bad for your health but what kinda crap is this? Video gamers find it slightly less bad? Oook...anyone wanna chalk that one up to false info or something? If it wasnt obvious yes I game and find these "studies" offensive. Playing the "Evil games" sure beats sending my fist into everyone I hate's faces.

    Saves a ton on tickets and court fees too!

     

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    mkam, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 5:14am

    Re: Gee haven't I heard THIS before?

    Have we been playing violent video games??

     

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    Syn-Ack, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 5:19am

    Poor Coorelation

    Don"t you love statistics. More likely is that pot smokers tend to play more video games, not that video games cause pot smoking.

     

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    TriZz, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 5:33am

    Guns don't kill people...

    ...violent video games kill people.

     

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    dorpus, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 5:51am

    Causation-Correlation

    The average college graduate knows the cliche that correlation does not imply causation. But do they know that:

    - Causation may not show up as a correlation?

    - In a multiple regression setting, a correlation between the outcome and a single covariate may not show up at all? (The association is present only after adjusting for other covariates.)

    - Correlation (the Pearson version, taught in Stat 101 courses) cannot detect nonlinear associations, such as a quadratic curve? (It will show up as correlation=0.)

     

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    Joel Padot, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 5:52am

    I just wanna cut people's heads off...

    ... In Star Wars Jedi Academy that is.

    Exiled has it right. The stress relief accompanied by taking master chief into a room full of Covenant goons killing them all and then shooting them as they lay dead on the floor just to watch the blood spatter is priceless. Imagine how many people violent video games have saved. lol. Seriously though.

    The problem is that the young video game playing male is under attack by society for the Columbine incident. Since those truely psycotic kids played violent video games, all kids who play video games must be murdurous psychos.

     

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    Zeroth404, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 5:52am

    Here's something we haven't gotten enough of...

     

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    Coestar, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 6:10am

    People have always feared what they can't understand...

    And as our parents' generation is hitting the golden years, they can't understand why "us kids" (now in our 20s and 30s) haven't dropped the video games. So, silly, baseless research is the hero of the day!

    Imagine if one of the guys who played the "tame" videogame was also prone to making sacrafice of small animals... obviously, then, the only possible thing that could be inferred is that ALL PEOPLE WHO PLAY NON-VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES WILL MURDER SMALL ANIMALS!!!11 There just couldn't be another option.


    ...call me when you can survey 300 million people efficiently.

     

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    Toby, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 6:21am

    I am a conker...

    I agree with what Syn-Ack said. Pot smokers do tend to play more video games. Myself and a friend stopped smoking pot for a week. Neither of us switched our consoles at all on for that whole week.
    QED!

     

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    AnarChaos, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 6:40am

    Re: Guns don't kill

    Nice. I think I've been saying that for a while...

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    AnarChaos, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 6:41am

    Re: Guns don't kill

    Nice. I think I've been saying that for a while...

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    50Caliber, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 6:46am

    I would like to see someone create a video game where all you do is kill each other with sticks, rocks, a fallen tree branch etc.

    Then sit back and wait for the "rocks and fallen tree branches cause violence in our children...and turn them into pot smoking mass murderers"...

    Good grief

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    They can all kiss my ...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 7:12am

    Where is the study that states...

    "TETRIS HELPS KIDS BECOME MORE ORGANIZED IN THERE EDUCATION"

    or

    "PERSONS WITH PDAs ARE LESS LIKELY TO USE PENS AND PAPER"

    wtf #$%*!!

     

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    Yonatron, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 7:15am

    > (if anyone has a copy, we'd love to check it out)

    Well, it's apparently several studies published in the same journal issue. If you tell me your e-mail, I can send you them. I have one of those free e-mail accounts from google. I imagine it'd be easy for a human to figure out.

     

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    Curtis Edenfield, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 7:35am

    Actually most of the people that have the violent games I know about, are geeks that don't do drugs!! Now alot of people that I know that play D&D or RPG's do endulge in the herb.

     

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    Coolio, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 7:58am

    !

    this never gets old with them does it?
    and yo dude send me it id LOVE to see it
    i love splinter cell doesnt mean im gonna go snipe some1 or do marijuanna now

     

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    Rawnchie14, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 8:09am

    Bah.

    It's a stupid and baised generalization about people who play violent video-games. I know plenty of different types of people who play video-games, of every different race, gender, society, and personality. This study is trash, with a bunch of half-baked conclusions drawn from shoddy data.

    I do not play these games because I feel like I need to get pent up aggression out, nor do I feel paranoid after playing them. I play games b/c they're fun, like most people should. After, I feel like crap b/c I just wasted a ton of my time on it, when I shouldn't have. But it was a good high. Does it make me want to light up, or suspect my roomate will blame me for the stench in our dorm?

    Naw... I don't see the connections. It's just a statistical excuse for moralilty freaks to spread thier ideals and opinions around, until everyone abides by them.

     

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    wolff000, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 8:14am

    mary jane is good for you.

    well maybe not good for you but it won't do even half as much damage as liquor or cigarettes. that little piece of info came from the london medical journal, they studied people over a twenty year period, if memory serves correct. As for video games causing violence we all know that is a load of bs. the only thing that causes kids to be violent is parents not teaching them any kind of home training. all it takes is parents to do thier jobs and the #s would drop dramatically.

     

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    John, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 8:20am

    You would think that gamers would likely to use Meth than Pot. Not that I would know about that sort of thing...

     

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    Alex C, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 8:39am

    Violence in the media...

    Video games are just another medium, like television, radio, the internet etc...
    I did a study on this subject back at college, and reviewed a lot of sources.
    It seems that the truth is not in the gray area...

    Kids arent transformed by violent video games or murder scenes on TV.
    The problem is that there is a small group of kids, those who have certain psychological problems, or have some predisposition to violent behaviour. It seems that violence in the different media can inhibit violent behavious in this "problem group".

    But i guess that's just like saying we wont make fast cars because people are more likely to go fast, crash, and die in them...

     

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    DittoBox, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 8:40am

    Re: Gee haven't I heard THIS before?

    I wanna hurt people who come up with this junk.

    Is that supposed to be ironic, or are you just plain stupid?

     

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    M, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 8:59am

    I have career position in a respectful company. I get super high and play Counter Strike. Better than drinking and driving.

     

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    Brian Hageman, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 9:00am

    Cavemen scientists probably conducted studies that showed that fire and the wheel were a negative influence on teen caveboys and cavegirls, but we have somehow managed to survive...

     

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    M, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 9:01am

    Re: !

    do marijauana? lmao

     

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    Havok, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 9:13am

    BS

    Stupid study. Overhyped and false.

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    Bobo, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 9:27am

    Re: Violence in the media...

    To piggy back on your point..

    The media and entertainment folks only give us what we demand. Sex and Violence themes are at the top of the list.

    Here's a few additional thoughts.

    Maybe the special intersest folks should do a study on which is a greater negative influence friends or video games? I think that answer is clear.

    No video game ever made smoke pot. Peer pressure did. My sense of right and wrong made me decide it was a bad idea after I caved to per pressure. And, I'm not harshing people who smoke. That's their choice.

    The whole thing is kinda funny too. For example, some people think I am nutz. Becasue I allow my kids (ages between 6 and 12) to play violent games. The two younger one play games like Sonic and Crash Bandicoot - which are mildly violent. And the older two play things like Grand Theft Auto, Manhunt, Half-Life, Gun... But, I also make sure they understand the diffence between reality and the game.

    In the end, it comes down to choices.

    If my 6 year old can tell the differnce, there no logical reason a teenager can't either.

     

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    Ana, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 9:28am

    History repeating itself ?

    Well, earlier it was violent books, then movies, then violent TV shows and now it is video games ...
    wonder what's next ?

    Every generation seems to think the next generation is getting out of hand ..

     

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    stats, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 9:40am

    ?

    99% of all statistics are made up...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 10:01am

    BOLD

    I love it how one person left an open bold tag, and every post since is bold :)

     

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    Tyson, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 10:08am

    Re: Re: Violence in the media...

    "I also make sure they understand the diffence between reality and the game. "

    When I was in college, I actually wrote a 20 page paper over the effects of violence in video games on teenagers. (ha got an A on it too) 90% of the studies that I came accross said almost the exact same thing.... If parents allow their children play violent games, they need to ensure that they understand the difference between reality and the game. It is that simple. Parent have to take responsiblity for teaching and educating their kids. Seem to me that most of the topics concerning kids these days link back to that central subject.

    I also dont understand why the media and government is only blasting the gaming industry about violence. About 4 years ago the United State Army released a FREE first person shooter for people to download and play. There goal was to evaluate users various "combat" skills for the purpose of recruiting people. (If I am remembering all of this correctly, it has been a while) Interesting that the government dis-approves of violent games but allows the army to release its own....

    BTW, in all my research I never came across a link between pot smoking and video games.......

     

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    VisiX, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 10:23am

    I'm unbolding this conversation.

    Violent video games don't cause violence, I only play racing games and I killed 9 people last week.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 10:24am

    BAH!!

     

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    CUrob, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 10:38am

    Argh.

    Last time i checked, video games (violent or otherwise) won't give me cancer.... nor will i go to jail for selling them....

     

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    Sven, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 10:43am

    Strange alternate result

    Oddly enough, overzealous studies on violent video games make me violent...
    Has anyone studied that affect?

     

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    Sky, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 10:46am

    Huh?

    Violent video games are awesome. I don't care what people say. The thing is, I CAN'T do violent things in real life because there are punishments for said things. But in the video game world, I can kill as many folks as I please. That's right, take it to the bank.

    Why do people care anyway? Movies are more real and more graphic. I know I was more ready to do violent things in real life after watching 'The Wizard of Oz' than I ever was playing a little GTA.

     

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    Gacky, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 10:50am

    Re: Huh?

    I agree completely. Like, for example~ somewhere around three weeks ago, I was fully ready to open my gun safe and go to the nearest densely populated area with several magazines of ammo. However, after killing hookers and policemen for several hours (on GTA, not in real life) I was rejuvenated and ready to return to my job at the local post office.

    My life in cyberspace is not that which I live in real life. Many people need to realize this.

     

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    Otto, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 10:57am

    Re: Re: Huh?

    Every time I play Tetris, I just feel so angry. Angry and violent. I was just playing, and I had to stop myself from punching a cat. Also, especially with Tetris, I notice a sharp increase in the frequency of my rape fantasies. So I think games can make you violent.

     

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    YourMom, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 11:03am

    Lawlz

    El Oh El

    This just in! People who believe random "scientific" studies are more likely to be gullible and easily led by the carrot on the stick than people who don't.

    It's true.

     

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    steve pray, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 11:04am

    narcotic herbs

    i smoked pot once. it made me want to rape and kill.

     

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    Matthew, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 11:07am

    Video games kill electrons.

    Save the electrons

    Wait a second...what have I done!?

     

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    gacky, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 11:08am

    Re: narcotic herbs

    Would you shut up, you obsessive bongload?

     

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    The Unbolder, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 11:23am

    I hope this works......

     

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    Professor Highbrow, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 11:29am

    Me Too, Otto...

    I have a similiar problem, Otto. I think the voices in me head might have something to do with this but let me take a moment to explain my selves (all 4.)

    I trully think that video games have ruined my live(s.)
    After Pong, I started throwing rocks at moving objects like people or cars, thinking they would just bounce off. Pacman made me start shoving plastic toys into my mouth since I was a child, and Frogger got me hit by a car more than once.
    Needless to say, I started kicking and punching the other kids at school because I eventually thought I was a ninja, and I lost my paer route after Paper Boy came out. Mortal Kombat only made things worse with the ninja problem.

    Once, I even had to go to the emergency room because I thought I could eat coins and poisonous mushrooms, and kept banging my head againsts bricks. Most of the coins came out the other end though.

    You can imagine how dangerous I became after Wolfenstein 3d and then Doom 1 came out...

    Now I'm in a "special" place where they give me fun pills every 4 hours and they only let us play checkers. Of course I choked on a couple of those too, when they didn't give me my medicine once and I dreamed I was PacMan again.

     

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    tim turner mcgee, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 11:38am

    i have found that all of my friends that smoke excessive amounts of weed play excessive amounts of video games because it lets your mind play w/o having to do any physical activity because when you're high you get lazy and just want to sit there... but your mind still feels adventurous..

    the video game offers the perfect solution for this seemingly paradoxical state

     

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    Gomorrah, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 11:41am

    Video Games do make you violent

    Why just last week as I was sitting down to some good ol blow the crap out of the aliens with the Master Chief, was on my favorite level playing, about to whoop my friend, the power went out. That was dangerous, they better be glad the transformer was over a mile from my house, cause if I hadn't of smoked that pot I would have went out there and killed the power people.

    Come on people, give me a break. Violent video games cause no problems except those people who allow them to cause problems.

     

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    operator, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 11:51am

    you know......

    it's not guns or violent video games that kill people......

    .....it's people mad about other people who say that violent video games make you kill people that kill people

     

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    Plead the Second, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 11:55am

    RE: guns kill people...

    Trizz, people who pull the trigger on guns kill people. then they try to blame it on something else. like LSD, drugs, insanity, or videogames.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 12:10pm

    You can download a PDF of the original study here.

    Thanks Google Scholar :)

     

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    Anon, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 12:11pm

    wrench in the works

    well...
    I don't smoke pot or play video games, but i just killed 5 people.

    how do you like THAT?!?!?!

     

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    sami m, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 12:18pm

    it has always been about violence

    I have been following video games development since early 90s, and video games back then were just as violent as today : PROOF: doom2...
    i know that you're thinking "what the heck, doom2 is far from being as violent and bloody as its successor doom3 !!!".
    but let me tell you one thing : ONLY THE GRAPHICS HAVE ENHANCED.
    if the blood wasn't so real in old days video games , it wasn't because programmers and players were afraid, it was simply because they didn't have the technology to make things look more real which was by the way a DREAM.
    statistics and studies are not evil, they are indeed most informative. but i think whoever is involved in this kind of studies should have at LEAST a general idea about the theme of study, which in our case is Violent Video Games.
    hers a brief history for those who missed the evolution:
    --ill start as far as i remember and go back to old school games, and you'll always find that the main idea is: KILL OR BE KILLED (PacMan, nibbles, space invaders...) and many many more.
    --then ill go to the 90s and there we find (doom, quake, prince of Persia, F22 air dominance and much more)
    and the main objective was usually total destruction, and the only difference again is of course graphics.

    therefore its like if the study says: -higher graphics details are making players more violent-.

    well i played my self video games since i remember, yet I've never been in a fight ever, and I've never enjoyed torturing anything.

    the video games concept has a philosophy in it, it is much more complicated and delicate than it seems, for me playing is discovery, challenge, adrenaline rush, eternal life(there is no permanent death in games you can always have another chance), making the impossible come true, being anybody(a prince, a commander, a soldier, a doctor, a hero, a winner, a looser sometimes) , a small escape from the stupid world i have to live in everyday.

    if video games would have to look like reality one day, then where would the fun be?

    imagine a speed cars game where you have to respect the speed limit!!! and to stop for the police car the is trying to pull you over!!!.

    well, this i have in my life, what i want and expect from such a game is definitely the opposite, i want to try things, i want to go 300mph and crash, i want to loose the police car behind me and maybe ram it. not because I'm evil or i want to kill police officers, but simply because its something NEW for me, its FUN, its like watching this bad Boys TV show , but I AM running the show!!! its that simple, and maybe ill try to play as a police officer and chase the 300mph car!!! which i could never do in reality because, well, I'm not a police officer. :)

     

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    Jeremy, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 8:36pm

    dear god

    dont they get that when they run these violince in games is bad campains it only gets more violent? the made them pull GTA 3 for it being to violent then the next one only went 5 times father and so have other games even the sims.

    As far as pot thing goes... it makes u not want to go out sit home munch on stuff and hmm that leads to bordem so they play games, I want to know if those people that said its not that bad and they play games if they smoke pot already im sure u would get alot of yes's back

     

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    Shaun, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 10:11pm

    One thing that I really enjoy is playing GTA:SA and just running around killing cops, stealing their guns and blowing stuff up. And yet I believe that killing people, except in the imediate defence of yourself or others or possibly (but not allways) in war is pure evil. This even extends to executing someone. I also believe that in the majority of cases it should be illegal to own any sort of gun(self defence is only a valid reason if there are openly armed gangs walking the street in your area). Now I don't want to debate this opinion of mine, I am perhaps wrong in it and I admit that might be the case. The only reason I am sharing it with you is to point out the difference to what I believe in real life and what I do in video games.

    I also play many other video games for large amounts of time such as Halo and 99.9% of the time the game involves killing things. I also play a RPG similar to D&D. I have never even touched a gun in my life (nor do I want to), have never done any drugs, have drunk alcohol only 6 times in my life (I can legally drink) and never speed.

    Aparantly I would be doing even less than the zero crime I have ever commited if I didn't play violent video games.

     

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    candle, Apr 11th, 2006 @ 10:31pm

    I play CSS, so I must be a murder

    I play games like CSS, CS 1.6, DOD, COD2 and MOHPA. All these games have a moral theme and some have a historic theme. So tell me why does letting a kid shoot terrorists, or a Nazi make them evil. In all honesty video games 90% of the time are inspired by real life events that you read about, and you see in real life. So whats next say our kids can't read history books. Games like Grand theft Auto, sure they have a theme that I don't agree with, but they are also real, and I would hope that people can see that its real in our world, just make sure kids know this isnt the right way to live its all very simple. Do you ever see the media attack Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, Counter Strike, or any other game themed with a morality behind it. No you see them pick the worst of the bunch, GTA. When the rant about GTA lets make sure they forget Driver. Lets not mention a game of the same style has you playing an under cover cop. This is all very silly on the media's part. One or two bad games doesn't make the entire video game industry evil.

     

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    Murderous Carnivores, Apr 12th, 2006 @ 11:10am

    Look. No one needs to look any farther than their own dinner tables or those of their neighbors. Ever since the BURGER TIME arcade came was released in the 1980s, we have steadily maintained our diet of MEAT and COW FLESH in a variety of burgers and sandwiches. CHICKEN FLESH is not safe as most places offer grilled, breaded and nuggeted varieties of PETA's feathered friends. PIG FLESH is also readily available for consumption in fritterized form across the nation. Need I go on?? It is obvious that the release of BURGER TIME has caused untold suffering on PETA's friends since the game was released. EVEN YEARS LATER, THE ATTROCITIES AGAINST ANIMALS ARE STILL GOING ON. And I for one have to say, GREEAAAAAT. And, um, can I have fries with that??! (short version for the humor-impaired: correlating statistics can be a tricky business.)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 12th, 2006 @ 12:49pm

    For a good visual...

    http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/04/12 Best description of this type of study ever.

     

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    Jess, Apr 13th, 2006 @ 8:17am

    Same old thing ...

    Just another sociologist/psychologist trying to get published.

     

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    unknown, Apr 16th, 2006 @ 12:14pm

    Re: violent video games

    This is sooooo true!!!!!!!!! violent video games are being based on the murders of innocent people!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

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    kyle, Apr 17th, 2006 @ 12:23pm

    violent video games arent all bad

    im a normal person who has grown up playing these games all my life and i have no increased aggression. if these games are so bad then why arent tv shows complained about. they are violent too. i think that you people just want to complain about something, cause you have nothing better to do.

     

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    Bryce Humohrey, Apr 18th, 2006 @ 9:15am

    More people need to hear this

    Thank you for stating that even though violent games are on the rise violent crime is not. I really think perants need to hear this more often to be reassured that just because he plays a game like GTA dosnt meen he is going to kill somone. Thanks again.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 2:38pm

    Re: Gee haven't I heard THIS before?

    Yah dude i would much rather destroy orcs and zombies then go out and beat people up. Games arnt real they based on real things maybe, but people need to understand that they dont cause violence. People that go out and shoot people didnt get messed up from video games, blame it on their upbringing.

     

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    kyle, Apr 20th, 2006 @ 12:01pm

    you guys have a point. thanks for agreeing w/ me.

    thats totally true, what u guys just wrote in. these games are fictional, not real.

     

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    Jack, Apr 20th, 2006 @ 2:17pm

    asdf

    call the care police guys cause i play violent videogames!

     

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    A.A, Apr 26th, 2006 @ 6:49pm

    GET A LIFE!

    Do you pple have a life???... if you did have a life u wouldnt spend time on this stupid website about games....and then comment on how gay it is. ur probably sitting at home wasting ur time on carck and complaining about how everything is going wrong...yeh BLAH BLAH. im actually trying to find SOME fricken facts about this topic for skool.
    wats ur excuse???

     

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    A.A, Apr 26th, 2006 @ 6:51pm

    Re: asdf

    wow..is that ur best diss??? lol..wow...call the care police???? lol..wow...yeh go get a brain

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 27th, 2006 @ 4:30pm

    Re:

    fuck off

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2006 @ 5:07pm

    Re: History repeating itself ?

    u r so right

     

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    joe joe, May 2nd, 2006 @ 5:15pm

    All of this stuff is crap
    I play Halo, but I don't kill others!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

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    joe joe, May 2nd, 2006 @ 5:19pm

    Stuff

    All of this stuff is crap
    I play Halo, but I don't kill others!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

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    carl, May 3rd, 2006 @ 10:28am

    this is messed up. i've read many articals that have said that violent viedo games do and don't create violence. so what is the real answer

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2006 @ 11:23am

    these are bad

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2006 @ 11:23am

    these are bad

     

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    The video gamer who wants to kill others!? lol, wo, May 13th, 2006 @ 6:45pm

    I play COD2, world of warcraft, halo,and battle for middle earth 2, along with doom 3, gta, and any war game ever made pretty much, and guess what? I don't sit at home and draw in my binder pictures of satan, nor do i go to school and think of raping girls or blowing my teachers head off. It just doesn't work that way. I have a normal job and a normal life. Video games are an escape from reality to usually meet a goal in us: either to make us laugh, feel good about accomplishing a goal in a game, or just kill anything that moves in some games, but real life doesn't reflect that in people that play video games, they nor I wish anyone harm except for maybe people that believe this ignorant type of shit. Video games make people violent! hah, we should put them in gta and steal their car! How would they like that!

     

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    The video gamer who wants to kill others!? lol, wo, May 13th, 2006 @ 6:49pm

    If these people are so stupid that they believe violent video games make people aggressive and want to cause others harm, than u know what, just for fun, i'm starting a new myth, are u ready? Here goes:

    Myspace makes people want to chase iguanas into the Pacific Ocean!!!

     

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    I_SHOOT_THINGS, Jun 1st, 2006 @ 9:01am

    in video games of course. .....dumb research topics

     

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    Cherieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, Jul 28th, 2006 @ 12:49am

    Re: by TriZz on Apr 11th, 2006 @ 5:33am

    VIDEOGAMES DONT PROMOTE VIOLENCE ESSPESIALLY NOT VIOLEN^T ONES I PLAY VIOLENT GAMES EVER SCINCE THE WEE BABY PLAYSTATION CAME POUT ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO(WHEN I WAS 6ish) and i loved the violent ones BUT AM I VIUOLENT no ask anyone in my school they say yes she has great school records and NO SHE IS NOT VIOLENT

     

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    Mac, Nov 6th, 2006 @ 6:34pm

    when your angry

    when i fill a little angry all i do is pop in sanandreas kill a few rival gangs and im good to go u should try it
    0 0
    ----

     

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    Darrell Savage, Feb 26th, 2007 @ 10:55am

    video games are awsome

    I think the best video game is Gears Of War

     

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    i am hungry, Feb 27th, 2007 @ 5:02pm

    hi

     

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    LLCOOLWIZZLE, Mar 5th, 2007 @ 6:21pm

    This Shizzit Is Whack

    Most of the peoples that right this crap are nerds who live with their moms.

    "Marijuana Affects The Memory"

    lol had to write that
    0.o
    ~
    (>^^)> KIRBYS DANCING

     

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    LLCOOLWIZZLE, Mar 5th, 2007 @ 6:25pm

    (SHIT)AKI MUSHROOMS

    Dear, Contributer Mike

    I think you should keep your panzy
    mommas loving "ASS" outta others peoples bizz.
    i mean if i wanna get baked, or torch'd thats my bizz not yours.

    If yall agree re: dis

     

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    LLCOOLWIZZLE, Mar 5th, 2007 @ 6:27pm

    RE: video games are awsome

    Gears Of Wars is Overated

    Obviously you havent tried
    HALO
    OR
    HALO 2

     

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    LLCOOLWIZZLE, Mar 5th, 2007 @ 6:31pm

    RE: RE: TO TRIZZ

    NOW How Are We Supposed To Know That?

     

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    LLCOOLWIZZLE, Mar 5th, 2007 @ 6:37pm

    RE: Me Too, Otto... by Professor Highbrow

    Same Thing Happened To Me But I Was Playing
    Conkers Bad Fur Day For Nintendo 64

    After That Game I Started To Hit People In The Face With Frying Pans.
    lol

    P.S "IM DEAD RIGHT NOW ILL BE ON TOMMOROW"
    ORIGINALLY MY NAME WAS GONNA BE JIZZMAN LOL

     

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    WOW, Apr 17th, 2007 @ 5:52pm

    does it really matter

    does it really matter that these 'mass murders' in training smoke some pot?

     

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    bob tear, Sep 21st, 2007 @ 7:37am

    Re: ?

    you guy are a bunch of #%%$

     

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    thomas christianson, Oct 25th, 2007 @ 7:59pm

    Re:

    Dude ur fucked up people make their own descisions and vgs dont do that for you. you do that for yourself! dumbass...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 9th, 2007 @ 8:06pm

    Re:

    you fag guns do kill people your so wrong you dont even know

     

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    X, Dec 18th, 2007 @ 7:11am

    Good for a laugh, not for facts...

    Now this is amusing. Where's some back up reasoning/logic? Ooh! Even better, how about some facts!?!? Yeah, that's what I thought. I can go with that it could possibly ( 4% chance?) cause slightly more agressive behavior but not full fledged crime or marijuana (that's a new one for me) When all's said and done, real life will determine what we do, not video games.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 18th, 2007 @ 1:36pm

    Re: Poor Coorelation

    so true

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2008 @ 11:32am

    Re:

    you should see the surgen generals report on this subject and guns DO KILL PEOPLE

     

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    NIGHT FOX, Jan 27th, 2008 @ 11:45am

    people cna b morons i play assasin's creed and you dont see me do ing areal acrobatics or cutting peoples heads off even thogh i wish ic ould do that to people i hate

     

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    knight fox, Jan 27th, 2008 @ 11:56am

    Serious violence is part of a lifestyle that includes drugs, guns, precocious sex, and other risky behaviors.

     

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    Abyss Fire, Feb 18th, 2008 @ 6:05am

    Re: GET A LIFE!

    Sorry, but most of these crackheads have a lot more inteligence than you. At least they came on to this discussion board with some prior knowledge of video games... along with spelling and grammar.

     

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    Stinks for Me Too..., Mar 14th, 2008 @ 9:46am

    Re: Me Too, Otto...

    Me:
    Lol funny... But kind of stinks too. You took the video game imagination to another level (14yrs old 8th grade)
    Friend:
    you should try out the game runescape. great game. Its online only

     

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    Stinks for me too...., Mar 24th, 2008 @ 9:28am

    Re: Re:

    NO! Guns do not kill people. For if they do I can blame misspelled words on my pencil! People kill people. End of subject.

     

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    Rick, Sep 24th, 2008 @ 10:26pm

    Re: narcotic herbs

    Steve,

    Your exact comment was once the caption of a cartoon which appeared in either Playboy or the National Lampoon. It was two cops walking down a sidewalk when one turns to the other and says, " (your quote) "

    I'm looking for the cartoon.

    Rick

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 29th, 2008 @ 8:40am

    Re: Re: Re:

    WOW... YEA PPL DO sometimes kill other people.. but isnt it usually diseases & MICROSCOPIC ORGANISMS & STUFF LIKE THAT? (SRY MY COMPUTER IS FUCKED UP ANd the caps lock IS TOTALLY MESSED UP)

     

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    djk, Nov 21st, 2008 @ 9:08am

    Re: Gee haven't I heard THIS before?

    asdgttr

     

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    jafems, Apr 20th, 2010 @ 9:42am

    Glory to the hypnotoad

    The hypnotoad (-)(-)

     

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    Shadow, May 17th, 2010 @ 2:15pm

    Video Games are not viiolent

    Video games are not Violent ists the people you play with online that make you violent...becasue you get competitive and just want to best the other player but when you lose the other player usally talks crap after then you just wanna kill them just for talking crap...see if a person said good game or nice job i would belike thanks dude..hope we play again

     

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    blayd wooth, Nov 30th, 2010 @ 9:56am

    Re:

    people kill people

     

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    ashley bahe, Feb 4th, 2013 @ 9:02am

    we need to stop violent behavior in video games are cause shoot out druge use and many more is this the life we want for our futher childern?!.... just ask your self that!

     

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