TL;DR: VIDEO GAMES ARE FOR YOUR, FICTIONAL ENJOYMENT. THEY HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO NOT MAKE YOU VIOLENT OR SERIAL KILLER MATERIAL.
Okay first and foremost: This is a purely opinion based topic and should not be taken as official, academic knowledge. Now that this is out of the way let’s dive right into this issue. Does playing a violent video games turn you into a psychopathic killer? No, no they do not. This backwards way of thinking is still being held to tightly by older generations and the uninformed. Nothing grinds our gears more than having to sit and hear that playing a violent video game means that you will turn into a murderer who loves nothing more than to drink of their victims blood; puts Dracula to shame.
The simple thinking is ludicrous. Throughout the years there have been scientific tests performed by top universities, many of them have been covered in press ranging from CNN, BBC and MSNBC. None of the ones that I have seen hav ever pointed to a trend in violence towards humans. Sure it is easy to blame something when a criminal is cornered. Often they turn to titles like Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto. It is an easy scapegoat for them to try to lessen the impact of their actions. The public then of course, laps this information up and runs with it. It would be like me walking into a public place and groping my best friend and then later blaming it on the anime Love Live: SunShine. It’s directing the blame onto a show that doesn’t deserve it.
Growing up the very first game I ever played with Jet Force Gemini on the Nintendo 64 platform. It was a graphic game that allowed me to mutilate my foes and even the peaceful teddy bear-like Tribals. Fast forward to now and here I am, still sane and undisturbed. It is un-factual to think that just playing a violent game can make someone a future killer. Being able to differentiate fiction from reality is something that doesn’t take rocket science to see that. Now if you may be mentally disturbed or prone to pleasure from violence then you might want to step back and potentially talk to someone about that. Of course I am biased being that I am a gamer and someone who takes direct offense to this sort of opinion. Now it is not an offense that will cause me to lash out. Instead I’ll just complain and rant about in a long winded post that could really use a TL;DR.
I just find it tiring and old to have to run down the same path and to have to read the same posts over and over again. Never have I ever had a situation where any of my colleagues or family members become outlandishly violent after playing a game like Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto. They know it is fake, fictional and non-impacting to their daily lives. They leave it all in the gaming world as it was intended by the developers.
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