by james18007 on September 4, 2013 - 7:11am
''Louisiana boy, 8, shoots 90-year-old relative after playing video game, police say'' (fox). Being an avid gamer, this title immediately grabbed my attention as I was browsing through online news. Videogames are essentially everywhere these days and virtually every kid now experiences them. This however, is not the case for many parents, as they grew up at a time when such games where very primitive and did not necessarily appeal to a broad audience, as games do today. This fact and the title of the Fox news article mentioned earlier, will cause many parents to seriously ask themselves the question: Can a video game really make my child a murderer?
My personal belief is that video games do not make children more violent. I have been playing violent video games since before I was 8 years old, and have never felt the need to act out violently, let alone murder anyone. In fact, I am not the only one to have this point of view. Christopher Ferguson from Stetson University conducted a study demonstrating that kids, even those with deficit disorders, where actually a little more calm after playing violent video games (Video games ¶1).
However, according to some, such as Dr.Phil, video games actually do make children more aggressive. He says that video games ''do not teach children moral consequences'' (Children ¶2). He goes on to say that this causes children to use more aggressive images and language in everyday life and they externalize their anger in violent ways (¶2). The National Institute on Media and the Family also says that teens are very impressionable and that violent games activate the anger center in their brains (¶5).
I don't understand some people, they would never allow a ban on firearms, but they would agree on banning violent video games. Should guns be more controlled in the United States? Maybe then, 8 year olds won't have guns and people won't have to cover up real problems with virtual worlds.
''Children and Violent Video Games.'' Dr. Phil, 2013. Web. 29 Aug. 2013.
''Video games do not make vulnerable teens more violent.'' Springer, 2013. Web. 29 Aug. 2013.