Argumentative Essay On Violent Video Games

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“90% of pediatricians and 67% of parents agreed or strongly agreed that violent video games can increase aggressive behavior among children” ("Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?”). Pediatrics and parents are aware that kids that play violent video games see a change in their behavior. Many cases they see the kids with anger problems and causing them to do violent acts. Violent video games have been around for many years where some older titles, such as ‘Mortal Kombat’ and 'Grand Theft Auto’ both are some of the most controversial ones. The video game industry has been growing and with the large amounts of violent video games being produced. “Total US sales of video game hardware and software increased 204% from 1994 to…show more content…
By mimicking virtual violence and causing harm to themselves and others. There have been many cases where teens are driven by violent video games to do real life danger, there even has been occasions where violence that causes others to be violent. "I 've been waiting to do this for years." Those were the words of Chris Harper-Mercer before he killed 10 people, including himself, and left seven more injured in the massacre that took place on the Umpqua campus”… “Harper-Mercer was known as a recluse who was obsessed with violent gaming and the digital world, even finding supporters on those sites” (Fletcher). Harper was influenced by violent video games and all the violence and he took the virtual violence and killed himself and 9 others. “In a 2006 study in the Indiana university school of medicine researchers did brain scans of children who played a violent video game and found for 30 minutes afterwards the children exhibited an increase in emotional arousal and a decrease on the parts of the brain that involved self-control” (Nakaya 38). With that said violent video games causing someone to lose self-control which isn’t good because it causes the person to lose focus on reality and to become less aware of what is virtual and what is real life. “Anders Behring Breivik shot 68 people dead at a youth camp of the Norwegian Labor party, another nine in a bombing of government buildings According to the judgment rendered against him, he liked playing violent games. He actually used the video game Call of Duty to train for his shooting massacre” (Fletcher). Because of Anders addictions to violent video games he has learned to use weapons like in the game and used the knowledge to actually kill people like he does in the video game. Using violent video games to train for a crime is the reason for the actions, young adults getting their inspiration
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