The Truth About Video Games

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It's dinnertime and your parents are yelling your name to come eat. You yell back saying, "I will be there in just a minute!" In reality though, you could take up to ten minutes, but then your food will be cold. Finally ten minutes have passed and your mother comes upstairs and threatens to ground you. Everybody has been in this situation before with different things such as movies and television. Since technology has developed rapidly, video games have become more realistic in terms of violence. These games and systems have reached second in demand in the media industry following television (Rottenberg et al. 30). The human species is an inherently violent species in this generation. When we play video games for extended hours at a time, the game removes us from reality into a new dream world killing and fighting monsters, enemies, and villains. Most humans believe video games do not cause violence; however, drug addiction, murders, and victims of bullying are at an all the time high in the twenty-first century and I believe violent video games are the cause of this matter. Video games create stimulation in the brain that provokes addiction, bullying, and aggression that turns into violence. For hours at a time, young adults and teenagers glue themselves to a screen and play video games constantly. Young boys can engage in these games for more than seven hours a week (Anderson and Bushman). Children will come home after school and get right on their video games and play until two and three in the morning. When a player triggers a gunshot or a grenade, the brain reacts to the murder or explosion, and excites the receptors in the brain as if the player was in the situation, creating a sense of intoxication in the gamers mind (Qui... ... middle of paper ... ...ngton Post. N.p., 28 Aug. 2013. Web. 9 Jan. 2013. Gruel, Steven F. "Violent Video Games Cause Aggression in Children and Should Be Regulated." Media Violence 2012: n. pag. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 6 Jan. 2014. Peckham, Matt. "Researcher Says Linking Video Games to Gun Violence Is a 'Classic Illusory Correlation'" 10 Oct. 2013: 1. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 6 Jan. 2014. "Video Games" 18 Dec. 2013. Web. 9 Jan. 2014. Quittner, Joshua. "Are Video Games Really So Bad?" 10 May 1999: 50-55. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 6 Jan. 2014. Rottenberg, Josh. "Under The Gun." Entertainment Weekly 1246 (2013): 34. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 8 Jan. 2014. Wagner, Jennifer Seter. "When Play Turns to Trouble." U.S. News & World Report 19 May 2008: 51-53. MAS - Ultra School Edition. Web. 6 Jan. 2014.
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