The Vehement Vilification of Violence in Video-games

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There are many controversies about video-games that vary from the idea that they lead to violence due to the graphic nature of some video-games, they are addictive, or they promote laziness and corpulence rather than going outside to be active. Contrary to belief there are many family friendly, educational, and fun games available if a person takes the time to look past all of the hype in the media about games such as Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty. “Nearly 60 percent of the almost 1,700 ratings we assigned last year were E for Everyone, which means there’s a huge selection of games available that are appropriate for all ages,” says the ESRB’s Patricia Vance. If parents would take the time to pay attention to what games their kids are playing, then there would not be such a large controversy over this topic. It is a parents job to know their kids maturity level and be able to tell if their child is capable of handling certain games without taking the games to the literal level. If a parent disagrees with the content of a video-game, then they have the right to tell their kids that they are not allowed to play it. Despite the skepticism that is passed around about the “violence and mature content” in many video-games, there are many benefits that come from them. They have been proven by many studies to stimulate education, increase brain function, and improve motor skills. They have been shown to provide relief to mental pain and depression by creating a distraction from the issues weighing on a persons mind. Not only can they provide mental pain relief, some instances have shown that they can provide relief to people with a chronic illness or constant physical pain. Video-games have been shown to encourage social skills and int...

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