Video games are not the cause of youth violence. There are many factors that have to be lined up to cause a child to be violent. For instance Many kids that become violent have had a rough life. They may have been poor, bullied, have alcoholic parents, neglected, or don't have parents at all (kids health). Over the years games have helped kids adapt to things in the world to better help their futures (washington post).
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Instead the media has often blamed the video game industry for these acts of immorality. After the Columbine Shootings Bill Clinton (1999) stated that "Over 300 studies report that the boundary between fantasy and reality violence, which is a clear line for most adults, can become very blurred for vulnerable children. Kids steeped in the culture of violence do become desensitized to it and are more capable of committing it themselves" The media has mainly focused their attention on all the research about the negative impact of video games. However, what about the benefits of playing video games? Why hasn’t this side of the story been covered in as much detail?
The rise in dramatically violent games connects in some ways to the real world. Many studies show an association between violent games and violent behavior and have many people questioning the effects of illustrative violence on young minds and then again there are others, which conclude otherwise. Video games have only existed since the 1970s, so there is inconclusive evidence for or against their violent effects, than violence portrayed on television, and even those effects aren’t proven. Video games and killings have been connected and publicized by the media since the 90’s. In 1997, 16-year-... ... middle of paper ... ...producers is in place as it is in movies or television.
People have always been looking for a reason why horrible things happen. The media is quick to blame video games as the target and cause of many shootings that have occurred, ever since Columbine and Quake. People have been blaming video games for violence for years now, ever since violent video games have been made. News reports blame video games more and more for each shooting, telling the public how this person played video games for x amount of hours a day, and that video games caused him or her to shoot people, and how video games encourage and reward violence. Anti-video game lobbyists have been campaigning to have violence removed from video games, citing resources that they themselves have created as reasons for such, poorly done studies where they confirm that kids are more aggressive through how much hot sauce they put on someone’s fries.