Violent Video Games Cause Violence

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Several people believe that there is a connection between violent video games and increased levels of aggressive behavior, while others believe that video games don’t cause violence at all, but I believe that video games don’t have a direct correlation to violence because “no study has examined whether or not violent video games cause real world violence.” (Patrick Markey) However, several crimes have tried to show that video games were the main cause of these violent acts such as the Columbine High School massacre, the shooting of Marie Smothers and the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. Nevertheless, I can still understand why people would attempt to associate video games and violence because of certain crimes that are committed with seemingly no rhyme or reason. In these cases, it is only natural that we desire to find a culprit, in order to make sense of a senseless crime. One of these crimes occurred on April 20, 1999, when two seniors, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people, injured 24 others and committed suicide. This terrible tragedy known as the Columbine High School massacre is sadly only one of several violent acts that are considered to be tied to video games since Harris and Klebold played violent video games. The game, Doom was the video game scapegoat that was used to try and understand this senseless massacre since Doom was one of the violent video games that Harris and Klebold played extensively. Unfortunately, Doom was known for extensive exposure of graphic violence, which generated controversy from a wide range of crimes, such as school shootings and other acts of violent behavior. So, in terms of relation to the Columbine High School massacre it was found out that Harris and Klebold were avid play... ... middle of paper ... ... you’ve had trouble with the law then all you have to do is find someone with a clean background, who is of legal age and is willing to purchase a firearm for you. With all that being said, I believe that video games were one of the last things that drove Lanza to commit this terrible tragedy because it seems like his twisted mentality towards society eventually drove him to madness, causing him not only to murder 20 children and 6 adults but kill his mother and commit suicide as well. In conclusion, we can also be quick to jump to conclusions and put the blame on a scapegoat instead of trying to find a true root cause such as gun control, bullying and mental illnesses. However, with the ever-rising popularity and recent releases of video games identical to Alien Isolation and The Evil Within, video games will continue to be the victim whenever violence is involved.
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