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Offline Valjean

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Video games & Violence
« on: February 23, 2013, 12:30:04 AM »
HORRAY!  Turns out playing violent video games actually causes a decrease in violent crime. 

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1804959




Naw seriously, you guys think there's a connection?

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Re: Video games & Violence
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2013, 12:40:45 AM »
0.03% decrease is enough for mandatory video game playing in my book.

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Re: Video games & Violence
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2013, 06:38:14 AM »
crime & violance is emulated by video games

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Re: Video games & Violence
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2013, 09:28:37 AM »
I've been playing video games for over 30 years and I personally think it helps curb violence, since you can get your excess aggression out on virtual assholes :) That doesn't mean I'm loading up my real gun and heading out to a theater anytime soon. Like I've said before, good parenting plays the biggest role, teach your kids the difference between fantasy and reality and teach your kids some moralistic values, video games don't factor at all.

Oh and maybe try to help them release their excess energy or talk out their problems instead of stuffing pharmaceuticals down their throats and you'll have some better adjusted children.

If playing video games makes you violent then I should have been a mass murderer by now!

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Re: Video games & Violence
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2013, 12:09:17 PM »
Only the most simplistic mind or a psychopath would actually think what is done in video games is a good idea in reality. Children go under the category of simplistic minds because they're still learning during that time of their life. Like Casteyn said, that's where the parent is suppose to come in and that is why we have that one age rating system everyone seems to ignore.

Now as for a psychopath, it's something someone is born with being. Less emotional care for others, the manipulating of people; a violent video game is something they would most definitely enjoy. I also believe the people that have done these shootings are psychopathic as well. Now what influences them? It's their mind really or the environment around them (ex: someone living in a rural trailer park with some naughty friends). Someone who has the mind of a psychopath but was born into a loving family that is caring, it's less likely they will do something violent in the future if not at all.

My personal inference on the matter? I think violent video games don't cause these things. A violent person might like it, but its not what made them really violent in the first place. They were born like that, or it was their environment they grew up around that made them that way. It's only the media that overreacts on matters like this and makes the gullible people watching/reading think it's true.

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Re: Video games & Violence
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2013, 01:32:45 PM »
Those who believe ways of escapism are a threat are the real threat. That's all I'm going to say.

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Re: Video games & Violence
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2013, 01:45:43 PM »
some people must have some real anger issues if you need a video game to release them.

may I suggest counciling ;D

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Re: Video games & Violence
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2013, 02:15:36 PM »
May I suggest a two by four?

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Re: Video games & Violence
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2013, 03:09:58 PM »
May I suggest a two by four?

A contender for post of the year this one Casteyn :P

Seriously, video games? Violence? I steal cars on Grand theft auto, I'm not gonna go next door and rob their mercedes. You know why? I'm intelligent enough to understand the consequences for these actions and know that a video game IS NOT FUCKING REAL!!!

I find video games good for releasing stress and anger.

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Re: Video games & Violence
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2013, 04:22:03 PM »
well i'm glade you are ;) its the others............ain't you never seen an episode of "road wars" on sky1 or pick

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Re: Video games & Violence
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2013, 05:19:19 PM »
Venting anger can actually make you more aggressive over time.

#Justsayin'

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Re: Video games & Violence
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2013, 09:58:30 AM »
Hmmmm, maybe that's my problem?

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Re: Video games & Violence
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2013, 11:15:49 AM »
well i'm glade you are ;) its the others............ain't you never seen an episode of "road wars" on sky1 or pick

Yeh and have you ever seen those shows about people shooting themselves in the foot with a staple gun? Or how about those shows about people who kill themselves in the name of religion? Or how about those shows about people getting eating by apes? Maybe the apes had access to an xbox right?

My point is that just because something happens once, doesn't mean there is any correlation between 2 narratives, or even something happening more often. People have been killing each other and hurting each other and stealing stuff and saying shit for THOUSANDS OF YEARS, well before any video game was even thought about

Bottom line? Don't blindly follow the media...

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Re: Video games & Violence
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2013, 01:15:42 PM »
I believe that there has to be a connection between the level of violence that is asceptable to people with the level of violence in your intertainment or general surroundings.
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Re: Video games & Violence
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2013, 02:50:03 PM »
I believe that there has to be a connection between the level of violence that is asceptable to people with the level of violence in your intertainment or general surroundings.
dude thats why there are restrictions on shit....or the idea any way. just like basicaly anything that goes in the u.s., it can all be gotten/had on ur 18th b-day.  my parent would not buy me a c.d cause it said parental advisory.  so i sent my sister.  your better off trying to control your diet man.  I LOVE MY FREE COUNTRY and its scandlous ways of corruption, large or small.  oh, topic, sane people dont shoot other people.  no discussion. 


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Re: Video games & Violence
« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2013, 03:19:15 PM »
crime & violance is emulated by video games
is this dude a perfect example of whats wrong today or what?  that hippy shit died in the 70s.  and if you dont get angry then you musnt get happy either.  that is the life of a rock.  counciling is for the weak minded.


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Re: Video games & Violence
« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2013, 03:22:38 PM »
Well, not the best thread in a while.

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Re: Video games & Violence
« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2013, 03:48:01 PM »
It's Ferguson trying to participate in a serious discussion. I wouldn't take it seriously.

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Video games & Violence
« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2013, 06:26:02 PM »
I can do serious....... Just don't like to do it often

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Re: Video games & Violence
« Reply #19 on: February 25, 2013, 04:38:40 AM »
I used to play Mortal Kombat and Contra when I was like 10.  There is absolutely no correlation between violence and violent video games, except maybe with the weakest minds with the absolute worst parents in the world.
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