On video games


image( i dont understand why it says 3 am when its 11pm



I unfortunately havent been able to purchase the book, so i will just give a broad summation of videos games, from my perspective.

I have always heard, seen, or read that violent video games promote violence and/or that they are destroying our youth.  I personally believe that this isnt the case however.  I believe that it is the parents  duty to govern a their childrens toys and games. They have the power to control what the child witnesses or is subjected to. I feel that the majority of the children who have such games are products of irresponsible  parents. No one is forcing anyone to purchase anything, if they are tempted by ads, then its on them.  However, i do understand that in this economic situation, parents are working harder and longer in order to make a living, but you should always put some time aside to talk to your child and find out what games your child is playing.



8 thoughts on “On video games”

  1. In your post, you have made it clear that you do not believe that violent video games are promoting violence or destroying youth, but you still think that it is wrong for people to play them (“I feel that the majority of children who have such games are products of irresponsible parents”). You have made it clear that you do not feel these games are promoting violence, but did not mention why you feel that players should not play these games. I am interested to hear your opinion since there is such controversy surrounding violent videogames right now.
    You also said that parents need to monitor what their children are playing, but that you understand that parents are also working longer hours right now. While a balance is definitely needed between working and parenting, do you think that things would be easier to monitor if violent videogames simply weren’t sold?
    I think that your post is interesting because it features such a hotly contested issue right now, and I would like to have a better idea of what your opinion is. Clearly, parents should be more in-tune with their kids, even when working more, but of all the household things they need to worry about when they get home, do you think the videogames their kids are playing should be toward the top of the list? Do you think that programmers of violent videogames are hurting society?

    1. Firstly, I the ESRB ratings are a great thing, they set the age minimum for a child to play a game. So taking the ESRB RATINGS into consideration, I feel if a child falls within the appropriate age requirement to play a game, then the parents, or whomever, could allow a child to play it. That being said, the parents should also know the mannerisms of their child, or any ‘mental instabilities’, because these could effect the way their child perceives a game and the actions or lifestyle a game promotes.
      I will never be against violent videos games, because that’s just illogical. That’s like banning hard liquor simply because of the alcohol content. Again, parents need to do their best to oversee their child’s activities and games.
      I don’t think parents should be concerned primarily on their children’s games,if they raise their children with proper moral guidance and teach them what’s ‘right from wrong’. However, they should always know what their child is being subjected to in a video game.
      As for your final question, No, I don’t feel its the programmers we should blame, but the irrisponsible parents.

  2. I partially agree with you. If you think about it, kids have always played the cookie cutter “Cowboys and Indians” type of game. The game where the “good” guys kill the “bad” guys, even before there was video games kids have played this. I do agree that now more then ever that troubled children are more often a product of bad parenting. But, I believe that a “village raises a child” meaning that a person is molded not only by the values placed on them by their parents, but those of everyone they grow up with. Further on this topic, when does the responsibility fall on the developers? I think that as a person in society you need to be mindful about anything that you put out into the world, and how it will affect the community. Whether that be, your town, state, or even the mass of kids that play your video game. So, the question is how can we improve ourselves as community?

    1. OK, so let’s take your ‘village’ raising assumption into consideration. Alcohol and tabacco, two highly marketed products, that do nothing but destroy society. My ‘village’ is full of clubs and bars bodegas and pedastrians smoking their life away, yet I’ve never smoked a cigarette. That’s because I’ve been brought up ‘the right way’ I’ve been taught what’s right from wrong, what to do and not to, and the value of life. My family is extremely successful and highly educated, however if you go a few miles up to Harlem, you’ll see bums everywhere.
      Let’s stop blaming the developers for creating games and blaming the parents and their family for being irresponsible.
      The developers are simply putting out a product, not forcing you to buy it. If you buy it and give it to your child, then that’s all on you and that’s the majority of the people our society is now comprised of. Think of the gun scenario; a gun doesn’t shoot itself.

  3. Regarding the time stamp: that should be corrected now as I have modified the time zone for the blog to locate it in EST.

    The topic of violence and videogames has been extensively researched, so I encourage you all to visit the library database and see what the research says. My take on the research is that, in the end, it is very difficult to determine causation in a complex situation like everyday life. Yes, we can have people play games and take pictures of their brains. We can do longitudinal studies of attitudes. Some studies point to frustrations with playing poorly as the determining factor rather than the content of the game (e.g. Tetris vs. Call of Duty). Others look cross-culturally at societies where gameplay is more common than in the US but violent crime rates are lower. It is very difficult to say what leads people to act in the way they do and what influences them.

  4. Video game violence has always been a subject of discussion, and you are right in the sense that It’s on the parents. All games have an ESRB rating which is anywhere from EC (Early Childhood) to AO (Adults Only)… I’ve never seen an AO game, most games are M for mature, I’d imagine AO is just a porno or something. But you can’t buy an M rated game unless your 17 so It’s equivalent to going to see a rated R movie. Also not all video games are violent just for the record, and most of the really violent games aren’t any more brutal than a heavy R rated movie like The Devils Rejects or something. Also Its all animated, sure there are graphic games like Dead Space or Fallout, but at the end of the day It’s still just video game. Any child that takes a game like GTA for real needs some serious help, It’s not the games fault, It’s the kid for having a messed up head and issues with telling reality apart from a game. Children today have access to the internet, there’s like ten year old children in Call of Duty talking shit and making racist remarks, Id blame internet and interactions at school way before I’d blame video games for messing up the youth.

  5. I’m very conflicted on how I feel about this topic of violence in video games. As I read all of the posts, it seems as if the people on our blog are also divided. In some sense, I do believe that violence in video games promotes violence. Often times we hear of injuries to children by their peers because they are either imitating something they saw on TV or a video game. As a child, I think sometimes its hard for them to draw the line between their imagination and real world, It also depends on the age of the child we are speaking about. Although I do not contribute violence in youth solely to video games, I do agree that it has some affect on our youth. On the contrary, the society and community in which we live in play a huge part in the actions of our youths. Children mimic and form their views and opinions based on the people who are around them. It is very easy to get access to violent moves, videogames, porn etc. As time goes on, I notice that more violence and more sex are added to shows that are catered to young children. I was watching ABC Family with my little cousin two days ago and I had to change the channel! I may sound like a grandma, but I was disgusted in the things that I saw. We live in a time where violence and sex are acceptable and are shown to children at a younger age and not many people are doing things to prevent it.

    1. I also believe it video games promote violence, but only to the appropriate age group. The ESRB ratings are there for a reason, people should actually abide by them, instead of blaming games. Sure, the ratings aren’t always perfect, but they’re better than nothing. The ratings are there so as to limit the sale of GTA, for example, to only adults, because younger children will tend to imitate what they see or here.
      All in all, parents should begin to appreciate their children and actually ‘love them’! because if your not making the effort to limit their games, programs, tv, music, etc. then why should anyone else? Sure I agree the tv shows are getting racier and more sexual, but hey, sex sells, and if you dont want your child exposed to it, then you should have them reading a book, or playing sports, or even talking about your day went. The simple fact that people want more limits and restrictions put on games, shows, and movies proves that parents are just lazy, irresponsible, and pathetic. Also, it just shows that we dont care about our freedoms being limited by the gov.
      Also, THANK YOU!, its people like you that maintain good moral values in society. the people who change the channel or limit certain programs, the people who actually use the V-Chip in their TVS. dont worry about sounding like a grandma, you should be proud of limiting certain content to children, and you should always encourage others to do so as well!

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