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research #10

Title:  urban youth perspectives on violence and the necessity of fighting


is there ever a right time to fight? I am Not sure this answer however this article provides us with many explanations.  It provides a  youth outlook and especially  focuses in why young males like to fight. I did use this research on my paper.

Research #9

Effects of video game ownership on young boys academic and behavioral functioning: a randomized controlled study


this article focuses more on the adolescents that are affected by violent video games. I just find it very interesting that participants in these studies agree to partake in them.  The study ranges from children mostly boys six to twenty one.  In the article the researchers focus on many different aspects that can be affected by playing violent video games such as academic achievement written language teacher reported behavior school problems and adaptive skills.

Research #8

Title:  violent video games and the supreme court


this article focuses more on the cases that were battle within the Supreme Court. It is very lengthy but it is an interesting tape to CD how the Bill of Rights protects violent video games with in America. Is our justice system flawed? This might be so. Some other games that have been mentioned should be banned however we do have a right to freedom of speech.

Research #7

Title: expert calls blaming video games on tragic massacres like olso and Columbine racist

this article has an interesting view on it. It is written by a white male who feels as if it is racist to consider that all the killing sprees there’s something be triggered by video games are considered racist.

I also wanted to pose the question what are video game massacres sensationalized in the United States rather than other places in the world? It is interesting to see that Americans place much emphasis on video game violence rather than other countries.

Is it that bad?

I truly appreciate the different genre that we have encountered for the last book of the semester.  this book seems like a crash course in 80’s pop culture.  I was familiar with some of the references suggest some of the games that were mentioned, but other references went over my head.  in general, I do think that this book is a good read but I believe that a hardcore gamer would appreciate this book much more than I did.

When reading a book that has won many awards I like to read the praise that is given to the author and their work.  Before entering Level One I thought I came across another critique what was actually an excerpt from Anorak’s Almanac.  It states that, “Being human totally sucks most of the time.   Videogames are the only thing that make my life bearable” (Chapter 91, Verses 1-2).  I think that it is safe to say that we have all wished that we can be something else rather than what we are. However I’m taking this class and doing numerous outside readings, there are many people really believe that the statement is true. Is reality really that unbearable that people have to find solace in the world?

Call of Duty: Ghosts

“It’s been 10 years.  You start to forget the things you should remember and you can’t stop remembering the things you should forget.  We’ve always had the power…not anymore.  All we have is each other.  Were ghosts, fighting for something that can’t be killed…ghosts haunt”.

I am not going to say that I am an avid video game player, but I do like to pay the video games that spark my interests.  When I do play video games, I like to play something that will have me thinking about ditching my plans for the day and I want my dreams to be filled with different ways that I can tackle the next level.  I am not the biggest fan of the First Person Shooter (I’ll wait for the booing to end).  I would rather play old fashion style video games.  The main reason is because I can actually see what might be coming on the other side of the screen rather than being surprised and wind up losing one of the lives that I might have.  With this being said, I was a little skeptical about playing Call of Duty:  Ghosts.  I have always heard the many great things that have been said about the Call of Duty series so I decided to give it a try.

This game was released for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U.  I had the opportunity to play this game on my friend’s PlayStation 4.  I was a little surprised that he handed me the PlayStation 4 controller instead of his Xbox One Controller.   To make a long story short, he has his entire home audio system connected to Xbox, so I was sure that I would be playing this game on the Xbox.  Side note:  I am a PlayStation baby, so I would prefer PlayStation over any other game console at any given time.  He told me that he actually liked to play this game on his PlayStation 4 became he feels as if it is much better for playing games than the Xbox.  So after my friend gave me the run down on the much needed lesson in the difference of game consoles, he gave me the controller and left me to fend for myself.

Now imagine World War III.  YOU DON’T’T WANT TO IMAGINE IT!  Any why is this?  Because there would be chaos and so much dismay in the world that no average person would be able to handle.  This would be a horrible thing to even envision.  The developers are Infinity Ward have an extensive imagination because no one would ever want to be placed in this predicament.  Ten years after a devastating mass event, the nation’s borders and the balance of global power have been redrawn forever. The United States is no longer a super power.  The economy and government are in ruins, the country’s once-mighty military struggles to save themselves from a complete dismantlement. As what’s left of the nation’s Special Operations forces, a mysterious group known only as “Ghosts” leads the fight back against a newly emerged, technologically-superior global power.  I would give the storyline 10 out of 10.  This is because the developers were brave enough to dig so deep and actually come out with a plot that could possible happen in the future.  This alone intrigued my interests and made me want to keep continuing to play the game.  In addition to the characters, I like how Call of Duty:  Ghosts incorporated a family theme into the mix.  With other war games, theirs is usually the “lone ranger” who lost his family and is fighting with every ounce of energy that he has left because he has nothing else to live for and would rather die fighting.  Captain Elias Walker and his two sons Logan and “Hesh” Walker have one another to live for and fight to keep each other alive after this doomsday because “A man that truly loves his country doesn’t just give his life…he gives his sons”.
From the start I was taken aback by the graphics.  They were so surreal.  Instead of knowing that I am waiting for the game to start, I actually thought that I was watching a movie that I mistook my controller for popcorn at the movies.  The pixels were amazing and these also kept my interest in playing the game rather than wanting to give up so easily.  However, I just graduated from the “pressing all of the buttons at once phase” so playing the game was a little difficult for me at first.  My friend and I played this game on a Saturday afternoon when we both did not have anything to do.  I spent a lot of time playing this game.  As I continued to play the game, I started to realized that it Call of Duty:  Ghosts fit into the other Call of Duty games that processed it.  I did not think much of it them, but when I got done playing with the game, I wondered if any of the future Call of Duty games would be like this one.  My chances say that they would be.   Now because of this, I would not play this game again.  Maybe if I am bored and really do not have any other thing else to do with my life.  But what is the point of playing it again, there is going to be another Call of Duty coming out in the future and it would probably end up having the same storyline or something quite similar.

Overall I did enjoy playing this game.  I do not get to play a lot of multi-player games.   So when I am provided with the opportunity, I jump at the first chance.  I would give this overall rating of this game 8.5 out of 10.  For someone who does not play video games all of the time, the little things such as the graphics caught my interest.  If I was an expert at gaming, I might have more to say and would probably critique every little thing.

Game Analysis

Instead of focusing on a specific game, I followed the format of Galloway’s Gaming.  This is what my interpretation of what “chapter 6” would be.  As a replacement for writing about one game, I focused on the essence of certain a genre of games.

The United States was established based off of the grounds of violence.  The colonists no longer were able to live under Great Britain’s monarchy and wanted to declare their independence from foreign rule.  For almost 238 years, Americans have lived with the assumption that because of certain violent acts, we can persevere and defeat of enemies (i.e. World War I, World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, Desert Storm and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  With this mentality, it does not seem surprising that there seems to be so much violence in America today. We are immersed in it and to be honest we are addicted to the violence.


Where It All Started!

Today violence is considered to be the norm.  Have you ever been to a hockey game and cried because the players were fighting one another?  Have you ever immediately reported a fight that was recorded and posted online because you were just so disgusted about what the human race has become?  The general consensus would be no!  We laugh and cheer on because the violence adds entertainment into our lives.  People complain that there isn’t enough violence.  Since the demand is so high, we are given what we have asked for.

In 1976, the game “Death Race” (based off of the cult movie Death Race 2000) made its debut in arcades.  “In the chunky, black-and-white pixilated graphics of the time, players ran down “gremlins” in their vehicles.  The targets squealed and cried, and were then replaced by tombstones on the screen.  It didn’t help when word leaked that the working titled had been “Pedestrian”.  It was enough to prompt the National Safety  Council to call the game “morbid” and earn it a spot in a “60 Minutes” segment on violence in games” (Gross, CNN).


Death Race triggered outrage not only because it was such a violent game at the time but because it did not follow the culturally accepted narratives of violence, such as military or police violence, or even westerns. Public disapproval of Death Race did not squelch distribution, instead driving sales and vaulting Exidy into the national spotlight. Discourse surrounding Death Race forged a strong tie between video gaming and violence in the public imagination, ensuring the development of similarly violent games.

With all of the controversy that has surrounded this game, there is no doubt that this is where the violence in video games started from.  If kids were told by their parents that they are not to play this game or any other games like it, the curiosity that could build up about the game would only make the child want to play even more and this would intentionally make them defy the rules of their parents.

Why is There Even Violence Portrayed in Video Games?

There have been numerous lawsuits brought against the makers of these video games.  All of the claims are usually congruent with one another.  The bottom line is that the plaintiffs want to have these violent video games removed from the shelves because they feel as if they are deteriorating the youth and they also feel that they are not appropriate for them.  Most of these claims have been dismissed because the courts rule in favor for the defendants (the makers of the video games ).  The ruling usually states that the video games adhere to the First Amendment which provided us with the freedom of speech.  Personally, I have seen a lot of disputes arise about video games rather than any other type of media that produces violence.  Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is loosely based off of the real life and crimes of Ed Gein who was a serial killer.  Yet this movie is still considered to be a classic film within American film history today.  It seems to be very bizarre that films such as Psycho can be glorified but there are many people who rally to ban violent video games such as “Postal 2” (released in 2003) and MadWorld (released in 2009).  Don’t get me wrong, some of the violence that is portrayed in these video games can be a little bit excessive.  But at the end of the day, the designers of these video games are only supplying what the customers are demanding.  Not a lot of people are asking that their video games be filled with cotton candy, rainbows and unicorns.  The consumer wants guts and gore and that is what they shall receive.   Who are we to tell the makers of these types of video games to stop when Hollywood has been making money off of these types of ideas for decades?


Will It Ever Stop?

Unfortunately there really isn’t a definite answer to this question.  The ideal answer would be to say yes.  That one day, we would all steer away from the violence that are in these video games and express that we would rather play other games that would arouse the consumer’s curiosity.   This cannot seem to happen for multiple reasons.  The first would be that VIOLENCE IS FUN!  This wouldn’t be politically correct to say this in society, but we all know that this is the truth.  If this was not the case, we would have seen a decrease in how many violent video games were purchased decades ago.  Violent video games also RELIEVE STRESS.  Instead of projecting anger on to someone else, it is much safer to project the anger and the violence that one has against an inanimate object.  Within the game, no one will get hurt.  Lastly, WE JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH!  There are numerous violent video games that have been created and we can all come to the conclusion that the all have some qualities that are similar to one another.  So why do we as consumers continue to be enslaved to the violence?  You would have to answer this question for your own peace of mind.