The age old question returns… do violent video games really have an effect on player’s behavior and personality? As gamers we are exposed to a lot of violence, from slitting your enemy’s throats to killing innocent civilians for the fun of it; almost everything we do on a game is focused around some sort of violent action. Of course parents and other people in the general public view these games as the underlining cause to negative attitudes and thoughts, however, could it be proven that video games actually make gamers think more violently?
As stated above most games have some sort of violence in them. Almost all video games have some sort of beating, killing or fighting in them; hostel behavior, enemies and a slew of curse words. All of the items listed all revolve around violence but this does not mean that the people taking part in the games are acting in the same manner as the characters on the game. It has been said that games have been proven to make players more aggressive, however, how could it be proven that it is the game and not an average social situation or other form of entertainment that is causing that same person to act that way. Gamers are exposed to more violence then most other groups of people in the world thus forcing our thoughts to be violent. With that said that does not mean that it is the games that are causing the players to be violent; it is the way the player perceives the game that makes the difference.
There are gamers out there that shoot the others, have a laugh and turn off the game and there are a select few psychopaths that take the game to real life. It could never be actually proven weather video games make people more violent or not because everyone has their own thoughts about a specific game. When we all sit down to play the same game we all have different thoughts about it. There is no actual way to determine if said game makes all players more violent because of all the other aspects in the world that could potentially make someone act in the same violent way.
The bottom line comes down to; games don’t make people violent, their own thought process about games, movies, TV or any form of entertainment make them violent. Despite having video games expose more people to violent behavior it is still not the games, developers of publishers fault for player’s violent actions or behaviors. If you feel that a particular game is affecting your behavior in real life take a step away from the game that is causing the problem. Violent video games are not the root of all evil like the public perceives them as because it can never be proven that they do any true harm to anyone’s emotional state.