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Are Violent Video Games The Cause of Youth Violence?

Many of you have probably heard of the recent school shooting in Germany where shooter Tim Kretschmer killed 15 people and immediately after the news was revealed there were already fingers being pointed at the video game community because he played the First Person Shooter Counter Strike. The fact that his friend said quote, "He was good." does not help the amount of blame that mindless parents, those yahoos in the government, and just your overall basic stupid people are making a fuss over how violent video games influence the youth. I can understand the severity of the situation, the guy got a gun and literally shot down 15 people. However what I don't understand is why is there so much hate against video games? When did this trend start, honestly why blame video games? In the world today there are PLENTY of violent material that the youth can access for free almost every single minute, hour, and day. I'm gonna point out the movie "300" for a second here(btw I loved 300 epic movie). You see in this movie the brave spartans take out their blades and you immediately see them just kicking ass left and right, but there's also an incredible amount of violence, heads are being cut off, body parts are flying everywhere, and just a lot of gory stuff. However in CS you do not see body parts flying everywhere, you can get head shots but they don't come off, and ya there's some blood but its a minimal amount compared to 300. Another movie I'd like to point out is "Saving Private Ryan". In the beginning 27 minutes you see an almost exact replica of the infamous D Day beach raid. There's one scene where Captain John H. Miller played by Tom Hanks is dragging a wounded comrade out of harm's way and all of a sudden a bomb explodes half of his comrade's body apart showing the innards and its accompanied by a pool of blood. You continue to see Allied soldiers screaming for help with their insides being spilled out on the sand, people getting blown up everywhere, and head shots galore. What I don't understand is why does my own society shun only video games where there's even more violent examples out there. 300 was controversial for its view on the Persians however they weren't ever scolded for their violent content. Saving Private Ryan was met with praise from the government parents for its supposed "amazing" interpretation of World War 2 when it obviously had a huge amount of violence. What scares me also is that parents are even showing these movies to their children, I even recently saw my 5 year old cousin eying the T.V screen because it was showing 300. Than 10 minutes later I see him with a stick hitting supposed "Persians". I'd like to close with saying how is it that violent video games are the cause of so much violence our teenagers hold? As I've pointed out there are even more violent material that teenagers can obtain from almost any source especially with the internet. I believe that our parents, government officials, and people like Jack Thompson just honestly need a finger to point at because they don't realize their very own mistakes. There needs to be an equal understanding and a way to keep violence down but just pointing fingers is never gonna help. So what are we gonna do? EDIT: I wrote this in an hour LOL so there's probably some spelling errors or grammar problems didn't really take the time to reread the story.

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quote#1 US peawok 10/04/2009 - 20:08:32
Nice post. I'll get back to you as soon as possible..

quote#2 US TheUltimateGamer31 10/04/2009 - 20:53:38
*Cough* Saw 1-5 *Cough*

quote#3 CA Kai 10/04/2009 - 22:24:02
Good read. It's funny how every time a shooting at a public place happens, it all gets blamed on Counter Strike. Even when there are other games that person may play, the media will find a way to make Counter Strike look like the cause of a killer's mindset of deciding to shoot up a place where many people can get hurt.

quote#4 US tehkorean 11/04/2009 - 01:19:42
Originally posted by US TheUltimateGamer31*Cough* Saw 1-5 *Cough*

To be honest I was thinking of adding the Saw movies however they're been criticized already for its violence. I was looking for movies that hasn't received any controversy based on its violent content. I thought of 300 and Saving Private Ryan immediately so ya.

quote#5 US JimmyNR 11/04/2009 - 19:36:42
Nice read.

quote#6 CA exaN 11/04/2009 - 21:45:27
One of the first games I played in my life was Terminator for the Sega Genesis when I was maybe 4, which was pretty violent for the time.

Then I would continue playing games like Mortal Kombat at age 7 or 8, Grand Theft Auto... name them.

I've also been watching violent movies (even 18+) all my life and I'm now everything but a violent person.

Parents are mainly to blame in my opinion. Correctly raised children will easily make the difference between reality and fiction.

quote#7 US Kuchcio 19/04/2009 - 09:07:57
Violent games are not the cause of the violence, did a paper on it for one of my classes in H.S. Most teens use violent games just to relax and let go of their emotions, they know the difference between the game and real life. The truth is that most of the times teens do that is because they can't talk to their parents about their problems, and government doesn't want to blame the parents since it is much easier to blame the game developer.

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