Influence … Video Games?

It’s been a known fact that experts and Joe Shmoe say that video games influence those that play them.

Then there are those that argue they don’t.

I say there are some that do … and don’t.

Courtesy from ps2media.gamespy.comLet’s take the well-known game, “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.” According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, it is “the hottest selling and, by reputation, one of the most violent game on today’s video market.”

In the defense for who do believe games influence gamers … to violence, teenager Devin Moore is a prime suspect for this suspicion. In fact, in 2005, he killed 3 police officers claiming he was influence by the video game, “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.” According to The Inquirer, Moore said, ““Life is a video game, you have to die sometime.”

Ironically, the same parent company, Take-Two Interactive, that made “Grand Theft Auto” invented a game released 4 months later that say will “will prevent any excitement or emotional involvement, inappropriate or otherwise, on the part of the player.”

Can you say…cover-up?

One can’t deny the fact that any form of medium, whether it’s video games or television, does have some sort of influence to our society.

In my opinion, I think the biggest difference is when the viewer does not know what’s real or not.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Zack Hunter may think that, “Video games like “Grand Theft Auto” appeal to kids ‘who don’t know the difference between fiction and reality.'”

Blogger, Jay C posted a video of a documentary that depicts how video games affects our culture. He says, “Directors Marcin Ramocki and Justin Strawhand have created ‘8-Bit’, a film that examines the affect video games have had on our culture, whether it be through art, music or other creative outlets.

An artwork below from uses our favorite Nintendo characters as players of violence.

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  4. Violence in video games in fine by me.
    i think the guy who shot police officers only blamed gta because if anybody did anything wrong we’ll alwasy blame sombody else. and if you are really that easily influenced then perhaps your parents should forbid you from such things? anyway iam sure that people dont just go round shoting each other cos it was on a video game! but perhaps the gta charicters should show a little remorse for killing people?
    Im sure that if you are in your right mind you would not simply copy a video games violence!! however if you are NOT in your right mind you shoudent have access to theese games at all.

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  6. like ann said i dont think that video games are not to blame for that kid being dumb but to try to get out of trouble people have to blame there actions on something and gta is taking the fall for that one that kid needs help or locked away. I think his parents are to blame. people make there own choices stop blaming others

  7. its a video game not life. Movies have more violence and are a hole lot more then most video games. I dont see people blaming them as much as thay are blaming video games. get a life people stop blaming other things for your actions

    • Thanks Eric for your comment! Yes, violence is everywhere including the park, but as you see, what the media portrays somehow shapes the violence we see in the streets. Sometimes it’s not the behavior of the kids that change but the adults. There was a story of two parents who were so in to World of War-craft, their year old or so child was malnourished (and they had food in their house)…I think child services took the child away.

  8. Young people may have trouble making the distinction between what is real and what is a game. This may make them try to act out what they have done in games.People are influenced to a great extent by what they see and hear. This could make them believe that violence is acceptable.these kind of video games may be more harmful than violent television or films because they are interactive (the gamer controls the player), and require the player to identify with the aggressive character, which builds people emotions, leads them to these (Devis Moore)types of behaviour and affects them physically and mentally.

    • Thanks Ali Khan for your comment! Course the long winded argument would be, is it the violence from the video games that causes or at least tilt the favor for children to have bad behavior, or it is in the end the parents jobs? For every bad and violent video game being played, there’s the do gooder kid, and the bad kid, would you say it’s the parents responsibility?

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