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Video Games Make Kids Violent? Seriously?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2010 by Pat DiCaprio

If you have Wii Sports let me ask you a question: do you think that playing the golf game will make you a better golfer? Will it make you more inclined to play the real game? Do you have trouble telling whether you are playing Wii golf or real golf?

Of course these are silly questions. And yet the obvious logical flaw behind the above stupid questions is ignored when it comes to the topic of violence in video games and movies.

It should be obvious to anyone with working gray matter that playing a video game or watching a movie does not turn a normal person into a psychopath or a person that is more inclined to react with violence. Well, at least it should be. But certain factions, mostly on the political right but a few on the left, believe that movies, rap lyrics, video games and other forms of entertainment do exactly that; they take normal, rosy-cheeked ten-year-old boys and girls and turn them into the next teenagers to pull off a Columbine-style massacre. Continue reading