Does violent games reduce crime levels?

Does violent games reduce crime levels?
 

 
 
 
 

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xhunter08
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I think violent games reduce crime levels. I myself prefer revolutionary violence, I don't even know what that means, LOL!

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As I do not believe it reduces crime. Crime will happen regardless. Certain Platforms do how ever desensitize one to violence to a limited Extent. See "Generation Kill" We are all a mix of our genetic make up and our surroundings. Growing up in a violent life will affect you. As would be growing up without violence. And some people have genetic triggers. Or are born with a disfunction with triggers brain impulses that intern lead to violence.

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Theoretically people impulsiveness towards violent may be satisfied with fantasy. Sometimes people due get the urge to do things bad, like as simple as insulting someone. You can say that a video game is a sublimation or displacement. I'm not entirely sure because games are just satisfying to me, it's not feeling an urge to kill or something. But gaming does change with each generation.

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In the short term yes! But in the long term these kind of exposures are really shaping the way we think. Compared to 10 years before I am not that shocked to see someone get its hand cut off or etc. So that means others are too and might as well be OK with hurting others in 10-20 years. This applies especially to younger generation as they are really growing up with a lot of violence to be honest

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i remember when fallout 3 came out, and i played it 12 hours a day for a few days, and i would all the time, for example, save my game, then do something reckless, like kill 10 super mutants or something like that, fail then load my game again
at one point i almost felt like i could do the same thing in real life, go shoot someone, then load my previous save game

but on the other hand, there are alot more casual games that have a different effect, stuff like, call of duty, left 4 dead, team fortress etc, connect violence to fiction, it reassures you that this stuff shouldnt happen in the real world, and i guess it would act as a release for peoples rage and anger to play video games

Anonymous

We all have the urges more or less in us. I think if there's a harmless way to let them out, it's beneficial overall.

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Don't call it violence, call it Hamburger Time.

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I dont think its the violence in the game(S),but, rather more people are indoors playing video games and not outside causing trouble.

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People that do the crimes will do so regardless if they are playing a game or not. Perhaps teens will more likely stay home rather than going out and vandalizing property with their friends because they are bored. Even still, this does not account that there are some people stealing the games.. Just because they didn't catch you online at your home does not mean a crime has not been committed..

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Anonymous

My instinct and personal experience says it does in fact reduce crime, this may differ greatly from person to person though. On an overall scale I would bet on a reduction, but since I haven't made or read any studies on it(at least recently) my vote went to "Not sure".

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>People get angry
>Play violent games to relieve/express their anger
>Don't go out and actually beat a person to death
>WIN!
....Yes Violent games reduce crime, and yes I can't greentext.

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It really depends on the individual. If the person is able to differentiate violence between the real world and the virtual world, violent games can help relieve stress.

Anonymous

I believe there are many other factors that contribute to someone being violent. Focusing on video games as a root cause would be a bad hypothesis in my opinion, because everyone reacts different to fantasy scenarios.

Now I bet you can relate violence and aggression to a gamer, while in game(aka raging). I have seen many times where my friend took away his son's XBOX while in-game, then the kid got upset and started crying and punching the couch.

Anonymous

I believe there are many other factors that contribute to someone being violent. Focusing on video games as a root cause would be a bad hypothesis in my opinion, because everyone reacts different to fantasy scenarios.

Now I bet you can relate violence and aggression to a gamer, while in game(aka raging). I have seen many times where my friend took away his son's XBOX while in-game, then the kid got upset and started crying and punching the couch.

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I think it does, some of my friends(quite happy people and not very violent =P) say that playing a shooting game or fast paced racing like Need for Speed kind of relieves them, so yeah maybe.

Good for everyone anyways, play games, watch some good films and stop fighting/killing like cowardly dicks =/

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Anonymous

Maybe it lowers it because alot of people(not really violent ones =/) say that playing a shooting or racing game - something fast paced or explosive or something - will help to get rid of whatever anger or misery they have =P

So maybe, yes, better for everyone I think =/

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I don't think you could really say either way.

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I doubt it, but I really don't think it increases it either. People do things like video games because they are enjoyable, not because they have inner hate and wish to really kill people.

Anonymous

it's courious when you ask this poll, in my country venezuela government has banned almost EVERY game out there, mainly the violent one but every importation of video games has been affected. Government claims the high rates of violence in slums, jails and downstreets exist because videogames, not because their bad managment of course, i mean that's just weird stupid, guys who play videogames are really quiet guys always from pacefull familys.

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gta, red dead redemption, and la noire are not sense killing games. they all have a (great) story line and its up to the gamer to discover that story line by doing the missions.

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Where is the article?

CommodoreDelights64
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It's on the actual Youtube page for this video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogYrxS_rqw8
Also here is the link to the article, if your too lazy to go to the YouTube page LOL!
http://www.3dgameman.com/polls/2011/06/23/does-violent-games-reduce-crime-levels

Anonymous

"Does" or "Do"? I'm not trying to be a grammar nazi or get off topic. I'm seriously asking! Haha

Either way, I think violence in video games probably has little to no correlation with real life violence.

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I love me a good violent Video game every now, and then, but I'm not sure if they reduce the crime rates, or not. I do however like the GTA series as a whole, and was just playing GTA: Chinatown Wars on my DSLite the other day at the Dr. Office, and blew off some stress mowing down some people with a machine gun, and Hijacking some cars, etc.. LOL!