Throughout the past several years, violence in video games has grown to be more and more graphic and intense. There has been much controversy regarding these games and the effects that they may be having on the minds’ of the people, young and matured, who are spending their time playing them.
From my perspective, the criticism that the video game industry is receiving is unfair. Although I do agree that some of the violence in video games is unthinkable and unnecessary, I do not think that it is the reason behind people being outrageously violent in real life. Practically every teenage boy I know, and some girls too, have played extremely violent video games and did not turn out to be serial killers. In fact, many of them happen to be kindest, least violent people I know.
For some people, it may be so that the violence in video games does spark something from within them that gives them the motive to act violently in real life, but this is not the case for the majority of the people who are playing these games. If this is true, then the fault still cannot be placed on the video game industry because it likely that the person who is acting violently would have done so with or without the video game. Another argument that some people make is that some of the video gaming children are not mature enough to handle the violence that they see on the screen in front of them, and I agree with that. However, the blame for this can once again not be placed upon the video game industry, but on the adults who are giving these young children access to these games that they are not yet ready to be exposed to.
With all of this being said, I do not think a permanent ban on all violent video games would make a difference on the violence that has been occurring.