Video Games & Aggression

The gaming industry is growing at a rapid pace. The reason behind this is simple. Technology is becoming more efficient and cheaper by the days, making tech such as gaming computers and consoles more accessible and affordable to the general public. With this in mind, children are asking their parents to buy them something they can play video games on. While some parents mindlessly buy it for their child, others are more cautious and aware with what they buy for their children. A lot of the “triple A” games that are coming out today could be considered extremely violent and not suitable for children’s eyes. Games such as Grand Theft Auto, The Witcher 3, Battlefield, are all examples of games that should only be played by people over the age of 18. Games such as these are advertised all over the internet, making it hard to hide from children who are underage. These same people then go to their parents and ask for the game. Some parents don’t think it matters what video games they buy they’re kids and some do. This is where the problem kicks in. Although, the parents that do not mind what their child plays can be right in a sense as long as they make sure that their child understands everything that the game involves and teach them that it is just a video game and the actions done in it should not be done in real life, but there are also parents who simply don’t care what they get their kids, as long as it makes them be quite and leave them alone. Personally, I believe that you cannot blame parents for letting their children play violent games, as long as they make sure their kid understands it is just a game. For the parents that mindlessly buy their children whatever they want, they have the issue of not trying to take care of their kid which results in much worse things than aggression over video games. Although violent video games can cause aggression, there is not enough evidence that these games cause criminal acts.

 

References:

Alexandra Sifferlin, . (2016). Timecom. Retrieved 9 July, 2016, from http://www.time.com/4000220/violent-video-games/

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