About Violent Video Games
On November 29, 2013 a 16-year-old boy, Kendall Anderson, bludgeoned his mother to death in her sleep with a claw hammer after she took away his PlayStation due to his obsession of Mortal Kombat 3”, According to Wikipedia.org. Violent video games causes many horrible outcomes, like leading to aggressive behavior in children, bad effects to the brain, and gives kids the wrong message. Therefore, Minors under the age of 18 should not have access to a violent video game.
One of the most gruesome effect of violent video games is that a minor’s innocence can completely change into bad behavior after playing for a long period of time. According to a scientific study made by Anderson and Bushman in 2001, children who play more violent video games are more likely to have increased aggressive thoughts, emotions,and behavior along with decreased prosocial helping. In many games, minors are rewarded for committing an act of violence which is done so often that they’re already used to it. Since the minor is in control of the violence, like killing, stabbing, shooting, and kicking virtual characters, they experience the whole package with his or her own eyes. This active participation, repetition, and rewards in violent video games are effective tools for learning behavior, however it is neither good nor positive. Many people believe that video games do not affect one’s behavior, that it only depends on the type of child and their home influence but look at this, a study of 3,034 secondary and primary school students showed that those who play more violent video games tend to be the ones most likely to commit acts of aggression, such as physically hurting others. For instance, the only thing in common with the young men who opened fire at Columbine high school, the movie theater in Aurora of Cole, and other massacres, is that they were video gamers who seemed to be acting out some dark digital fantasy. It was almost as if all that exposure to computerized violence gave them the idea to go on a rampage. Thus, these kinds of revolting games cause such extreme violence in many minor’s behavior and should never happen again.