Ninety-one percent of young children and teenagers play or have played video-games at some point. This has caused one question to arise, and that question is, “Do violent video-games have a big effect on the young people in today’s society?” In my opinion, the arguments that I have seen and read have lead me to believe that the games do NOT in fact influence hostile behavior in those who play them. To give you a quick example of this, shooting games such as Battlefield, Call of Duty, and Modern Warfare (etc) have the ratings of “mature” on the front of them,which is an obvious warning that children under the age of 17 are not recommended to play those specific games. According to ESRB current ratings mature games are rated 17 years and above because, ” Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence,blood and gore,sexual content and/or strong language.” This in itself is another reason why games that are considered to contain more violence are influential to young children. They should be monitored by a responsible adult if they insist on playing these specific games. The parent or guardian should have authority over whether or not the child or pre-teen is mature enough to play such games. If a child shows signs of hostility towards others that may pose as a threat to others,they should be prohibited by a parent or guardian from playing these types of video-games. There hasn’t been any real proof to video games influencing the true reason for tragic school shootings or other crimes. Is it possible? Anythings possible. What I personally believe is the real reason behind the horrible occurrences that have happened in the past is what has happened to the person. Whether it be emotionally or physically, a person can take the things that have hurt them in the past and turn them (or that thing) into a reason to hurt other people around them. Revenge is a word some people in today’s society have learned and are very familiar with. When someone has done us wrong we immediately think…”What can I do to that person to inflict as much pain they have inflicted upon me?”. That’s just it. Too many things could be the main reason for the way some people look for personal justification.
In conclusion, I would just like to state that Video games don’t give children and young adults many reasons to act out of hostility, most are distracted by the competitions within the games. As a gamer myself I can say with full confidence that there are a wide variety of different games out there to play.It’s all up to good judgement and parenting. Yes, the reasons for horrible things such as shootings in schools and public places COULD be because that person was influenced by shooting simulation games, but there are even more reasons why those reasons could be personal. Taking “violent” games out of the picture would be taking a chunk out of today’s competitive if not professional gaming community.