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    Something in the other thread brought this to mind.

    Do you think the very violent video games contribute to the gun problems that we have in America? At Thanksgiving I watched my 9 year old nephew play hour after hour of video games where the whole point was to shoot as many people as possible. Do you think that raises the risk that these kids will grow up thinking it is ok to shoot people?

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    I think I would never let my 9 year old play such a game, or watch somebody else playing that game.

    My dh likes to play violent video games. I can't even be in the same room bc I find them so gruesome. But I don't think it makes him violent. I think they are fine in moderation for adults. There is a rating system in place, I just don't think people adhere to it like we do.

    But no. In general, I don't think video games are to blame for our violent culture. They are a symptom of the culture, but not the cause of it.
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    I agree. I don't think that video games lead to our violent culture.

    I do think violent games and movies can be a trigger for a person who is not mentally stable and already prone to violence.

    I think it's horrible that they let him play that. I want to maintain my children's innocence for as long as possible and do not understand introducing these games so early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post

    I think it's horrible that they let him play that. I want to maintain my children's innocence for as long as possible and do not understand introducing these games so early.
    I also think it was horrible. It was very difficult to keep my girls out of the room each time that he played. I was thankful that we slept at a different house because I know that he played them until 3 or 4 in the AM each day. I do not see how that much violence could not effect someone.
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    I think violent video games can exacerbate an existing problem. I don't think they are a major cause of today's violence, just an easy scapegoat.

    We don't buy violent video games in my house. I know Aodhan has been exposed to them at his friends houses though. Its stuff we talk about a lot and I try to emphasize the value of human life regularly and the differences between fiction and reality. What happens in video games is far from the primary message that my kids get.

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    If that were true you would expect gun violence to be going up not down, since the amount of kids playing these games is going up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    If that were true you would expect gun violence to be going up not down, since the amount of kids playing these games is going up.
    Gloria, do you not think gun violence is going up? I do not remember any mass shootings as a kid.

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    Yep, I absolutely think that they can play a part in increasing a persons violent tendencies. They desensitize us as humans, IMO. We don't play them at all nor do our children. I have strong feelings on this one But I've been down this road.

    And frankly any child up playing video games until 3 or 4 am is ridic, violent or not.
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    I want to also say that Aodhan is 9 and we are serious outlyers on this one. Every single friend that my son has, has these games at home.

    I have to say, while its not the path I've chosen....all of these kids are such polite, well adjusted friendly little kids, they don't seem violent at all, don't get in trouble at school and have never shown me any sort of behavior that concerns me. I don't know how much their time playing video games is limited to.

    I have two nephews who played these games incessantly (too much for my personal taste, of any type of video games), they aren't even remotely close to violent people, now in their late teens and early twenties. I worry more about how much the video game time has affected their ability to concentrate or get exercise...and just the general screen time woes than i do about them being violent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    Gloria, do you not think gun violence is going up? I do not remember any mass shootings as a kid.
    No its not. That is just media perception. I posted the stats in the other thread. Gun violence is DECREASING.
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