GTA V release tonight! Do violent video games make our youth violent?

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    Sep 16, 2013 5:15 PM GMT
    SO EXCITED! Anyone else getting it at midnight release? I'm getting it for the 360 here.

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    But in serious news: Grand Theft Auto has always be in the media as being "one of the most violent video games of all time." Media always makes stories on it, and GTA V is nothing new when it comes to violence, sex, harsh language, or disturbing themes. However, the game is rated M (17+) but parents still try to buy it for their children.

    So what do you think? Do violent video games cause our youth to be violent? Do you think it's the parents responsibility to monitor what their kids are buying?

    I honestly believe video games do not, as I find more studies that point towards the opposite. I highly doubt any young person will try to re-enact a bank heist just after playing a video game.

    If you really want to know what the game is about check out this review!
    http://www.gametrailers.com/reviews/p5jvw4/grand-theft-auto-v-review

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    Sep 16, 2013 5:20 PM GMT
    Honestly no i don't think it does. I can't wait for the game though


    My brother's buying it for me as a birthday gift for my bday Friday


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    Sep 16, 2013 5:20 PM GMT
    Until I see a kid go to school with a Kunai and yell, "GET OVER HERE!" I'm going to say no.
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    Sep 16, 2013 6:46 PM GMT
    Violent games make stupid violent people more prone to act out in a violent way, but then they are stupid and violent, so chances are they would have acted out in violent ways anyway.
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    Sep 17, 2013 1:41 AM GMT
    Like most things in life, there is no simple answer, though it is an intriguing question.

    For an overwhelming majority of people, no it has no ill effect. For a very small few, it causes problems. Though video games do tend to get unfairly singled out as a single causative factor - TV, movies and music are often just as violent. Even still, I think environmental factors, like social influences, family life, history of abuse, psychology, etc, are much more to blame. Violent media doesn't help matters in these cases, but I don't believe it causes them either.

    I remember reading not long ago that a study showed that violent games actually had a cathartic effect for some people, causing reduced aggression because they were taking out their frustrations in the game.

    In the end, it depends on the person. Most people can tell fantasy from reality. They don't watch horror movies and go stab people nor do they play GTA and shoot prostitutes.

    GTA V does look cool though. I think I like the Saint's Row series a little better, since it is so over the top. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Sep 17, 2013 2:58 AM GMT
    "Do you want me to get my Dick out again?" . . .

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    Umm if a guy told me this in real life aggressively.. Umm well....

    I'd be Ok with that

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    Sep 17, 2013 3:23 AM GMT
    Who cares, shooting things is fun.
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    Sep 17, 2013 4:24 AM GMT
    letsgetreadytosuckit said

    does saint's row actually contain male nudity in there?


    I haven't played the fourth one, but there was semi-nudity in the third. I believe there was a fuzzy area over the package. Though there could be a mod to remove that on the PC version...
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    Sep 17, 2013 9:29 PM GMT
    I just spent $75 on buying my boyfriend this game today. I honestly do not understand what all the excitement is about. I'm WAY more excited for Kingdom Hearts 3.
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    Sep 17, 2013 9:33 PM GMT
    Bomb ass game though. Thanks Renaldo (big brother ) for getting it for my bday. I've been playing it all day beating the shit outta people lmao
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    Sep 17, 2013 9:42 PM GMT
    ConfederateGhost saidI just spent $75 on buying my boyfriend this game today. I honestly do not understand what all the excitement is about. I'm WAY more excited for Kingdom Hearts 3.


    Me 2! but it won't be out til like.. Forever from now icon_sad.gif

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    Sep 17, 2013 9:44 PM GMT
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/2497978/Grand-Theft-Auto-blamed-over-Thai-taxi-driver-murder.html

    But besides that incident it honestly just depends on the individual. I love violence, FPS games, random carnage, car accidents, but I'd rather unleash my anger and rage on a pixel than gunning down an elementary school. I think it can serve as a stress reliever for people who would commit random acts of violence. I think the quote from Scream fits best here. "Movies don't make the psychos, movies make psychos more creative." You can't blame all forms of media for why someone does what he or she will do. If anything all it is is gasoline to an already out of control blaze.
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    Sep 17, 2013 9:46 PM GMT
    TrevorMark saidUntil I see a kid go to school with a Kunai and yell, "GET OVER HERE!" I'm going to say no.


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    I don't think so. I mean I played Mortal Kombat when I was 4-5. I only saw it as a fun fighting game. I guess it really comes down to what the parents teach with it. They watched me as I played Mortal Kombat on the SNES back in the day, they bought all the other Mortal Kombat games for us (me and my brothers) because we really liked them. This is just like the "wrestling makes kids violent" crap. I used to watch pro-wrestling (during the Attitude Era), play Mortal Kombat and other fighting games, and I even played GTA San Andreas when I was I believe 14/15. The parents need to make the difference between reality and the game world known. They also need to teach the kids how to behave and whatnot. Parents just want to find something else to blame, while everything ultimately comes down to them.
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    Sep 17, 2013 9:57 PM GMT
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    TrevorMark saidUntil I see a kid go to school with a Kunai and yell, "GET OVER HERE!" I'm going to say no.


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    I don't think so. I mean I played Mortal Kombat when I was 4-5. I only saw it as a fun fighting game. I guess it really comes down to what the parents teach with it. They watched me as I played Mortal Kombat on the SNES back in the day, they bought all the other Mortal Kombat games for us (me and my brothers) because we really liked them. This is just like the "wrestling makes kids violent" crap. I used to watch pro-wrestling (during the Attitude Era), play Mortal Kombat and other fighting games, and I even played GTA San Andreas when I was I believe 14/15. The parents need to make the difference between reality and the game world known. They also need to teach the kids how to behave and whatnot. Parents just want to find something else to blame, while everything ultimately comes down to them.


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    If my mom wasn't here I wouldn't have anything to keep me grounded.
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    Sep 17, 2013 9:57 PM GMT
    I wish I had a PS3 or 360 right now u.u I just hope they make a version for PC or PS4, which I plan to buy.
    Anyway don't play too many hours in a row!
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    Sep 17, 2013 10:32 PM GMT
    Of course they make some kids more violent.
    Look pilots are taught to land planes using computer games.
    but GTA is on the market, its a new digital world, parents have it tough trying to police it.
    As an adult, sure it looks cool. The problem lies in that growing up is partially the process of working out what is socially permissable, the hyper-reality of these games blurs the lines for those too young to know the difference. The human urge for violence is nothing new, but this digital tool is dangerous in some young minds. No shade, just thoughts...

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    Sep 18, 2013 12:16 AM GMT
    i would say all the violence in the bible, is way more damaging.
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    Sep 18, 2013 11:31 PM GMT
    My thoughts on the Grand Theft Auto V release:

    In 1896 Georges Melies of France made a horror movie called "Le Manoir du Diable" or "The House of the Devil" it was 3 minutes long and completely silent. It depicted people getting stabbed in the ass with pitchforks, skeletons, and a bat that turned into a man. A year before that in 1895 Thomas Edison created the first horror film, he called it "The Execution of Mary Stewart". It was a historical recount of the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots who was executed July 24th, 1567. Mary Stewart was beheaded in the 15 second film and to top it off, the executioner picks up her head and holds up so the camera can see it.

    My point to all of that is that we have had over a 100 years of desensitization, after all horror is one of the top grossing genres of all time. If we were to have some sort of negative after effect from the desensitizing nature of video games, movies, books, television, radio, etc. we would have had them a long time ago. In fact, crime rate has decreased over the globe as we move through the centuries.

    While I do not condone or want to take part in a video game that rewards players for killing police officers, I do think that the entire stance on how the GTA series desensitizes players impairing their ability to make rational choices in the future is farce and blatantly so.

    So quit your harping and focus on what is important. Don't let the media distract you from the real issues at hand.
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    Sep 19, 2013 12:31 AM GMT
    actually there's plenty of evidence and research that shows violent video games can make kids more aggresive and violent, and if there is an underlying psychological issue they can certainly act like a trigger to act out violence

    so, yes
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    Sep 19, 2013 5:50 AM GMT
    So realistic, it's boring!
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    Sep 19, 2013 5:52 AM GMT
    somersault saidactually there's plenty of evidence and research that shows violent video games can make kids more aggresive and violent, and if there is an underlying psychological issue they can certainly act like a trigger to act out violence

    so, yes

    +1 from a psychology major