Do Video Games Cause More Violence? – Learn Liberty

Do Video Games Cause More Violence? – Learn Liberty


So let’s take a look at this link between
these recent teen killers and video games. Violent video games increase aggressive behavior
as much as lead exposure decreases children IQ scores. Where is the artistic value of
shooting innocent victims? They put guns in the hands of little kids and teach them how
to kill. He was trained to kill by Call of Duty and other video games. Is it true that
violent video games make people more violent? I’m a professor of economics at the University
of Texas at Arlington and a casual gamer. I’m also a parent of children who enjoy
video games, and I was curious to find out if video games could cause them to harm others.
So I did some research. I conducted three studies to investigate the link between real world
video game usage and actual crime or fighting. These studies use different methodologies
and different data sources and in all three cases, I found that more video game playing
is actually associated with less real life violence. That’s right, less. A 100% increase
in violence video game consumption led to a 1% statistical measurable decrease in violent
crime. Okay, that’s not a big decrease, but it undermines the claim that video games
increase violence. So how could virtual violence decrease actual violence? One theory is catharsis.
Which is to say “letting off steam.” One might vent violent impulses through a video
game rather than on an actual person. Another theory has to do with time management. Even
without a cathartic effect, every hour that people are sitting at home playing video games
is an hour that they’re not out on the streets getting into trouble.I’m not alone in my
findings. Recently, other researchers have published findings that cast further doubt
on the link between violent video games and actual violence. But all this means that however
well-intended the calls for restrictions on video games are, as a society, it would be
censoring games based on a mistaken belief that they cause violence, and could be exposing
Americans to more real life harm.And calls for such censorship continue as in congresses
recently proposed video games ratting enforcement act
In the 2011 Supreme Court case Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association.And there’s even more
at stake if we were to allow this censorship. Video games have changed a lot in the past
30 years. What were once simple black and white blocks and nearly indecipherable images
flickering on a television screen are now life-like beings with actions we experience
on a visceral level. Some games now tell stories and evoke emotional responses similar to the
finest literature or theater. And video games are perhaps the fastest developing form of
artistic expression ever devised. The artistry and techniques used by game creators continue
to expand and evolve rapidly. Restrictive legislation would curb the freedom of artists
and stop valuable stories and content from ever being shared. Contrary to popular belief,
youth violence has steadily decreased over the past 20 years, exactly when video games
have become popular. This is hardly consistent with the quality of games causing violence.
When people are violent, it’s not because games made them that way.

100 thoughts on “Do Video Games Cause More Violence? – Learn Liberty

  • November 22, 2014 at 8:58 pm
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    If someone is commiting a murder because of a video game, there is something wrong about the person, not the video game!

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  • November 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm
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    GO RED TEAM!!!!!!

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  • December 12, 2014 at 11:44 pm
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    What about those little kids who play cod.
    They don't to want kill but they act like bigshots. IE they feel in power and is higher then other, solving problems by force

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  • December 13, 2014 at 11:26 pm
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    I am finishing my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.   The claims of the producer of this video are false.   I work with children in person, 7-10 a day who are K-5th grade in a public school setting here in CA.   Nine times out of ten, when a young student has difficulty focusing, engaging into their classroom, staying on task and able to sit still, be respectful to others including their teachers and principal, the issue at home is the relentless watching of violent video games, often with the parents knowledge.   It has been reported to me that a 4th grader I have seen is watching M-17 violent where the younger siblings are killing the older siblings and their PARENTS WITH GUNS.    Anyone in the right mind would realize this is a horrible thing to expose any child to.    When a child is autistic, has asbergers or any form of a learning disability, cognitively they lack the rationale to separate fantasy from reality and many of the massive killings were done such as Sandy Hook by children who watched violent videos, some medicated for learning disabilities and killed scores of children and adults – needlessly.   No amount of research glibly portrayed on a Youtube video does not erase the truth.   The question is why Adult Men feel the need to even play these type of games themselves much less allow their sons and daughters is a huge question I have.    Grow up.   Go down to your local YMCA or Orphanage and volunteer to give back to others.   Turn the Damn computer OFF.    Generations from now, we will have a lot of apologizing to do as Americans who allowed this garbage to so impact our lives.   Go to an Art Museum or a Concert – enrich your lives rather than degrade them.     Art Scott, 40 year Music Education and Counselor

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  • December 14, 2014 at 12:18 am
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-st-john/8-ways-violent-games_b_3875846.html

    Here is proof!    

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  • December 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm
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    I've had bad anger problems like my brother, but these were suppressed through my childhood cause I loved playing games. But when my dad took my Xbox away and said no to games I accepted it cause I was worried about grades. I notice through the two years that I've became increasingly violent, like wanting break something led to me breaking stuff and me and my dad had really bad relationship. I'll go to my moms every other weekend and that's where I played games, my dad noticed a calmer me, he thought cause I don't have to do anything there. It's been 5 months since I've been back to games and I can honestly say my temper has been low, I'm a lot less stressed, I'm more focused in the classroom, and everything seems great which I believe is from video games and how relieves stress, and how you escape reality for you mind to be in a focused state. Games are just like meditation

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  • December 21, 2014 at 1:19 am
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    Nice homage to TF2 there, man

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  • December 24, 2014 at 4:41 am
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    The link between violent video games & violent children is a lot of conjecture. I'd say stupid parents who let the TV babysit their children, fatherless children, alcoholism, drug abuse (and I am against the war on drugs FYI) & stupid parents cause more violence than any video game.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 7:00 am
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uwAo8lcAC4

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  • January 6, 2015 at 3:54 am
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    mi mom has a TITANIC hatred for violent action games because of me acting like a teenager at the same time i got my first play station so thanks to you i can finally open her scary soul stealing eyes

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  • January 20, 2015 at 4:47 pm
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    Throw the dagger at video games because of someone else's violent actions. People don't play video games to be violent because a lot of games tell very interesting stories or spark a great emotional response. People who commit violent crimes have always been violent to begin with. Video games are a symptom not a cause to violence. It would be like if i played a game where my character was a serial killer, does that make me a serial killer as well? Studies show that while young people play video games they are less likely to go out to commit crimes. However to much video games can lead to other health issues, but no foreseen psychological issues. 

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  • January 25, 2015 at 3:24 pm
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    I agree

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  • January 27, 2015 at 1:06 am
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    hahaha, tf2 sfm

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  • January 28, 2015 at 5:44 pm
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    I find it funny how parents think that nowadays games are more violent when back in the day Mortal Kombat was the bloodiest game around. And the ratings aren't just because they have to be a certain age it's also saying how difficult it can be. With games such as: RE, Silent Hill, etc. and yet with little gore in games parents still blame the world's violence on games, when really it's not the games it's instinct. The most pathetic part of this is blaming video games is like not accepting that it was YOU who made the choice to harm someone or be violent. If any parents are reading this comment take some advise. If your gonna let your kid play M or T play it a bit yourself before letting your kids play it. 

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  • January 29, 2015 at 4:33 am
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    There are going to be violent pricks who play violent games and violent pricks who don't. I've been playing shooter games for more than 5 years and it doesn't make me angry or anything. If anything, it helps release my anger. Also, I habe chronic pain and it helps me with that as well.

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  • February 7, 2015 at 5:49 pm
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    When video games make you violent, it's probably because you lose all the time.

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  • February 8, 2015 at 8:55 pm
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    Well to be honest this isn't the first time this has happened Society has always played the blame game books UC society has always played the blame game also that I've been stories of people who have had this twisted fate or have even said their actions were inspired or infected by movies or TV hey one of the most famous killing of a politician was so called inspired from a movie he watched so this is just societies thing to do a blame

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  • February 8, 2015 at 8:57 pm
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    It's easier to blame something then to take responsibility how many times have you as a person failed or has not succeeded at something did you realize that you were unprepared not educated enough but take the Pacific precautions in order to have a positive outcome or did you instead blame something naturally you probably blame something I used to do it all the time actually the problem being is that it's a quick fix it makes you feel better without tackling the actual problem and that's the biggest worry of well blaming something you rather not blame the parents will blame the product when the paternity of things that can intervene parents the product guidance and consumers themselves

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  • February 8, 2015 at 8:58 pm
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    It isn't help by mediate either the problem being is that even though some media outlets don't believe in what people are saying it makes for more interesting full movie riveting story that they blame something like hey maybe video games do make people violent it gives them more trafficking

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  • February 9, 2015 at 7:49 am
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    These politicians should probably read Aristotle, who knew that tragedy plays didn't encourage Ancient Greeks to kill but rather purged their emotions instead. 2,000 years of wisdom still cures modern-day idiocy.

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  • February 16, 2015 at 1:29 pm
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    I don't know about you, but if I have a stressful day at work or school, I get my homework done then chill out and release my stress on steam or Xbox.

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  • February 16, 2015 at 1:33 pm
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    Road rage is the real killer

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  • February 23, 2015 at 4:31 am
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    Have you ever tried to shoot a simple airgun using the training from CoD laughable

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  • March 1, 2015 at 12:29 pm
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    Videogames don't make you violent.
    They just enhance who you already are.

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  • March 3, 2015 at 12:33 am
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    Im 8 and I play red dead redemption and I have no problems in school I get very good grades my mom sais that video games do cause violence the teacher all ways trustes me to do things like giving a paper to the office im a good writer im good at reading I don't fight in school.

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  • March 4, 2015 at 11:30 pm
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    Hillary is at it again, yikes!

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  • March 10, 2015 at 1:08 am
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    THAT SOLDIER'S A BLOODY ECONOMIST

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  • April 7, 2015 at 9:48 pm
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    Great Video, do you happen to play TF2?

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  • April 9, 2015 at 10:57 pm
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    I'm sorry, but I can't watch soldier talk in such a mellow and calm voice. It just makes me feel uncomfortable.

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  • April 11, 2015 at 9:06 am
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    "Videogames usage decreases children's IQ scores"

    asdlfnasdjkfasdf what the fuck. That's it, Hillary, fuck you. I'm voting Rand.

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  • May 6, 2015 at 10:05 pm
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    "He was trained….To kill…..With call of duty and other video games"

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  • May 10, 2015 at 11:22 pm
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    If you ever see me trying to kill someone with a fish while screaming for a medic, then you should be worried about my mental health. Videogames though? they are as bad as movies or TV; and violence has actually decreased since they came into the scene (I know, correlation does not imply causation), in part due to people watching TV instead of having to deal with other people.

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  • May 25, 2015 at 7:29 am
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    why the cho is there???

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  • June 18, 2015 at 12:57 pm
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    yeah because video games are just an acurate depiction of reality said no gamer ever

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  • June 29, 2015 at 4:00 am
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    No no you ruined tf2 idiots

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  • July 5, 2015 at 8:26 am
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    I KNEW THAT I WAS RIGHT VIDEO GAMES DONT CAUSE VIOLENCE

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  • July 9, 2015 at 9:49 am
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    another decade old study proved that violent video games dont make you violent cause the person who plays that game would never have intention to kill but yet there are idiots out there who think video games make you violent

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  • July 19, 2015 at 7:54 pm
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    I don't think we should allow a three year old to play GTA, but if you know your child, and they are able to discern between the real world and the game world, then I have no problem if an eight year old wants to play CoD or GTA, as long as they understand that, the actions in those games are NOT ok for the real world.

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  • July 21, 2015 at 9:35 pm
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    I would crack a "let's ban water because every mass shooter drank it" or "let's ban cars because they drove to their mall/school/post office of choice", but I don't want to give Congress any new ideas through the NSA.

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  • July 25, 2015 at 12:29 am
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    What's ur Steam

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  • July 30, 2015 at 7:01 pm
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    Why why did they use tf2 why the I sould have bin gta since the game has more violents content

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  • August 1, 2015 at 5:08 pm
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    lol tf2

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  • August 4, 2015 at 2:08 am
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    i recommend this video to my dad lol tf2

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  • August 5, 2015 at 12:26 am
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    I have been playing violent video games since I was 5 and never thought about killing anyone.

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  • August 14, 2015 at 7:03 pm
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    It's not video games that make people violent, it's the rock and role music IN the video games!

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  • August 28, 2015 at 4:08 am
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    Amen that took the words right out of my mouth!!!

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  • August 30, 2015 at 2:33 am
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    bullshit first they say games don't teach you anything then now it teaches you how to kill people really

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  • September 5, 2015 at 9:47 pm
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    (read this from the perspective of a killer who lived many decades ago) No, I wasn't trained to kill by video games – because I killed long before I could play videogames. But I did read books before I started killing. Classic literature is making people violent. People learn from literature how to kill. Ban all books.

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  • September 6, 2015 at 9:45 am
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    I laughed my ass off when the guy with the white hair said "he was trained to kill by call of duty" he says it so seriously, not even he himself believes it. xD hahahaaha.

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  • September 6, 2015 at 10:41 pm
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    Nah you just half to have the brains to know the difference between reality and and non reality!

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  • September 14, 2015 at 6:24 pm
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    How many times do people need to hear this before the government stops mocking us?

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  • September 15, 2015 at 1:57 am
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    In the past, they have tried blaming violence on comic books, then on rock music, now on videogames.

    When something new comes, the irresponsible parents will find a new scapegoat to blame their subpar raising skills.

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  • September 15, 2015 at 1:57 am
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    In the past, they have tried blaming violence on Comic books, then on rock music, now on videogames.

    When something new comes, the irresponsible parents will find a new scapegoat.

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  • September 26, 2015 at 3:48 pm
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    Lead exposure leads to bad iq scores?!??!

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  • October 16, 2015 at 5:26 am
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    That horrible lypsync doe

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  • October 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm
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    Was the first one Hillary???

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  • October 31, 2015 at 3:40 am
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    No…no they don't. There, solved.

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  • November 15, 2015 at 1:14 am
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    So space your telling me that since I play GTA I'm going to go to the strip club and start shooting a bunch of hookers

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  • November 18, 2015 at 8:55 pm
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    Are you kidding me…?

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  • November 24, 2015 at 8:20 pm
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    This video is a farce, nobody killed anyone before the invention of video games. 0/0

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  • November 28, 2015 at 12:35 am
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    What makes me annoyed is when parents say you're angry because: "reason"
    Why do they get the right to assume why we're angry? Normally it's like "not enough sleep", "too long on computer" "you've sat inside all day"
    But that's not why I get angry, and it really pisses me off! The fact they can somehow translate my teenage testosterone filled mood swings due to lack of sleep? Or being lazy by sitting inside all day, sorry but millions work in offices that go on computers all day inside and engage in tasks where they use their brain to complete a task, same concept of a videos game. Do they're brains melt and get attacked by media saying you are the reason Ebola struck Sierra Leone? NOPE,

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  • November 30, 2015 at 5:09 pm
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    – Spy: This… is a research
    – Soldier: Dear God!
    – Spy: There's more
    – Soldier: No!

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  • December 11, 2015 at 4:44 am
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    your my best friend for using tf2 for you and examples

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  • January 14, 2016 at 3:26 am
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    Great videp

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  • February 10, 2016 at 5:14 pm
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    Could i please use clips from this video for a School News Report and give you the credit and fair use?

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  • February 11, 2016 at 5:15 pm
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    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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  • February 25, 2016 at 7:54 pm
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    I'm glad to see this study! More data like this needs to be collected so the idiot politicians and news media can finally shut up about violent video games. These are probably the same people who want stricter gun laws or to ban guns altogether.
    #mentalillness #trampledrights

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  • February 25, 2016 at 8:03 pm
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    Politicians and news media are against violence all together. Before video games, it was movies (Natural Born Killers), before movies it was TV. It's the same people complaining about the same things just in different forms. It's time to get lives people and report on real news.

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  • April 5, 2016 at 12:37 am
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    video games don't cause violence, lag does.

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  • April 28, 2016 at 3:54 am
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    I have a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Last year I completed a nine month internship in a local elementary school. Several parents were allowing their children to watch horrible videos which portrayed siblings killing siblings and their parents. This gaming industry contributes towards violent behavior in all societies including the US
    Ask any teacher, therapist principal or law enforcement person. You deluded to think otherwise

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  • May 14, 2016 at 5:12 pm
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    Video games dont make us violent,people do and their behaviour.

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  • May 30, 2016 at 11:10 am
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    tosse rating exist for reson

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  • June 1, 2016 at 1:30 am
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    Yep, of course. These media goons are stupid.
    "Shooting pixels causes violence!" flips channel to Fox News and sees some rapists and pedophiles.
    "These people, now these people are good role models!"

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  • June 1, 2016 at 7:59 pm
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    hahahahahahahahahahahahaha fucking stupid "oh video games make kids violent just like lead lowers iq" fucking stupid bitch

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  • February 4, 2017 at 4:17 pm
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    That animation is 10/10

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  • February 8, 2017 at 6:35 pm
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    Hey thanks bro for this video I needed it so badly

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  • April 7, 2017 at 12:29 pm
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    We also need to consider the distribution of these video games. Sure, these criminals may have been found to be big fans of graphically violent games like Call of Duty, Bioshock and Mortal Kombat, but what significance is that when we take into account just how many people play these games? The first-person shooter game "Team Fortress 2" is free-to-play, just like the mobile game "Pokemon Go" and which game has been more often been a direct cause of such 'accidents'? Think on that.

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  • June 1, 2017 at 2:38 am
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    do we I have permission to use this video on my website?

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  • September 27, 2017 at 3:57 pm
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    No

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  • January 23, 2018 at 7:32 am
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    The Last of Us is the most violent game I've ever played and one of the most violent I've ever seen, but because I play it, I don't want to go out on the streets and kill someone. Also, in games like that, the excessive violence is necessary.

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  • February 4, 2018 at 2:09 pm
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    Playing violent video games causes more aggression, bullying, and fighting.

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  • March 17, 2018 at 6:50 pm
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    Violent Video Games and Violent Crime. By: Cunningham, Scott, Engelstatter, Benjamin, Ward, Michael R., Southern Economic Journal, 00384038, Apr2016, Vol. 82, Issue 4

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  • April 22, 2018 at 5:10 pm
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    No, they don't. Unreasonable selective censorship, a strict and blatant violation of the First Amendment, does.

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  • May 28, 2018 at 9:43 pm
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    they saw it but where the proof

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  • June 29, 2018 at 2:52 pm
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    The reason people who are mentally ill play these games is to leave there boring and painless life for a second not to train for thw upcomimg shooting

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  • July 8, 2018 at 11:22 pm
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    People only say that because they don’t like video games

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  • July 15, 2018 at 2:47 am
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    Put a warning label on games such as a show with stunt people in it….

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  • August 4, 2018 at 10:32 pm
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    Don't buy little Johnny Grand theft auto

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  • August 22, 2018 at 2:55 am
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    Simple answer…

    No

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  • January 5, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Violence in video games actually have been shown to ease anger e

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  • January 12, 2019 at 5:12 pm
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    U.S. military psychologists have shown in studies, that playing video games where you get to play the murderer leads to more soldiers actually pulling the trigger in combat situation. Only 1/3 of soldiers in Vietnam were able to purposefully hit the target. After the so called desensitisation training the number rises to about 70-80%. One of those military psychologists, Dave Grossmann, former U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, wrote a book about this. ‚On killing. The psychological cost of learning to kill in war and society‘.

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  • April 20, 2019 at 1:41 pm
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    Florida man plays candy crush…. goes into a store and crushes skittle bags.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 1:59 am
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    love the tf2 modle

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  • July 13, 2019 at 7:07 am
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    I love cod

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  • July 13, 2019 at 7:09 am
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    Bois we fight but sometimes just as jokes

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  • August 16, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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    All terrorists are humans, so all humans are terrorists.

    yea that's definitely true

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  • August 18, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    O dang this was made 4 years ago

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  • August 22, 2019 at 1:36 pm
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    Someone: blames video games for violence and mass shootings
    Bullying, depression, bad teachers, too much work at school, bad parenting: are we a joke to you

    (I dont care if this meme is dead)

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  • November 1, 2019 at 8:48 pm
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    Listening to Soldier talking like this…

    …it scares me…

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