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I believe graphically violent video games are harmful to our youth.

Total Voters: 1099
I agree 60%
I disagree 25%
Undecided 15%
Aaron06/23/1010:14amThe matter of the fact is most adults that play video games for example Call of Duty on the Xbox Live just hate being beat by little kids such as 12 year olds seem to always be the worst their crackling voices and seriously lame comebacks are just annoying, so my point is I think people speaking of ppl about 30-40 that are gamers just want to get rid of the compettion in my opinon that is.
Melanie11/22/0711:08pmWe will never be able to protect our children from the violence that we have in our world today. Just as we cannot protect them from violent games but there are age restrictions on the games. Unfortunately there are not age restrictions on Wars. So why not make the games more pleasant and less violent. We have enough violence in our every day world to keep us entertained.
Brittany K.N.04/22/073:39pmTHIS IS STUPID. VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES ARE NOT HARMFUL TO OUR YOUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
S.ph.s.03/12/075:02amI couldnt disagree more Crispin!
Crispin03/06/077:21pmI've read through these articles. A few people have suggested to restrict the game makers or ban them all together. But, let's go a step further. Let's get rid of everything that could possibly damage a child. Don't let kids watch the news, or watch movies, or read. There is some bad stuff in books folks, let me tell you! Those Harry Potter books, well, they're evil! You know, we should all get together and decide what is appropriate. Naw, seriously. Let's gather every piece of art, news, entertainment, literature, and decide what is appropriate. So, we'll keep what is nice and acceptable. Everything else gets burned. Sound like fun? If you said no, thank god (take your pick). It is so damnably irresponsible to mask censorship, even with the "save the children" tactic. If you can't stand the heat, get off the computer. If you think a game is too intense for a "youth," then research the game. In 2-3 minutes after a search, you'll know what it's about. I am sick of people blaming society's problems on diversions. Either it's music or the movies or video games. Decades ago, people cried blood for Elvis poisoning the youth with his music and dancing. Not so long ago, when you think about it. Same principle. People: Suck it up. It's entertainment. You want to shelter your kids, that's your choice. But, look at kids today. They're cream-puffs. They're so insulated and protected that when they actually face something truly dark, they crumble. I'd rather some kids risk getting "harmed" occasionally than being weak and afraid the rest of their lives. Or, maybe it's the parents being terrified of darkness and their own weakness to it.
S.ph.s.03/06/0712:42pmWOW ModestyBlaze, i really appreciate ur words of confidence!!!And fyi i'm M! ;-) But u're right, it doesn't matter much in this case. Hey btw, i actually like ur nickname..very original indeed! But how about urself, are u a girl or a guy if u dont mind my asking??
LG03/06/0710:39amThere is something basically wrong with a game where you have to hurt someone else in order to win. When something becomes everyday, we become desensitized; fiction blends with reality. Video games, graphic tv, graphic movies are all affecting our morale compass, making it easier to isolate ourselves and less interested in interacting with another human with interest in their being or in the well being of the general society..
ModestyBlaze03/06/076:34amI'm really beginning to love this "poll-comments" section because there are so many nice or inspiring comments/opinions that are being expressed by the people. Anyways I just wanted to say that I've truely enjoyed reading your comments S.ph.s., both in this specific poll and also in the previous ones! You really are the man/ma'am[sorry i don't know if you're M or F, although that really shouldn't be a big issue here]! :-)
Francine03/05/076:12pmAs a Parent and Grandparent I have to strongly agree with the fact that these games should not be in anyway available to Our Children . I also think that we as Parents and Adults should be doing more than just talking about this situtation . I have started writting letters to Companies who Manufacture these games and requesting that they start following Federal Guidelines when packaging their games and in doing so not allowing children under the age of 18 to be permitted to buy them without the Parent being the one who has to Purchase them for their child if they so wish to. The madness has to stop somewhere and we have the Power to make it stop and I think we should do so to Protect Our Children .
Freedom03/04/078:19amI agree with Ruth about the video games being put in places where children can get to them. My friend, Spamula, I just noticed has posted about her brother and yes, he plays games, he's five years old and plays James Bond's 007. He's very good at it. He is a very good child and is highly into his games and knows that it's not reality. Then again, my younger brother, Myron, buys games from a local comic book/video game store about three blocks from where we live and when he picks a game it's usually about violence and football. I'm the one trying to convince him to buy something around football, skateboarding or mind challenging games. Here and there, though, I'll catch him playing such games as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City or Grand Theft Auto: San Adreas, and as much as I enjoy those games, my brother doesn't pay attention to the fact that the game, without the cheatcodes, it is almost exactly like reality and what can really happen. So, in a way they are teaching kids a lesson, but it doesn't let you actually spend the jail time/prison time in the game because they merely want you to keep having fun going on missions to kill people or steal things. It's a bad influence, yes. But, it's also the parent's choice to let the child go and buy the game or buy the game for them. So, therefore, I do agree that violent video games are rather harmful to youth.
Jerry03/03/079:03pmI think it depends on the child and his sense of reality. My children have been around hunting and fishing all their lives. My 18 year-old son still does not like to put a worm on a hook. He can process a deer from dead to cheese burger, which involves gutting the animal on the spot, and skinning at home, then cutting the meat into freezer packets, etc. He has no desire to kill the animal himself. He plays the most violent games because they are shockingly gross, and funny. The games do not mold his perception of reality. Further, he understands that there is nothing more obscene or horrible than taking a human life. He understands the need to protect himself and loved ones may include extreme measures.
Ruth03/03/0710:02amThe games that have violents in them should not be put out to where little kids can see them and wont to buy them or should not be on a pc. thank you ruth taylor
Bam Bam03/02/077:24pmJeff, if parents teach their children it's unacceptable behavior in real life...then why would it be acceptable in any reality? If it's unacceptable then it should be wholly unacceptable not just in part. I think that sends a mixed message...children need guidance and strong morals. Not wishy washy half truths.
Bob the builder03/01/0711:31amI dont believe that because i am a kid and i play video games and they are not harmful i mean before you go saying this i think you need to look at some of the kids report cards and you would be amazed
Cocco03/01/076:53amWAKE UP! I think our children have a better grasp of what is REALITY and what is not then most adults! I was held up at gunpoint at work-since I don't believe in daycare for my children, my girls were there. If this real-life experience did not turn them into violent teens, then obviously their playing Grand Theft Auto will not. Stop blaming everything else but poor parenting and poor self discipline for the violence in our society.
Karen02/28/0711:03pmOf all the things we can focus on in this life, why is it violence? Life is short and childhood is even shorter, why stuff their minds with violence when their is a beautiful world out their to fill their minds with wonder, love, and mystery??? Oh wait, maybe that world has been lost to violence and anger as well........
Spamula02/28/077:13pmI can't really say I agree only because I plan on going to college to make video games but I can agree because of all the vilence and ideas people take from the games and use in real life. I can also diagree because they can get pretty fun at times and entertain your peskie brothers when you don't want them bugging you.
Dayten02/28/076:56pmI strongly disagree in most cases. If you, parents, look after what games your kids play and simply LIGHTLY monitor what they play then it is that much simpler. My mother waited until about 2 years ago until letting me play most games and still doesnt like me playing them, but trusts me enough to let me make my own decisions. I do not have a warped mind, this wont go for all kids of course, you have to know your own kid and understand whats going on in their life. But the majority of crimes from kids arent from video games, gaming is an expression, its the media, its ALSO a major impact coming directly from you parents. If you always say, you're going to do something bad if you play those games so you cant play them, they'll sneak them, and then do something bad thinking you just expcect if from them. If you think im just stupid, dont bother with this, but I have a whole big thing on it at flowers teenlifehelp happy. Check it out, there is alot on proper parenting and lots of other teen problem issues you can help your kids with.
DJ 02/28/073:50pmYeah it's problem but does anyone care, no and that how our society works, But if it had sex in the game then thats a different story. Hilary..Cough..Cough. So I guess we need to buckle down and set things straight and tell our kids to stop playing these violent games or even watching them.
Xavier02/28/072:11pmVilont games atrack kids and are cool.
Me02/28/0710:12amWell said Roxy!!!!!!!!!!
ROXY02/27/0710:13pmYOU ARE RIGHT DON, CHILDREN SHOULDN'T BE ALLOWED TO WATCH THE NEWS, IT IS OF NO CONCERN TO THEM, THE NEWS IS FOR ADULT INFORMATION, TO KEEP US UPDATED ON WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE WORLD.VIOLENCE IN MOVIES ARE DISTRUCTIVE AS WELL.THE EYES ARE THE WINDOW TO YOUR HEART.ANYTHING THE CHILD/TEEN IS ALLOWED TO SEE AND DO, AND AGAIN WE THE PARENTS DO NOTHING TO CORRECT IT. THEY THINK IS ACCEPTABLE.AND IF LEFT ALONE WILL GET PULLED DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO IT.YES, SOME KIDS/TEENS KNOW WHAT'S RIGHT FROM WRONG, BUT THE MAJORITY CHOOSE TO DO THE WRONG BECAUSE IT'S MORE EXCITING TO THEM BY HUMAN NATURE.VIOLENCE GAMES WILL INFLUENCE THEM EVENTUALLY, THEY ARE CURIOUS AND NOT ALL BUT MOST WILL BE INCLINED TO EXPERIENCE THE REAL THING. JUST TO SEE WHAT THE RUSH FEELS LIKE OR TO SEE IF THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH IT.
Berry02/27/071:45pmI think is not a harm. games like that are actually cool. who ever thinks that it is harmful is full of B.S. they dont know what fun is.... i have to go but ill be back soon.......
Gabriella02/27/0712:58pmI agree, and I'm one of those youths that it's harmful to!
S.ph.s.02/27/071:25amYeah i agree, well said Don.Are u a lawyer btw??;-) But what would u say to the same kind of arguement coming on the part of the gun manufacturers--in their own defense--that "it's not the gun's fault...it's the person who uses it"!? Mind u, I'm well aware of the differences between guns & GVVGs, but if u've been reading the earlier posts on this post, then u'd probably also acknowledge the fact that there are alot of other youngsers who are inclined to being "a little bit" more 'impressionable' than the average boy/girl when it comes to GVVGs, and it's precisely this group of youngsters that the poll is concerned about, basically.
Jeff02/26/073:25pmWow, very nicely said Don. You hit the nail square on the head!
Don02/26/071:29pmAnything out of moderation is unhealthy, but if people are going to censor graphic video games, then they should not allow their children to watch the news. There is far more shocking violence in the media than in a game. Playing a graphic video game or watching a graphic film are ways of achieving a simple catharsis or at the very least an escape. If people playing video games begin to mistake it for reality, then the problem is not the video game; the problem is that person. Anyone who misconstrues entertainment as real is already damaged and probably mentally imbalanced. So, if your children are incapable of making the distinction, do not allow them to participate.
Jeff02/26/071:58amIf the parent explains to the child that these are just games, and that certain behavior in real live is unacceptable, than I don't see the issue. As long as parents play an active role in their children's lives, they will grow up knowing right from wrong. Of course, parents must decide at what point their child is mature enough to handle such games.
Roxy02/25/0710:08pmIf children/teens are playing these games and parents allow them to do so, THEN BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THE KIDS THINK EVERYTHING THEY ARE SEEING>>>VIOLENCE,KILLING,BLOOD,FAUL LANGUAGE, IS OK! THEY KNOW MOM AND DAD KNOW WHAT IS BEST AND ARE DOING NOTHING TO STOP IT!AND YES IT DOES EFFECT THEM, ALL TEENS GO THROUGH A STAGE WHERE THEY FEEL NO ONE UNDERSTANDS THEM, SO THEY FEEL PLAYING THESE HORRIFIC GAMES GIVES THEM SOME SORT OF ACHIEVEMENT OR COMFORT AND LATER MAY EVEN PUT IT INTO REALISTIC PRACTICE!
Sarah02/25/0711:29amI myself really dislike violent games as my son has adhd and it really affects him alot, eg=copying the moves that he has seen on others
J.C.02/25/0711:21amAbsolutely true!
Matt02/25/0711:13amAbsolutely not true.
Jenny02/25/077:09amI think it depends on the child as well, there are some children who are more sensetive to violence than others and it is up to the parent to know their child.. That said I don't think any parent should allow a young child to use violent video games.
S. ph. s.02/24/072:39pmPerhaps in continuence of what i said earlier in my previous post, i should also post a crucial piece of fact here as well. It is basically the three phases of the human evolution: (#1)The Primal Phase. (#2)The Civil Phase & (#3)The Spiritual Phase. We have covered these paths on a historical & collective(cultural) level, but we ALSO cover these evolution stages on our own(from an individual level) right from the time we were born & thereafter!
Me02/24/0711:19amNOT!!!!!
S.ph.s.02/24/076:48amAlthough i think uve made some very compelling pts. J., i still feel that ure underrating the primal differences between the 3 types of games that uve mentioned here! Monopoly, although NOT exactly an "intellect-stimulator", is still 1 notch above Risk, & 2 notched above the graph.violent games. This is because violence, as uve said it urself, is a part of our human nature, BUT it's in the PRIMAL & the animalistic part of human nature! Im afraid this also includes the Strategy game Risk, because this specific game incidentally feeds both the primal instincts & the social/societal/civil human instincts! But in the case with Monopoly, it--as said before--does NOT require a whole lot of intelligence & intellect, so it would somehow be placed BARELY over Risk, but not a whole lot, because the idea of "gathering for survival" still is a part of a PRIMAL phases of a human evolution, albeit barely reaching the CIVIL phase of human evolution!! In other words, the graph.violent video games & Risk & Monopoly, they all somehow feed the most primal instincts of the minds of our youth, who already possesse these attributes in their characters! But when all is said, if u read my 1st post in here, i still believe that EVEN the graph.violent video games can be allowed, given that the youngster is completely aware of these factors & barriers within his/her own character! If this balance of mind is somehow given to the youngster or somehow obtained by him/her self, then i strongly believe that these graph.violent video games can actually become a constructive tool in the imaginations of our youth!
Kaomashi02/23/075:28pmSo true!!! I don't know Why people put the bood and gore...
Risings Isis02/23/0711:53amTeach peace.
Bam Bam02/22/079:47pmI'm going to talk about the kids that are unsupervised. Many of today's children are left unsupervised and play games in the virtual world. These children are affected by the violence portrayed in these games because no one is there to tell them it's wrong. Yes, some children who play monopoly do grow up to be bankers by the way. But, I also think as parents and responsible adults we should know that children don't need to shoot people and steal cars in video games as a pastime. There are better things to do and more creative outlets to utilize for learning. I also disagree that kids or anyone for that matter should use the games as an outlet because they can't do it in real life. Violence is simply the easy way out because no one can think of anything creative to do, make or sell anymore and many kids are paying the price because SOME adults are too consumed with their own life to pay attention to them.
J.02/22/077:52pmViolence is an integral part of human nature. violence in visual media is a reflection and an outlet, not the primary cause. a child does not become a business tycoon after playing monopoly, nor does he/she try to take over the world after playing risk. i think that taking an imaginary flamethrower to some bitmapped zombies is a constructive displacement of the urge to take a real flamethrower to some ignorant ****s walking the streets :-D
Ryan batrton02/22/0711:31amIm a kid so no itss not or else i would be getting f's in school
Maverickmuse02/22/0710:54amIf we feed constantly on junk food, we cannot be healthy; likewise, our children, feeding their mind's eye continually on violence, cannot have souls of peace. A balanced physical and spiritual diet benefits all of us completely.
S. ph. s.02/22/0710:08amWell said Lisa!**thumbs up**
Cooky-B02/22/077:41amYes, I defintely agree that all graphially violent video games are harmful to our youth. This society is getting more violent and I fear for this country's future.
Lisa02/22/073:55amAs a kindergarten teacher for at risk children, I can definitely say that there is a link between exposing children to violent video games and violent behavior. It is much more difficult to teach compassion to children who are allowed to play violent video games. Also when I am having trouble teaching a child to be respectful of other childrens feelings/bodies I always find that that child is either in a violent environment at home, watching inappropriate television shows or playing violent video games - more often than not, it is one or both of the latter two.
Thai02/21/078:35pmVideo games are harmless even to young people. Its all make believe and any person who knows right from wrong is not at risk of acting out such violent "games" in real life. People are influenced by things like family up-bringing and friends, not fairy tales and video games.
Pat02/21/076:12pmI absolutely believe violent games are harmful to our youth. By taking violence into the psyche and feeding this emotion into young minds, why would we expect other then violent emotions to express themselves on a given situation? What the mind and heart feed on is what will form the inner person.
S.ph.s.02/21/073:18amGenerally i would say that they ARE harmful to the minds of us human beings, especially the youth... HOWEVER i also tend to believe in the notion that if the graphically violent video games were somehow used with a good sense of awareness & BALANCE by us human beings(esp. the youth), then we would actually achieve the opposite effect..it would be the perfect outlet to get one's own inner most primal aggressions out! But this would 1st require that the person is PERFECTLY AWARE of the fact that s/he is NOT pursuing it in a "one track minded" or a one-sided fashion, and that s/he also has other 'balancing factors' in his/her life, and s/he is 100% aware of the psychological impacts of these 'graphical' video games as a whole...let alone in a "one track minded" way of going at it. Anything other than this would be down-right IRRESPONSIBLE, unethical & immoral by the society!!!


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