View Poll Results: Do games have a negative effect on people?

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  • Yes, a considerable amount.

    5 2.79%
  • Yes, to some extent.

    10 5.59%
  • Undecided.

    8 4.47%
  • No, but they could.

    50 27.93%
  • No, none what so ever.

    106 59.22%
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  1. #81
    Video games probably don't trigger violence, but I recall seeing a study that found video games desensitize people to violence. IIRC the military has been using FPSs lately to desensitize soldiers-in-training.

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    Blaming video games has since long become book burning of 21st century.

    Video games are great for developing imagination, and other creative qualities (not as good as reading though, ofc), in my opinion. And if your kid shoots up a school after playing some GTA - it's the bringing up and education to blame, not Rockstar Games.

  3. #83
    Could they? Perhaps in the case of someone mentally unstable who would be triggered by some form of simulated violence. The same argument has been brought up against books, music, and movies. As a society we've accepted the risks brought on by books, music, and movies--why haven't we accepted video games?
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    I don't believe that video games themselves trigger violence. Maybe in the fact that if you're sitting around all day playing video games, you will have a lot of built up energy and if you're a person who's already prone to spurts of anger or violence... well there ya go. But that can be said with reading all day, watching TV all day, etc.

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    This isn't a debate, they do none of these things.
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    I say no not on the normal healthy minded human.

    It might make a already unstable person worse, but then again a person like that could flip over other things.
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    A game that involves torturing puppy's wouldn't make you want to torture puppy's.
    But there always will be nuts who torture puppy's, geuss what would be their game of choice
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  8. #88
    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Risin View Post
    What ho,

    I'll remain neutral for this one - but I'd love to hear your views on this infamous debate.

    Do video games ruin the minds of people playing them?
    Do they trigger violent, psychotic behaviour?
    Do they spread archaic, stereotypical views on women?

    Discuss and vote!
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    Well, if I was asked to name a country with a high amount of video games, I would say Japan.
    And if I was asked for one with a series of restrictive laws banning violent video games, I would say Australia.
    And if I was asked for a country that was so dirt-freaking-poor that nobody there could afford a console, or even a game, I would probably pick Ethiopia.

    Do video games ruin the minds?
    The UN uses an educational index, a score of 0 to 1, to rate countries by educational completion and expectancy. it is part of their Human Development Index.
    Japan got a 0.880, 18th in the world.
    Australia got a 0.977, third highest in the world.
    Ethiopia got a 0.236, the fifth LOWEST in the world.

    Do video games trigger violence?
    The murder rate in Japan, per 100,000 people per year, is about zero-point-four. It is amongst the lowest in the world.
    The murder rate in Australia is one-point-zero. Also, quite low, but technically higher than Japan's.
    The murder rate in Ethiopia is twenty-two-point-five, which is high EVEN for Africa, the highest murder rate per capita continent.

    Do video games spread stereotypical views of women?
    I couldn't find anything good to numerically quantify this, but I did find some results.
    In Japan, literacy for men and women are both 99%. Employed women earn about 28% less than men.
    In Australia, literacy for men and women are both 99%. The salary gap is 16%.
    In Ethiopia, literacy for men is 50.3% and women 35.1%. The salary gap is over 75 percent in urban areas and drops like a rock in rural ones.

    So, could you argue that video games cause problems? Maybe. Can you argue that there are far stronger concerns that should be addressed? Hell yes.

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    I appriciate this poll, even more so considering who you were asking.

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    The thread title and the poll have two very different questions.

    "Do games have a negative effect on people?" or "Do games trigger violence?", which one is it?

    If it's the latter, I would say definitely not. If anything, video games help "vent out" aggressive feelings and prevent them from building up, IMO.

    If it's the former, I think video games can have some negative (non-violence related) effects on people. Procrastination, forgetfulness, decrease in productivity, health issues, etc. Of course I'm talking about extreme cases here.
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  12. #92
    Can only speak for myself, and over the years (don't know if related to playing video games with violence elements or perhaps it was a result of becoming more mature) my tolerance to violence, and likelihood to commit it decreased considerably.
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