Inspired by the thread in General Gaming about America's Army...
What do you think of violent movies/games, etc? Do they indeed make a person more violent, more aggressive? I've never really thought so, personally. I can play Call of Duty for hours and not want to kill anybody any more than I did when I started (factor of zero, in case you were wondering). Seeing blood does not affect me. In fact, language affects me more than shooting sprees and gore.
Other influences would include sex, the occult, etc. I've known a few people who watched films like Paranormal Activity and had problems the next few nights. May have just been an overactive imagination on their part.
We will rule you
17th August 2007
I think it makes people violent, but not from what the media says. I blame mostly rage from losing a game or getting killed a lot. I wouldn't say my hobby makes me blood thirsty, actually, yes it does. Just let me win.
as for your friends and their experience with paranormal activity. I would guess nightmares? if so then that could happen with anything, I've been playing dead space 2 for a bit and I've had a recent dream about kiting necromorphs.
crisissuit3;5487052I think it makes people violent, but not from what the media says. I blame mostly rage from losing a game or getting killed a lot. I wouldn't say my hobby makes me blood thirsty, actually, yes it does. Just let me win.
Yeah, that. It's not the game, it's losing the game that seems to have a huge effect on people.
as for your friends and their experience with paranormal activity. I would guess nightmares?
I'd guess so as well. I mean, really it could be either or, you're essentially inviting demons into your home when you watch that stuff. I was reading a book series once and I didn't realize it had connections to Wiccanism; strange things started happening around my house. I'd test it too, I'd place the book in a specific spot and it would move several inches from where I placed it. I chucked those things in a hurry, haven't had a problem since.
I've also had friends tell me stories of people they knew personally being essentially followed by a demon after simply touching a Ouija board.
13th December 2009
There have been plenty cases around of violence because of games. One guy stabs another guy because he got stabbed in "Counter-Strike". Another bunch of children start causing mayhem because they "played GTA IV".
I think that games CAN influence your behaviour. But, it really is up to the person, wether he loses or not. Some people who lose and admit it or don't care, are less prone to such violence than people who are playing to win.
I can say that I'm influenced by a game, but not to commit it's violence. I love how the main character just runs over rooftops, or climbs towers and does some freerunning. That's what I really like about the game and that's what I'd love to do. Shame there are no free running clubs in Belgium :(
Embee;5487262I love how the main character just runs over rooftops, or climbs towers and does some freerunning. That's what I really like about the game and that's what I'd love to do. Shame there are no free running clubs in Belgium :(
Indeed. Parkour has been implemented in many games over the past few years, something I've always enjoyed. Never wanted to attempt it though..
7th December 2003
I'd say our culture is saturated with violence. If a person is messed up enough to be influenced by that to the point where he commits a crime then removing video games from the picture won't help, he'll just watch a violent movie or read a violent book.
Even though violence is such a big part of the entertainment industry there aren't a lot of people who commit violence because they were influenced by media. Blaming videogames for violence is contraproductive as it distracts from the real problems: lack of education. It is easier to blame a game than to admit that not everyone has what it takes to bring up a sane child.
High as a kite
29th May 2008
It only really affects the younger generation...but saying that at 10 I was happily playing GTA however nowadays I'd say its worse with games like COD. The amount of talk I hear from kids about how they brutally owned killed somebody online or how they made somebody really angry on mic but really its just the lifestyle we are in, violence is everywhere now and it does have an affect but as I said its everywhere, films, media, TV, magazines-you can't get away from blood, gore and violence.
As for sex....I think games and primarily anime games(FF13) they do make it worse by putting a cyber babe in, for Gods sake in Final Fantasy 13 than annoying girl is all ditsy, barely wears anythign and her mark just so happens to be on her ass when everyone elses is on their wrist or chest hmmmm.
Faktrl is Best Pony
10th September 2007
Hmm, I need to start playing more Final Fantasy games :p
"I'd shush her zephyr." ~ Zephyr.
Snipes With Artillery
22nd March 2005
Embee;5487262There have been plenty cases around of violence because of games. One guy stabs another guy because he got stabbed in "Counter-Strike". Another bunch of children start causing mayhem because they "played GTA IV".
Doesn't Counterstrike have more internet traffic than, say, the entire nation of Italy? (that might be a bit inaccurate now, it's a statement that's a few years old)
How many people have played GTA IV and not caused mayhem?
I R Scary Eyeball
29th January 2004
Crazy Wolf;5487380How many people have played GTA IV and not caused mayhem?
Once when I found a car I really liked and tried to get it back home without a scratch. Though to be fair I stole it from somebody at gunpoint to begin with. It's completely hypocritical anyway, I don't remember anyone saying that watching Timothy Dalton rampaging across a soviet airstrip in a plane full of heroine and explosives was a bad influence...