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  •  If video games caused violence, (3+ / 0-)
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    Miggles, k88dad, MRA NY

    we would see
    o an increase in violent crime since video games became popular
    o the same increase in mass shootings in every country that has violent video games
    o probably some other things I haven't thought of that also aren't happening.

    Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

    by Dogs are fuzzy on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 04:31:37 PM PDT

    •  Violent video games is a redundancy (0+ / 0-)

      Violent video gamers?
      Most think that's an oxymoron.

      •  UM...what? That does not make sense. (0+ / 0-)

        First of, can't even comment on what you think "most think" are, I'm not so sure I'm quantify that games are a majority now in the US, though globally, I might dare say there is more people who ever played again lived today than hasn't, I'm not stating any of this as facts, mind you, but just trying to do the hypothtetical in my head, and I shouldn't be to far off in what would be factual.

        I also can't commnet due to how you set up this reply, if you are one of the said "most think"  in your statement, but... welll, let me just "laugh" a second...

        Tertis? Violent?

        Bejeweled ? Violent?

        Guitar Hero/Rock Band? Violent?

        Uh, you do know there is a whole slew of non-violent video games, and while they do more often than not fall into very specififc genres/categories, like puzzles, point and click adventure, racing games, music and rythem games, educational, etc, they are there and are prevailant, hell, I could get wrapped up for some length of time just playing Bejeweled (been working on Bejeweled 2/3 recently), Bubble Bobble (Bust-A-Move), etc Trials HD, is a good obstacle course on motorbike game that is critically acclaimed.

        And even amongst those games that do have violence in them, just like TV, movies books, etc, they all have leveling degrees of violecne and can't be considered all the same.

        You'd honestly compare the "violence", cartoony at beast, in games like Pokemon or Super Mario Bros. to Call of Duty, the game gamephobes love to hate the most?

        Just like TV has cartoons with child-like carttony violence within them, like Tom and Jerry , or even the Pokem TV show, so to are those games like that, while a Call of Duty's type level in of the "Rated R" realm, which is why the game is rated "M".

        And even going through and discussing while being educated on these matters the more "mature" and serious violents people like you are singaling out, there is all degrees of that, from games with guns, to games without, or games were guns aren't the main focus of the violence, and even games with guns, realisitic, somewhat non-realistic, and of course sci-fi, futuristic.

        For example, Call of Duty games and games like Gears of Wars or Halo have little in common other than the play mechanic (shooters), the weapons most people want to use in Halo, for example couldn't be found in real life, unless we junp to the year of 2552, where the story takes place, and you confiscate some real word plasma swords (think light sabers) or a plasma fuel rod canon, etc.

        And Many other games that either don't really deal with guns or aren't shooters can be just as violent, but you tell me are we seeing outbreak of young people using highly advanced martial arts to karate kick pedestrians in the face or rip open someone's spine, like in the "martial arts fighting tournament" genre of games like Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat (a game series whom Joe Lieberman has been lambasting for decades).

        But, yeah, getting back tonon-violent games, sorry, but your comment of "Violent video games is a redundancy" is simply wrong, and I even have found memories of growing up with one of my favorite games in the educational, non-violent genre, Where is the World is Carmen SanDiego. Still one of my top favs, and I hope whoever holds the copyrights now would release new games or rerelease the old ones atleast in HD for today's systems.

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