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My brother started playing Doom at age 3, I started playing games like Need For Speed and GTA: III at age ~6, and my 4 year old cousin has been playing Guitar Hero and Counter-Strike: Source since age 2.

None of us are insane and want to buy a gun; in fact it's better to take your stress out on others over the internet than to punch a wall or hurt your family.

Excellent, somebody who actually understand's and does not generalize ALL kids.

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I think kids should stop playing these violent video games and take up healthier pursuits.
Cowboys and Indians for example where they can reinact the genocide of a race or maybe just play "soldiers" where they can simulate the hunting down and killing of real humans.
Video games make kids violent?Get real.
Watching the news would be far more likely to make them think its sort of ok to kill people IMO.
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My only concern with my daughter playing a M+ game (she will be ninja-ing in CS:S by this time next year...) is other players cursing etc... thats one reason I play with headphones on voice-enabled servers and she will only play places that are family-friendly (like OCN GG server USUALLY is {difficult to be family-friendly when there aren't that many admins around LOL}).

As for other games, I'll play them before she does so I know if they're appropriate or not. And I'll check reviews at http://www.gamerdad.com on any games I'm not familiar with to see if they're worthwhile for her to play...
    
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A TV news report highlights research done by Cheryl Olson, an Sc.D. at Massachusetts General Hospital. Olson, who surveyed more than 1,200 7th and 8th graders, said:

We found that most boys 12- to 14-years-old are playing mature-rated video games, so this idea that M-rated games cause shootings or major violence just doesn’t hold water.

We don’t know whether playing to get anger out is a good thing or a bad thing for any individual child, but we suspect that it might be healthy for a lot of kids.

Olson also credited playing video games as a social activity.

They’re more likely to play with a group of friends in the same room or over the Internet, so this stereotype of a solitary violent gamer up in his room wasn’t borne out, at least in our study.

[Video games are] not going to ruin them. They’re not going to go out and pick up a gun. Violent video game play is typical and normal for kids nowadays. That doesn’t mean that parents have to like it, but they shouldn’t panic about it.
Hmmm, this doesn't seem at all conclusive to me. One study usually isn't though, it takes a lot more data to come anywhere near a conclusion. This particular excerpt seems a bit vague to me; certainly not conclusive.

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post #25 of 35
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Originally Posted by VulcanDragon View Post
Well, yes and no. I read a study about two weeks ago...I think it might have been in my local paper...where the guy watched gamers' brains under an MRI scan while they were playing violent games. The act of playing the violent game stimulated the exact same areas of the brain that are stimulated during "real" violent activity. To the brain, "real" and "virtual" violence is the same.

The researcher was actually very surprised, since he was working under the same supoposition that you stated: previous studies found no link, yada yada yada. However, the data cannot be ignored. He did not make any conjecture, as a good scientist should not. However, I'm not a scientist! So let me postulate that, while gaming is unlikely to drive anyone "over the edge", all of the arguments about desensitizing people to violence may actually hold some water. I'm hoping to see some more studies like this one down the road, I'm curious to know more.

Edit - Forgot to say that the very idea that violent games can be "good" for kids is ludicrous, if not downright retarded. Maybe they aren't bad, but there is no way that exposure to violent content, whether it's from games, movies, or music, can be called "good" for a developing and impressionable child. (Yikes...can you tell I'm going to be a daddy soon?)

so the brain gets excited in the same place when in real violent acts, and fictional video game acts. Ok well the person would know the difference, showing brain activity doesn't mean anything unless they act on this after the fact. I play violent games all the time, and i am not violent. I can get a temper over some things but that is every once in a great while, and as i have grown i have started to realize what i do and control myself more, though i realize some people don't care to or are just plain ignorant to their own actions. i definetly agree that i am extremely desensitized to human violence(or maybe it's the fact i don't care about half the idiots out there because of how rotten we as a society have gotten?) yet i would still get upset and maybe even cry if i see animals hurt/dying...
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Originally Posted by phospholipid View Post
Just means kid's are becoming despondent to everyday feelings that they should have IMO.

kids Now-a-days don't even wonder at their own lack of wonder, let alone wonder of the fact they are emulating violent crime spree's in various games. I'm not saying that these games are foul play in general, as studies have shown there is no aggressive behavior associated with constant play of M+ games, kids are more likely (shown through studies) to pick up idea's from classmates.
Oh ya?

Maybe you don't know any kids? *****.

I played violent games since I was 4, but I was at a Hospice home today doing some alarm/security installs...and there was a dead woman who had to be relocated before we could work...I felt like crap the whole time, because I know somebody died.

Video games don't numb people. It's how you're raised. People give games too much credit.
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post #28 of 35
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Video games don't numb people. It's how you're raised. People give games too much credit.
Well said. I think that a persons brain chemistry may have a lot to do with how angry they are, but ultimately it is their upbringing that will show how they associate violence.

It isn't seeing the violence or reenacting/simulating violence through gunning down zombies in videogames that show how a person accepts and feels about violence. It's what that person was taught/ shown by someone they view as knowing right or wrong, i.e. parent, older sibling, teacher.
If you were young and someone walked up to you and said "playing videogames will make you kill people", you wouldn't believe that person, but if your parents did, you would believe it.
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post #29 of 35
finally! video games were never bad for kids. its only bad when they play 6 to 12 hours everyday and never get any excersice....south park episode anyone??(make love not warcraft)

and besides is all about how a child is raised. if a child is raised in a good atmosphere were the parents control most of the things but let some freedom to the child then the kid turns out to be a good citizen (unless mental problems that lead to aggressive behavior) and if they are raised in a neglectful atmosphere they will most likely want revenge on society for the childhood they never had, and commit crimes because no one put it in their head that its wrong/ immoral to commit a crime.
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I play halo, and I could beat every one of my cusions in it, plus I play BF2 a lot. Would I even want to touch a gun? HELL NO. Besides, in my mind, I'm not even killing any thing. I'm just attacking a bunch of respawning 3D models. If course, I know that doesn't apply in real life... believe it or not, violent war movies and some video games with good storylines have taught me how horrible killing is.
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