There has been a rapid increase in violence in over the past few months with 19 murder record and 12 of them related to gun violence according to Today newspaper. It has been consider by the public and some government ministers that this increase is due to the constant exposure of violence in video games. The relationship between violent video games and the rise in gun violence is one for some serious debate and considerable amounts of research. The debate about if violent video games can lead to real life acts of gun violence has come to the forefront due to the recently increase of video games that encourages the players to commit illegal acts. Still, the question reminds, do violent games encourage gun violence, or is
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Many studies have been conducted on how violent video games affect the behavior of the individuals playing these games and there have produce conflicting results. In an article publish by the University of Georgia, it was discover that playing video games can lead to an increase in physical aggression, thoughts, feelings and behavior according to scientific study (Anderson & Bushman, 2001). The effects of video game violence in kids is worsened by the games’ interactive nature. In many of these game the player is rewarded for being violent and these violent acts are done repeatedly as the individual continuously play these games. These video games can have an impact on the individual social life. Too much playing can lead to social isolation, gamers spend less time interacting in the world with friends and family. Also there was a study that was conducted in 2011, on player playing competitive games that were not of the violent nature also exhibited an increase in aggression as well. Indeed, many studies seem to indicate that violent video games may be related to aggressive behavior (such as Anderson & Dill, 2000; Gentile, Lynch & Walsh, 2004). Even though, many study seem to link violent video game to increase aggression behavior in the individual, these result also show that playing arcade games had a calming effect on some of the subject, these games allow the boys to blow off unwanted steam.