The Negative Effects Of Video Games And Violence

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The video game industry is a huge industry, and that is not an understatement. To put it in comparison, the movie Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens grossed in one billion dollars in 12 days in theaters while Grand Theft Auto V achieved that total in just three days. Video games have come a long way from when “just nerds” played them. According to the Entertainment Software Association, over 150 million of Americans play video games, that’s nearly 50% of the U.S. population. But as they have gotten more popular, they have also gained criticism, particularly with shooters. Video games have been pointed at desensitizing violence and being a cause of increased violence. People falsely believe that video games only make people violent, and provide no benefits to the player. It is important to understand how video games affect the player (whether being positive or negative) due to the large number of people that play them. …show more content…
A study done in 2014 by the American Psychology Association looked at the …show more content…
Video games are suggested to provide intense positive emotions and that gamers feel when “immersed in an intrinsically rewarding activity that elicits a high sense of control while simultaneously evoking a loss of self-consciousness” (Isabela 7). Video games give players a sense of achievement and when beating a hard level or finishing a story, they have positive emotions. Another study demonstrates that these positive emotions “demonstrates that experiencing positive emotions may help broaden the number of behaviors one perceives as both possible and motivating and may build social relationships that provide support for goal pursuit and coping with failure” (Isabela

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