Video Game Violence : Video Games Essays

1419 Words Dec 15th, 2015 6 Pages
Game Violence Children are playing too many video games, and unfortunately the majority of these games contain some kind of violence. This problem began in the 90’s as video games became more popular, but the first game to include some type of violence was Death Race (NCAC). According to a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which focus on major health issues in the U.S, children from ages 8-18 spend an average of 7 ½ hours on entertainment media a week. Video game violence has been a controversial topic for many years as it has been linked to violent and aggressive behavior in children. The problem with these games is that it may confuse children between the real world and their virtual world (Casey), and this poses a threat not only to themselves but also to other children. This is why children should have more restrictions when it comes to video games, and this starts in their household. Even though games can help with their problem solving, such as helping build on their ability to make better decisions sooner, there should be more restrictions on video games as the negative effects, psychological problems and violent behavior, of video games heavily outweigh the benefits of video games.
91% of children in the United States aged 2-18 play video games, and 90% of popular video games portray violence (Snider 1). The majority of video games have an online component and this is not rated by the ESRB which is the Electronic Software Ratings Board. This allows…

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