Essay on Video Games And Aggression By Brad Bushman

1024 Words Nov 24th, 2014 5 Pages
Video Games and Aggression

Do video games amount to more than just entertainment in our everyday lives? With just how popular video games are in our society you have to wonder if they play a part in how we think and in our actions. In an article written by Brad Bushman he talks about the navy yard shooter and how his over consumption of violent video games lead to his more aggressive actions.

This issue with violent games started back in 1976 with the release of the game Death Race. The object of the game was to run over stick figures with a car, at which point they would turn into tombstones. The real issue was that these stick-figure resembled humans, and its post-production title was Pedestrian. With the outrage over Death Race many machines were burned in parking lots, resulting in the discontinuation of the game (Ferguson, et al., 2008). In recent years games such as Grand theft auto, Counter-Strike, and Call of Duty have been blamed for outrageous acts of violence such as the Virginia Tech shooting and the Sandy Hook school shooting because of their extreme use of guns and violence (, 2014). In this article Brad talks about The Washington Navy Yard Shooting and how Aaron Alexis; the shooter may have been mentally ill and had anger control issues which may have contributed to his violent actions (Bushman, 2013).

In reading this argument I believe there are many flaws in the study’s he performed and the points he made about violent video games. In this…

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