Video Games : Violent Or Horror Games Essay

1302 Words Dec 12th, 2016 6 Pages
Jonathan Cervantes
Mrs. Rayner
English
12 December 2016
Violence in video games
This paper will examine the question if violence in video games leads to violence in people. Over the years gaming has advanced in graphics, storytelling and most of all violent content. Each year new horror and action games get released with more gore and more bloodier effects. People say that there is a link between the violence in video games to the violence in people who play them. There have been countless research and debates over how the violence in video games affects the human mind and whether or not they lead to violent behavior and whether or not you need the gore in violent or horror games to make them appealing in the first place.
In “The effects of violent video games. Do they affect our behavior?” by Brad J. Bushman, a professor of Communication and Psychology at Ohio state university, he favors the argument that yes, video games do contribute to violent behavior in people, Bushman argues that young people, boys in particular develop violent urges in regards to violent game play but his argument is riddled with weak points and is frankly outdated in most of its information, the earliest reference for his argument being from 2011. Plus, three of his own reference sources are sources that he had a hand in creating in was found later after his research had been put out. Bushman references a study that in it describes where children were randomly assigned to play a violent video game…

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