Argumentative Essay: Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence

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Our nation has changed over the years. There is no question about that. The generation that my grandfather grew up in during the 1930’s and 1940’s has often been called “The Greatest Generation” (Brokaw). Why is my generation not talked about for our inventions and advances in technology? Maybe that the downfall of our generation has been the media and the influence it has on the public? There is no doubt that the media can spin a story into a shocking and scary account produced solely on the intent to sell. This information force-fed to the public can cause fear and hatred to develop within our country and result in gun violence and bloodshed. One reason for the amount of youth violence in America is the violent content in many video …show more content…
Violent media increase aggression by teaching observers how to aggress, by priming aggressive cognitions (including previously learned aggressive scripts and aggressive perceptual schemata), by increasing arousal, or by creating an aggressive affective state (Anderson & Bushman 355).
As stated above, the violence in video games is directly related to an increase in aggression. The American School Board Journal also stated that, “adolescents who play violent video games show increased activity in areas of the brain linked to emotion arousal and decreased responses in regions that govern self-control” (Mathews). The studies show the appalling neurological effects it can have on gamers. Why are we not banning such violent games from the market? It is simple; as long as people are willing to buy and play the games, companies will continue to produce them.
Violence in video games has risen to an astonishing level and shows no indication of slowing down. The scary fact is that violent video games sale at an alarming rate. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was released on October 21, 2002. Over 1.4 million copies were sold in two days making it the fastest sales start for a video game in the thirty-year history of the industry (Media Family). Grand Theft Auto: Vice City has been notoriously known for its harsh brutality and demeaning treatment to women. In addition, the National…

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