Wednesday, December 3, 2014

When killing is a game

A few weeks ago, we talked about a reading by McGrath called When killing is a game. The article talked about how video games have changed over the years and how it's corrupting our minds, mostly men. The more popular the video games, the more violence it brings. In the video below, it shows the bad effects video games have on us.

Children who play more violent video games are more likely to have increased aggressive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Too much video game playing makes a person socially isolated. A person may spend less time in other activities such as doing homework, reading, sports, and interacting with the family and friends. Games can confuse reality and fantasy. Besides all the violence, it could also increase high blood pressure, heart rates, and stress.

Below is another video of what video games could do to a person's brain when addicted. 

All these violence and addiction could be stopped. A person should limit their time playing video games, and start balancing their lifestyle. Do other activities like something outdoor or with friends. Also, if choosing a video game, make sure it is acceptable. Try and buy games with less or no violence, and think about why you shouldn't get it. A study shows the negative effects it could have on a person, and how it could ruin a person's life forever.   


  1. did he just try to shove a tv remote up his ass?! lmao@ the 2nd video. But, in response to your blog i totally agree, violent video games can make for a violent reality. The first video you posted also gave a good response regarding the topic at hand, i feel that it IS the parents job to screen what and what not their children are doing. Also good point about balancing out lifestyles. i for one always played violent video games, but like you said, i balanced them out with sports, friends, and other activities. I rarely see kids playing outside anymore, if kids are just going to stay in doors and play killing games without getting the social experience they learn by going out, id imagine that they'd turn into psycho killers too !!!

  2. Sadly i've seen this happen in my own family. My cousin got his video game systems taken away from him and he had the biggest freak out I have ever seen. Not as bad as your second video but still very unhealthy and unnecessary. Its sad to see how negatively video games can effect some people. It is scary to see how addictive and violent they really can be. I think their should be balance in all things and too much time playing violent videos games cant be too good for a healthy functioning member in society.

  3. My 11-yr-old son is currently on a break because he has acted almost exactly like this when told he needs to get off of the game. Yes, I do agree it is awful behavior. That being said, I don't believe the second boy is going to kill anyone. The first video also reported Adam Lanza was obsessed with the other criminal first and then used the video game to hone skills. This is the big issue and confusing research, the difference between aggression and actual violence.