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Old 04-16-2007, 03:16 PM   #26
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Re: A History of Violence

On another note. I am not a pyschologist or anything, but I would think that video games, while maybe not the root cause, certainly do contribute to the problem. They allow many kids to detach and withdrawl from reality. They allow them to become exposed to violence that is not natural nor real. They do not recieve counseling, parenting, or mentorship to deal with many of their issues.

I would think that video games, for many, taken to an extreme, and coupled with many other factors contribute to maybe say a "willingess", or "conditioning".

Conversely, I think that it is also possible that these games can serve as an outlet and an expression.

Personally and philosophically, I do not think it is good to expose kids to much of the violence that they are exposed to in our world today. I try and limit what my kids see, do, and practice in this area. When they do witness, participate, role play in these areas, I am careful to mentor, guide, and create an awareness of their actions and try to instill mindfullness in them concerning violence.

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Old 04-16-2007, 03:37 PM   #27
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Re: A History of Violence

Kevin, do you think that's any moreso than violent television shows, movies, comic books/anime and the like? Most video games seem more about pushing the buttons/moving the joystick in time than actually becoming the character you're manipulating. The violence is kind of the same as in any other media outlet.

Of course, the deep fantasy role playing stuff is another story...
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Old 04-16-2007, 09:23 PM   #28
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Re: A History of Violence

Cady,

I do not know if it is or not in reality. Philosophically, I can say, I don't think it is good for someone to spend an inordinate amount of time watching or participating in acts of violence. Certainly not as a primary means of entertainment.

I do think it is one thing to watch a movie like say "Saving Private Ryan", and another to play many of the video games that are on the market for hours and days. Again, I am sure many would say violence is violence..where do you draw the line?

I can only tell you that it makes me feel different to watch some movies, shows, games, than to watch others.

In the last few years I have rented several movies that I have started to watch only to stop and return without finishing because I felt the violence was unecessary or excessive. An example of a movie in which violence was the central theme, was necessary to the over all movie, and was handled appropriately was Hotel Rwanda.

At the moment I cannot think of a bad example...maybe some of the crime detective shows on TV these days which seem to have to provide more and more graphic detail to keep the ratings up???

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