You should really start the discussion off, but not in my place to start mini modding.
But no it has been proven alot of times that that is a lie. People constantly attack video games because they want something to blame for everything bad. And since video games have become so popular now, they are a prime suspect for all that is wrong in the world.
Terrorists? Must have been a violent video games at an early age.
In another thread that was started by me about a law by california I included links to charts and studies that help prove my point. I'll find them and edit this.
http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/09/16/virtually-crime-free/ http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2008/04...-real-vio/ http://www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevo...myths.html
Games aren't ever influencing people to do violent things. Murder in a game is very easy. In real life it isn't as much. People/kids play them for fun or to burn some steam, but to think that after shooting a couple people in one of their games they will want to shoot some person they hate? Absurd. In games there is an obvious difference about the violent acts than in real life.
Games portray characters that are fake, imaginary, life-like
. People do not feel the same emotions to in game characters to characters in real life. Emotions are a powerful thing people are driven by them alot. But the emotions and feelings, no matter how bad they are towards another in real life make killing very hard. And even if they do do it, are they mentally stable afterwards? Most of the time... no. In games after you shoot or kill someone are you emotionally stable... yes.
The second part of your question is kinda odd, "Do you think it's just them who do bad stuff just to show off?"
Please define "bad stuff"
As in murder, stealing, terrorizing?
In general all of those are "bad" but just because people say they are doesn't mean they are. Im gonna get alot of disagreements here probably, but they are only though of bad because of religon telling us they will send you to hell. Society frowns down on it now because of laws and religon. But some people may see no evil or bad in doing it. There for it isn't. Same as how Hitler or Stalin is "bad" we see them as bad, but they saw us as bad, as did whoever followed them. There is no universal good or bad it is all in opinions of one persons mind.
Now most of the times it isn't to show off. Emotions come into play once again. School shootings? A kid was bullied so badly they became depressed. Wanted to do suicide. But hatred, deep loathing hate made them want to get revenge too. Showing off is more of stealing little things (shoplifting), drinking alcohol, or breaking rules not laws.
Doing worse is more of something that happened to them or they don't find what they are doing wrong.
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