Violent Video Games – Do They Cause Violent Behavior?
Video games are nowadays more available than ever before. With free online games on various websites and the fact that almost everyone has opportunity to play them, it is not unusual to hear that question all the time. Do violent games cause violent behavior? The answer is not simple to give.
Some people claim that violent video game causes violent behavior even more than movies do, because of the fact that there is interactive element while playing video games. Players often place themselves in the role-playing positions, so they actually become the part of the game and therefore they can eventually identify with the character and become comfortable with being violent and committing criminal acts. On the other hand, there are some psychologists claiming that interaction in video games is relative and that people usually realize the difference between fiction and reality. There are, however, people that do become aggressive and they also play violent video games, but it does not mean that playing those games was the cause of the changed behavior.