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Violence in Video Games
Transcript of Violence in Video Games
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16099971/ns/technology_and_science-games/t/does-game-violence-make-teens-aggressive/ Playing violent video games reduces violence in adolescent boys by serving as a substitute for rough and tumble play.
Playing violent video games allows adolescent boys to express aggression and establish status in the peer group without causing physical harm. Playing violent video games provides a safe outlet for aggressive and angry feelings. A 2007 study reported that 45 of boys played video games because "it helps me get my anger out" and 62 played because it "helps me relax." When research does show that violent video games cause more arousal and aggression, it is because the comparative game is less exciting.
A short-term increase in arousal and aggression does not mean a child is going to leave his or her house and commit a violent act. "The problem is, many people who have done violent crimes such as school shootings were all depressed, and people quickly point out that they possessed some sort of a violent video game. But it doesn't matter since video games are common household items. In the homes of these school shooters, you probably have found Grand Theft Auto, Toothpaste, and Twinkies. Strangely enough, nobody is blaming the toothpaste."