Psychology Today writes about the American Psychiatric Association (APA) who published a report in 2015, stating that “playing violent video games leads to more aggressive moods and behaviors and detracts from the players’ feelings of empathy and sensitivity to aggression.” However a  large contingent of researchers focused on pediatric and adolescent health have found otherwise. As people play violent video games more, we should see a spike in violent crimes, but we do not. Because of the contingent of people that play violent video games, there would have been a spike in violent crimes based off these games. This is one of the many reasons why there is no correlation to violent video games and violent behavior. 

In an article published by CNN, Susan Scutti writes about the APA and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) both have reported significant links between violent video games causing violent behavior. The AAP reports that 97% of american teenagers play some type of video games, and that an overwhelming majority of those games contain violence. The report states that games should not include rewards for killing humans or other characters, as it creates a sense of pleasure from the suffering of others. Because such an overwhelming amount of games contain some type of violence, it is concerning to hear the amount of people playing these games. However, has proven from the APA, there is no spike in violent crimes that correlates to anything relating to video games. 

Violent video games are a world-wide phenomenon. The argument that the increase in school shootings and other mass casualty events is due to violent video games is not valid for a few reasons. One of which is that the spike in shootings is predominantly in America. Violent video games are world-wide and if they were causing the increase in violence there would not be a large contingent only in America. This proves that the increase in shootings is being caused by a different issue within America. Therefore because there is no spike in normal crime or violent crime rate, and because the shootings are the effect of something else, there is no proof to correlate violent video games to youth violence. 

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March 10, 2020 6:45 pm

suck me

February 27, 2020 7:18 pm

As a fellow gamer, I completely agree with you. The claim that video games are the root of gun violence in America is very unfair and is usually coming from those with little knowledge on the topic. I also agree that saying video games contribute to youth violence in America is ridiculous because violent video games are played all around the world. Also the fact that politicians use video games as a scapegoat for explaining an increase in violence is again, very unfair.

November 22, 2019 3:22 pm

Hi peter, your post is good
I think the video game is not the reason of making people be violated. 70 years ago, there is no video game but the WW2 still happen. I think the most important thing to do is to let parent make a good guide for their children. Because he can still play it when he is an adult. So it’s important to help children develop a good habit.
Here is some sources maybe helpful to you:

November 21, 2019 5:18 pm

Hi peter,
I enjoyed your use of studies that suggest that violent videogames can cause violence and was able to counter the research by stating that the studies are only of American children and that violence is only seeming to increase in America and not elsewhere where violent video games are played. it also seems that The media in the US seems to be focusing more on any and all types of violence and has contributed to the seemingly large increase in violence in America. There are also studies that show that videogames in general can cause people to become angry and frustrated when they don’t win which most people can relate with and have experienced before. Even so most people will just become frustrated and stop playing not projecting that violence/frustration outside the game. It seems that the news articles that suggest that violent videogames cause violence are completely off base and are just relating normal frustration to being ‘violent behavior’ caused by violent videogames. Do you think that normal frustration could be described as violence and is that ‘violence’ actually causing disturbances in the real world?

November 21, 2019 4:41 pm

Hey, I hear your point on saying that there has only been an increase in school shootings in America and that is a good point, you should also add in some research that has been done on young children for this topic, there’s lots out there. Lots of kids enjoy getting a rated M shooter game like Black Opps at a young age, when I played those type of games at a young age I never had violent thoughts or aggressiveness, although I would say I always liked to play with airsoft bb guns. I respect your opinion and like this post, so please speak more on this topic for others to see violent video games aren’t causing violence around the world.

Liam Sweeney
Liam Sweeney
November 21, 2019 4:23 pm

I found your article very interesting, being a teenager who grow up mainly outside of America and now in America and also being one that’s parents refused to allow them to play violent video games. I definitely agree with the fact that most violent videos games don’t cause heightened violence among those who play them. When you state – “The report states that games should not include rewards for killing humans or other characters, as it creates a sense of pleasure from the suffering of others”- do you agree with this or are you stating that you don’t agree with what the article was saying? I hear the point you are making in your last paragraph about other issues in America and would agree. Not being from America and growing up seeing all the news reports about different types of shootings in schools or other types of mass shootings, I definitely see this as more of a larger issue than some of these articles claims that video game violence causes violence in those who play them.

November 20, 2019 8:23 pm

Hello Peter,

Being a student who plays video games, I 100% agree with your claim. I have been called out by my own parents to “stop playing violent video games because they make you violent”. I apricate you writing this very detailed explanation to try and prove your point.

I have also seen many articles stating that their is a positive correlation between violence and video games. However, there are many confounding variables that are not accounted for by researchers – such as family history, mental illness, and economic status. Plus these children are not followed for long periods of time. Many of these “aggression tests” are also done in a laboratory setting. Laboratory settings do not account for real life examples. So when a child acts a certain way in a lab, that doesn’t mean how they act in real life.

When you state – “The report states that games should not include rewards for killing humans or other characters, as it creates a sense of pleasure from the suffering of others”. Did you agree with this? Or do you think that rewards for killing people does not create a sense of pleasure?

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