Violence in video games seems to be an ever-increasing familiar format. The violence typically seen in video games can be somewhat realistic, but the player does understand he/she is playing a game. It is possible that to view some unique form of violence may implant violent ideas into someone’s head, but to think video game violence results in real life violence is unlikely. This is just someone’s feeble attempt to force a cause for all real life violence other than the real cause; the violent person is just intrinsically bad!
If we can say that video game violence results in real life violence, we must also be able to say that video game anxiety results in real life anxiety or that video game comedy results in real life comedy. Similar to watching Television, the watcher, or participant, does not necessarily become what they participate in.
If someone is hooked on stand up comedy, that doesn’t mean that person will end up being a comedian. I love a good western and I will watch them when the opportunity arises. However, I highly doubt I will ever be a cowboy. Certainly, I will never be an Indian. I won’t ride around on a horse, shooting things up, nor will I ever hang around saloons all night drinking. Just because I saw it on TV doesn’t mean I will be it!
Entertainment is delivered in so many forms today; video games, television, on-line games and on and on. It is frightening to think that we become anything we watch. I prefer to give the human mind, a person’s free will, more credit than that. As a kid I made it a point to watch all the Shirley Temple movies I could find. I am hardly a cute little curly headed person today and I certainly don’t talk like a precocious, innocent little girl.
In fact, if that were all we had to do, watch certain programs or videos or play certain games, to acquire particular skills or traits, why would we bother with school? It isn’t logical to single out violence as the only trait that would ever transfer from the entertainment screen into a participants mind. How many Beaver Cleavers do you know today, yet we know millions of people watched the Beav grow up on national television?
We need to relax. Maybe the type of entertainment some games offer doesn’t meet with our approval but don’t worry yourself about it being directly injected into your child’s brain. We still have the power of free will. It is still our position to make decisions, and the right ones. I shudder to think how many “Stooges” there would be running around today, if the topic of videos of any kind resulted in real life personalities.