The Three Day Blog Blitz: Episode 1: Contentious Blitzing
So, for the next 3 days, I’m going to be getting quite a bit of blogging done. So, instead of just panicking through it, I’ve decided at least to have a bit of title fun and give it a fancy name. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Three Day Blog Blitz.
For “episode” one, we are going to fixate on a fairly contentious topic that always seems to find its way into media coverage. This time, we’re going for violence in video games. This, believe it or not, is an issue I’m actually fairly impassive about. I’m not a big video game player myself. I have played games, and I have found said games fun, but it doesn’t make up a major portion of my time in any way, shape or form. Because of this, I felt like I could tackle this issue, so to speak, in a relatively neutral stance.
That said, first we’re going to argue against video games. Studies have suggested that youth who play violent video games tend to be more violent, due partially to the tendency of many games to promote negative themes. Among these are the exploitation of women and violence towards animals. Hell, pictured above, we’ve got a picture of some kids holding guns at an arcade (which admittedly do look pretty real). Other studies have suggested increases in aggression, a greater chance of being confrontational with peers and the potential to pick fights with peers.
Granted, this has it’s flip side. In fact, federal crime statistics have stated that US juvenile crime rates are at a 30 year low. The same source also suggests that many of the ‘studies’ done on media violence have been, at best, inconclusive, and also suggests that video games can be a source for learning. And for anyone else who might worry (Mom), the video game market does a better job of keeping M rated games out of the hands of kids than any other form of media.
All of these statements are equally valid, and are important in considering the ethical repercussions of how things will move forward. However, there is a certain limit as to what any of these studies can do. In the end, it’s going to be up to the parents to make these decisions. I’ll certainly be careful with what games my children play.