There has been great debate as to the correlation between video game violence and its affect on real life behavior. Many of the world’s greatest game publishers have recently addressed gun violence on stage. One behavioral researcher stated, “youth violence has declined over the last several years while violent video game playing has increased significantly during the same period.” (Olson,2011). There have been remarks that for the kids that play video games the, “effects were quite small in magnitude…”(Dotinga, 2015) in relation to behaviour. The greatest way that the children were affected was academically.
While there have been many comments that violent video games have a direct link to behavioural changes it is evident that there are no definite links. A large amount of researchers would also comment that, “…violent behaviour is determined by many factors…” (Cooper, 2011) which indirectly supports the fact that violent games may not be at fault for any behavioural changes in youths.
Cooper, R. (2011). Do Video Games Influence Violent Behavior? – Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center. [online] Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center. Available at: http://yvpc.sph.umich.edu/video-games-influence-violent-behavior/
Crecente, B. (2016). Guns, games and violence: The real questions you should be asking. [online] Polygon. Available at: http://www.polygon.com/2016/6/24/12012888/guns-games-violence-questions
Dotinga, R. (2015). Violent Video Games Don’t Influence Kids’ Behavior: Study. [online] Consumer HealthDay. Available at: https://consumer.healthday.com/mental-health-information-25/behavior-health-news-56/violent-video-games-don-t-influence-kids-behavior-study-698040.html