As the 21st century has progressed so far, video games are now more able to realistically depict often graphic levels of violence than ever before. Of course, this means that every now and again we’ll have more than a few conservative naysayers saying that video game violence warps people’s minds, but I’m here to explain why I think video game violence is not only a good thing, but absolutely necessary.
In life, there are plenty of things that can make us so angry, that we may think about wanting to unleash your frustration on the whole world, possibly not even thinking about the consequences. The problem is that we might eventually hurt the ones we love. Wouldn’t it be great it we could vent our frustrations in a virtual world? With realistic action games, we already can.
Nowadays, the video games industry is under the impression that audiences want action, and so they’re giving customers what they want. Though I don’t like too much gore, I do think that violence is a necessary part of action games. To not have it would be like having Resse’s Peanut Butter Cups without peanut butter.
I don’t know anyone who has a genuine problem with video game violence, but every year, there’s always somebody trying to link video games with violent crimes in the real world, usually with bogus studies and scaremongering headlines targeted towards old people. The way I see it is that the media clearly doesn’t like the fact that young people are paying more attention to video games than reality TV and 24-hour news, so news outlets look for whatever they can use against the video game industry. Politicians and ideologues also hate that video games are more popular then they are, so what do they do? They try and get video games banned or censored just so they can get some attention.
If you hear anyone blaming real world violence on video games, ignore it. It’s probably just the mad ravings of an attention-starved moron with nothing better to do. While I’m there, don’t listen to any of those headlines which allege a link between violent video games and violent crime. It’s simply not true.
The idea that violent video games lead to gamers committing violent crimes is simply a venomous myth spread by conservative demagogues with nothing better to talk about. The truth is that that the rising popularity of video games has actually had the opposite effect. As violent video games became more popular, the number of violent crimes committed by young people has actually dropped, obviously because young people would much rather kill virtual soldiers than kill a real person.
In conclusion, I think violence in video games is simply inevitable. You can’t do anything about it, but why would you want to? A lot of gamers seem to enjoy violent action games, so we don’t any right to deprive the world of violent video games, especially if they lead to reduced crime rates in the real world.