Are Violent Videogames the Trigger to Extremely Violent Acts?

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On April 20, 1999, two high school seniors walked into Colorado high school carrying AK47 rifles and opened fire. They shot dozens of people, killing 12 students and one teacher. School shootings had happened before, but this was a new scale of carnage. While searching for the reasoning behind this massacre, it was found out that the shooters had spent a lot of time playing violent video games. The question that has been asked by many is “Do violent video games cause violence in real life?” The answer is yes. They do cause violence in real life, but not to the extent publicized. Many different studies and experiments have shown varying results. Most say that violence in video games does cause violent behavior. However, it is too simplistic to create a direct link to violence because of videogames. If someone is able to fire on innocent citizens without any good reason, it would be uninformed to say that this was solely caused by violent games.

Over 97% of America’s youth play videogames, with many of the “most played” games showcasing violent content. And by a 2008 estimate, they are playing them for an average of 13.2 hours per week. The rise in dramatically violent games connects in some ways to the real world. Many studies show an association between violent games and violent behavior and have many people questioning the effects of illustrative violence on young minds and then again there are others, which conclude otherwise. Video games have only existed since the…