Defending The Morality Of Violent Video Games

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Violent video games are a very controversial subject in our world today. Video games have been around for years now dating all the way back to the early 1970s. The first gaming console the Atari was invented by a man that went by the name of Nolan Bushnell who also created computer space (Tyson, 2000). The very first violent video game that was acknowledged in the gaming world was Death Race, also considered to be a “Murder Simulator” created in 1976 (Mackey, 2015). In this research paper I will be acknowledging how historical perspectives and theories add to the controversy of violent video gaming, also on how playing violence in video games can manifest delinquent behavior in adolescents. I will also be defending the morality of violent…show more content…
Research shows that just about ninety percent of these games contain some violent material, and forty percent of these games reveal hostility towards characters (Glaubke et al., 2001). In our world today, most individuals will speculate that letting adolescents indulge in these types of games will only cause harm and nothing ever good will ever uproot from it. For example, after looking into 136 research studies, (Anderson, 2010) observed that being exposed to violence within video games was connected with increased levels of hostile behavior, hostile cognition, hostile affect, and loss in prosocial behavior (Anderson, 2010). Adolescents with higher levels aggression tend to lean towards playing more violent video games rather that nonviolent video games. According to (Exelmans, Custers, & Van den Bulck, 2015) The general aggression model “GAM” is a social cognitive model that describes the short- and long-term effects of exposure to media violence on aggressive behavior (Exelmans,Custers, & Van den Bulck, 2015). The GAM consists of a three-stage process. The first stage expresses, trait hostility and being apparent to violence expressed through media content could influence the access of hostile thoughts and emotions (Exelmans, Custers, & Van den Bulck, 2015). The next stage, consists of a process taking place that can result in hostile behavior carrying over into the next episode cycle (Exelmans, Custers, & Van den Bulck, 2015). The Short-term

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