Essay on The Negative Effects of Violent Video Games

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In recent years our society has experienced many tragic school shootings in which teens have committed heinous crimes for no apparent reason. The question has become who is to blame or what inspired these attacks on these innocent victims? This question has become an epidemic in our country. We live in a violent world and young people have easy access to it whether it's on television, in music or on the Internet. But with the explosion of media entertainment in recent years, video games have come under scrutiny as to whether or not violence in video games numbs children and teens to the consequences of real-life violence. The answer to this question is yes. Young children and teens are very easily influenced, especially in a society in …show more content…
Harris tells his story in front of a video camera with a bottle of Jack Daniels and a sawed-off shotgun cradled in his lap. He calls the gun Arlene, after a favorite character in the Doom video game" (Provenzo Jr. 45). Costikyan argues that first-person shooter games are a way to let young people vent out their frustrations and impulses without harming anyone, but what he fails to see is that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold did in fact harm people and were partly influenced by the game Doom, which is a part of a game genre that he feels "uses violence well" (Costikyan).

Violence is not something that can be "used well," whether used in video games or in real life. Harris and Klebold, on the other hand, thought the opposite, in real life and in video games, with Harris going as far as creating their own customized version of their favorite game, Doom. Craig A. Anderson and Karen E. Dill, professors of Psychology at the University of Missouri- Columbia and Lenior-Ryhne College respectively, commented on this personalized version of Doom in writing, "In his version there are two shooters, each with extra weapons and unlimited ammunition, and the other people in the game can't fight back" (Anderson & Dill 772). Harris' version of Doom is eerily similar to
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