Video Games And Its Effect On Youth

1833 Words Jan 20th, 2016 8 Pages
Whenever there is a mass shooting in the United States, it doesn 't take long before society suggests violent video games might be to blame. Video games have been culprits of crime today to many eyes in America. Just about anyone in most modernized countries has heard the claim before, placing the blame on a video game, music or television for the violent acts seen in their youth today. There is no link to violence on video games. Typically, these trends seem to pop up when we are referencing school shootings, gang related crime and other domestic terrorist acts done by our youth. It is too easy to quickly blame something like a violent video game for their behavior. Video games made their first appearance in the early 1970s. The first generation of games used simple shapes and had minimal interaction. The first game Pong attempted to simulate ping pong using two rectangles as paddles, and a small square as the ball. The paddles could be controlled by a human player. This game displayed no violent acts or situations though. The first popular game to be considered violent was Pac Man. This game consisted of a small circle with a mouth that tried to eat pills, fruits and destroy ghosts. Although this hardly seems violent by today 's standards, it was one of the first games to involve destruction of any kind. With the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 1980s and Sony 's PlayStation in the 1990s came new generations of games, with better graphics…
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