Video Games: Another World or Reality?

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Video Games: Another World or Reality? The origin of the harmfulness of video games originates with pong; the first video game invented. “How is pong harmful? It’s a ball with two vertical bars.” It had nothing to do with the content of the game, but the addictive nature of it. The Surgeon General at the time, C. Everett Koop, was the one who made the comment about the games addictiveness. He believed that, because of the addictive nature could turn players violent. According to a study performed by the Washington D.C. based Pew Internet and American Life Project, more than half of the all American adults play video games, with one in five playing every day (Marcovitz 13). There are some who think that video games promote real-life violence. Newport, Tennessee 2003, a 15-year old and 13-year old took their fathers .22 caliber rifles and opened fire on an interstate highway. Before this event, earlier that day they had been playing Grand Theft Auto III. It was the 13-year olds idea to steal the guns and go shoot at the real thing, instead of the virtual thing. When they were caught, they told the police that they didn’t intend on hurting anyone; they just wanted to do it like the game. Without knowing it, they had killed a 45-year old man and seriously injured women. Both of the boys were tried in juvenile court, they both pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and other charges. Tennessee law will release them when they turn 19 years of age. Now some may say “it’s the games
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