Video games in general are becoming more and more popular with every year that passes by. A recent

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Video games in general are becoming more and more popular with every year that passes by. A recent study showed that Americans, ages 8 through 18, play about 13.2 hours of video games per week ("The Average"). There is a total of about 5 million people in the United States that play video games for over 40 hours each week, which is basically equal to a full time job. Also, the average American will play 10,000 hours of video games before he or she hits the age of 21 (McGonial). The amount of time that Americans play video games is just appalling. But, there is a specific type of video game that is causing some concern: violent video games. These games have become evermore popular in today's society. The most played and purchased game in…show more content…
One is violence; the other is sex. Whenever either of those are present in our environment, they have survival value for us." Also, according to Gentile, when you are playing a violent video game you have an adrenaline rush, which is another reason why children are drawn to violent video games. The human body has stress hormones known as testosterone and cortisol. These two hormones create this so-called "adrenaline rush" (Yenigun). Gentile also says there are three main things that causes kids to like violent video games. The first item, according to Gentile, is control. When holding a controller or remote for a video game you feel as if you are in charge. Second, is a sense of belonging when you are playing. Gentile says, "If you play with other people or have friends who play the same game or who play online, you also are meeting your belonging needs." The final thing that draws children to violent video games is the feeling of doing well. When you are playing video games you fell that you are able to do things well, which consequently raises your confidence. "[Games] often train you how to play as you're playing, and so you start feeling competent," says Gentile. Violent video games are also of interest to young people because there are no consequences. When playing a violent video game, it is an enjoyment to the player because you are able to commit crimes and beat up civilians while remaining safe from actual

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