Feedback: The War On Violent Video Games

Posted: April 25, 2012
Feedback: The War On Violent Video Games
This week on Feedback, Blair Herter and crew discuss how violent video games are affecting gamers. Do video games really cause people to commit crimes, lash out, and be violent?

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  • Tmidiman

    It's amazing how the gaming media does not cover itself.

    Whether you think of him as a video game intellectual or a crazed video game mad man, Adam Sessler did bring a least some credibility to the gaming media.

    His insites will be missed,...until his next gig. I wonder who will pick him up?

    http://www.digitaltrends.com /gaming/x-play-co-host-adam-se ssler-parts-ways-with-g4/?src= Outbrain

    Posted: April 27, 2012 9:20 AM
  • Tmidiman

    Did video games make Adam Sessler violent? Is that why G4 cut him from its staff?

    Just wondering. Seriously too. :-|

    Posted: April 27, 2012 9:19 AM
  • T_Dawg135

    Can video games be used as a training tool? Probably. Does that mean that playing violent video games makes people violent and trains them how? No. The video game would have to be designed as a training tool for it to be effective. When I worked in a factory I watched a forklift training video. It was far different than an action movie where someone drove a forklift into something. I only learned things that actually applied to forklifts from the video specifically designed to teach. Video games are not any different.

    Posted: April 27, 2012 8:34 AM
  • Leetcakes

    The thing about training through video game is that you can train someone to effectively aim their gun or learn certain orders or formations, but you can't train someone, psychologically, to take someones life. We kill each other so easily in video games because there aren't any other consequences other than pissing someone off.

    Posted: April 27, 2012 6:32 AM
  • TheLegendaryFox

    I just felt like saying that this was one of the funniest episodes ever. Especially every time donned tucker opened his mouth. But oh man you guys and al were perfect so funny thanks.

    Posted: April 26, 2012 10:15 PM
  • SableBop

    The real question is: Do video games make you happy?

    A few years ago I was gonna kick someone's a$$. Before I left to do that, I played a quick game of Car Bears - Care Quest. I totally changed my mind after I played that. I actually made friends with the person who's a$$ i was going to kick.

    To this day, we are still the best of friends!! Thanks, Care Bears - Care Quest :)

    Posted: April 26, 2012 9:53 PM
  • slimmer

    Where did this psycho learn to HATE so much and why ?

    Posted: April 26, 2012 9:11 PM
  • slimmer

    To even bring up vid games is dangerous and destructive and it only takes away from the actual act of the mass murder / violent act.

    Posted: April 26, 2012 9:09 PM
  • trevorman12

    So what? Alcohol causes fights and deaths. Is it illegal to to drink? Nope... Drink Responsibly and when you play video games dont cry when you lose your Halo.

    Posted: April 26, 2012 5:37 PM
  • spikeykirby


    Posted: April 26, 2012 5:19 PM
  • TofuZombie92

    I saw a blog a long time ago about a teenager who killed his mom because they took halo 3 from him. STEPHEN,BLAIR READ THIS PLEASE!!!! http://blog.cleveland.com/metr o/2008/12/boy_killed_mom_and_s hot_dad_ov.html

    Posted: April 26, 2012 4:56 PM
  • TofuZombie92

    I love ten words or less I think it's a great new part of the show. expressing your own opinions.

    Posted: April 26, 2012 4:43 PM
  • briano06

    Video games don't make you violent. In fact, I'd beat the crap out of anyone who says otherwise.

    Posted: April 26, 2012 4:09 PM
  • cfscorpio

    Ugh boring episode of feedback. Can't finish watching it all. Don't care about the war on violent video games because it is complete nonsense. Same issue as music and tv, those are still around.

    Posted: April 26, 2012 3:53 PM
  • segashredder88

    what a pointless discussion. and yes that girl is right it's just an easy story to write.

    Posted: April 26, 2012 3:48 PM
  • segashredder88

    what an old argument. i am more annoyed that this post was created than this invisible notion of violent video games having a correlation with kids aggressive attitudes because it doesn't exist anymore. you people are giving this more light than you should!

    Posted: April 26, 2012 3:47 PM
  • JediKiller18

    Its funny only violent video games ever get blamed. You don't hear about some mayor in trouble for the way he runs his city because he played Sim City or one of those games. Nor do you hear Monopoly getting blamed for the way some corporate CEOs and mortgage lenders screw people out of their homes and 401ks.

    As far as the whole Hezbollah having a video game division goes, I remember either the Army or Marines specifically creating a video game years ago as a tool to bolster recruitment and interest in serving in the armed forces. Interesting enough, there was a retired Col. who had a major in Psychology that would go on all the news outlets and argue whether the govt. was paying too much to train armed forces with simulators and should start buying Call of Duty games if the argument that FPS games actually teach kids to kill was actually true.

    The bottom line, is if its not video games, its something else that will get the blame.

    Posted: April 26, 2012 2:09 PM
  • SurrogateOther

    Their "Fighting Game Expert" obviously hasn't heard of Noel "Bionic Arm" Brown. There was also an incident in which someone threatened physical harm to someone at Evo in a video, but they were subsequently banned from the tournament for life. The FGC deals with all these situations as they arise and they deal with them fairly well.

    On to the greater manner at hand: People are capable of violence no matter what circumstances there are. Far more acts of violence have been committed in the name of nearly all other obsessions than have been committed because of video games. This is made true by the fact that video games, as a form of media in general, seek to occupy as much of your time as possible, so it leads to people not having any time for violent acts. Obviously there are exceptions that prove this rule in the form of the person of interest in this case, but I submit that no matter what his obsession was he would have lashed out violently simply because he was mentally ill.

    Posted: April 26, 2012 2:07 PM
  • Zzanzabar

    Just go in and read somewhere that Adam is not with G4 any more. That IS a lie right? Please say it is just an internet rumor with no bases in fact. If it is true why isn't anyone a G4 writing about this? Was he pushed out? (if so then I doubt I will be coming back here) Did he leave because he just wanted to take a break or for another project (for G4's sake this is the best scenerio)? C'mon G4 GIVE!

    Posted: April 26, 2012 1:53 PM
  • ganstajeff

    no is no violence it teachs survival skills

    Posted: April 26, 2012 1:29 PM