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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  • ganstajeff

    noooooooooooooooooooooooo! why adam coome back we need u

    Posted: April 26, 2012 1:27 PM
  • twinkiefoshizzle

    If violent video games make you a violent person then I guess I should be a millionaire because I rocked at Monopoly.

    Posted: April 26, 2012 1:22 PM
  • thrashmsmf

    The people that say that violent video games make people violent are the same people that don't pay attention to their children, buy them anything they want, and let them watch anything they want so that the game or tv show "babysits" the kid and the parent doesn't have to be bothered with it. This is the same argument that was being made over Dungeons and Dragons when I was a kid, and has been being said about tv and movies, and even music, for decades now. It always amused me that parents back in the day complained about Dungeons and Dragons, but no one seemed to ever say anything about like games such as Middle Earth Role-Playing (MERP).
    I played Dungeons and Dragons, and have always played violent games, and I allowed my son to play violent video games, who is now 21 years old, and neither of us have ever been to prison. I know many other people that played D&D and violent video games, none of whom have gone to prison. Parents who complain about these games making kids violent need to take a step back and recognize that it may be their inadequate parenting that has caused the problems for their children. How many times have ya heard a murderer say that their fathers ignored them, abused them, or wasn't even in their life? How many rapists and woman killers have there been that said their mother did something bad to them?
    A question just occurred to me: how many people started popping pills because they played Pac-Man? On the other hand, how many people may have gone into the military and have gone on to protect our country because of games like Call Of Duty?

    Posted: April 26, 2012 12:35 PM
  • cybercrimes510

    If I had kids I radther have them play video games inside then outside getting in trouble and useing drugs and video games don't cause volance people cause volance going outside hanging on streat corners looking for trouble not video games they stay home and play and be good and u know where they are

    Posted: April 26, 2012 12:27 PM
  • SalviaErikIsGod


    Posted: April 26, 2012 12:11 PM
  • SyCo_xXxBrBxXx

    Video Games don't make people aggressive. I'll fight the next person who says it does!

    Posted: April 26, 2012 12:04 PM
  • Oberon79

    People were violent before video games and rock and roll.
    People don't have the urge to maim and kill after play fantasy games or listening to hard music.
    Those that are violent are due to mental imbalance, from lack of proper parenting and social upbringing.
    The society allows children to dictate what is good for them. Children can report parents for strong disciplining. Teachers have very little authority over students without parents making a fuss. Every kid is a winner by default and can never be disappointed.
    The result is, when a kid is pushed, he/she either push back violently or hide and become an outcast or worse commit suicide to escape the "pain".
    The new generation consists of soft cry babies that act out when there is a lack of attention. Just watch any reality TV show, that's what they're learning from. Unnecessary drama and poor personalities. Most people know the difference between video game and movie fantasies and reality, but when reality shows them it's okay to be brats, that's what they become.

    Posted: April 26, 2012 11:48 AM

    Do games make us violent? no they do not, in fact, i believe that video games relieve certain stress, sure, games like Cod sometimes make us scream our lungs out when we experince a BS death, but in the end its all good, as we know that it is only a game.

    Posted: April 26, 2012 11:31 AM
  • volrath345

    All in all this whole story/issue comes down to one thing....Parents!! Complain all you want about how you want to make your kids happy and allow them to play these games with their friends just dont try to have your cake and eat it too. There is a reason that games have rating on them and part of it is because the idustry has realized that maybe only people old enough to make intelligent decsions should being playing these kinds of games. Parents can not go around and say its the video games fault when you as the parent bought the game for your child to begin with DISREGARDING all the warnings and information recomending you against it. Parents dont go out and buy children guns, swords, or any other kind of weapon and then blame the industry that makes them if they decide to do something wrong with it. They take the responsiblity to show there children how to take care of these things and tell the what they can and can not do with them. The video game industry has realized that not all ages should be playing certain games, just like not all ages should be hunting, or fencing, which is why there are ratings such as M, T, E10+, and E. For people to say its a video games fault that a child or person has done somthing wrong is just like saying that its the karate teachers fault or the hockey coaches fault or the football coaches fault that their child got into a fight and used something that they learned at practice in it. I say no, it is the parents fault for allowing their child to participate in actions or events that precipitate those things DISREGARDING any of the effects that may or may not occur because of them.

    Posted: April 26, 2012 10:52 AM
  • MrBondo

    "People how are 40 and older don't know how to play games and don't know what games are"


    I know what you were shooting for Nikole, but that line gave me a smile. We were the ones that got to go to real arcades back in the 80's not to mention the government was saying our music was bad. I think it's more people of any age that never got into games "wasn't their thing" and don t really know about them. Just a few months ago I heard the line "you can't tell me these war video games aren't having an effect on kids". He's never played one because games are for children according to him; he has no reference except what he hears in the media.

    If you are off in the head, anything can give you inspiration to do something bad and if no one is watching and caring for you in your life bad things can happen.

    Really sorry to hear about Adam that's a huge blow to G4 and X-play. I've missed him from feedback since he stopped doing it. I know you guys are trying and putting your own spin on feedback but still got a way to go. If there is a way to get him back into the fold they should work on it.

    Posted: April 26, 2012 10:01 AM
  • annoying_tool

    I love the Feed and I think everyone on the show is great and insightful. But I have some issue with this episode. I think its a valid conversation and I don't even really mind that there was no one there to offer a counter point because its not really that type of show. But I you are going to run a show like this there needs to be some basic research. Donnell's observations at fighting game tournaments isn't really sufficient to prove anything about games. Empirical data is what proves arguments, not opinions. Donnell mentioned research conducted about social class and tendency toward violence but there were no numbers or even the name of the study to go along with his comment. Nikole had something similar. I absolutely agree with you but, just expressing your gut feeling really doesn't validate the idea that games don't make you violent. More importantly, this specific incident that prompted the episode wasn't really deconstructed. I think Blair tiptoed around it, but the fact that the guy "trained" with MW2 is more of an indicator that the guy was unbalanced and violent and to begin with. If he needed the game to prepare for his attack, he had the idea for the attack in mind before he ever started with the games.

    Posted: April 26, 2012 8:31 AM
  • magickmitch

    I watched the first five minutes and began thinking what if we applied the same logic to sports. I'm a baseball fan as well as a gamer. Now, lets say someone who is also a baseball fan and as it happens, completely insane happens upon a baseball bat and uses it to kill people. I think that even if the person blamed watching hours of baseball and being a fan of the sport for his crimes he would be ignored and no one would be blaming baseball for the actions of a crazy person. So in reality, what those who blame video game violence for the real world actions are doing is blaming baseball for those killed with baseball bats. The logic is flawed and completely unfair.

    Posted: April 26, 2012 7:28 AM
  • killuuminnaati

    Adam sessler is not with G4tv anymore. We'll miss you Adam

    Posted: April 26, 2012 7:27 AM
  • Codeman1979

    I play call of duty and mortal kombat and I own firearms I've never hurt anyone or even speeding ticket. I think some people are just bad people that's the way it is. Video games are just games and if you can't tell the difference between reality and the pretend world then you have a problem

    Posted: April 26, 2012 2:51 AM
  • theantigzus

    i say everyone starts writing iin to G4 to not only meet Adams demands to resign but increase it by 10%, this networks has just gotten worse and worse over the years, only one i respect on the network is Morgan and i also enjoy Sara Underwood but thats goes without saying

    Posted: April 26, 2012 12:40 AM
  • theantigzus

    We miss you Adam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! G4 you messed up, messed up BIG!!!!!!!!!! : /

    Posted: April 26, 2012 12:34 AM
  • RomenXelkorta

    i use video games like CoD and Battlefield for relieving stress, without it my stress will build up hellas. n could break thinks or more. well the fps games gota bee fast paced of anything, no racing tho.. More like Slaughter Fast Pace 1st Person Melee. Those fall under "Dead Island," "Battlefield" CoD... dangit, im so tired i cant name the rest. bughhhh Skyrim!

    Posted: April 26, 2012 12:26 AM
  • Joshua_4291

    What the hell happened to hour long Feedback?!

    Posted: April 26, 2012 12:13 AM
  • StarWars_Enigma

    ...I wanna bring up a couple points.

    1.) What happened to Feedback talking about gaming news? I understand during the quiet times, there will obviously be episodes like this one. Have just one general topic, and discuss it for half an hour. But having it week after week, even though there is plenty of news stories abound, gets a little boring. You guys should go back to that era of Feedback.

    2.) Why has the show been shortened? I was always pumped about the hour long Feedback every Wednesday! Now, it's like....half an hour...yay. Bring back the hour long episodes, please!

    3.) I know normally when someone leaves, you guys are generally quiet about it on Feedback. Which is all fine and dandy, but....Adam Sessler left. He's is one of the most recognizable faces on G4, and your former Editor-in-Chief, and he's one of the main guys that made G4 what it is today. I think he deserves a farewell of some kind. He's been there 14 years....he deserves it, in my opinion.

    That being said, I really enjoyed this week's episode. Especially whenever Donell and Steve is on the panel, those two always crack me up xD

    Posted: April 25, 2012 10:31 PM
  • random_mcgee

    I love sniping people in I.D. softwares RAGE. It does not by any means say I am going to buy a .308 deer rifle and am going to make chuncky salsa out of someones head becasue it happens in a video game. I've never even held a gun in my life and never plan to.

    Posted: April 25, 2012 10:25 PM