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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  • gambit1023

    Games do not make people violent..people make people violent. Playing video games does not make you anything that you were before you started playing. Does Rockband make me as good a drummer as Neil Peart? Does MLB12 give me the ability to hit a C.C. Sabathia fastball? Does Super mario Bros. make me eat mushrooms to grow big and produce fireballs? Does Need for Speed make me a better driver? The answer is NO!!! Do pornographic movies make me a better lover...ok wait..maybe that was is true?? lol

    Posted: April 25, 2012 3:44 PM
  • jedi5amurai

    Look back into our history before video games human beings are naturally violent. We as human beings have to accept Responsibility and stop passing the blame.

    Posted: April 25, 2012 3:20 PM
  • Memu

    I had an experience about a week ago, where the thing I was doing was making me angry and violent. Yeah, I was doing my taxes. Violent video games have more of a calming effect on me.

    Posted: April 25, 2012 3:15 PM
  • cwhas2godhands

    Drinking bourbon while playing BF3 makes me violent. Drinking bourbon while playing GTA4 free-mode makes me laugh uncontrollably. So... I don't know. I'm going to have a drink.

    Posted: April 25, 2012 3:10 PM

    Me and my college buddies are going to miss Adam Sessler. He is G4, I raise my beer mug to you my friend.

    Posted: April 25, 2012 2:49 PM
  • AmericanKing01

    As far as video games being used as "training to kill" like this nut did you can do that with almost anything. He could have "trained" at a fireing range, paint ball area, or even in his own back yard. Crazy will always find a way so lets not blame what ever these loonutics say as being just as bad as they are.

    Posted: April 25, 2012 2:36 PM
  • alexander.boyd40

    I love Stephen Johnson and Donell Tucker (no ho**) they are both great and know very well what they are talking about!!
    Blair is a great host and when Adam was replaced; if it was someone besides Blair, I probably would not watch feedback. However, during the Mass Effect debate, Donell kept trying and trying to get his point in but could not. Blair needs to be a good host and control the debate when Nichole goes on one of her annoying streaks!
    I used to really like Nichole and she still has good opinions in certain topics. However, I do not like Nichole anymore since the Mass Effect and Star Wars debate. I agree with her opinion about the Mass Effect ending, but she dosnent need to attack Steve because they do not share the same opinion. She went on some twelve-year-old temper tantrum and every time Steve made a point she disagreed with she would role her eyes!
    Blair does a great job and Nichole does good on getting interesting topics for feedback.
    Overall, they really need to get Adam on Feedback at least once every couple of months!

    Posted: April 25, 2012 2:19 PM
  • snip3sh0t

    Around the 28 minute mark, Darnell talks about using a massive screen and modified rifles to train. The US Army actually does employ this technology as a training aid. The rifles they give you are genuine M16 rifles that have been modified into a light gun of sorts. They project a screen onto the back wall of the room they use, and display targets, for people to fire at. They use pressurized air and have a speaker in the rifle to add recoil and sound. Even with this high tech "video game" it doesn't prepare most people to fire a real rifle, the best it does if familiarize yourself with the parts. There can be said something for simulation but apart from actually practice with the real thing, there's no substitute for the real thing.

    Posted: April 25, 2012 2:19 PM
  • Malapropism

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    Posted: April 25, 2012 2:19 PM
  • DPsx72

    This is a crock. I've been playing for years and have gathered a huge amount of games. Naturally if I don't own them then I've at least played all the games that created controversy. MK, Doom, GTA, etc. And wouldn't you know I've never been in trouble. Sure we all get frustrated, maybe yell or chuck a controller. Never do they lead to violence. Hell I'd have more rage for a CoD or 360 player than I would from years of gaming.

    It all boils down to how kids are raised. Bad people aren't made that way just by playing games, listening to music, or reading comics. It's all BS by people who honestly have no clue and simply need a scapegoat.

    Posted: April 25, 2012 1:48 PM
  • Elite_Bull_

    I dont like what that chic said about being 40 and not knowing anything about gameing...lol I'm 41 and love gameing. Been gameing sence I was 15 years old. The fact is people need to take responsibity for there own actions and stop blameing video games, movies, books and music. If you kill 77 people you are clearly FOCKED in the head!!

    Posted: April 25, 2012 1:45 PM
  • Selatcia

    I would like to point out a few things regarding the segment discussion training for violent action with video games.

    First, it's a bit misleading to claim the weather and weapons are accurate and "completely as [they] should be" in Hezbollah's game. The amount of processing power required to accurately calculate all the physics involved is beyond the capabilities of consumer electronics. Between bullet drop, wind dynamics, explosion dynamics, and materials weight and resistances, a home PC or game console would melt.

    Second, as Donell (and other commenters here) pointed out, playing a video game does not help prepare a person for the sensory assault of firing a gun in real life. Only real-life weapons training can do that. The idea behind using shooters as a training tool is to emphasize communication and teamwork without having to spend as much time training in the field. In this way, people can understand their role in an assault (fields of fire, as an example) and practice how to properly fulfill that role without the costs and potential injury of real-world training.

    Finally, I would like to say that people who are going to use video games as a tool to train for violent action are already violent people. If you are seeking a training tool to carry out violence then violence is already your intent. Stephen Johnson pointed out, quite accurately I would add, that there are no definitive studies proving a causal link between violent video games and violent actions in real life. There is no reason to even insinuate that video games are to blame for Anders Behring Breivik's mass murder of children. He may have used video games to prepare for it in some fashion, but that does not justify demonizing games. If a man kills his wife with a chainsaw legislators aren't going to clamor about outlawing chainsaws. The same principle applies here. Demonize the person, not the tools he used.

    TL;DR - The panel was a bit misleading at times, and video games don't cause violence. But really, you should go back and read the whole thing.

    Posted: April 25, 2012 1:32 PM
  • Sumoda

    This summer...the human race has frontiered to a new world...a world of make believe! Now in order to repopulate the planet, humanity has intrusted their last chance for survival to one man...and the backseat of his 1989 Geo Tracker.


    Donell Tucker starts in...The Donell Zone...IN 3D!

    Posted: April 25, 2012 1:29 PM
  • TheCaseyFerrer

    Correction there ment can not make people kill other people

    Posted: April 25, 2012 1:20 PM
  • TheCaseyFerrer

    This topic's been a topic for awhile now. I don't believe that video games can make people kill each other but it can cause anger. When you're playing MW3 online and some body kills you you know you're going to get a little mad and every time afterwards you get even more mad. However, it's common sense when something makes you mad to try to seperate yourself from it and calm down. I do agree it's also the area you were raised, the role models you choose and how you were raised that can affect how you react as an adult or even a teenager. But when people get in trouble it's in human nature to find a scape goat. Like said in this video comics had the safe thing happen. It's the same with movies and tv shows. A kid hits another kid and says, "Oh I watched tranformers and it made me want to hit someone." What happens next? The media chews it up and cause a debate that just continues for years and possible could have no end. As for what's the next thing that could be used as a scape goat I believe it will be the internet. Being that this coming generation already is exposed to tablets and smart phones they'll be raised with the thought, "If I do something wrong I can say I saw it on the internet."

    Posted: April 25, 2012 1:19 PM
  • CareyGrant

    What makes me violent is learning -from Kotaku- that "The Sess" aka Adam Sessler aka "one of the few reasons I still bother(ed) with G4" is leaving.

    BOO-urns! G4. Boo-urns!

    Posted: April 25, 2012 12:57 PM
  • iDuskk

    I've been playing FPS games since I was a kid. Never once have I felt the urge to go on a rampage and kill people.

    Posted: April 25, 2012 12:56 PM
  • JWFernel

    Wasn't the first part of Donnell's prediction the plot to Demolition Man?

    Posted: April 25, 2012 12:45 PM
  • Heartland

    Less guilty than Hezbollah because of violent video games?

    There is no comparison with an enemy.

    Ends justify the means -- as long as we're 51% more moral than the other side; in our case we are the proponents of liberty and freedom.

    Our own revolution was a bloody mess; it was even worse for the French.

    Posted: April 25, 2012 12:29 PM
  • Cryptomaster420

    nope videogames promote violant acts is a scapegoat created by greedy lawyers,lawmakers and criminals seeking insanity plea's !!

    Don't be apart of the Sheeple mindlessly believing outragious stuff like violant video games cause violant behavior Vote for the "Other guy" this upcoming election !!

    Posted: April 25, 2012 12:24 PM