Do games make us violent?

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    Do games make us violent?

    Hi everyone,

    Baz Macdonald here, longterm GP writer and journalist with TVNZ.

    I am currently making a story about all the research showing that video games don't make people more violent - despite the cultural perception that it would.

    I am looking to speak to a young person (18-30) in the Wellington region who finds video games cathartic, and actually finds the violence relieves stress and anxiety (and maybe even anger) rather than make them feel violent.

    Let me know if you might be keen, or you know someone who might be.

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    I'm outside your age scope (34) but would be happy to discuss at length the qualities of gaming has had on making sure I'm not a husk of a human being.

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    why 18 -30 age range tho? would that not be too short an age range to really judge ?

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    Is Gordy still in Wellington? Tbh can't remember for sure where he was living at the time. He once talked about porn, so hes a sure thing. I'm in Gisborne and outside the age bracket. This is discrimination and I'm outraged. Boycott TVNZ!

    /angrymob
    Last edited by B|ind-Reaper*; 7th March 2019 at 10:34 am.

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    Bloody wrote:
    why 18 -30 age range tho? would that not be too short an age range to really judge ?
    I work for Re: (renews.co.nz) which has a focus on younger viewers who connect more with stories with young sources.

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    B|ind-Reaper* wrote:
    Is Gordy still in Wellington? Tbh can't remember for sure where he was living at the time. He once talked about porn, so hes a sure thing. I'm in Gisborne and outside the age bracket. This is discrimination and I'm outraged. Boycott TVNZ!

    /angrymob
    What's Gordy's GP handle?

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    It's coded, can't type it, only copy/paste works.

    Spoiler:

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    I guess I'm 29 and in wellington and could potentially be keen. I have to say, I'm a bit boggled that these conversations are still going on. I had thought the fun police had moved on to demonizing other things by now. Is this cultural perception from people aged 50 and up? family first christians?

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    Ramza wrote:
    I guess I'm 29 and in wellington and could potentially be keen. I have to say, I'm a bit boggled that these conversations are still going on. I had thought the fun police had moved on to demonizing other things by now. Is this cultural perception from people aged 50 and up? family first christians?
    I think we are in our bubble where we have seen and discussed the copious amounts of research showing that violent video games don't make us violent. But, to those who don't play games, all they see is the violence and can't understand how it doesn't have a negative impact.

    I'm trying to speak to those people.

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    Yeah why that age range. 40 here, and been playing games since the dawn of time. And the early violent ones, like the original Wolfenstein, Doom, etc. They came out in 92/93 respectively. There are serious gamers in their 40's/50's too.

    Admittedly there may be something said about I'd had time before all that for learning right/wrong in violence, but the correlation still doesn't fit.

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    Ramza wrote:
    I guess I'm 29
    Maybe ask your mum if you have to guess. She probably knows.

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    I thought this had been thoroughly debunked e.g. http://www.psychologytoday.com/au/bl...-violent%3famp

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    Mutton wrote:
    Maybe ask your mum if you have to guess. She probably knows.
    Well I was a month premature. Still probably 29.

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    Ramza wrote:
    Well I was a month premature. Still probably 29.
    So coming early started when you were born?

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    darkness_nz wrote:
    Yeah why that age range. 40 here, .
    Hah, you old.


    ... Wait

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    St4lk3r wrote:
    Hah, you old.


    ... Wait
    everybody gets to join this club (well mostly)

    old enough to know better, old enough not to care.

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    darkness_nz wrote:
    everybody gets to join this club (well mostly)

    old enough to know better, old enough not to care.
    You used to be cool

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    I actually think, violent video games are an outlet for people, which will in fact discourage people from actual violent offending. Much like porn and legal prostitution is an outlet for sexual gratification.

    The more we repress, by restricting safe avenues for people to have an outlet for their violence and sexual urges, the more likely they are to lash out in frustration and cause real harm to people.

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    KiwiTT wrote:
    I actually think, violent video games are an outlet for people, which will in fact discourage people from actual violent offending. Much like porn and legal prostitution is an outlet for sexual gratification.

    The more we repress, by restricting safe avenues for people to have an outlet for their violence and sexual urges, the more likely they are to lash out in frustration and cause real harm to people.
    I don't think so. It's more an outlet for people that have fantasies that never act on them than a prevention method for those that have a tendency for physical violence. Typically those that commit violence are those that have been subject to it. They didn't learn it from a game and they're not going to feel the same gratification from a game as opposed to inflicting harm IRL.

    I'd never ram someones car IRL, but sometimes after a long traffic jam I'd fire up GTA, block a motorway and lob rockets and bombs at the traffic jam. If I didn't have that outlet... I'd probably just make a coffee and talk about it.

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    I'm about to turn 27 and in Motueka, but was born in Wellington (Lower Hutt) and play video games, so I kinda almost fit into most of your categories and also keen.

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    Mutton wrote:
    I don't think so. It's more an outlet for people that have fantasies that never act on them than a prevention method for those that have a tendency for physical violence. Typically those that commit violence are those that have been subject to it. They didn't learn it from a game and they're not going to feel the same gratification from a game as opposed to inflicting harm IRL.

    I'd never ram someones car IRL, but sometimes after a long traffic jam I'd fire up GTA, block a motorway and lob rockets and bombs at the traffic jam. If I didn't have that outlet... I'd probably just make a coffee and talk about it.
    I think I'll PM you ... LOL ... just kidding.

    As someone who has experienced repeated physical violence against them as a child and teenager, I have never had interest in violent video games, preferring, strategy games, and latterly tank games.

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    TIL: Tanks fire hugs

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    KiwiTT wrote:
    I think I'll PM you ... LOL ... just kidding.

    As someone who has experienced repeated physical violence against them as a child and teenager, I have never had interest in violent video games, preferring, strategy games, and latterly tank games.
    Haha, you can PM me any time.

    When you were a child and teenager I'm guessing there weren't too many video games to draw inspiration for violence from. What do you think made the people responsible violent?

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    This thread has taught me i'm not a young person

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    No.