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'Don't buy violent video games for Christmas'

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post 21.Dec.2012, 04:45 PM
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Location: Stockholm
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Gaming addiction expert Sven Rollenhagen advises parents in Sweden to stay clear of increasingly violent video games as they set off in search of last-minute Christmas presents for their children.

Most Swedes received their December paycheck today but I've been fielding calls from worried parents for weeks now. They all call to ask me if it's okay to succumb to pressure from their kids and buy them video games that are increasingly violent.

I tell them "no" every single time, because I firmly believe that violent video games are a ticking bomb.

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post 27.Dec.2012, 09:19 AM
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Here we go again. There is a rating system on the games. Just like in movie they do say an age range. If followed there is no danger in video gaming to your children. Study after study have shown children do not become violent from playing video games. And also have shown a lowering in violence among kids that play game.
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post 9.Jan.2013, 03:49 PM
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I'm personally getting really sick of reading articles where video games are blamed for things like this. Why do people blame video games? Because video games are the easiest to blame.
It's not like people who lack empathy or are psychopaths or become murderers just happen to be that way due to real life issues or past experiences right? No, that's preposterous! Let's just blame videos games because they're violent!
"Research says blah blah blah" about 99.9% of research like that is WRONG and purely speculation. Don't take it as facts.
My point is, video games only affect you as much as you LET them affect you. I've played violent video games since I was 9 years old (I'm 23 now) and I don't lack empathy because of that. Anyone who says video games are to blame for things like lack of empathy and whatnot are ignorant and close their eyes to the truth; the fact that humans are capable of things like lack of empathy and murder WITHOUT the influence of violent video games.
I mean they actually blamed games like Dynasty Warriors for the Connecticut shootings. Dynasty Warriors is a game about ancient china where you run around beating up soldiers and officers with melee weapons as legendary soldiers. Yeeeeeeeeah, I don't think so.
Get your heads out of your asses.
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