The Debate Behind Video Game Violence

The Debate Behind Video Game Violence

Today, 65% of American adults and
nearly all teenagers play video games. Games look evermore real. They can, and do,
show incredibly detailed violence. And since their beginnings, video games
have come with an implicit assumption that they’re probably doing
something bad to us. 77% of parents believe media
violence, including video games, is contributing to America’s
culture of violence. But what do we actually know
about how violent games affect us? Psychologists have been studying
this for decades. But right now, the research community
includes a small but vocal subsection convinced that the
perceived scientific consensus linking violent games to aggression
is completely wrong. Alongside moral panics and conflicting
research, huge amounts of money have been made selling video
games, violent or otherwise. In 1976, the industry was
already making $25 billion annually. In 2018 it made
more than $136 billion. So the stakes are high. Depending on what scientists find, there’s a
whole lot to be gained, or lost. Brad Bushman and Christopher Ferguson
are perhaps the best known researchers representing each side
of this dispute. They are both psychologists who have
spent years researching video games and violence. They use similar
methods and do similar experiments. But they’ve wound up on either side of
a line drawn clearly in the sand. So why do these researchers disagree so
strongly, and how did we get here? So you can’t look at
at anybody without pointing your gun at them. Right. In 1976, video game company Exidy
released a game called Death Race. To play it, you put your
hands on an actual steering wheel. Your foot’s on a pedal. You drive around a car and
murder anything in your way. You hear the screams of your
victims and their gravestones litter the screen. Soon after its release, there
were calls to ban it. There was outrage and many were worried
about what it was doing to their kids. OK, so death race did come out
in 1976, that’s four years before Pac-Man. Its graphics are primitive and barely
recognizable, but the game resulted in what was perhaps the first
widespread panic about violence in video games. And while that may seem
laughable now, those concerns didn’t go anywhere. Do violent video games
make for violent kids? Officials say they are responding to
complaints from parents that children have skipped school or stolen money to
play the games and made a nuisance of themselves. Outrage exploded again in
1992 with the release of games like Mortal Kombat and Night Trap. Mortal Kombat! Parents are often the first to
ask, could this, lead to this? Mortal Kombat featured especially violent
deaths and Night Trap showed sexual violence against women. Cold blooded murder is making Mortal Kombat
the most popular video game in history. Kids relish their victory
and their bloody choice . Should they pull out their opponents heart
or simply rip his head off just to see a spinal cord dangle
at a pool of blood? Parents were terrified. Schools panicked. Congress got involved. There was no rating on this game
at all when the game was introduced. Small children bought this at Toys “R” Us
and he knows that as well as I do. In 1994, the Interactive Digital
Software Association, now called the Entertainment Software Association, founded
the Entertainment Software Rating Board, or ESRB. The ESRB introduced a rating system similar
to the one that had been used to rate movies for decades. Last March, we promised you our
industry would develop a rating system that would put the controls back in
the hands of consumers, and especially parents. The system we present to
you today redeems on that pledge. While there are absolutely popular
nonviolent games, undeniably violent games like Call of Duty, Counter-Strike,
PUBG and Fortnight continue to be hugely successful. Epic Games alone, the
publishers of Fortnight, made a reported $3 billion in 2018. Huge games like Fortnight or Call of
Duty or World of Warcraft are created by organizational behemoths with massive
budgets and scores of employees. According to John Staats, the first
level designer ever for World of Warcraft, there’s just too much at
stake to be willingly creating something that might be dangerous. If you’ve worked in the gaming industry,
you’re also hyper aware of the responsibility that you have because I
mean, it’s a class action lawsuit. It’s a big thing. Games are as hard,
they’re hard enough to make as it is. You’re talking hundred
million dollar budgets. They don’t risk anything. So if there was really any
danger, they’re not dummies, they would definitely be avoiding
any potential damage. Because they have shareholders. They answer to their shareholders. I mean, it’s not just
a bunch of nerds. You actually have to have the money
guys who are actually really calling the shots. And they’re
no dummies either. I don’t see any game companies really taking
the time to think about it or care about it unless it comes
close to affecting their bottom lines. But politicians, concerned parents and the
media are thinking about it, and that alone can
have real-world consequences. Walmart is announcing it is
temporarily removing advertising displays for violent video games following
the recent mass shootings. Recently, when President Trump implicated
violent video games in mass shootings, shares of major video
game companies fell sharply. We must stop the glorification
of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly
video games that are now commonplace. So the question is,
are violent games actually doing something bad to us? The internet is full of both people
with a vested interest in violent games and conflicting
narratives about them. There is zero connection between
entertainment and behavior, and that’s been studied over and over and over
again and even ruled upon by the Supreme Court. This was a, maybe a
video game to this evil demon. He wanted to be a super soldier
for his Call of Duty game. What is causing trouble among
America’s youth in schools? Oh, it has to be a video game. Anyone of thought should find that
insulting at the face of it. Video games give you the skill
and the will to kill. It is the moral equivalent to putting
a military weapon in the hand of every child in America. And it turns out that the
conversation happening publicly often has very little in common with what
interested psychologists are actually researching. It’s a
reasonable question, right? You see people, and particularly at
risk groups like children, playing these violent games. And it’s pretty
reasonable to ask like, well, does that cause them to behave
more violently in real life? Psychologists have been trying to get to
the bottom of this for decades, and it’s important to first understand
how they go about seeking answers to questions like this
in the first place. You can’t measure violent criminal
behavior in a laboratory experiment. For example, we can’t give our participants
guns and knives and see what they’ll do with them after
they play a violent game. Because of that, when you see
headlines about video games and violence, the underlying research was
probably actually about aggression. There are a few fundamental types of
studies that can be done in these situations: experimental studies, cross-sectional
studies and longitudinal studies. An experimental study involves
a carefully constructed scenario in a controlled environment. You bring in participants, some of whom
are asked to play violent games. Afterwards, you measure their aggressive behavior,
which is defined as any behavior intended to harm another person
who doesn’t want to be harmed. If you’re studying kids, you might
just watch their behavior on the playground afterwards. If they’re adults, you use aggression
proxies, like how long you make someone hold their arm in ice or
how long you blast someone with awful headphone noise, or give
someone an electric shock. Then there are cross-sectional studies, which
just means you take some measurements at one point in time
and see if they’re correlated. So you could, for example, find
people whose favorite games are violent and see if those people are more
likely to have a history of aggression. Lastly, there are longitudinal studies,
which are just like cross-sectional studies, except you take
more than one measurement over time. These are the basic tools
researchers have at their disposal, not just for studying video games, but for
the majority of psychology as a whole. According to many researchers, the
evidence is clear: there is a connection between playing violent
video games and aggression. First, they can make
us more aggressive. Second, they can make us more numb
to the pain and suffering of others. And third, they can make us more
afraid of becoming victims of violence ourselves. One of Bushman’s most recent
studies looked at how playing violent games might affect what kids
do if they find a gun. They used an actual handgun
that had been disabled. We had them play
the video game Minecraft. We had a gun version where they
could kill monsters with a gun. We had a sword version where they could
kill monsters with a sword, or we had a nonviolent condition with
no weapons and no monsters. We found the largest effects for
the condition with the guns. Playing a violent game with swords
also made children engage in more dangerous behavior around guns. The kids who played the violent version
of the game were more likely to touch the gun, pull the trigger, and
point it at themselves and others. To a smaller but very vocal group
of researchers, the evidence points in an entirely different direction. People really wanted this to be true
and there really was this kind of like set group of scholars that sort
of invested their lives in this. We don’t generally find that
playing more action-oriented games is predictive of violence or
aggression later in life. It seems to be the knowledge of
the fictional nature of what people are engaged with seems to blunt to any
kind of learning experience from that. If there is a divergence between
different groups of studies, why would that be? And I think, you know, my
answer would be that unlike a lot of studies that existed before, I tried
to use standardized well, clinically validated measures for a
lot of my studies. And I started embracing preregistration, you
know, earlier than a lot of other people did. You know, and I’m
trying to do it without sounding like defensive. I don’t in any way mean to
say that my stuff like, you know, perfect or, you know, beyond
any kind of critique. It isn’t. You don’t win science by
consensus, actually, you know, even if there was a consensus. Nonetheless, scientific consensus is
a powerful tool. And for researchers, one way to
gauge the consensus on any particular topic is through meta-analyses, studies that
combine the results of many individual studies into
one larger analysis. In 2015, the American Psychological
Association released one such meta-analysis after forming a task force
of 10 experts chosen specifically for both their areas of expertise and
because they didn’t have a vested interest in video game research. It was an attempt at an objective
review of the most recent research on video games and violence
at that time. Mark Appelbaum, professor emeritus at UC
San Diego, chaired that task force. I’m fundamentally an
applied statistician, methodologist. I have been on a number of
APA task forces before, women’s mental health and abortion, a bunch of these. It’s not unusual for those of us
who are more on the methodological side to be asked. And I got a
call from someone at the American Psychological Association and they said, do you know
anything about what’s going on in video games? In the field, not the content. And I said, not much. And they said, good. The task force did its work,
and here’s what they concluded. Does playing these games where there is
this violent content, does it seem to have some impact? Yeah, it seemed pretty consistent, study
after study, that you did find things that happened in this
sort of behavioral aggression domain. And this is with regard to
aggression, not with regard to violence. And that’s the main
takeaway from the report. The APA task force says if we look
at all the way psychologists know how to measure aggression, playing violent video
games seems to be having an effect on people. But they did not
conclude that playing video games makes you violent or commit crime. And that lines up with what most
other researchers in the field are finding. I’ve been studying the effect of
violent video games for 10 years now. I can tell you that there is
a causal link between playing a violent video game and behavior. Simulated violence in video games
may influence a player’s thoughts, feelings and physical arousal,
affecting the individual’s interpretation of other behavior and then
increase our own aggressive behavior. In violent video games, there’s
definitely this triangulation where you get the same pattern of
results for laboratory experiments, cross-sectional studies and
longitudinal studies. The magnitude of the effect is
not especially small or especially large. It’s about the same size effect that
you get for most variables in social science studies. So exposure to violent video games, in
this case, is not the only risk factor for aggressive and violent behavior,
but it’s not a trivial risk factor either. The majority of published studies on the
effects of violent video games do show some kind of
effect on the player. Depending on the study, the
findings could be correlational, demonstrating a connection but not attributing cause,
or causal, suggesting that the game actually caused the effect. Christopher Ferguson and others take issue
and disagree with the APA, Bushman, and the psychology community’s
perceived consensus that there’s a link between violent
games and aggression. They cite conflicts of interest,
misguided research methods, and things like publication bias, the idea that
scientific journals are biased in which studies they decide to publish,
and the replication crisis, the idea that some established research is
unable to be later replicated. At this point, you really can look
at a number of other research groups and I’d say there’s maybe about, maybe
ten to a dozen of these preregistered studies and almost, maybe, only one
of them I can think of found evidence for any kind of, you
know, effects, and that one was a correlational effect. Video games are a little bit different
from more passive forms of media, such as watching television or watching
a movie or a video. They’re directly tied or linked
to the violent character. They directly reward
violent behavior. And we know that reward is a
very powerful motivator of human behavior. For years, people have tried to
argue that the interactivity of games makes them remarkably different from,
say, watching television or reading a book. But we don’t really have a
lot of evidence to suggest that games are super different from other forms of
media for the most part, in terms of having more of an impact on
people than television or books or other forms of media. Ferguson’s position is perhaps best summed
up by this excerpt from his 2017 book Moral Combat,
co-authored with Patrick Markey. Quote, “Within the world of video
game research, a David and Goliath battle is underway. The Goliaths are a well-organized,
politically connected, and well funded group of senior scholars who have
been linking violent video games to horrific acts of real-world brutality
for over thirty years. These anti–video game giants are being
challenged by a group of younger, progame researchers, many of whom grew
up surrounded by Atari, Nintendo, and PlayStation systems. Theirs is an epic struggle for truth
as they attempt to challenge the much more powerful anti–video
game empire.” But ultimately, the arguments happening
here are about statistics, research methods and personal motivations,
all of which don’t especially matter to many
people reading headlines. If two researchers publish a violent
video game study, one of those researchers finds that exposure to
violent media increases aggressive behavior, the other researcher finds that
exposure to violent media has no effect on aggressive behavior, the
mass media will definitely publicize the latter. It will get
a lot more media attention. It’s often suggested that since violent
crime, gun deaths and cases of bullying are decreasing, or that because
there’s much less violent crime in Japan or South Korea, where games
are also widespread, that it proves there’s no connection between
violence and video games. But violent crime could decrease while video
games are at the same time making people more aggressive. Aggression doesn’t necessarily mean violence,
and it doesn’t mean crime. But it’s true that
publication bias exists. It’s true that there is
a replication crisis in psychology. It’s true that in 2011, the
Supreme Court ruled that the research presented to them did not prove that
violent video games cause minors to act aggressively. For the Entertainment
Software Association, the lobbying group representing the video game industry,
that Supreme Court ruling says a lot. From our perspective, this issue
has been debated and resolved by the Supreme Court, which is why you
have seen very few attempts to regulate the sale of video
games since that decision. It’s a very powerful reminder that the
reason we have a First Amendment and free speech and that we
have the ability to express ourselves, particularly through video games, is because
we’re in a country that allows for the ability for people to
choose what they want to hear and what they want to say
and how they connect. From the beginning, video game companies
have been accused of doing terrible things to those who play
their games and those accusations often didn’t have much basis in fact. So it’s not surprising that game
companies and gamers themselves might be defensive and quick to reject researchers
who suggest a connection with aggression. The fact remains that there
is an abundance of research suggesting a link between violent
video games and aggression. But you can take
that seriously without panicking. Many things contribute to someone’s
tendency towards aggression, like watching sports, your socioeconomic
status, or your gender. There’s research suggesting kids who play
violent games may be affected negatively, but there is no
research suggesting playing violent video games will make someone
a school shooter. It is easier to look at a
mass shooting as many people have, many politicians have, and say, hey, the fault
for this is video games, violent video games. And so people have tended
to look at, kind of, the research and the facts and the games
themselves with that preconceived notion in mind. Similarly to how if you’re a
big video game fan, you’re probably looking at games and saying, oh, of
course these games cannot have any effect on my mental state or cannot
make me more aggressive or anything like that. I certainly think they’re
like ethical questions of like, is this game glamorizing the military? Is this game a fetishization of war
in a way that makes people feel uncomfortable? And those are the ethical
questions that I think people have to wrestle with a lot
in the video games world. At the same time, there’s research
suggesting playing games can be in other ways beneficial, and that
collaborative games might counteract some of the negative effects
of violence in games. It’s a nuanced,
ongoing scientific debate. So, don’t panic, video games are not
turning you or your kids into monsters. But they’re probably doing something.

Comments (100)

  1. Ok boombers, i play violent video games about every day, i dont wish harm on anyone and would never harm anyone unless for self defence

  2. My older brother blamed video games for why I wasn't interested in hunting. You know, learning how to take a real gun and go shoot real animals? And I don't believe that hunters are likely to murder people. Its just that physically killing something non-human is more similar than pushing buttons isn't it?

  3. I feel like half the people that down-voted this didn't even bother watching the whole video, they clearly state video games don't turn people into school shooters and yet the comments seem to suggest that is what the entire video purpose is about…

  4. blaming videogames is basically blaming guns. BLAME THE PERSON NOT THE TOOL

  5. Violent games are played all over the world, but mass shootings are problem only in US. And do you know why? Because all other countries have proper gun laws.

  6. Wallmart stopped advertising violent video games, but continue to sell guns. What an irony.

  7. The comment section here is so childish good Lord..

  8. Stop it ✋ get some help

  9. There is no “debate,” the psychology is unanimous that video games don’t cause violence. Quit trying to find scapegoats and fix the actual problems.

  10. This is pretty getting old with this violent video game thing making people violent, I play violent video game but I separate reality from fiction some people can't do that those are the people we need to look out for that can't separate reality from fiction. Look at Dead Space the most violent game and the most scariest game and yet people still play it.

  11. Trumps Economy Is A Lie That Is Killing Us All. Since Trump has been deregulating; crushing the environment as he does so, our stocks may have gone up but our lifespan has gone down. It is time for us to grow up and stand up for our children's future. Sell your stocks now; make a pretty little mint, and grow a conscience.

  12. Been playing violent videogames since i was young, yet today i still play them and I’m a totally conscious person and I’m not violent in any way possible, not even when I’m upset or angry.

  13. Trump is a joke he doesn't play video games and yet he had no problem with some other Violet stuff that happens during his presidency.

  14. Every country in the world play these same VIDEOGAMES!.. and ONLY America has a problem with mass shootings "the difference is" America has more guns then any other country in the world.

  15. The culture of violence is part of poverty, not virtual reality.

  16. More scare tactics ? yet here we are.
    Dying and respawning is sooooo realistic

  17. I have been playing violent videos games since I was 12 now I’m 20 games have made me more social and made me more a strategic thinker and I even had any problem with violence

  18. So banning violent games will eliminate violence and we will live in a perfect world where no one hurts anyone else. Perfect solution to a perfect world where everything is easy and all answers work all the time. Wow this was such an easy problem to solve. Next we ban driving games because 50,000 or more die in cars in the USA alone. These problems almost solve themselves.

  19. I play video games for years now. Most of which are considered violent and I didn't even have a single urge to commit a crime. The only times I felt aggressive is when I am trying to complete an objective or outdo someone. I wonder if those who say video games makes you violent even play video games themselves. Players who would commit crimes after playing video games may have some kind of psychological disorder but then you can't say that video games alone caused them to have such disorder.
    Instead of studying the behavior of minors to determine if violent video games cause people to become violent or act inappropriately , why not study those who are already imprisoned to see if violent video games led them or at least had a role that led them to commit their crimes.

  20. Maybe instead of blaming videos games for violence, you should improve your gun laws, America. ?‍♂️

    It’s incredibly easy to obtain a handgun in Louisiana by private sale. Some private sellers don’t even require a background check. Maybe that’s something you should look into, America.

    Not related to violence in video games, but many video games actually help children with problem solving and focusing on details and become more aware in real life. There’s actually some good neurological benefits from playing video games

  21. Why the heck there is no crime in Norway or Denmark????? The problem it’s the USA and its society not video games

  22. This argument is so illogical. Video games are equally popular (if not more) in countries like Japan, South Korea and Singapore. They have almost non-existent cases of violence as compared to ubiquitous mass shootings in US. Also, if playing video games causes violence, then so do TV shows and movies like Game of Thrones and Pulp Fiction. Do not blame entertainment for violence in US. Other countries also have those same means of entertainment.

  23. Am I the only one want to fight people after playing Pubg?

  24. Dumbest debate ever, Jesus Christ. Playing violent video games doesn’t cause violence irl or shootings or whatever. So stupid I can’t explain how stupid this is. It’s just so stupid.

  25. Dumbest debate ever, Jesus Christ. Playing violent video games doesn’t cause violence irl or shootings or whatever. So stupid I can’t explain how stupid this is. It’s just so stupid. Literally such a dumb video too, like shutup boomers ?

  26. In middle school I literally fought this guy after playing mortal Kombat. Found out he had a twin, and fought him too.

  27. I can accept that violent video games can be linked to some aggression. As for violence and crime, lol when have you seen a nerd go bully others. Most of them just want to get back home to play games.

  28. 17:35 there you go. Video over.

  29. Studies that linked Gaming to Aggression are at the very least incompetent, or worse — purposefully deceptive.

    Because they are just like experiments with dissolving a metal spoon in a glass of coca-cola to establish that coca-cola is extremely acidic and therefore horrible/dangerous to people.
    It is missing the most crucial part => Perspective => if you were to mention that the very same spoon in the very same glass is dissolving in orange juice even faster and that ultimately our stomach doesn't care that much about acidity cause it is an acidic place itself => suddenly the entire experiment/study is exposed for what it is — garbage.

    Coming back to studies where they link Gaming to Aggression. Kids pick up things and smash them around more aggressively after they played violent video games. You know what you have to do next? Take a look at how much aggression kids show after playing football for example, or after watching a violent movie and then Compare the results! I'll spoil your suspense by revealing that games don't really outperform movies and lag miles behind active physical sports activities.

  30. Video games cost money now what kid has the cash to buy $60-$70 games. Also most kids download violent games on phones and tablets due to lack of parental control. Video games aren't babysitters.

  31. Oh my god! This topic is mute! Compared to what yall enjoy like professional boxing that actually destroy someone's mental capacity. Just stop!!

  32. America: argues that video games result in violent mass shootings.

    Rest of the world: Let me get this right, your gun laws that allow anyone to own a gun is okay, but an imaginary virtual fighter game is a no no.

    Ok America.

  33. Mass shooters , may use video games to get a graphic description of what they are about to do , but their decisions are already made . And for the rest of normal people , what's better ? A person who will manifest his anger in real life or in a video game ?

  34. If video games are violent , then ban movies and violent books too

  35. I've been loving cnbc's vids but this one is absurd.

  36. Really? This again…sigh. No. Games don't make people more violent.

  37. Some people will be aggressive regardless of playing video games , that is why we have criminals amongst us, that does not mean others can't enjoy video games

  38. So for a majority of ya’ll that are writing in the comments; I urge you to practice some patience and watch the entire video. I think a lot of you might change your tune after that because CNBC here is actually agreeing with you that video games don’t cause violence. Literally, the last line of the video is:“But there is not research that playing a violent video game makes them a school shooter”

    All this video is doing is giving a thorough look at the debate over video games and violence. They never make the claim that games cause violence or that we should ban them. The most they ever do is cite multiple studies that show that games make aggressive behavior more likely, but not violence. They even took extra care to note how these studies have been misinterpreted and used by the media to scapegoat other causes. They also pointed out that these studies have their critics and that there’s a lot of room for error on them.

    I understand that for decades games and gamers have been demonized by a lot of groups that don’t know much about the medium. However, that doesn’t mean that everyone who chimes in on this subject is out to attack video games. Maybe if we want to show that we’re not actually violent and toxic we shouldn’t get so aggressive/dismissive and raise our pitchforks the second we THINK we’re about to hear something we don’t like.

  39. Politicians and NRA will say anything to not take blame for the blood on their hands.

  40. Video games aren’t, social media is though.

  41. My one and only curious question to all the researchers:
    Video games began in late 80- early 90's. However, all the violence and atrocities have been in human race way before. Kindly justify what video game did these old violent humans played?

  42. Majority of video games are rated, the thing that really get me mad is that they dont blame the parents. Like how tf your child got the the rated M game I.e call of duty.

  43. I play assassin’s creed. I’ve killed over 2000 people in one game. And I’m also a vegetarian because I get too sad when I think about eating something that was alive.
    Video games have NO relation to people in real life.

  44. Blame bad parenting.

  45. Dang, this is going to be CNBC's most disliked mini-documentary. Most of them are really good. For the first time the dislike # is bigger than the like # on these kinds of videos.

  46. Its not the video game fault…it caused by guns selling

  47. How many times do the media have to raise this argument honestly. I don't believe you guys ran out of ideas and made this instead.

  48. correlation doesn't equal causation.

  49. That’s right CNBC, keep using games as a scapegoat for this problem. Your boomer audience must love it. Ignore things such as mental health, loose gun laws, bullying etc, which actually have contributed to increased violence.

  50. the 10% of teen who don't play video game most likely become gang member.

  51. I think this video might not have as many dislikes if

    1) the video explicitly stated the percent of consensus for each side of the debate. Saying "Brad Bushman and Christopher Ferguson are perhaps the best known
    researchers representing each side of this dispute", without stating the amount of support behind each representative feels like those old climate change debates where both sides are given equal time, but over 95% of the evidence supports one side of the argument.

    2) the video games in the background showed their ESRB rating. Almost all of those games are rated 'Mature' and this video references research related to all age groups

  52. This is so Stupid. I'm a Doctor , save hundreds of lives in emergency 6 days a week. And am a big video game enthusiast.

  53. No, the problem is FIFA? and ultimate team

  54. this entire video is one big "Ok Boomer"

  55. The Roman era was very bloodthirsty and full of debauchery because of GTAV

  56. The whole “violent video games cause violent and criminal behavior” debate has been nothing but a propaganda-driven scare by the media and more often conservatives (individuals and more so religious and “morality” groups) ever since video games became mainstream in the 70s to try and scare the public, especially parents, into taking action to try and stop people from buying them and to try and convince stores to stop selling them. There are literally hundreds of millions of people around the world who play violent and more aggresive video games. There aren’t hundreds of millions of people going out shooting up schools or other places, blowing themselves up, and so on. There are solid studies that exist out there even showing evidence that playing certain games, including some of these violent video games, and enhance cognitive, perception, and reactionary skills. Even the U.S. military is using games like Call of Duty as tools to help increase recruitment among an increasingly technologically-savy generation of high school grads and college students. There’s such an extreme confirmation bias among the side supporting that rhetoric about violent video games causing violent behavior that anytime someone says that it might true, then it automatically is true. By that same logic, then you’d have to ban or suppress all violent TV shows, movies, and books. The b.s. is laughable and it’ll continue to fail to stop people playing video games, violent and otherwise, and will never prevent the masses of retailers from selling them.

  57. If you see Trump blaming video games for violence and mass shootings it should be proof enough that they are actually NOT CAUSING VIOLENCE AT ALL. just look at Japan, EU, China who play as many violent games as the USA but have very little gun violence whatsoever compared to the USA which is awash with guns. Sort out your gun laws and stop scapegoating gamers

  58. Just wait for the older generations who blames games to die out. They really don't know what they're talking about. And bias, movies and orher medias are as influential as games too.

  59. I think they can contribute to desensitization towards violence, for sure.

  60. It does not, it's the person!!!

  61. well cnbc just lost ALL credibility with this piece

  62. Games made me violent after playing some GTA i went out stole a car, banged a prostitute, then robbed and killed her afterwards……

  63. Religion makes ppl the most violent and creates mass murderers.

  64. If videogames had that big of an effect then everybody that play farmville should be having a little garden somewhere.

  65. I've been a gamer for years and I do feel more aggressive after playing several rounds of Overwatch. But I think it is due to competition rather than the game. I mean I get real violent watching football, much more than when playing games.

  66. I can't wrap my head around the fact, that they've shown guns in Minecraft. Is it a gag? Is it intentional move to show minecraft as a violent game?

  67. 7:55 Hey, uh, wtf is that

  68. Gaslighting, Restore common sense with Yang 2020

  69. Hmmm using their logic, education should make people smart, productive and able to become wealthy.

  70. Violent behaviour due to video games is just excuse to overlook the actual problem. Gun violence is due to guns. So stop beating around the bush!

  71. Military creamed their pants with glee when they heard about Call of Duty. I say that as a supporter of video games regardless of content aka 1st Amendment baby. But CoD has raised an a huge amount of kids who got rewarded for killing virtual enemies and now want the real thing. This is great for the military industrial complex actually, gamers can't deny that.

  72. More dislikes than likes


  73. Correlation ≠ Causation

  74. I started the video, noticed the like/dislike ratio, opened google scholar to make my opinion (I initially thought it did not have much/significant effect myself as a Bayesian…). After some time I concluded with minor conviction that it seems indeed to indicate an increase in aggressive behaviors (although minor) and that there is a significant publication bias towards results that indicate that but still seems to be more meaningful.

    Then I watched the video, it seemed to say a bit that, minor effect, somewhat conclusive but that is by far not the only thing that would do that and very probably not cause a mass shooting. So the CNBC seemed to have done a rather good job on the topic, concluding that this should not really impact us but yes there might be slightly more aggressive behaviors.

    So when I read the comments I do notice however a strong bias towards video games not having any effect. I would suggest to try to read the paper on the matter to update your thought on the topic and not insta dislike without judging the work made in this video which seemed to be rather well made to me.
    I can link you to some of those studies I found if you want 🙂

  75. It's funny they are using footage of Duke Nukem 3D for the Mega Drive developed and only released in Brazil by Tectoy and played by about 200 people,. It's practically unplayable.

    Re. the video. I'm 38 and have played games since the Master System and ZX Spectrum and I have seen games get WAAAY more violent. It's not like the days when you played an egg or a bin man.

    I can say it's clear that violent games enable already predisposed aggressive personalities as well as engender more aggressive behaviour. Games are like drugs and if you are an adrenalin junky, extra violent games are maybe an outlet as well as unhealthy playing out of probably kind of serious psychological problems.

    Capitalism is not moral and does not care about the wellbeing of children. So I would say yes, censor games. Limit their ability to appeal to the lower or base nature of our personalities or to encourage gambling with micro payments.

    By the way Night Trap does not actually have any sexually suggestive scenes in it. It's just a slumber party where vampires try to trap all the guests to eat them or something. Death Chase was actually running over skeleton as illustrated on the cabinet.

  76. More like bad internet connections cause violence.

  77. Everything we see, affect us. Saying that violent game have no negative effect on players, is a big big lie.

    So maybe it not cause violence. But it participate to increase frustration, negative thoughts, and inner violence. Which not contribute to a better society.

    There is a lot of no violent games. We all have the choice to choose between them.

  78. This is actually the most peaceful time in human history, no one is rowing ashore with sword and shields to pillage every village like they were 1,000 years ago.

  79. People who are anti video games because they think it wall cause people to be more violent in real life need to retake Psych 101 and any war history class. They’re very wrong for very basic reasons

  80. Let me pull out a statistic out my ass 100% of people who watch news are ignorant and believe everything the news tell them.

  81. Everything is sayd at 13:00
    No need to watch all the video.

  82. A few questions. Is it actually the violence that causes the aggression? So does it matter whether the character you control exert the violence or suffers from it. What about other kind of competitive games like sports and racing? Does the the degree of realism matter. So real guns or paintball, are you shooting aliens or humans.
    Is it a abstract game from the 80s or a modern much more realistic title. How do these factors impact the result?
    Is the caused aggression temporary or are the effects long term?
    And lastly how does the magnitude of the effect relate to different factors known for causing aggression?

  83. Hand me an ar and im john wick

  84. Is there any analysis about violence aggression with video game progression? If it’s strongly correlated, then probably there is a link

  85. There is a time where video games hasn't existed, yet people are more violent than now.

  86. I've played them for years at this point but we have to look at the findings objectively instead of only hearing what we want to. The video says there isn't a connection to violence but there may be to aggression (other things like watch sports can also cause this). That's about it.

  87. This is hilarious coming from a species of people who to this day still do genocide , willingness to let people die everyday by the government , destroy peoples lives for money ect ect , the list just doesn't end, but let's just blame games.

  88. These Boomers need to stop scapegoating Video Games.

  89. CNBC is trolling you NERDS.

  90. Man CNBC it’s sad that I have to dislike this vid, because you usually make very interesting content but this? No, this ain’t it

  91. It's not the guns and it's the easy availability in a country that it is as easy to buy as buying soda that increases gun violence. Let's blame video games as an excuse. That is why countries like Japan where most video games are made are played have so much death by mass shootings every day!! Not!!

    This video is so irritating to watch that it makes go into rage!!

  92. The one who talking about video games being violent never played a video game and they didn't know what it's feels like

    That's a fact

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