posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 04:36 PM
The problem with discussions relating to the potential effects of video games on someone's psyche, is that most people who defend violent video games
or instantly dismiss any suggestion that these games may have a negative impact on people who play them, are invariably people who play the games
themselves, and don't have an objective view on the discussion.
It's an unfortunate human trait which leads people to often display a knee jerk defence of their 'vices', when they are the target of any kind of
criticism or scrutiny, whether that be drugs, video games, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling etc.
One of the fallacious lines of argument that is used when people defend their 'vice', is something along the lines of:
''I've done < insert activity that is being scrutinised > for years, and I've never < insert negative behaviour claimed to be caused by
aforementioned activity >''.
I'm on the fence when it comes to video games contributing to violent behaviour, as I think that you'd have to have some kind of underlying
psychosis, for a game to trigger any kind of serious 'real world' response.
The problem is that most dissenters will not have an impartial take on the subject, because they play the games that are being negatively questioned,
and have an emotional and subjective attachment to the issue at hand.
For the record, I sometimes enjoy playing video games, but these are mainly sports and racing games - violent video games don't hold any interest to