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The Child and the Video Game

The Child and the Video Game - Kelvin S Rubio Composition 1...

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Kelvin S. Rubio 11/17/10 Composition 1, Section 075 Research Papers, First Draft Professor Petillo The Child and the Video Game: Harmless or Deadly Since the introduction of video games, there have been numerous debates on whether or not video games promote violence. Simply put, of all media, video games have been the subject of criticism in terms of promoting violence to children. But, is it really videogames that are responsible for many crimes? The answer is no. Video games are not responsible for the rise of violence, because there was already violence in society to begin with. Second, it is the parents’ responsibility to discover what games are appropriate for their child’s age and maturity level. Third and lastly, violence can occur from other reason, such as bullying, bad neighborhoods, and/or family history of violence. Many have assumed that videogames were what caused many forms of violence to occur. According to College Professor Katherine Walker and Author Micah Issitt, The first game to depict violence was Death Race (1). The games objective was to run over as many “gremlins” as possible within a time limit. The game was banned assuming it will encourage hit and run crimes to minors. Hit and Run crimes started, however, when the first car was commercially introduced. In fact, hit and run crimes could possibly be as early when people were riding on horses. Also you can’t assume that our society is violent simply because we watch violent images on screen. We had long lived in a society that resorted to violence as a way of solving conflicts. Countries have declared war against one another for centuries, so violence in the past was no uncommon.
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Kelvin S. Rubio 11/17/10 Composition 1, Section 075 Research Papers, First Draft Professor Petillo Another argument was about violent videogames starting an uprising of violence to children. Journalist, Mary Giunca wrote that experts stated that multimedia containing violence were the reasons for juvenile murderers (1). This statement is false because during the 1800’s a child named Jesse Pomeroy committed a series of murders and sexual assaults on several young children. This proves that mass murderers who are children have occurred, long before multimedia was born. Another argument was that videogames provoked violence towards religion. Radio Talk Show Host Conan interviews Reverend Canon Paul Denby who is Sub Dean of Manchester Cathedral, about the video game Resistance: Fall of Man , and how the Church was used as a battle field in the game.
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