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Today's Poll: 10/20/2014

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Do you think today's video games are too violent? Submitted By Team Swagbucks, CA
I play video games and I think they are too violent
I play video games and I don't think they are too violent
I don't play video games, but I think they are too violent
I don't play video games and don't think they are too violent
I don't know
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Gowolf
on 10/20/14
For what age group is it to violent for though.
LittleNymph
on 10/20/14
This is a bit of a loaded question. Are some videogames violent? Yes. But just like you have your Grand Theft Auto's and Hitmans which are quite violent, you also have Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario which are about as violent as an early Spongebob episode (in fact Mario has less violence than most old and modern day cartoons). It's not whether videogames are getting to violent, it's that we put to much emphasis on the violent games and ignore the other ones and because of that we assume that games are getting to violent.

I will admit that there are games that go way over the top. These games are not meant to be played by anyone under the age of 17-18, and as a twenty-five year old even I get uncomfortable with them. However these games are a minority compared to the rest of the market. Despite what might be seen in advertising the average game has less violence than a PG13 film. It's mostly a matter of perspective and knowledge.
sesiom
on 10/20/14
Foxinabox liked this  
If you dont play video games, whay would you know? Dont even bother voting if you dont have any knowledge of what you're talking about. Fifa is a video game but is it violent? Not even remotely. Ignorant people...
kmhagen
on 10/20/14
I agree with you 100 percent., not grammatically, but with the gist of your point. Just kidding about the grammar. Too many people these days base their opinions on the sentiments of what he talking heads on TV spew at them.
veramarie
on 10/20/14
I don't play video games, but I also don't live under a rock. My kids and husband play them. There are commercials for them on TV. So you are incorrect that people who haven't played automatically have no knowledge of them.
JokerGangsta
on 10/20/14
games have a rating,so to all the parents out there check the rating before you buy games for your children,and everything should be fine.
Serechen1
on 10/20/14
I really do think that certain video games have an affect on our youth. I have seen a lot of lack of motivation and a lack of communication with others because the games just prove to be do compelling to pull away from.
etmom
on 10/20/14
gracias
UnscriptedLogic
on 10/20/14
WORKEN liked this  
I have been playing video games my entire life, before i even knew what i was doing i was playing Atari and NES. I think about 90 percent of the games i have ever played in my life were extremely violent. Mortal Kombat Back in the day had to put in the code to get blood, and it was awesome just to see the color red come out of the guy when you hit them. But i have never went out and hit someone in real life to see red come out, or ran down the street and shot people and stole cars for no reason at all. I think people should worry more about video game addictions than how violent games are.
little75girl
on 10/20/14
JokerGangsta and 1 others liked this  
It totally depends on mental status of person playing.
selwynboy2011
on 10/20/14
This ia a age thing and where that kid or even that person
Or that adult is in their life and understanding of things!
emamatank
on 10/20/14
Bpoppin and 3 others liked this  
Not sure how to answer this question. Some video games are pretty darn violent, and some are just fine. Not sure they can all be lumped together. Also, the video game rating system usually gives you a pretty good idea of what you're buying.
Bpoppin
on 10/20/14
jason1760 liked this  
^^Extremely accurate. They put the reasons for the ratings right on the packaging. MA for extreme violence. Guess what... This game is too violent for your seven year old. What a surprise.
xxwingeddragonxx
on 10/20/14
I find nothing potentially disturbing about Corpse Party. All is well in my young brain.
BlackAlabaster
on 10/20/14
Depends on what game. This is kind of way too broad of a question
Oshawasducky
on 10/20/14
Depends what type of game you are looking at. It is actually difficult to find a game wwithout violence listed in its age rating review. Even the ones for younger children.
black0star
on 10/20/14
Honestly, it shouldn't matter about how violent a game is. If you're not easily influenced/manipulated, it should be enjoyed for what it's supposed to be: purely entertainment. If you are, then you shouldn't be playing. It all depends on the person's comfort with violence, and other factors.
XObrian
on 10/20/14
sodelicious83 and 5 others liked this  
The problem isn't the games being too violent, the problem is with parents lettings their children play these games before they are mature enough to handle it.
Siiddd
on 10/20/14
XObrian liked this  
^exactly
cougar2400
on 10/20/14
The only reason they are "violent" is because most of the popular ones are games that involve war or fighting of some kind.
Danilo21
on 10/20/14
eclecktic1 liked this  
Some are fine
vanessaost
on 10/20/14
too, aggressive
vanessaost
on 10/20/14
too aggressive
vanessaost
on 10/20/14
too aggressive
Toripagac
on 10/20/14
its more of a game thing but as a gamer since 1983 no but there are more games made now butt on the whole there are plenty of games that have no gore
PokemonMaster309
on 10/20/14
Love Plus is not a violent game.
SwiggPwnsSwag
on 10/20/14
Games are too violent these days and yes i play them, the reason games are too violent is because the (insert name of group or company or organisation or conspiracy here) want to desensitise children since they know children are usually exposed to overrated games.
GoodVibez81
on 10/20/14
I play videos games. It's not real, and I've always known it wasn't real, so it's no big deal to me. Yes, some games have violence in them, but they usually have games labelled Family, Mature, Teen, etc. If you don't want a 10 year playing a game that says M for mature, then just don't buy it or allow their friends to bring them into the house if it's that much of a problem. I've seen worse in horror and action movies, and I still watch them because their fun to watch. Video games are good for stress relief. You can relax and have fun without having to do too much thinking.
KingDarius224
on 10/20/14
oldmissb and 20 others liked this  
i am so sick of people blaming video games for stuff.
savanuhh
on 10/20/14
Same here!
PokemonMaster309
on 10/20/14
XObrian and 9 others liked this  
I know right. Video games do not create sociopaths. Bad parenting does.
1brattysub
on 10/20/14
Bpoppin liked this  
Actually, if I'm not mistaken, in the case of a true sociopath, it's a neurological issue, not a nurturing issue. Although the tendency of parents to be blind to issues their children may be experiencing (the refusal to see their children as less than 'perfect') certainly contributes to the lack of early detection of sociopathic tendencies.

Bad parenting just produces a-holes.
flnative73
on 10/20/14
These polls are asking for people's opinions. You can't get mad that people are stating their opinions. And you don't have to play video games to be exposed to them. I don't play but my husband has, my son has, my friends' children have, so I have seen them and I do think they are too violent. The biggest problem I have is that the player is the one choosing to beat up or shoot or rape another character, they are making a conscious effort to do harm to another character. I agree that some TV shows and movies are too violent as well but the poll isn't asking if video games are more violent than TV shows, just if you think video games are too violent.
DHeezy81
on 10/20/14
Bpoppin and 4 others liked this  
What's too violent? For who? Adults? No, they're not too violent for adults. Children? Yes there are plenty that are too violent for them. But that's the parents fault if they let them play those games, so what's the point of the survey?
tabbanie
on 10/20/14
Why I chose "I don't know." There are violent games, but what is meant by Too Violent?
supermat666
on 10/20/14
video game is not to violent, life is violent and dangerous... i think that the video game can influence a child, but he's not suppose to play with 18+ games, this is the problem at 14 year old we let a them play all game and go to internet without watch what they do on it!!!
Aarongorn42
on 10/20/14
Far too general of a question. Some games are very violent; others are not. But whether a game is "too violent" is often a matter of the age/maturity of the person playing it.
Meliu
on 10/20/14
yumdrum and 9 others liked this  
What the heck is wrong with those swagbucks results? I swear half the people on here are grandmas. How do they know what chocolate tastes like before they try it...? Oh right, judge by the logo.
swagingcat
on 10/20/14
Actually if you want to know what the heck is wrong with those swagbucks results maybe it's not half the people on here are grandmas but maybe it might be the fact that half if not more one here are Christians. Oh oh no i am going now i am going to be flagged, sorry but this is also my opinion.
1brattysub
on 10/20/14
RENNIE1 and 1 others liked this  
Actually, an interesting poll was posted a while back, asking if people actually took the time to answer the polls, or just clicked on the first option their cursor reached, and if memory serves, it was leaning strongly toward the 'first option I reach' answer.

Although, how accurate the results are is anyone's guess, since, if they really do simply choose the first answer, why did would they take the time to accurately answer that poll? Or was it simply the first answer they came to? ;-)

Although, I'm willing to bet that the strong majority of SB users are, indeed, grandmas. And stay-at-home mothers of small children. :)
swagingcat
on 10/20/14
That's not the point I was making, the point is i could very well be a grandma but my vote was not the 37%.

Video games are only too violent when the wrong people are playing them otherwise NO! <<<<<<<<<< This is my opinion regardless of my age.
swagingcat
on 10/20/14
mommaheadrick and 1 others liked this  
I don't like how people get categorized by a mere poll, i swear i don't understand how people come to such conclusions sometimes just because they don't like the results from a poll ?
BUDWARDDIDDLE
on 10/20/14
I play video games here and there and some are very violent and younger children shouldn't play them. Older children are a different story. I think if they know that being violent isn't what you should do, they will be OK just playing a game. The problem is when kids, or adults think it is an OK thing.
m3rcip0url3v3nin
on 10/20/14
for the most part, i don't think they're too violent, at least for those over 18
blobablob
on 10/20/14
tabbanie and 1 others liked this  
Like books and movies and tv shows, some video games are violent and some are not.

There's lots of really popular games like Mario Kart, which is about racing with cartoony cars. You can play as a giant dino-creature or a princess or a mustached plumber, and throw turtle shells at people to knock their carts off the track. It's probably about as violent at PowerPuff Girls. Or Animal Crossing, where you play as a newly moved in villager in a village full of cute anthropomorphic animals. Your goal is to grow vegetables, go fishing, befriend the villagers, and decorate your house.

Both of these are extremely popular games across all ages.

Saying today's video games are too violent is like only looking at the R-rated section of the movie theater and saying that today's movies are too violent.
1brattysub
on 10/20/14
tabbanie and 2 others liked this  
I am disappointed with the poll choices... there should have been an 'It depends on the age of the player and which game they're playing' choice. Or at least an 'It depends' choice. I don't think the games are necessarily too violent, but I *DO* think that parents aren't paying close enough attention to the images/content their children are consuming. While you can't prevent them from being exposed to certain things when they're out of your sight, you CAN control what they're exposed to under your roof. *steps off my soapbox*
BinkeyLux
on 10/20/14
I wholeheartedly agree with you. Videogames are a form of escapism, and despite the increasing 'realness' of appearance [way to go developers!], they aren't accurate representations of real life. Each games has has been rated on levels of violence, sex, bad language etc. Responsible parenting indeed means monitoring what your child is playing or at least reading up about it for its suitability if you're unsure about buying it for them, rather than just tutting and complaining against the levels of 'taste' and suitability after exposing them to a game. If as an adult you abhor violence, sex, bad language et al, you can use COMMON SENSE and avoid games that fall into this genre - repeat with all known media such as films, websites etc [continued]
BinkeyLux
on 10/20/14
Nobody is forcing you to participate. It's all too easy to play the blame game, get wound up and form a negative opinion of something that you're not likely to come into contact with, or have the ability to act in an adult and/or parental manner and shield your child from it if you are unhappy about your child coming into contact with games that are unsuitable for their age It's about taking personal responsibility rather than playing the blame game at the end of the day. I wasn't a videogame person until I was in my very late 20's and I'm old enough to know what sort of genres will appeal to me and be appropriate for my levels of taste/fear - I read the box, the reviews and watch short game footage by the companies on YouTube for further info before deciding if they're right for me. It's just that simple. *steps off soapbox also* ~ B xx
XavierPendragon
on 10/20/14
KristaLDarnell liked this  
To those of you that have voted " I don't play video games, but I think they are too violent". You have no opinion. It like Jennifer Aniston said as rachel green on friends. "No uterus no opinion".
elvisfreak
on 10/20/14
tabbanie and 1 others liked this  
fact is, some are and some are not and there is no answer on this survey reflecting that.
mommaheadrick
on 10/20/14
That was my problem with it. I don't play them, but my husband does. I watch, and discuss them with him. To me it depends on whether that is the entire point of the game, or if there's an actual story line, etc. Completely depends on which game, though.
Brakes4Roots
on 10/20/14
GettingFreeGifts liked this  
I play games but I choose not to play the ones that I think are too violent. Just as I choose not to watch really graphic horror movies.
Chekker
on 10/20/14
I haven't played any games or even really seen any, so I don't know.
mommaheadrick
on 10/20/14
It depends on the game! Besides, how is it any worse than what is on tv?
mousey3
on 10/20/14
RENNIE1 and 1 others liked this  
I choose not to play the games I feel are violent.
krch
on 10/20/14
hmm you dont play but you say the videogames are violent? LOL
PhileON
on 10/20/14
Think the only answer to 'I don't play video games, but I think they are too violent' being top is... play some video games.
charrrlee
on 10/20/14
airbalala liked this  
what happens when u buy with the swag bucks do they just deliver it to u ? first time used this
1brattysub
on 10/20/14
hi charrrlee... it depends on what you're getting. If you get an Amazong Gift Card, it's delivered electronically. I believe if you use your Swagbucks for actual physical prizes that they are indeed delivered to you. To the address you provided, which can be reviewed under the 'Settings' tab, found in the drop-down menu at the top right of the page (when you hover the cursor over your name).
kazooga1234
on 10/20/14
There is one video game that is created that I think is to violent but it's just one. I forget it's name but it is very graphic and has a lot of graphic decapitations in them. It is like if you saw ISIS kill somebody on one of the videos they posted.
adamfusion
on 10/20/14
Lol, All the soccer moms complaining. Yet there is more violence on cable(Walking Dead)
ShayBella08
on 10/20/14
NaughtyAngel liked this  
some are violent and some are not
bratszilla
on 10/20/14
some like ufc
cdmeggers
on 10/20/14
some are and some aren't.
katybug75
on 10/20/14
Yes they are
swaguser12818215
on 10/20/14
Some video games do express violence as wrong, but other games use violence to fight evil and send a good message.

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