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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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PokemonMaster309
on 10/20/14
If you think video games are violent then you have not played dating sims such as Love Plus. Also I checked the top selling video games of all time and the ones that are violent are first person shooters like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto. It's not like Manhunt is a best seller. The top ten are Tetris, Wii Sports, Minecraft, Super Mario Bros, Mario Kart Wii, Grand Theft Auto V, Wii Sports Resort, New Super Mario Bros, Call of Duty Modern Warefare 2, Wii Play. Here's the full list.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_video_games
HarleyC
on 10/20/14
It depends on the game is my answer, but no, even the violent ones aren't any more violent than what's in movies.
Dancer2Heart
on 10/20/14
I don't play video games, but I think they are too violent
FluffieDucky
on 10/20/14
Markus01 liked this  
How can you say video games are violent if you don't play them? The media highlights the violent parts of games. There are plenty of video games out there that aren't violent, probably more than violent ones. That's like saying "I don't like cheese, but I've never had cheese before."
NikoZeus4080
on 10/20/14
Prettyginger1011 and 12 others liked this  
I've lost faith in humanity after seeing the results in this poll. Are half of swagbucks users soccer moms who suck at parenting and listen to Fox news?
BigBlackGrant
on 10/20/14
I realized most of them are old and retired or just old!! lol
rylew
on 10/20/14
RitaFox liked this  
The polls are based on Swagbucks users which isn't enough to represent the entire human population
NikoZeus4080
on 10/20/14
Meh, still. They do sort of represent the general population in which believes everything hear on TV lol

Anyways, let's make things happier. WHO'S READY FOR SMASH BROS?!
FluffieDucky
on 10/20/14
It's personal responsibility, people. A 7 year old shouldn't be playing Grand Theft Auto. Games with extreme violence, cursing, etc. are rated as such by the ESRB, and if you don't take the opportunity to read the back of the box, or ask your local video game store employee what the game is rated and if it's OK for your child, that is 100% your fault. That's like getting mad at a movie company for making a violent movie that YOU took your kid to see.
Markus01
on 10/20/14
Video Games are what they are made to be, that's why they have maturity ratings. (http://videogames.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=003951) Research has failed to show a causal link between video games and real-world violence. They argue that correlations between video games and violent behavior can be explained by youth predisposed to violence being attracted to violent entertainment. Additionally, if video games do cause youth to be violent, then one would expect juvenile violent crime to increase as more youth play violent video games. Instead, the arrest rate for juvenile violent crimes has fallen 49.3% between 1995 and 2008, while video game sales have quadrupled in the same period.

To all of the parents out there just be smart when exposing your children to certain situations, people learn more from other people than what they see on a screen. Be smart check out www.commonsenesemedia.org
PolishPrince
on 10/20/14
RitaFox liked this  
From what I've seen on TV ads and heard and read about them, I think video games are too violent.
Pudgyhyena
on 10/20/14
Markus01 and 1 others liked this  
Do you believe everything you hear on TV?
LindlMeows
on 10/20/14
PokemonMaster309 and 2 others liked this  
This poll highlights the problem with this issue. The majority of people saying video games are too violent don't actually play them. So how exactly did they come to this conclusion? Don't judge what you don't understand.
annie12312
on 10/20/14
Reviver liked this  
Depends on the game... duh
jlarmstrong34
on 10/20/14
Don't play violent video games...don't really know what is out there except grand theft auto and that is just vulgar.
Freddythe0ne
on 10/20/14
there are family friendly games as well. The majority are from Nintendo. Maybe there is a game you haven't played yet that might be your favorite. I wouldn't recommend staying away from video games just because of one game. Like movies, there is more than R rated.
KingDarius224
on 10/20/14
JeremyD and 3 others liked this  
i am so sick of people blaming video games for stuff.
IwuvWaffles
on 10/20/14
evbrock liked this  
Loaded question
RitaFox
on 10/20/14
I love video games
vanessaost
on 10/20/14
yes ..quite
BigBlackGrant
on 10/20/14
Rather it be through a video game than them doing it in real life!!
Naias
on 10/20/14
Depends on the game. Some games are too violent - for my young child, so he doesn't play them.

I have a great deal more concern for the way crime tv shows portray real life violence & the handling there-of, in unrealistic ways that contributes to the skewing of perception of risk in adults.
Greenwick
on 10/20/14
RitaFox liked this  
There are lots of non-violent video games, so I think this question is a little too simplified.
bobo2500
on 10/20/14
Vampirezdarkgurl and 1 others liked this  
No more violent than the world we are raising our children in. Our country has been at war for how many years now? But never mind that, blame the video games.
MrJerms
on 10/20/14
RitaFox liked this  
The question sort fo stereotypes all games in one category. In general, yeah I think games are too violent. But there are games like rocksmith or sports games that are a lot of fun and only as violent as the sport they imitate.
onejan84
on 10/20/14
FluffieDucky and 6 others liked this  
I'm so tired of stupid ideas like this. To give you a hint at how tired I am of these kinds of questions from the general population I'll say this is the first time I've left a comment on one of these polls. This question is the equivalent of asking a novelist where they get their ideas from. Games are rated on age appropriateness. The unfortunate thing is some people shouldn't breed and then did anyway. And then they let their 5 year old play GTA. The fact that some games can not legally be sold to a person under 17 ought to be a clue. But some people just don't want to be bothered by the children they brought into this world. And they don't care enough to research the games and know their kid shouldn't be playing certain ones. And then we wonder why kids end up in jail or dead.
PSUSyr5
on 10/20/14
RitaFox liked this  
The games I play aren't violent. I tend to stick to the Super Marios, Donkey Kongs, party games, etc. Definitely not "too violent"...though, of course there are some that cross the line, but it's been a long time since I've played those.
legcy
on 10/20/14
RitaFox liked this  
depends on the game. all i play is pokemon. so no, games are not that violent
MonetRazor
on 10/20/14
mandac424 and 1 others liked this  
It depends on the Game some are very friendly others are extremely violent.
fluxell
on 10/20/14
mandac424 and 5 others liked this  
I think the bigger issue is parents allowing kids to play violent video games before they are mature enough to be exposed to that content. I did not say an age specifically because some kids are more mature that others and can handle certain content before others. It is the parent's right and responsibility to make that choice, but it is also their responsibility to understand what content their kids are being exposed to. FYI: for parents out there that have never heard of it, check out www.commonsenesemedia.org .
kthomas333
on 10/20/14
I play video games and simply don't purchase violent ones for myself. My grandson is 10 and the war games he wants to play are way too violent with way too much cussing.
floopz
on 10/20/14
RitaFox liked this  
Srange one.
Archi98
on 10/20/14
RitaFox and 6 others liked this  
I think people should stop blaming all violence on video games. It's not the video games, it's the sick minds that play them.
ubutnut
on 10/20/14
you sound like a conservative: it's not the gun, it's the sick minds of the people that (ab)use guns.

apparently our prudish society is more tolerant of violence than sex
alleus
on 10/20/14
RitaFox liked this  
Play them or make them?
Think about the fact that it would not be sold if no one would buy it.
lataraisawinner
on 10/20/14
RitaFox liked this  
Yes, many are. Look at all of these graphic battle games, shooter games, bloody gore games, gang-banging games, etc.
DebbyDoodles
on 10/20/14
FluffieDucky and 5 others liked this  
Hahahaha - I find it very funny that the biggest category is people who DON'T play video games but think they are too violent. How do you really know? 'Violent' games are only one kind of video games, there are lots of different games to suit lots of different tastes.
2MonkeyMom
on 10/20/14
mandac424 liked this  
Really depends on which video game you're playing. There is such a huge variety. My husband plays some that I'd rather he not play in front of the kids, but then there are others that are perfectly fine for kids to play.
WafflesRIP
on 10/20/14
HOW
THEY ARE NOT EVEN VIOLENT
oslice25
on 10/20/14
I voted that video games are too violent (and I'm a regular player)
, but I had a hard time deciding, because, while some games are over the top - like the Grand Theft Auto series (where you get rewarded money for killing hookers and other random people) - I think the online competitive features are the worst, because, without fail, it causes players to hate and want to harm "real life" people, instead of working together.
kixxen
on 10/20/14
mandac424 and 9 others liked this  
The amount of violence in video games is equal to that in movies and just like movies have ratings, so do video games and parents need to be responsible for keeping the violent games away from their children until they are age appropriate.
Xin7515
on 10/20/14
nyneelie
on 10/20/14
While I agree with most of Kixxen's rebuttal, playing violent video games, imho, is worst.
You watch a movie, but with video games, the player interacts and is the aggressor.
The longer you keep your children away from both, is best.
Saryn2129
on 10/20/14
mandac424 and 1 others liked this  
Video games are a form of media just like movies or books.

You have movies that are all about horror, death, bloodshed and nobody bats an eye lash.

Show someone getting shot in a video games and all hell breaks loose.

I had a friend whose parents would not let them play Perfect Dark, a video game involving a spy and 'hero' that involves shooting but was ok letter her kid watch the movie Saw or 300. makes a lot of sense, right?
AngelWings7J11
on 10/20/14
For some people some games are a bit violent. I have seen trailers for the listing games below it all depends how some people see it, most people can't distinguish between (fantasy and reality}

Shadow of the dammed
Dead island riptide
Gear Of Wars
God Of Wars
Assassin's Creed


Thats why there is a rating scale on each game list why it was given that rating' if you don't like the game don't buy it simple and clear, this is entertainment targeted for specific audiences just like the movies treat it that way As long stores aren't selling "M" games to minors, let people decide what they want to buy and play' but if you are stupid enough to buy a kid a M rated game you have bigger problems than violence in video games, children playing violent games is a completely different story, that's the parents job to monitor and we should not place restrictions on the gaming industry, because some parents choos
AngelWings7J11
on 10/20/14
choose not to do their job don't tell me there are no good games for kids. There's a ton of games in multiple genres for all ages
ncalder97
on 10/20/14
Why Would any one say that they don't know how don't you know!?
Kiki61
on 10/20/14
some are some aren't
squews
on 10/20/14
some games are just not for kids is all
OafDragon
on 10/20/14
FluffieDucky and 4 others liked this  
Goodness me yes! Will you just look at the violence in Candy Crush? Won't somebody think about all those poor starlight mints?!

But yeah, kind of an unfair question. SOME video games are too violent. SOME video games have none at all. It's ridiculous to bundle them all in the same package then demand a Yes or No.
Sgofyyah13
on 10/20/14
mandac424 and 1 others liked this  
Just don't let your kids play M rated game..... They are for adults anyway...
kayteajo
on 10/20/14
This was a very vague and generalized question....my kids play games like scooby doo and such...how would that be violent???
Susztar
on 10/20/14
I've watched my grandson play video games many times. There have been times when I am literally shocked at the violence. I'm not a prude either. I'm in recovery & have been around the block more than once. I'm all for excitement, go for the adrenaline rush, but I think there's a line that doesn't have to be crossed, that actually is crossed 10 times over in some games. I think it's disgusting.
rudrt2ood
on 10/20/14
Freddythe0ne and 1 others liked this  
If you don't like the violence in any particular game... don't play it.
I think there is alot of violence in many games, they put warnings on the labels, so while you or I may not care for it, someone does. As long as you don't try these things at home they are harmless, after all, it's just a game
sandymail
on 10/20/14
Emulating crime sells the games, just like it draws people to the same kind of movies and tv shows. You get to imagine your fantasy in a neutral way. If a person has a predisposition to commit crimes then I do believe they could be also be watching them for pointers (if you will) or like instruction and for validation for you own criminal behavior. Just IMO.
alleus
on 10/20/14
Naias and 1 others liked this  
I don't play the games and I have no idea what kind of violence the question refers to. The games are based on fantasy, not reality, most of the time aren't they? When I was young and watched Saturday morning cartoons, the sensors wanted to take the "Bugs Bunny, Roadrunner" show off the air because of violence. I realize that the coyote was always getting smashed by his own dumb luck and Elmer Fudd was always trying to "Kill the wabbit!", but I would have to say that the "violence" didn't affect my generation. Granted, I might be wrong.
KarahH
on 10/20/14
mandac424 and 8 others liked this  
The options offered are inadequate. I am not personally a gamer, but my son is and I pay attention accordingly. Some of the games today are unnecessarily violent. Some are not violent at all. Just like everything in life (food, TV, relationships, etc.) there are good and bad ones out there and you have to learn self control - making good choices about which ones your pursue and how much you allow the others into your life.
smcintyre1
on 10/20/14
I couldn't agree more.
Twolves38
on 10/20/14
very well said...thanks for your opinion!
ringo24601
on 10/20/14
FluffieDucky and 3 others liked this  
And the poll shows it. The majority of those who think they are too violent are those who are ignorant of video games. You have to actually play them to know whether they are too violent. You have to play them in order to have a relevant, informed opinion.
yestfl
on 10/20/14
I don't have the attention span necessary to play a video game. Lol
ForeverBlue
on 10/20/14
ringo24601 and 1 others liked this  
Video games aren't any more violent than real life.
gamemaster1991
on 10/20/14
jend80 and 14 others liked this  
Looking at the comments and at the results makes me sad. Too violent? How is Mario too violent? How is Sonic too violent? How is Metriod, Donkey Kong, Mega Man, Crash, Spyro, or Pac-man too violent? I just named 8 different games that do not involve hurting another person, just monsters, aliens, robots, or ghosts. Donkey kong may count because it's an ape hurting animals, but there you have it. AN APE! Not a human. Cupleing harmless games with games like GTA, Call of Duty, and other M rated games made for ADULTS not kids. And what if they are violent? Why do you care? Just because I play a game where I can rob and shoot people does not mean I will. I'm gonna stop because I can be here all day. If you don't like it, fine. Just don't ruin my fun in the process.
kitten2013
on 10/20/14
Well, Crash does have a person (Dr. Neo Cortex) but he's really fantasy like, to be honest. Same with Dr. Eggman on Sonic.
gamemaster1991
on 10/20/14
Not my point but fair enough.

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