Do parents think video games are good for children?

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The Punisher video game execution

This has been a question plaguing our society for quite a while now. Here’s an interesting bit of information for everyone. According to the Electronic Software Association survey stats, 56% of parents think that video games are positive for their child’s life; which is pretty good. However, there’s the latter of 44% that believe they are bad or undecided to their effect. If we’re going off these survey stats, it looks like the answer is finally, yes.

Through the years we have experienced many parents and politicians campaigning against video games and their “negative effects” on our children. There have also been a lot of cases taken to court because of video games such as the Brown vs. Entertainment Merchants Association case. This case, like many others that pertain to video games negatively affecting our youth, have all been dismissed because of 1st Amendment rulings. I’ve always cheered for the side of video games, and the court’s decisions don’t surprise me one bit.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto 5

I’m going to use myself as a prime example. I, like many of you here, have been raised on video games. I’ve experienced the 8-bit NES, to the 16-bit revolution of the SNES and Genesis, all the way up to today’s next generation consoles. In addition to this, I build my own PC gaming towers and do a lot of PC gaming as well. I have played the most tamest games all the way to the most violent games in the world; games such as Manhunt, The Punisher,  Soldier of Fortune, and many more including the Grand Theft Auto series.

Now, I’m not trying to stretch my “E-Penis” as it were, but I am trying to make a point. The point being that even though I’ve played all these games, why am I not out in the middle of the street trying to shoot people? Why I am not trying to hold up in a school and shoot kids there out of frustration? Why am I not stabbing people in alleys and trying to take their belongings? Why? It’s because I had good parenting. Scratch that, I had GREAT PARENTING. Since my parents taught me what the difference was between right and wrong decisions, I was able to discern that copying violence in a video game will only make you someone’s girlfriend in jail. *shivers*

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I know I’m not alone in this, and that there are many others like myself that have been raised similarly. Violence in video games are only expressing what we’ve already seen either on the news or through movies. I find this whole thing quite amusing because back before video games, parents and the politicians (see a trend here?) blamed movies and music for violence in children. Hell, they even blamed comic book heroes like Superman and Spider-Man for “romanticizing” physical violence. If we go back even further, people would blame violence on unseen demons and witches. The trend here is that people are always looking for something to blame, and don’t take the responsibility for their actions -or the irresponsibility of their inaction which could have prevented the violence.

All in all, I’m glad that more and more parents are thinking that video games are positive for their kids. This is the dawn of the digital age, and video games are only going to accompany us forward. Video games are equivalent to art pieces, and it’s up to the parents of the child to help them understand what is right and what is wrong; especially in video games. We do have the ESRB Content Rating in place for a reason, so be a responsible parent if you’re thinking of buying your child an M-rated title in the future. The world would be a better place. 🙂

Source: Cinemablend || ESA

 

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