Real Talk: Is Video Game Violence Impacting My Child?

Video Game Violence is Very Real and It Should be Discussed at Government Levels to Help Bring Up Better Children for the Future of This Nation

The statistics are alarming. According to a recent study by Children Now, up to 89 percent of video games include violent content. Unfortunately, that’s not the worst of it. A Journal of Electronic Media study found that in 98 percent of games analyzed, violence went unaddressed—and unpunished. In over 50 percent of the same games, aggressors were rewarded for violent behavior. The same study found that children playing these video games for at least 40 minutes a day may encounter over 5,400 monthly acts of violence. If you spend much time researching video game violencethe impact of video games on kids, you’re likely to come to mixed conclusions. Some studies indicate that children are more likely to engage in fights, become aggressive with peers and act out at home if they play violent console and PC games regularly, while other studies conclude there’s no proven link between video game violence and real-world aggression. So what should we think?Like many other parents you may be concerned about the violence your child consumes—on TV, in magazines and in video games. And while you’re concerned about whether that violence is impacting their behavior, there’s more to consider, here. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (ESV)

Based on this verse, it’s important for us to think about the context of video game violence—and aggression in general. Is some of it “just” and “honorable”? Yes. However, the gratuitous, gory—and repeated—video game violence against unarmed defenders, women and children should cause parents to take pause. Whether you’re seeing behavior changes at home or not, it’s likely your child is emotionally, psychologically and spiritually affected by the media they consume. Do we really want to take that chance?

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Pushes the Violence Envelope

Violence in Video Games is a Common thing to Expect and If we can’t Stop it, then Maybe we can help Minimize it

Activision Publishing and its acclaimed video game developers are continually celebrating record-breaking releases of various versions of Call of Duty—the latest is Block Ops. The franchise has earned well over a billion dollars in the past decade. According to the Christian Science Monitor, speaking of an earlier release, Call of Duty will likely be “the most successful video game of the year—at least among devoted gamers.” But despite the franchise’s profitability, a growing contingency of critics are continuously attacking it for its realistic depiction of violence.

violenceEven proponents of Black Ops can’t argue that its theme is one of fast-and-furious, brutal force. In one portion of the game, players are obligated to shoot innocent, airport bystanders to continue their undercover infiltration of a terrorist cell. “We push the story,” said Vince Zampella, former developer studio-head of an earlier version release, during an interview with Fox News. “We want the player to be emotionally attached. We want them to be emotionally shocked.”

According to British journalist Charlie Brooker, all the way back to the earliest versions like Modern Warfare 2 is a technical masterpiece, but “…it’s not so much a game as a borderline nightmare experience.”

And while many people view this type of ultra-violent game as nothing more than fantasy stress-relief, other families are gravely concerned about underage exposure to console and PC video game violence.

So, as Christians, how concerned should we be about games like Call of Duty: Block Ops? Games like these contain so much bloody atrocity that some have asked, should manufacturers create ways for viewers to skip the so-called “disturbing” scenes? Concerned enough, perhaps, to monitor the games our children and teens are playing a bit more closely? Concerned enough to model healthy media choices—and talk with our kids about alternatives to violent entertainment?

You can also Limit the Time your Kids Spent Playing Video Games, Especially those Go Beyond the Tolerable Levels of Violence

As Christian parents, we know that God created us to guide our children—and help them make sound decisions untilviolencethey’re old enough to make their own. Decisions that help them fulfill Paul’s call (Phil. 4:8) to think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable. So this year and especially at Christmas time, let’s rethink—and maybe even forgo—video games that capitalize on senseless violence.

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