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Over the past several years video games have evolved from the simple pong and pac man to highly detailed fully interactive fantasy adventures Unfortunately along with this development came the ability to depict violence with gory detail and high-speed action Studies substantiate that this brutal violence found in modern video games has a direct correlation with violence among todays youth This relationship can be seen through several areas Several experiments confirm that children are adversely affected by playing violent games Furthermore evidence shows that violent first-person shooter games can teach children effective shooting and killing techniques Finally evidence verifies that children need to be protected from the gaming industry and retailersTo begin with research suggests that playing violent games changes ones behavior and thought Video Games 2 In one experiment children of ages five to seven played either a violent or non-violent game It was then observed that the children who played the violent game were more aggressive that the other group Derek ng Another study involved students playing a violent first-person shooter game or a nonviolent video game against a computer The students however were told that they were competing against another player Upon winning the student was instructed to punish the opponent with a sound blast The students involved in the violent game sustained the sound for a longer duration that the students who played the non-violent game Video Games 2 This shows a raise in aggression level from violent entertainment Lee discusses a study in which college students who had played a video game were lightly provoked Students who played a violent game were much more aggressive in reaction to the provocation than those who played a non-violent game 1Some defenders of video games argue that children come in contact with violence from several sources such as television or music However the problem may be more serious when the violence comes from video games Berner notes that researchers feel that video games
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