Video games are not only confined to children these days. People of any age are increasingly addicted to video games. As technology is advancing towards superior experience and sensations through computer games more and more people are engaging their time playing these games. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with playing video games but recently psychologists were concerned about the positive relationship between violent video games and aggression in the players.
Video Games are a great source of entertainment and most of them contain some sort of violence in them which creates the thrill of playing in a tough situation and winning. The level of violence depends on the type of game and goals which need to be achieved through it. Initially researchers agreed on a fact that video games increases brain function, competency and analytical ability in the players. But as the amount of violent video games increased in their popularity, the concern changed its direction. A number of research were held from 2005 to 2015 to find out that whether there is any relation between violent video games and the player turning into more aggressive and less empathetic towards situations.
When thought rationally, many of us will conclude that there is a positive relationship between playing violent video games and aggression. But researches have something slightly different to show apart from the general assumption. Violence in computer games and aggression in the player don’t relate as simply as we can presume. There are several “other” factors which work altogether to impact strongly and negatively on the player. The researched which said that aggression and violent video games are linked, were mostly conducted on short term basis; like assessing the players right after they were done playing a game. The level of aggression can also be present in a person when they face any tough or cruel situation or when one can’t solve any critical math problem. To change the study results, researchers tried to frame the scenario at a long term scale and the result changed. In the long term, violent video-gamers and non-gamers were found to respond similarly to a certain situation and had the same level of empathy.
American Academy of Pediatrics added another dimension to the findings of previous results and which are pretty acceptable too. By playing violent video games for a long time, specially starting playing at a very early age can have some negative impacts on a person. Kids learn fast and the violence in those video games set a poor example for kids who are not able to judge real and virtual situations much. AP says video games shouldn’t have awarding points for killing people or any other living targets. It gives birth cruelty in those innocent minds and they tend to have aggressive interactions, find happiness while harming others or associate pleasure and success when they cause pain or harm to other people or living objects. But when the player is adult, they can easily separate games and reality and can behave accordingly. Other facts like gender, family relations and personality also have influence on how a person will react after playing violent video games for a long time.
There has been hundreds of research works conducted to conclude accurately about this dilemma. Finally, averaging about 400 paper results, researchers came to end to this discussion that, violent video games can harm the psychological setup of a person if he plays violent computer games starting from an early age and for a quite long time. But adult players don’t seem to react aggressively or don’t possess grudge in their mind, at least in the long time. So here we can wrap up that, violent video games don’t make the players act aggressively in the long run.