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    You know what else causes aggression? Sports...
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    Unfortunately, compelling evidence suggests that, for many children, the pressures associated with sports produce low self-esteem, excessive anxiety, and aggressive behavior. Children may eventually experience "sports burnout" and develop a lifelong avoidance of physical activity (Hellstedt, p. 60, 62).
    Oh noes, newish (not really) technology! Lets blame it for all of our social problems! *yawn*

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    Violent video games are like violent movies. Of course they'll get your heart rate up and your adrenaline flowing because that's what they're supposed to do. It the same thing that happens when you watch any of the Die Hard films. The bit about the one kid freaking out and beating up is brother could happen with any game. Some kids will throw tantrums over anything. He probably would've done the same thing over a game of Chinese Checkers.

    This is one of those arguments that comes up over and over again. The bottom line is that violent games won't turn you into a psychopathic killer, but it could push an already insane person over the edge just like any other display of violence in any form of media. Video games are just new enough to make a good scapegoat.

    Strangely, the thing that irks me most about this article is that they only mention one game by title in the entire thing, and not only is it non-violent, but they spelled it wrong.

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    Well, one of their references is "Beliefnet" so I'm not that surprised...

    Also correlation =/= causation, and I've yet to see anything conclusive on this subject.

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    Video games, for those who aren't fucking crazy, are a good outlet for anger (the opposite of what a lot of experts might think). I'd much rather scream profanities at some guy while tea-bagging him on Halo, or hadoukening some fella' on SF4 than get violent IRL.

    Though, despite not having played many vidyuh' games in the last little while, I haven't felt like I've been biding up my anger or anything.

    There are certain cases where it breeds hate/anger, and so on, but again, those people are fucking crazy. Seriously.

    And getting angry when you lose? That's fucking human nature. Video games aren't the only thing that cause violent reactions upon failure. Gosh, people are stupid. Golly gosh. :/

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    Games are good and fun, as long as you're not addicted or have mental problems. Also exercise and good diet helps, too. I'll say a moderate balance of everything is best for your brain.

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    Don't really believe it.

    I play a fair amount of games, and I'm fine! I mean, occasionally something ticks me off, but that's normal. Everyone has bad days. I can go without games, when my PC died, I went three months without a single frag! When I scrounged another PC, I played again. Nothing really changed.

    Hell, when I'm playing in a tourney, like most people who are really concentrating on something, I don't want any interruptions! I'm too pumped on adrenaline to want to worry about when the LAN's serving up food, or who's asking for me, etc. There would be a difference if it was an athlete, but no! Just because it's digital and sometimes has a few red pixels, suddenly ANY anger displayed is unhealthy! Again, what if you were an athlete? You get pissed too!

    Also, that dude in the video must have a mental issue or something, cause that IS NOT NORMAL! Seriously, GET THAT KID SOME HELP!!!

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    Ever since I started playing Halo, I think it's socially acceptable to carry around a box of grenades and some super glue. So when some red-team homo talks smack about my 1337 sword-lunge skills, I can sticky him in the face and then melee him with my shotty. Then I jump up and down on his body screaming "Oh yeah, oh yeah? You like that. Killing spree, bitch."

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    What bugs me is that they see people confusing video games with reality as a cause of mental illness and I see at as a symptom. Remember that whole deal with the Columbine kids and Doom? (the original one from the 90s, not the new one mind you). Well anyone that plays doom and sees it as an accurate representation of what it would be like to kill someone, obviously had mental problems long before they ever played the game

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    Anyone who thinks that video games are harmless is wrong.
    Anyone who thinks that video games are always harmful is wrong.
    Any pastime can be an outlet or a dam for emotions.
    Extremes are for suckers.

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    http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegrap...001028,00.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Rainville View Post
    Anyone who thinks that video games are harmless is wrong.
    Anyone who thinks that video games are always harmful is wrong.
    Any pastime can be an outlet or a dam for emotions.
    Extremes are for suckers.

    Moderation in all things (food, sex, exercise, internet time, films, inactivity, work, games, rest, play, stress, etc.....) is usually the healthiest course. Of course, I think I'll still choose to devote an "extreme" amount of time to art and school assignments despite the fact that it goes against my philosophy somewhat. hahaha


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Rainville View Post
    Anyone who thinks that video games are harmless is wrong.
    Anyone who thinks that video games are always harmful is wrong.
    Any pastime can be an outlet or a dam for emotions.
    Extremes are for suckers.
    Agreed. Only a sith deals in absolutes.

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