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Video game controversies

Video game controversies are societal and scientific arguments about whether the content of video games changes the behavior and attitudes of a player, and whether this is reflected in video game culture overall. Since the early 2000s, advocates of video games have emphasized their use as an expressive medium, arguing for their protection under the laws governing freedom of speech and also as an educational tool. Detractors argue that video games are harmful and therefore should be subject to legislative oversight and restrictions. The positive and negative characteristics and effects of video games are the subject of scientific study. Results of investigations into links between video games and addiction, aggression, violence, social development, and a variety of stereotyping and sexual morality issues are debated.

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If you've been keeping up with the news lately, you've probably seen some controversy involving violence being linked to games. People are saying that video games are the cause of many violent behaviors, social problems, obesity, and many more problems. This is just not true. Video games (just like movies) is art in motion meant to portray a problem and/or opinions or even just for fun. What I don't understand is why when something happens, the media jumps straight to video games and pours all of the blame right onto its lap. Movies have violence. Gun control isn't exactly worked out yet. There are many other outside factors besides video games. Video games are just a hobby for people to enjoy and interact with. My friends and I have a blast playing games with each other after hang out outside or see a movie. The media should stop putting the blame on video games and other mediums and focus on the real problems.

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