Is Call of Duty Cultivating Killers?

The billion-dollar industry that’s turning sweet, innocent kids into violent, savage killers: Video games, right? Wrong.

Video games have had a war waged on them since their origin, and it continues to worsen. Despite safety measures such as content ratings for mature games, much of the media seeks to vilify games and push an agenda of brainwashing.

I have played video games since I was 3 years old. Granted, I wasn’t really playing. I was holding the second controller as my older sister played Spyro. I thought I was playing as Sparx, which I now know is impossible.

Regardless, I have been exposed to both the content and the culture of video games as long as I can remember. Through it I have met more accepting people than in any other medium. This is not to say I have not met some terrible people, but there are terrible people in all groups.

I stream myself playing video games live on a website called Twitch along with millions of other streamers and viewers. The vast majority of people you meet through video games are nice people who are just trying to have fun and take a step away from real life.

The media has slandered video games for years, despite being constantly shut down by scientific research. Consuming violent and intense simulations does not result in a direct reenactment in the real world. Sorry media, but the human brain is a little more rational than that.

In University of New York study titled “Behavioural realism and the activation of aggressive concepts in violent video games,” Dr. Zendel found no detectable influence of priming of violent concepts on the subjects’ performance on a word fragment completion task. The concept that video games lead to violence is unsupported and uncalled for.

Many people experience heightened irritability and frustration while they are playing, more commonly known as rage, but this applies to any human action in which there is a competition. Humans were built to adapt and cope with struggle, in fact the human body craves going through stressors on a regular basis, in order to trigger the release of adrenaline.

Look at a basketball player who just missed a key shot, someone who was just killed off Call of Duty, even someone playing trivia and saying the answer right after time expires. All of these things trigger frustration, but that doesn’t mean the affected person is more violent and aggressive. It’s just a reflection of a heightened state of awareness, struggle and small failure. We endure it every day.

Now to the nitty gritty: first person shooters. From the outside, it seems savage and pointless, a bunch of people running around a map with guns killing each other and trying to plant a bomb, capture a flag, whatever the game mode may be. But from the inside, it’s a simulation.

Why do people like James Bond movies? Mission Impossible Movies? Star Wars? A video game is simply an immersive movie where you get to make the decisions and compete against others. Movies bring us to the same heightened sense of awareness, irritability and rushes of adrenaline. Hence why people jump during scary movies or get angry at a character for their decisions.

Video games bring people together just like any other interest does. It changes people’s’ lives and the connections some make through it are meaningful.

There is no correlation to video games leading a stable, sane person to violent thoughts or behaviors. The constant claim video games cause player violence, craving bloodshed and mass murder are simply incorrect. If someone craves that, it’s a mental health issue. And before you disregard this article, sell your movies.

1 Comment

  1. Reality

    May 6, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    No, left wing brainwashing turns people into killers. When you tell people repeatedly that a dog is a fish, and reprimand them for calling a dog a dog, how can you blame them for snapping and taking out their anger on the people they feel are brainwashing them?

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