Like games such as Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, Mortal Kombat etc.
And why do you think so or not?
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Most Helpful Girl
Only if you allow the fantasy to breach into your reality.
People can sort of 'vent' themselves through video games and watching/reading fiction because they KNOW that it's fiction. They know they are distanced. They know that it's fake, that if they're beating a 3D character, they ARE only pressing commands that intend to cause 'violence' on that 3D character. It's curiosity, it's exploration. It's a desensitised view of blood, gore etc.
I think the problem starts when you start identifying with these characters who perpetrate violence, whether in the name of justice or in the name of mischief-making. That you have an illusory assumption that you can be a hero or villain like that in real life. When you allow those feelings to inflate your ego.
If a real life crisis were to happen, it can result in either direction - that the game experience may help you to deal with the situation at hand, or make you realise you actually can't. I think sensitivity is definitely altered, but the level of alteration depends on other factors in a person's life.2
Most Helpful Guy
It has actually been proven otherwise. Violent games decrease violent behavior. Obviously, if the player has a psychological problem, then it may produce violent, but to "normal" people, it doesn't.
Competitive games are what produces violent behavior, cause of the competitiveness. And I agree with this. I don't get mad or violent when I play games like God of War, GTA, Assassin's Creed, RDR... I actually feel calm, relaxed... but when I play games like NHL, NBA 2K, online competitive multiplayer games... I do tend to get more angry and "violent".
Competitiveness is what causes violent behavior, and not just games, in other aspects of life it does too. Just look at how much violence there's in sports, hell, even politics get in fist fights sometimes.2