I think some games like Manhunt should be banned

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    I think this Manhunt game should be banned. It's just going to desensitize people into being killers. Just as the First Amendment prohibits people from shouting fire in a theater when there is no fire, I think it should prohibit "games" like Manhunt. There's a book called Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill written by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Gloria DeGaetano that tells how game manufactures make violent games and get kids to like violence and killing.
     
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    welcome to the boards fluteplayer.

    I've been playing video games for half of my life, violent ones even, and I've not killed anyone yet. This is a crock of a reason to excuse inappropriate behavior and attempt to avoid responsibility for your own actions.
     
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    Why is it that game manufacturers who make violent games condone violence against others? It's because they're desensitized. They then design desensitizing games. Why don't they design games that encourage the player to solve problems with nonviolent means? Looks to me like they want players to be violent.
     
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    game designers are going to make games that make money, not to force an anarchist viewpoint on an unsuspecting populace.

    There are plenty of non-violent puzzle solving games out there. The violent ones sell because thats what these people want. Personally, I'm glad their behind a keyboard fantasizing about all the murder and mayhem instead of out on the streets actually doing it.
     
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    Why would people want to purchase violent games? What's wrong with nonviolent games? Sooner or later, people who play games like Manhunt are going to do real killings.
     
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    FlutePlayer,

    If you don't want to play the violent video games you rail against, don't buy them. If you don't want your kids playing them, don't buy them. But don't force me to conform to your video game preferences. I play games like Delta Force, American Conquest, Medal of Honor, etc. that all involve killing of some sorts. I have yet to kill, maim, or even hit anyone because of it.
     
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    The whole "violent games/movies/music/etc. make violent people" argument is a cop-out, in my opinion. Anybody who claims any form of art or entertainment inspired them to kill is lying, the seed had to have already been planted for them. Basically, they're just looking for a way to excuse their actions. The people who support these types simply don't want to accept that violent human behavior can't be simplified to a single game or movie.

    The guy who shot Lennon (can't remember his name) claimed Catcher in the Rye inspired him. Not a single death or even reference to death in that book. Charles Manson said the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" was a big inspiration to him in his acts. We shouldn't have to pander to the very small percentage of people in this world who are looking for an excuse to be violent and stupid.

    As for non-violent games, Splinter Cell, one of the X-Box's most popular games encourages players to figure out non-violent means of solving the problems presented in the game. Of course, you can still just go on a kill-crazy rampage, but you won't win. The #1 game for Gamecube right now is Mario Kart, a very cartoony, very G-rated racing game. One of Playstation 2's most popular series is the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series, where you skateboard, and the only violence is maybe a little blood if you fall really hard.

    But, I agree with DK, the gaming companies are not making violent games because they want to promote violence, they make them because they sell, and it's a business, and business is all about making the $$$.
     
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    As much as I agree that the types of violent games, tv shows, news broadcasts etc. do, in fact, make people less sensitive to violence I still don't think banning them is the answer.

    There are many people who watch/play them and don't become murders and there are many indications that those who watch/play with them do become more violent. It seems to me that the people who are violent also come from violent families who allow them to play/watch this crap. Isn't their family history as significant?

    So which came first- their prediliction to violence (and thus their choice in movies/games) or the games/movies themselves? I don't know the answer.

    I don't play violent games, don't watch violent tv nor watch a lot of violent movies. Heck, I don't even watch the news regularly because I just don't like so much violence and pain in my face...it does change my mood. But I'm against the government banning of most everything.
     
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    Humans in general are violent creatures, there's no escaping it, it's right there in the history books. We are a species that kills to get what it wants on a regular basis and have done so for many many years.
     

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