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    Agreed babyla, i think people are far too casual about what they allow to enter their childs mind I read that 40% of the nerve endings to your brain are directly from your eyes, so what you watch WILL impact how you think, react and feel, esp for a childs under developed brain

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyla View Post
    The research is in, it is unequivocal, children playing violent and realistic video games leads to an increase in aggressive behaviour.
    I haven't heard that it's unequivocal. Last news article I read suggested that those who play violent video games have a tendency to have a higher IQ.

    I'd never allow DS to play a game like GTA under 15 (and I'll have to see how I feel in 9 years when he's that age) but lego star wars, ben 10... meh.

    Personally, I do my own 'research' on my own individual child and not a bunch of numbers and he's not aggressive at all despite watching violent cartoons (ben 10, loony tunes) and playing violent games like lego star wars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyla View Post
    The research is in, it is unequivocal, children playing violent and realistic video games leads to an increase in aggressive behaviour.

    The argument of 'I played them and it didn't affect me' is simplistic at best. Lots of people speed whilst driving and don't have an accident as well, doesn't mean it's ok.

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    You can find 'research' to support any argument if you look hard enough..

    How big an increase in aggression...just a teeny tiny bit, or lots?
    How is it measured?
    Do they take the child's background and unbringing into consideration?
    What about age?
    Diet? Does the child have lots of artificial colours and preservatives in their diet?
    What about length of time playing? Surely if they give a kid a game to play and he plays it for 24 hours straight he might show more aggression that my dd who might play it for 30 minutes? Where did they draw the lines regarding the amount of time playing before they took a reading of the aggression?

    My DD might have an increase in aggression when playing violent video games, but I can bet the increase would be minuscule as she isn't an aggressive child to begin with...so this 'aggression' would never manifest itself.

    My point, is that it will effect different children in different ways, or not at all in some cases.

    To claim that I am somehow not protecting my child's poor, underdeveloped and vunerable mind because she shoots a few zombies of a weekend is imo ludicrous.

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    I think there is a huge difference between star wars and say Halo or modern warfare etc tho...... I play swtor but would never play the violent war games.

    The content of some games is just horrific.

    Star wars i think is age appropriate but the others shouldnt even be allowed imo

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    and im not talking about GTA or war games or the likes, but the lesser violent ones like lego star wars, zombie attack etc...

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    I havent read any replies but I say I would. When he is older (8+ probably) As long as he knows that its not ok to go around killing people IRL I dont see a problem. Me, my DP and EXDP are all gamers and its not like we go around killing people... Though some times GTA style day dreaming happens lol

    I know right from wrong. I think games are fun and thats it. I wont shelter my kids from that when they grow up.

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    I don't even know why im arguing my point, I agree with most points to varying degrees.

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    Big difference, still violent. If people argue that 'violent video games lead to an increase in aggression' surely that would include all violent video games, not just the ones we deem acceptable?

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    Games which are clearly fantasy based I think are different. I'm only talking about the realistic games as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    Big difference, still violent. If people argue that 'violent video games lead to an increase in aggression' surely that would include all violent video games, not just the ones we deem acceptable?
    There is a huge variation tho.

    I mean most disney movies for example have violence in them to some degree, but a violent M / R rated movie isnt appropriate imo. Same with games.

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