Grandma's Boy

Are video games too violent?

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Comments (10)

(10) tzvi shoop, February 19, 2009 4:26 PM

i have a computer game called red alert 2 it makes your mind think

(9) Anonymous, December 29, 2008 10:35 AM

depends what game

(8) Anonymous, September 4, 2008 2:04 AM

Video games are great!

I grew up on Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil, etc. I also served in the IDF in a combat unit, and carried my real-life M16 with me everywhere I went. Believe it or not- I never went on a shooting rampage or threw around real grenades for fun. Neither did any of my friends who had similar backgrounds. Maybe this is because I know the difference between real life and a video game? I think video games are excellent for children (an argument I'm still trying to convince my wife of- wish me luck!). Aside from Torah study, there are few tools as great for developing hand-eye coordination, puzzle-solving ability, and quick-reaction response. Add to this that kids are actually interested in doing these things, so they learn faster. It's no wonder that Virtual Reality modules, really just boring games, are used to train extremely demanding professions such as pilots and surgeons (some medical schools allow such VR programs to fulfill requirements of using a real cadaver). I do believe that there is a problem in amoral video games (i.e. GTA). A video game where the kids need to chop off the head of Amalek or Hitler is different from a video game where innocent people are hurt. The Tanach has a solid amount of explicit descriptions of battle-scenes as well, so shielding children from knowledge of violence isn't the answer either. The most harmful thing, in my opinion, is the news- where newscasters speak of real murders and rapes with the same emotion and breath that they speak of political issues. THAT causes apathy and a failure to distinguish the evils of actual violence.

(7) Rosen, August 31, 2008 6:06 PM

Mortal Kombat

Video games most likely started to get violent when Mortal Kombat came out as one of the first gory video games. After that, it seems that the games evolved, or devolved, to more violent levels. When I was a kid growing up in the late '80's video games were just two-dimensional, with very limited violent concepts. Now, video games have so many buttons on their controllers, I practically lost interest in them past the Nintendo 64. I prefer more classic video games such as Super Mario, Tetris, etc.

(6) Bill, August 30, 2008 11:18 PM


Video games in general are bvad for most kids. But when these kids have them in their own bedrooms and you think that they are going to sleep, but in all reality they wait till you have gonbe away and play the games without the sound on and then they can't gfet up for school when you call them. They then have the thought of saying that they don't feel good or they don't go to school at all since both parents are working during the day. Now the kids are twenty years old and have not finished their high school studies. I wish that they could put timers on them that only parents could control and take the key with them.

(5) Chana, August 28, 2008 12:26 PM

Not Good

I have to wonder where all of this is taking us, could it desensitize people to the "real" violence in the world. I have seen children as young as two years old watching these violent video games being played, where it shows someone being decapitated. I think that this type of conditioning of young minds should be a major concern in our society today.

(4) Ronni, August 27, 2008 8:42 PM


I'm one of those Bais Yaakov moms that grew up with such an unconventional background that I don't dare tell anyone that my dad taught us how to shoot guns (including a sawed off Uzi) and we all played cops and robbers etc. We definitely played with toy guns and played harmless so called "violent" games. My brothers are the most gentle men you have ever come across and my home is a very calm loving place. My SIL bans videos, toy guns etc., and her kids are constantly getting into fights and being sent home. I find that kind of funny.

(3) Anonymous, August 27, 2008 1:07 AM

I really don't believe...

that nobody commented! Yes, video games are too violent. And they are also addictive. My step-sons have been known to stay in their rooms all day playing video games. When my husband finally said, "enough is enough," they were angry, but they got over it. And now they are normal again. My advice to other moms out there - don't let your kids start.

(2) RML, August 26, 2008 11:56 AM

It depends on the game obviously. The game rating system should be enforced more strictly so those games aren't in the hands of kids.

(1) Ilu, August 26, 2008 7:24 AM

Where are the adults that should correct the youngsters?

I noticed the grandma did not made any correction to the boy when he was explaining all the satanic and demonic actions. She didn't even blink! And then, she was worse than the boy! That is why we have so many problems today: because the adults are silent, letting the kids do whatever they want and the adults do not do their job to correct and guide them.


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