Game Theory: Do Video Games Cause Violence? It's Complicated.

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Do video games make you a more violent and aggressive person? That is the question we are covering today. We touched on this topic before in our episode "Does Fortnite Make You Violent?" but I think, in the wake of current happenings, it deserves a deeper look. This is a tricky and very personal topic for myself and many others, so I am going to do my best to do my due diligence. Today we attempt to answer the long argued question, "Do Video Games Make You Violent?"
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Writers: Matthew Patrick
Editors: Alex "Sedge" Sedgwick, Josh Langman, Tyler Mascola, and Dan "Cybert" Seibert
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  • Man, I've been loving the new kinds of videos you've been putting out, Mat and the Theorist team! Thanks for doing this research and making this video. The thought you put into writing and discovering all this information shows, and I'm incredibly proud of the work you've done and continue to do. I'm super familiar with all these arguments and issues going into the world of journalism myself, but it just makes me want to get there even faster - to try and do this kind of ethical research and reporting. It's not easy to put aside your personal perspective and see what you find, but you did, and I thank you on behalf of those of us who aspire to do that too. :D

    Kanoka621Kanoka621Aylar önce
    • Maybe he doesn't have a perspective,maybe he's a.... *_CENTRIST_* jreg has entered the chat

      Anonimus PrimeAnonimus Prime15 saatler önce
    • @PoisonIvySis 3900 i have bin on game theory sens his first fnaf theory

      Mr. DragonMr. Dragon7 gün önce
    • I love MatPat's videos too

      PoisonIvySis 3900PoisonIvySis 390012 gün önce
    • Bro pubg do cause violence. No its not the game but Hackers lag, snakes etc.

      aadi sharmaaadi sharma20 gün önce
    • i agree

      Mr. DragonMr. Dragon20 gün önce
  • why does mat looks like hes always tearing up

    Ilya NikitinIlya Nikitin45 dakika önce
  • Just letting you guys know, I love this video and the research that went into it! I'm actually using it as a source in my English 2010 research paper this semester on analyzing the commonly cited causes of mass shootings, and whether or not they are actually the source of these increases. Thank you for your hard work and research on this topic; it's very refreshing to have someone actually look at the scientific facts instead of just jumping to conclusions.

    Malia AdamsonMalia Adamson4 saatler önce
  • I can disprove desensitization in one statement alone. "If video games desensitized us, then young male soldiers would no be getting PTSD from war." The bullet point of desensitization holds no water when put side by side with the real thing. Some people are just evil. A simple fact of life.

    IVIU-T-3DIVIU-T-3D4 saatler önce
  • My English teacher gave this as one of the topics for a persuasive essay. Now I can watch Game Theory for school!

    Maddie BriggsMaddie Briggs10 saatler önce
  • Mat could be a politician...

    Mr.NemoCrazyMr.NemoCrazy11 saatler önce
  • Matpat can honestly be my general studies teacher.

    Alexis AuAlexis Au13 saatler önce
  • I agree that video games have little to no correlation to violence in America, I do want to point out that gun violence is not as high and scary as the media wants us to believe. In fact according to the crime statistics given by the FBI more people die by hammers than by guns. Also guns are used way more defensively, than they are to used to murder others. this is also according to the FBI. I dont care if you are pro gun or not, These are the facts that I have found. Anyone can find the statistics on the FBI's site.

    Nitro Nate98Nitro Nate9816 saatler önce
  • 2019, games exist:world is considerably peaceful 1000bc: WAR WAR WAR WAR

    STAN *insert kpop group*STAN *insert kpop group*16 saatler önce
  • How’s your day I just saved the panda population in Minecraft.

    Phoenix RamirezPhoenix Ramirez16 saatler önce
  • if video games turn you violence then action movies will turn you in to a serial killer

    Patrick ZhangPatrick Zhang21 saatler önce
  • Media: Video games cause violence Me: Proceeds to decorate my room and plant a garden in Animal Crossing

    DMS R6DMS R621 saatler önce
  • When MatPat said "my son" oml MY HEART❤❤❤ BTW awesome video, MatPat loved it👌👌👌

    Brianna MaherBrianna Maher21 saatler önce
  • Barely 5 minutes into the video and I want to say something: Thank you, Matt and the Theorist team for saying this. We need more people looking for the truth and willing to talk about the real issues, not playing blame games and vilifying everyone who doesn't agree with them. Problems are gonna be solved when people come together, not when they're constantly divided over everything.

    KaiserAegisKaiserAegis21 saatler önce
  • I think the devil is messing with everyone’s head 😬

    Lili BellaLili BellaGün önce
  • Video games only make you violent if your mental or just don't know the difference between right and wrong. Rarely are you going to get a non aggressive person that play violent video games to go out and shoot up people for no reason.

    Prepared ElitePrepared EliteGün önce
  • Imma show this to my parents! Thanks mat

    Purple defaultPurple defaultGün önce
  • It's not complicated. The answer is no. It's people with mental health problems that would be violent anyway without games.

    Jon DoeJon DoeGün önce
  • And here I am in Skyrim, building a house for my kids.

    Vanessa WalshVanessa WalshGün önce
  • Why aren’t people asking why there are so many violent video games in the first place? Because they wouldn’t be there in the first place if people weren’t attracted to guns

    Blue SkyBlue SkyGün önce
  • MatPat ahh yes enslaved good ethics and perspective old meme but that was all i could think of on the fly

    Avery SmithAvery SmithGün önce
  • I tried to back this up by saying the 2 most popular games of all time are Tetris, and Minecraft. But why the 2. Because the 3rd is Gta V, which is very violent.

    Spencer ThomasSpencer ThomasGün önce
  • Does nothing go in other peoples head that says, what happened in their life to cause this actions? Nah just turn the table and blame other things rather than blaming either things happening at home or things at school. Such as crime at home like abuse or bullying at school. These things may cause violent actions.

    Austin RichmondAustin RichmondGün önce
  • 18:29 ירון לונדון????? (עוד מישהו רואה את זה בכלל? חחח)

    Itai AItai A2 gün önce
  • I showed this to my mom and now she buys me 16+ games and i am like 13/14

    Viperbruh The bruhViperbruh The bruh2 gün önce
  • *A mass crime is committed* Media: ITS MINECRAFT TO BLAME

    Mr RespectfullMr Respectfull2 gün önce
  • Oh No, I just played GTA V and i want to buy an illegal RPG and launch rockets across America

    Mr RespectfullMr Respectfull2 gün önce
  • "video games cause violence" Me: having a tea party with my favorite units

    RK 9RK 92 gün önce
  • its not the game. Its the person

    XtremeCuberXtremeCuber2 gün önce
  • I think it's also important to differentiate between video games not really being the cause, but instead maybe just a trigger. I really love video games, especially Overwatch, and i'm not at all a violent person xD Yet, there are days when everything just goes horribly wrong and then i game and it either cheers me up or i just get extremely upset, tilted, salty, even slightly aggressive, but that's not from the game itself. Often times it's because I've had a rough day at school, or my mom walks in and starts a convo with me just as i get into a comp match... or I'm just stressed in general. But also note that *anything can be a trigger* . And being completely honest, the gaming community units some of the sweetest and most peaceful people out there.

    Evil EveeEvil Evee2 gün önce
  • it takes matpat 22 minutes to say 'no'?

    Dawston FilmsTVDawston FilmsTV2 gün önce
  • Me:looking at comments Comments:talking about farming in Minecraft

    Level PupperLevel Pupper2 gün önce
  • Playing CoD helped your aim huh? How? Was it in VR form? Because whether you play with a keyboard/mouse or controller, none of that is gonna help your aim at all outside of it. You aren't doing the same moment at all when playing the game vs holding/firing/aiming in real life. I have great muscle memory with a mouse when aiming but I have hunted with friends and it does NOT translate lol. I have also not been desensitized. I thought games like this would. But I turn away when I see gore or someone gets into an accident in real life. So doubt that. I know..we are all different.

    Google UserGoogle User3 gün önce
  • Demonetized. Piss.

    Jimmy NeutronJimmy Neutron3 gün önce
  • Matpat for president

    WmfloodWmflood3 gün önce
  • Matt Patt for president 2020

    FinDoesStuff1908FinDoesStuff19083 gün önce
  • "Wow, I love Candy Crush so much!" "Now let's go on a shooting rampage!"

    BirdiacBirdiac3 gün önce
  • Matpat is silly to suggest his videos of calling your video game hero’s evil and Phoenix write breaking the law don’t matter lol. They bring people great joy. That is the most matterful 😇

    BeyondOurEyesBeyondOurEyes3 gün önce
  • This is very increduble

    Trash RatTrash Rat3 gün önce
  • Oh no I played Gandhi in Civilization and now I want to nuke all of my problems!

    31Tancos31Tancos3 gün önce
  • stfu it's not violent period!

    Melvin VMelvin V3 gün önce
  • Thank you mat, i’m having a debate article in school and this is exactly what I need, love you’re channel and all you’re videos

    VostrosViking dsVostrosViking ds3 gün önce
  • Love the skeptical attitude it's the only way to really know you know something even though I've always believed that video games DON'T cause violence the best way to prove something is to put aside your opinion for the sake of truth

    Ripoff ScootsRipoff Scoots3 gün önce
  • Me: Gets a red shell frenzy in mario kart tour Everyone: Violence.

    DatOneSealDatOneSeal3 gün önce
  • Ah yes, the negotiator

    ProG 237ProG 2374 gün önce
  • Everyones blaming video games yet where i live you need a gun license and terr is much less violence. Come on idiots, the answer seems obvious.

    Ella NormanElla Norman4 gün önce
  • The country with the highest number of guns per capita is also the country with the highest number of gun related incidents per capita. But yeah I'm sure that's just a coincidence. It must be the videogames.

    TigerXtrmTigerXtrm4 gün önce
  • I see you made a tribute to Karen

    Yuri LibitinaYuri Libitina4 gün önce
  • * Punches a tree in minecraft * "Boy do I hate Greta Thunberg"

    BadZedBadZed4 gün önce
  • No the internet is why I cause violence

    Woomyand VeemoWoomyand Veemo4 gün önce
  • its the adults that is the blame for the violence because they need to teach kids to not mimic video games

    dark fox and gold foxdark fox and gold fox4 gün önce
  • I have a golf mini game downloaded, do I have to now go say poopy-head to someone

    Illogical Pancakes uwuIllogical Pancakes uwu4 gün önce
  • The way says “President” is a mood

    Log LogLog Log4 gün önce
  • Me: plays acnl Me after i finish: hahaha! Im going to abuse some crocodiles with a net!

    Ari's UniverseAri's Universe4 gün önce
  • Matpat: Forgets to mention the 2nd ammendment mught be the cause Me: grr

    Radio PlayzRadio Playz4 gün önce
  • I'm 99% sure I saw some tears in his eyes... I felt that way too...

    Daniel UndrwoodDaniel Undrwood4 gün önce
  • video games reduce violence

    yesyes4 gün önce
  • In my years of playing far cry, cod and gta i have never had an urge to shot or hurt someone

    pokemon hunter 4 lifepokemon hunter 4 life4 gün önce
  • Wish I watched this video before I did my study on video games and violence

    Jack HammerJack Hammer4 gün önce
  • It should be the movies fault, shooters ste entice to do the things their favorite actors do!

    AlSt BondAlSt Bond5 gün önce
  • Yay! JAPAN!

    AlSt BondAlSt Bond5 gün önce
  • so the blame is just to put on americans?

    Sunflower BunnySunflower Bunny5 gün önce
  • Me: *Plays Fnaf VR* Animatronic: *Jumpscares me* Me: *screams* Boomer:AHHHH HES GONNA KILL US

    Foxy The Pirate FoxFoxy The Pirate Fox5 gün önce
  • Everyone who disliked this video are a 60 year old woman who don't understand video games

    The Real WrongStep.The Real WrongStep.5 gün önce
  • Reporter: "You ever feel like going out and beating somebody up after watching/playing this game?" Little Kid: "Yes" Me: HECK NO I AINT AS STRONG AS RAIDEN. YOU THINK IMMA POP SOME GUY'S HEAD OFF WITH LIGHTNING COMING OUTTA MY FINGERTIPS!? HECK, IM GONNA GET MYSELF BEAT UP!

    AmaeAmae5 gün önce
  • They was putting all their anger in online video games

    Boring JeffBoring Jeff5 gün önce
  • My teacher said that Minecraft is over 18 *i think that belongs in the trash can*

    Salty KoffeeSalty Koffee5 gün önce
  • News: Video games cause violence! Me: So you’re telling me that just because little Jimmy played Roblox for a minute, he’s going to become the next Genghis Khan, overthrow the queen, nuke Canada, annex all of Africa, and become the true embodiment of evil?

    WarpZone64WarpZone645 gün önce
  • My case: I played DOOM 2016 when i was 11 years old, and played Rainbow six siege, Mortal combat 11 when i was 14 after.., which to me is weird becuz i wasen't violent at a high level. so in my opinion, it also depends on how the child or young one was influenced by the parents to have a moral and discipline to counter that influence a violent video game gives (i also think age matters). If the child has a low morality, he might just be heavily influenced by the violent game and there for may have some violent intentions. Dont get me right, don't get me wrong, i am only 14 years old and im still dumb as balls.

    Lony K.BLony K.B5 gün önce
  • I honestly don't think video games make us more violent. People who play violent games might find the genre cool. They think it's cool but they don't get violent bc of it. I think it's just whether people know the laws and know how to differentiate right from wrong.

    Prower GamingPrower Gaming5 gün önce
Game Theory: Do Video Games Cause Violence? It's Complicated.