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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  • 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

    Kanoka621Kanoka6218 aylar önce
    • @Glossy Gamer My mom is grindy at Farmville, but now she stopped playing it...

      Allyshialynn's NormalityAllyshialynn's NormalitySaatler önce
    • oops i m late

      William WallaceWilliam WallaceAylar önce
    • in my opinion video games dont cause violance,they cause emotions, because you feel everything thats going on even tho is on a computer,that is qualified as a game

      hello therehello thereAylar önce
    • Yea this and Adam ruins everything having a segment on this is getting to people

      Mrbuck832 IdkMrbuck832 IdkAylar önce
    • @Marin Velenik Yes, his ads are too colorful. Gotta buy the merchandise. I need to.

      Based PuffyBased PuffyAylar önce
  • It's not the problem in the video game it's how you play them

    i love minecrafti love minecraft42 dakika önce
  • About other nation having less accidents involved in shooting it's simple guns are more hard to find there. They aren't legal take france for example(since i live here and i know a little) Guns are illegals most shooting this past decadE were made by terrorists. People with guns in their house isn't something you could see if it isn't hunting guns.

    P'tit Gibus GamingP'tit Gibus Gaming55 dakika önce
  • Me after watching adam ruins everything and watching this video;: DIE! haters.

    Anugya Bhadra KarnAnugya Bhadra Karn2 saatler önce
  • The reason they didnt just add a sans character to smash is because he could end up against ness

    SkullSiblingsSkullSiblings3 saatler önce
  • Police: well, the serial killer had quite a bit of backstory. He was never loved as a child, his parents died and he grew up with people that abused him. He didn’t have any friends and would struggle to get along in school. He has constantly been bullied wherever he went. Media: Police: Oh yeah and one time he downloaded minecraft on his phone. Media: *INTERESTING*

    Jump off the trampoline and land on your neckJump off the trampoline and land on your neck3 saatler önce
  • Haha! Jokes on you I’m scared of EVERYTHING and I play video games. Oh wait I just exposed myself.

    HelloHello5 saatler önce
  • Ive stop playing shawdow fight ... Couse of my mom said it's too violent, but my mom it's okay to play GTA like wtf

    ClascificClascific6 saatler önce
  • My theory is that video games cause less violence, because the gamers take out their anger in-game and not irl.

    Peter RosengrenPeter Rosengren12 saatler önce
  • if you knew me im a crazy lunatic thats not a freindly person befor i go an xbox but i was still a violent lunatic so i dont think it affeted me that much love you matpat

    Zachary NasesZachary Nases13 saatler önce
  • I hope my dad understands this though

    Edgelord GamerEdgelord Gamer17 saatler önce
  • The Media: I am going to pretend I didn't see this.

    Bradley WilsonBradley Wilson17 saatler önce
  • you should watch the actman's video on this, he does a really good job at explaining his point of view

    Justin WuJustin Wu19 saatler önce
  • I was in college in the 90’s and was a broadcasting major. I remember in one class there was a class discussion about violence and video games. Everyone except for myself thought that video games do cause people to be more violent. I remember defending video games and that the entire conversation got pretty heated. I’m glad to find that research and science was on my side.

    Mandy horetskiMandy horetski19 saatler önce
  • The kid that said yes while playing mk was probably told to

    Alfie MartinAlfie Martin21 saatler önce
  • Short answer: Video games show no violence

    100 Ton100 Ton21 saatler önce
  • Mathew Patrick 2020...anyone?

    BLUniverseBLUniverse21 saatler önce
  • ah. yes. video games cause violence and not for example... GUNS

    Teppo MultimäkiTeppo Multimäki22 saatler önce
  • Sometimes people absorb things in different ways most gamers play alone so they can be in their own world without judgement but psychotic people will be psychotic no matter what so people think they're blaming the source for the metaphorical sickness but it is like blaming a door handle for causing the flue

    BearsEat BeetsBearsEat BeetsGün önce
  • Answer: no

    bv bruno's videosbv bruno's videosGün önce
  • Actually, Matpat just proved my theory that i have been cooking in my brain that only people with a SPECIFIC personality commit crimes after playing videogames (the ones who get influenced by stuff easily whether or not if its just a game or not). Thanks a lot Matt.

  • Everyone: video games make you violent Me playing Barbie Dress up games: 👁 👁 👄

    u bitches are my sonsu bitches are my sonsGün önce
  • Matpat: makes honest unbiased video on a very relevant topic using facts and data TRvision: haha demonetization button goes *click*

    Jack McDonaldJack McDonaldGün önce
  • With the people not doing the rescherch for a topic is aginst what a debate is. The point of debate is not to win, but to find the truth.

    Reid RietjensReid RietjensGün önce
  • i mean i threw my electabuzz figure across my room. i meant to throw it at my really sturdy wall, but i missed and it hit my tv. mistake yes, but i didnt become a mass shooter or anybody that about to throw knifes at any place with kids. im a 11 year old. im not violent i just got angry and messed up. we all get angry sometimes. i didnt start to make any agressive actions, start to punch anybody in my way, and like break glass randomly. i just got angry. even before i played video games. my mom told me when i got angry i got very angry. that was before i played games like fortnite and call of duty. even video games at all. i just got very mad. none of what i just said makes me a violent person. the games are fun to me. if i think the games are fun that shouldnt make anybody think i like killing people and shooting them. i just like them cause there fun. i think they are interesting. ive had friends ive known for several years say to me, "you really like video games with killing in them?" and i reply back, "yeah. it's cause there fun." then they just say i could become a murderer and just walk away.

    SSBM_ FoxruSSBM_ Foxru2 gün önce
  • Media: Video games make people more violent. Me: Builds a church in Minecraft

    Johnny NeptuneJohnny Neptune2 gün önce
  • i just finished playing tetris99 and now i have to hide a body again

    Pebachoo PlayzPebachoo Playz2 gün önce
  • and movies ?

    elphame rataelphame rata2 gün önce
  • My dad thinks it's just a waste of time and money.

    TheSlimeKilling MinecartTheSlimeKilling Minecart2 gün önce
  • I don't like the fact he just forgot to say the UK 😑

    The Unown Ditto GirlThe Unown Ditto Girl2 gün önce
  • gun violence exists in america because for some reason they decided to make them legal

    Oscar LouchartOscar Louchart2 gün önce
  • It's very cool how MatPat slides on the floor

    wertwert2 gün önce
  • Probably paid that kid 1200 dollars to say that

    Kimari GreenKimari Green2 gün önce
  • Hey, people who think video games can cause violence, WHY DO YOU BUY YOUR KIDS GAMES THAT ARE EXPLICITLY MEANT FOR PEOPLE 17+ ESRB GOT DAMNIT!

    Alicon_852Alicon_8522 gün önce
  • My teacher gave us this to watch!!! So epic! Love your stuff!!! :)

    Kela ShimpKela Shimp2 gün önce
  • ur soo kind and genires

    Justin HarrisJustin Harris3 gün önce
  • Shooter: ahhhhh i died in Minecraft Shooter: blows up a city in a creeper costume

    long8bolong8bo3 gün önce
  • I think it is the opposite way around. Violence causes video games to be created

    Dan HDan H3 gün önce
  • I watched this and other theories of yours with my 12 year old son. You rock! I would love to see your theories on gun violence in America due to movies. My son and I have learned a lot together just by watching.

    teresa jeanneretteresa jeanneret3 gün önce
  • For my IT course about age ratings I discussed this and mentioned “the cause wasn’t the game. The cause was their underlying mental health issues. The game may have triggered the mental health issue to become more prominent, but the cause wasn’t the game.”

    fleggyboifleggyboi3 gün önce
  • mat pat for prez 2020

    Thomas SpearThomas Spear3 gün önce
  • If only this video was in spanish so my mom could understand because she is heavily biased towards believing the media.

    whyareyoureadingthiswhyareyoureadingthis3 gün önce
  • *What my Brother see* Me: *raising chicken in Stardew Valley* *What the media see* Me: "remember, no Russian"

    Rose MaryRose Mary3 gün önce
  • School shootings are not caused by videogames, but rather caused by the way that people can get guns in the US. If you look at other countries that do not have that many shootings then you see that they don't give out guns so easily unless like the US.

    Celabro SpaceCelabro Space3 gün önce
  • I can't believe the media are saying that, it has been scientificaly proven they're wrong

    E EE E3 gün önce
  • Game Violence? What about books look at those corruptors Books VIOLENCE

    Trust RBXTrust RBX3 gün önce
  • This is why Australia is a great place T H E Y H A V E G U N L A W S

    PaddyPAAPaddyPAA3 gün önce
  • It's funny in a dark way that some people think that COVID-19 was hinted to the public through a phone app game called "Plague Inc.", where you make up an illness and try to take over the world by making it as deadly as possible by having it spread through living things like animals, or even through the air. The game's world actually reacts the same way we did: we closed the air AND ship ports, quarantined ourselves, made mass graves until it was too late, and the whole world is infected. sound familiar???

    Cartoon MasterCartoon Master3 gün önce
  • Two women: Video games cause violence! Me: *Paying of a loan to a raccoon dog*

    Alexander ButterfieldAlexander Butterfield3 gün önce
  • Haw can you get violent from platformers?

    Christian DebsChristian Debs3 gün önce
  • Video games

  • Did you guys hear that DDLC was on BBC news

    Hermione SALEKHermione SALEK3 gün önce
  • Why are people like: Doom eternal is poisoning kids minds! Me: Well the game is M so should ki- people: IT'S BAD FOR KIDS!

    ZornamationsZornamations3 gün önce
  • All the kids that cause voilence, They had club penguin accounts

    Gamer CarmenGamer Carmen3 gün önce
  • *Something bad happens* Society:Videogames

    Board SunflowerBoard Sunflower3 gün önce
  • If anything video games make me less violent because they’re basically stress relievers

    A Flight Of RampsA Flight Of Ramps4 gün önce
  • Mr please become a debate person and tell people the statistics.

    Kerem EkeKerem Eke4 gün önce
  • man he is going to be the new president

    Menon MelonMenon Melon4 gün önce
  • School: video games cause violence!I Me: violence is caused by abuse, trauma, etc. School: did I stutter!? (Unoriginal, based on a meme)

    Hannah DunnHannah Dunn4 gün önce
  • subnatica made me want to be a marine biologist

    PyroPyro4 gün önce
    • So violent. *applause*

      Water TypeWater Type4 gün önce
  • give me roux

    joesph aidenjoesph aiden4 gün önce
  • Boomers get rekt when they see this

    Joshua Miguel RoaJoshua Miguel Roa4 gün önce
  • Honestly just ban guns in America less shootings

    Avocado ManAvocado Man4 gün önce
  • Funny experience with this topic. In my final year of high school, we had to write a paper with the given article and CANNOT use outside sources because it would be "unfair to the other students". The paper was the connection between Video Games and Violence. Now the school district being the unbias angels they are, gave 7 sources on how Fortnite causes school shootings, and 2 sources on how they are not related. Keep in mind one of the two sources for the "Video games does not cause violence" is just from a random mother. Now I was fed up with that, so I looked up sources for the non-violence side, and I found one. Its from the EXACT SAME WEBSITE from the biggest "Video Games CAUSES Violence" source from the given to us. I told the teacher an asked if I could include it, he said it would still be unfair to the other kids. Fun times.

    NepgearNepgear4 gün önce
    • After my first and final year of high school, I ran for my life and pleaded to get a GED. I wish I could try my high school for war crimes against its less than popular students.

      Water TypeWater Type4 gün önce
  • Every time I finish a Minecraft Redstone build, I feel like murdering... Murdering a curry, that is.

    Water TypeWater Type4 gün önce
  • i found a Science research and foun 0 links

    Aviation NowAviation Now4 gün önce
  • Man made me uncomfortable almost thought I had to throw all my games out in the trash

    MR.Z BRONYMR.Z BRONY4 gün önce
  • is he a boomer now?

    le hollow boile hollow boi4 gün önce
  • Karens will say it's fake

    Jayden CheongJayden Cheong4 gün önce
  • Showing el paso shooting brought me to tears since I live in El Paso

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