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 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • @Glossy Gamer lol

      ben dzierzekben dzierzek2 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Glossy Gamer My mom is grindy at Farmville, but now she stopped playing it...

      Allyshialynn's NormalityAllyshialynn's Normality3 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • oops i m late

      William WallaceWilliam Wallaceหลายเดือนก่อน
    • 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 thereหลายเดือนก่อน
    • Yea this and Adam ruins everything having a segment on this is getting to people

      Mrbuck832 IdkMrbuck832 Idkหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Go matpat

  • It’s annoying when faze clan go around killing people because of video games

    ODX_grayODX_gray2 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Mat is sooo pissed

    hero of timehero of time2 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Matpat: indirect writer of millions of essays in the world

    niccolò graviliniccolò gravili6 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Games doesn't Cause violonce bad parenting causes

    Nothing tocqre57Nothing tocqre577 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Eating food cause violence! 99% of killers eat food!

    Highlander BonesHighlander Bones8 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • :|

    BobBob19 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Was that caffeine on the back wall?

    MordredMordred21 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • The media says that video games cause violence but THEY are causing violence by saying that video games cause violence

    Marcelo JaymeMarcelo Jaymeวันที่ผ่านมา
  • They did not mean all games but the ones where guns were used more often and you go off killing people and its the middle of the apocalypse. games like Fallout Shelter, Survarium, Dayz, Rage and stuff like that let me be clear animal crossing will not make you go insane. Nor will Minecraft.

    Kaitlin CoetzerKaitlin Coetzerวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Do video games cause violence? Me playing animal crossing: nO

  • Just like everything else, if consumed responsibly, video games can be the source of a lot of joy. But if consumed irresponsibly it will have negative effects, be that sleep deprivation, loneliness, or, just possibly, a higher probability to commit crimes

    Christian GröberChristian Gröberวันที่ผ่านมา
  • i just realized that i actualy leard so much about fiziks tghrou game theory and film theory

    haunter 2005haunter 2005วันที่ผ่านมา
  • America: BAN thos computer games they are too close to reality... Also america: Handing out guns like lollipops

  • Awesome research! Appreciate your work Man! If you do have time, please try to also explain the positive sides of Video game, like, they could TEACH. I like video-games because, unlike movies, we can Interact! That could be a huge step in Practical learning. Anyways, Kudos to you!

    Gameinstein 999Gameinstein 999วันที่ผ่านมา
  • this video helped me with my schoolwork

    Billy O'SullivanBilly O'Sullivanวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Yeeeees science

    Thoat NyakThoat Nyakวันที่ผ่านมา
  • the answer is no... if video games made you more violent pewdiepie would probably be in prison by now

  • We had a project to make a debate and this was my topic. Hehehehe

  • Media: video games cause violenec Age restrictions: That's... why I'm here..

    Golden GappelerGolden Gappelerวันที่ผ่านมา
  • I feel like the articles are causing more violence than the video games they are talk about

    Iron ManIron Manวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Mortal Kombat 11!!!!!!!!!!!

    Robert Ochoa964-RRobert Ochoa964-Rวันที่ผ่านมา
  • since 2000 Canada (where i live) has had a grand total of 4 mass killings, total people dead 46 since 2000 the US has had a grand total of 17 mass killings, total people dead 364

    Megan ThitchenerMegan Thitchenerวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Media : videogames causes violence Peacful Minecraft players: visible confuzion

    zrinka mustapiczrinka mustapicวันที่ผ่านมา
  • It's weird seeing MatPat doing the game theory instead of just hearing him say it.

  • media: see Matpats videos who has been repeatedly shown to reasherch his videos aslo media: it's fake.

    Kato MinKato Minวันที่ผ่านมา
  • I think ther would be less shooting in america if guns werent that easy to get

    Ambrož OblakAmbrož Oblakวันที่ผ่านมา
  • I grew up playing Mario 64 and ocarina of time and I turned out just fine. Who’s with me?!

    Feedmy YetiFeedmy Yetiวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Everyone : Making comments about how true this video is Me : That's a cute cat book self :3

    Zoe BowersZoe Bowersวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Before playing getting over it I used to growl or angrily hit my couch if I screwed up on a math problem or lost an argument with a sibling or parent. Now I have learned to just laugh things of or clutch the top of my nose. My conclusion is that certain games can teach people to deal with rage or failure.

    Here and That With GandolfHere and That With Gandolfวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Mincraft fought me a lot things that I was suppose to learn 3 years ahead of time

    GUCCI KIDEGUCCI KIDE2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Games = violence WWI

    Roblox Player3000Roblox Player30002 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Me: *uses a bb gun* Also me: so where is the aim assist?

    british real estate agentbritish real estate agent2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Bro everyone is just looking at innocent minecraft at the cornor hiding over 2000 gun mods

    british real estate agentbritish real estate agent2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • #Vote Mat pat for president

    Sathya PasumbadiyarSathya Pasumbadiyar2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • #Vote Mat pat for president

    Sathya PasumbadiyarSathya Pasumbadiyar2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • its not the games themselves, its the parents not telling their kids to get off that game. that ultimately leads to kids becoming more introverted and pushing others away which then leads the children to become “weird”, in a sense, and having other kids bully them into being violent which leads to mass shootings or crime. at least thats what i think.

    procyanprocyan2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Vidio gemes don't make people violent it just lets you do rings that you weren't do

    mihneamihnea2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The answer to this question : no unless it’s somebody targeting you in Minecraft for no reason

    The Blurred RobloxianThe Blurred Robloxian2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • We Americans are just born with guns

    H0pless_ Trash_33H0pless_ Trash_332 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Why can’t you be my ela teacher 🥺

    Deon GryDeon Gry2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • VoV

    BLAzE GAMesS X3 546BLAzE GAMesS X3 5462 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Before I was a gamer I was a pretty bad kid. I argued a lot with my family, and I've even gotten into fights. But when I was around 12 or 13 I discovered a game called Halo. Halo gave me a way to relieve my pent up emotions and it also opened up the world of gaming to me. To this day I'm still a gamer and I'm overall a better person because I have video games

    The WalkthroughThe Walkthrough2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Imagine being the manual-reviewer that demonitized this video...

    dane Is a gamerdane Is a gamer2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thank you for making this video this was my topic for my Junior research paper and this helped a hole bunch.

    James PetersonJames Peterson2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I watched this during quarantine and I have to say this: “whAt A pRo gaMeR moVe!”

    Flippin CuBeFlippin CuBe2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Can't wait until these boomers are dead.

    The SurvivorThe Survivor2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I learned more about the Pythagorean’s therum and punnet squares from you than my teachers

    Outlaw 12Outlaw 122 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The connections between games and violence are the same as between 5g and cancer

    AxzyrePLAxzyrePL2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • because of video games and after showing him this vid he hey man my dad was completely against video games and after showing this video to him he agreed to consider it and agreed that he was wrong and actually played them more with me instead of being against them, cheers man.

    truethither171truethither1712 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • ,

    truethither171truethither1712 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This man looked at about 40 sources. Hes done the research and hes got the answers. This is why I like game theory

    J HolbrookJ Holbrook2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I knew someone in school who played games like gta and mortal kombat so he wouldn't play it IRL

    CandyCane120CandyCane1202 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • in other words, Boomers shut up

    FrostwingFrostwing2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Video games cause mass shootings in America, but only in America.

    Kivi KalloKivi Kallo3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Me:playing Minecraft trying to find a village to help protect it Random people: STOP! YOU VIOLATED THE LAW! HOW DO YOU PLEAD?

    Eric GillespieEric Gillespie3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Video games dont do this crazy people do

    Adam ShorttAdam Shortt3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I think it's 50/50

    Robin's HoodRobin's Hood3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Watched this video before my online class

    Da real Bongo catDa real Bongo cat3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You forgot to mention that when it comes to guns hundreds of thousands of people defend themselves with guns every year in America.

    Zach ConantZach Conant3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I feel like anything media will come up with like "Videogames cause anxiety"Mat and his team would probally make a video abiut it with that much information that the media would be scared to assume anything else

    Regele DragonRegele Dragon3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Do video games make you more violent? Me, a tetris player: YES lol sarcasm if ya didnt know

    NightyKnightNightyKnight3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • ive definatly been slightly desesitised by violence and i am one of the few that would be "pushed over the edge" but the only link i can find has been me geting an idea but having the common sense not to ct on it

    John McelroyJohn Mcelroy3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I’m trying to have a polite conversation with the people of r/BanVideoGames. They claim that gamers are nazis, racist, sexist and literally every other ism

    Makuta DepresserixMakuta Depresserix3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 13:00 that's where you're wrong, mat. Playing fortnite is an evil thing

    BasinstrumentBasinstrument3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • *Finishes sudoku on phone* *Loads Gun*

    ELVOELVO3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It's not the problem in the video game it's how you play them

    i love minecrafti love minecraft3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 Gaming3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Me after watching adam ruins everything and watching this video;: DIE! haters.

    Anugya Bhadra KarnAnugya Bhadra Karn3 วันที่ผ่านมา
Game Theory: Do Video Games Cause Violence? It's Complicated.