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

    • @PoisonIvySis 3900 i have bin on game theory sens his first fnaf theory

      Mr. DragonMr. Dragon6 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I love MatPat's videos too

      PoisonIvySis 3900PoisonIvySis 390010 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Bro pubg do cause violence. No its not the game but Hackers lag, snakes etc.

      aadi sharmaaadi sharma18 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • i agree

      Mr. DragonMr. Dragon19 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • People just don't know Cause and Effect nowadays. Yes, Video games do cause Violence to some degree. Because Things affect each other. Another thing to quote the Game Theorists when you want to say something wrong... Great...

      Slevin ChannelSlevin Channel19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • And here I am in Skyrim, building a house for my kids.

    Vanessa WalshVanessa Walsh3 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 Sky4 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • MatPat ahh yes enslaved good ethics and perspective old meme but that was all i could think of on the fly

    Avery SmithAvery Smith7 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 Thomas9 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 Richmond10 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • 18:29 ירון לונדון????? (עוד מישהו רואה את זה בכלל? חחח)

    Itai AItai A14 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I showed this to my mom and now she buys me 16+ games and i am like 13/14

    Viperbruh The bruhViperbruh The bruh16 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • *A mass crime is committed* Media: ITS MINECRAFT TO BLAME

    Mr RespectfullMr Respectfull17 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Oh No, I just played GTA V and i want to buy an illegal RPG and launch rockets across America

    Mr RespectfullMr Respectfull17 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • "video games cause violence" Me: having a tea party with my favorite units

    RK 9RK 917 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • its not the game. Its the person

    XtremeCuberXtremeCuber19 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 Evee23 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • it takes matpat 22 minutes to say 'no'?

    Dawston FilmsTVDawston FilmsTVวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Me:looking at comments Comments:talking about farming in Minecraft

    Level PupperLevel Pupperวันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 Userวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Demonetized. Piss.

    Jimmy NeutronJimmy Neutronวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Matpat for president

  • Matt Patt for president 2020

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

  • 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 😇

  • This is very increduble

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

  • stfu it's not violent period!

    Melvin VMelvin Vวันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 ds2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 Scoots2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Me: Gets a red shell frenzy in mario kart tour Everyone: Violence.

    DatOneSealDatOneSeal2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Ah yes, the negotiator

    ProG 237ProG 2372 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 Norman2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    TigerXtrmTigerXtrm2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I see you made a tribute to Karen

    Yuri LibitinaYuri Libitina2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • * Punches a tree in minecraft * "Boy do I hate Greta Thunberg"

    BadZedBadZed2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • No the internet is why I cause violence

    Woomyand VeemoWoomyand Veemo2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 fox2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I have a golf mini game downloaded, do I have to now go say poopy-head to someone

    Illogical Pancakes uwuIllogical Pancakes uwu2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The way says “President” is a mood

    Log LogLog Log2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Me: plays acnl Me after i finish: hahaha! Im going to abuse some crocodiles with a net!

    Ari's UniverseAri's Universe3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Matpat: Forgets to mention the 2nd ammendment mught be the cause Me: grr

    Radio PlayzRadio Playz3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'm 99% sure I saw some tears in his eyes... I felt that way too...

    Daniel UndrwoodDaniel Undrwood3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • video games reduce violence

    yesyes3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 life3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Wish I watched this video before I did my study on video games and violence

    Jack HammerJack Hammer3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It should be the movies fault, shooters ste entice to do the things their favorite actors do!

    AlSt BondAlSt Bond3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Yay! JAPAN!

    AlSt BondAlSt Bond3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • so the blame is just to put on americans?

    Sunflower BunnySunflower Bunny3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Me: *Plays Fnaf VR* Animatronic: *Jumpscares me* Me: *screams* Boomer:AHHHH HES GONNA KILL US

    Foxy The Pirate FoxFoxy The Pirate Fox3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Everyone who disliked this video are a 60 year old woman who don't understand video games

    The Real WrongStep.The Real WrongStep.3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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!

    AmaeAmae3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • They was putting all their anger in online video games

    Boring JeffBoring Jeff3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • My teacher said that Minecraft is over 18 *i think that belongs in the trash can*

    Salty KoffeeSalty Koffee3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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?

    WarpZone64WarpZone643 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.B4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 Gaming4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thank you mom for letting play Skyrim when I was 5 teaching me between Video games and Real life. What you see in a video game doesn't mean you should do it in real life.

    ??????????4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    SGT FoleySGT Foley4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I am so glad that this video exists. We all needed to hear this. I was worried, too...I was scared I would hear an answer I didn't want to hear. And though there is some correlation, I'm so glad you did the research that no one else wanted to do and put all the facts out straight for us. So thank you so much, Mat. P.S. Have you noticed how other videos usually have comments about 5 or less lines long, while we left-brained Theorists write carefully worded, detailed and specific comments?

  • I think the best solution to stop (reduce) the cases of mass shootings and reducing the death numbers would be to ban the sale of semi-automatic rifles, limit handgun magazines to just 10 rounds per mag and introduce universal licensing/background checks.

    JTN AKLJTN AKL4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Oh boy! I can't wait for MatPat to get attacked by the media!

    SomeBigDerpSomeBigDerp4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • *Looks at my Minecraft file where I have a den of cats and dogs* *Opens up my Skyrim file where I have two adopted children and a caring wife* *Plays Paragon Sheperd for the billionth time* Yep, totally preparing to do evil. Much evil. In all seriousness, thanks guys. I'm glad someone is doing the research on this. Keep up the great content!

    Megan GlennMegan Glenn4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Do video games make people violent? -depends on the person -depends on the game

    Melody HeartMelody Heart4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Me: Collects all the books and cheese in Skyrim... Parents crying: WE LOST HIM FOREVER PLS PUT HIM INTO JAIL SO HE DOESNT MASSACRE PEOPLE

    The LLThe LL4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Maybe they don’t like games because the politics aren’t getting paid and are jealous

    nookbear63nookbear634 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Bruh the first game ive ever played was gta 3 and ive never had the idea to rampage with a shotgun in my school

    Comrade DogComrade Dog4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Child overdosed on drugs after playing Dr.Mario

  • you ARE responsible for YOUR actions, so it’s YOUR fault if you do something from a video game. ALSO video games have a rating on them, like, *M* , are NOT something kids should really be playing unless it’s watched over heavily by their parents.

    Luigi MSSLuigi MSS5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Do a vid on the pros of video games

    Philippine Mapping,Gameplays and FailsPhilippine Mapping,Gameplays and Fails5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I have a friend who plays violent video games and he is innocent. Seryously, he is way too kind.

    Memes CookieMemes Cookie5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Everyone: Video games cauae violence! Me: But I never done a genocide route in Undertale.

    Memes CookieMemes Cookie5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Your absolutely right in this video MatPat. The sad truth about many of today’s great arguments such as Atheism vs Theology and the claim that video games cause violence is that most people on both sides are either so convenced that they’re right that they don’t think they need to do any research, or are so scared they’re wrong they don’t want to do the research to find out that that’s the case.

    Gamemon YTGamemon YT5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Just because I play KOTOR and occasionally kill my neighbors by shooting lightning bolts out of my fingertips doesn't mean video games cause violence :)

    MisterTutor2010MisterTutor20105 วันที่ผ่านมา
Game Theory: Do Video Games Cause Violence? It's Complicated.