You will prepare and submit a term paper on Do Video Games Affect the Players Perception of Violence. Your paper should be a minimum of 2500 words in length. The U.S. population spends a lot of time viewing media violence (Happ et al., 2012). Of this population, teenagers have the most exposure to media violence. According to Travers (2008), adolescents from the ages of eight to 18 use over 40 hours per week on some form of media, not including homework or school assignments. In the past, TV was the main source of accessing media violence. however, today, video games have become more and more popular. Playing vicious video games is turning into more of a greater worry since empirical evidence proposes violent video games raise adolescent aggression (Travers, 2008). The three school shootings, which occurred in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Colorado, in 2008, expanded the urge to study the implications of first-person shooter (FPS) video games on teenager behavior. McLuhan et al. (2001) reported the two shooters liable in the Columbine Massacre developed a modified version of the first-person shooter video game “Doom” and people found out that the actual shootings resembled the modified version. Also, the link between FPS games and the latest school shootings supports the urge for investigation on the implications FPS games have on teenager behavior.
The investigation related to teenager aggressiveness is helpful in the effort of developing much safer and more educational environments in schools. Research has revealed that violent video games enhance aggressive thoughts and behavior in teenagers (Travers, 2008). Research has also revealed that youth who are greatly exposed to vicious video games perceive the world as a hostile place and are more hostile to people, get into more quarrels with their seniors, perform more poorly in school and get into more fights (Happ et al., 2012). Furthermore, evidence has revealed a connection between first-person shooter (FPS) video game exposure and teenager violence exists (McLuhan et al., 2001).