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

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  • Published: 12 September 2019
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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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    Credits:
    Writers: Matthew Patrick
    Editors: Alex "Sedge" Sedgwick, Josh Langman, Tyler Mascola, and Dan "Cybert" Seibert
    Assistant Editor: AlyssaBeCrazy
    Sound Editor: Yosi Berman

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Comments • 26 955

  • Kanoka621
    Kanoka621  1 months back

    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

    • Mr. Dragon
      Mr. Dragon  6 days back

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

    • PoisonIvySis 3900
      PoisonIvySis 3900  1 weeks back

      I love MatPat's videos too

    • aadi sharma
      aadi sharma  3 weeks back

      Bro pubg do cause violence.
      No its not the game but
      Hackers lag, snakes etc.

    • Mr. Dragon
      Mr. Dragon  3 weeks back

      i agree

    • Slevin Channel
      Slevin Channel  3 weeks back

      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...

  • Itai A
    Itai A  4 hours back

    18:29 ירון לונדון????? (עוד מישהו רואה את זה בכלל? חחח)

    • Viperbruh The bruh
      Viperbruh The bruh  6 hours back

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

      • Mr Respectfull
        Mr Respectfull  6 hours back

        *A mass crime is committed*
        Media: ITS MINECRAFT TO BLAME

        • Mr Respectfull
          Mr Respectfull  6 hours back

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

          • RK 9
            RK 9  7 hours back

            "video games cause violence"
            Me: having a tea party with my favorite units

            • XtremeCuber
              XtremeCuber  9 hours back

              its not the game. Its the person

              • Evil Evee
                Evil Evee  13 hours back

                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.

                • Dawston FilmsTV
                  Dawston FilmsTV  15 hours back

                  it takes matpat 22 minutes to say 'no'?

                  • Level Pupper
                    Level Pupper  23 hours back

                    Me:looking at comments
                    Comments:talking about farming in Minecraft

                    • Google User
                      Google User  1 days back

                      Playing CoD helped your aim huh? Yeah...no. 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.

                      • Jimmy Neutron
                        Jimmy Neutron  1 days back

                        Demonetized.
                        Piss.

                        • Wmflood
                          Wmflood  1 days back

                          Matpat for president

                          • FinDoesStuff1908
                            FinDoesStuff1908  1 days back

                            Matt Patt for president 2020

                            • Birdiac
                              Birdiac  1 days back

                              "Wow, I love Candy Crush so much!"


                              "Now let's go on a shooting rampage!"

                              • BeyondOurEyes
                                BeyondOurEyes  1 days back

                                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 😇

                                • Trash Rat
                                  Trash Rat  1 days back

                                  This is very increduble

                                  • 31Tancos
                                    31Tancos  1 days back

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

                                    • Melvin V
                                      Melvin V  1 days back

                                      stfu it's not violent period!

                                      • VostrosViking ds
                                        VostrosViking ds  2 days back

                                        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

                                        • Ripoff Scoots
                                          Ripoff Scoots  2 days back

                                          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

                                          • DatOneSeal
                                            DatOneSeal  2 days back

                                            Me: Gets a red shell frenzy in mario kart tour


                                            Everyone: Violence.

                                            • ProG 237
                                              ProG 237  2 days back

                                              Ah yes, the negotiator

                                              • Ella Norman
                                                Ella Norman  2 days back

                                                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.

                                                • TigerXtrm
                                                  TigerXtrm  2 days back

                                                  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.

                                                  • Yuri Libitina
                                                    Yuri Libitina  2 days back

                                                    I see you made a tribute to Karen

                                                    • BadZed
                                                      BadZed  2 days back

                                                      * Punches a tree in minecraft *
                                                      "Boy do I hate Greta Thunberg"

                                                      • Woomyand Veemo
                                                        Woomyand Veemo  2 days back

                                                        No the internet is why I cause violence

                                                        • dark fox and gold fox
                                                          dark fox and gold fox  2 days back

                                                          its the adults that is the blame for the violence because they need to teach kids to not mimic video games

                                                          • Illogical Pancakes uwu

                                                            I have a golf mini game downloaded, do I have to now go say poopy-head to someone

                                                            • Log Log
                                                              Log Log  2 days back

                                                              The way says “President” is a mood

                                                              • Ari's Universe
                                                                Ari's Universe  3 days back

                                                                Me: plays acnl
                                                                Me after i finish: hahaha! Im going to abuse some crocodiles with a net!

                                                                • Radio Playz
                                                                  Radio Playz  3 days back

                                                                  Matpat:

                                                                  Forgets to mention the 2nd ammendment mught be the cause


                                                                  Me: grr

                                                                  • Daniel Undrwood
                                                                    Daniel Undrwood  3 days back

                                                                    I'm 99% sure I saw some tears in his eyes...
                                                                    I felt that way too...

                                                                    • yes
                                                                      yes  3 days back

                                                                      video games reduce violence

                                                                      • pokemon hunter 4 life
                                                                        pokemon hunter 4 life  3 days back

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

                                                                        • Jack Hammer
                                                                          Jack Hammer  3 days back

                                                                          Wish I watched this video before I did my study on video games and violence

                                                                          • AlSt Bond
                                                                            AlSt Bond  3 days back

                                                                            It should be the movies fault, shooters ste entice to do the things their favorite actors do!

                                                                            • AlSt Bond
                                                                              AlSt Bond  3 days back

                                                                              Yay! JAPAN!

                                                                              • Sunflower Bunny
                                                                                Sunflower Bunny  3 days back

                                                                                so the blame is just to put on americans?

                                                                                • Foxy The Pirate Fox
                                                                                  Foxy The Pirate Fox  3 days back

                                                                                  Me: *Plays Fnaf VR*
                                                                                  Animatronic: *Jumpscares me*
                                                                                  Me: *screams*
                                                                                  Boomer:AHHHH HES GONNA KILL US

                                                                                  • The Real WrongStep.
                                                                                    The Real WrongStep.  3 days back

                                                                                    Everyone who disliked this video are a 60 year old woman who don't understand video games

                                                                                    • Amae
                                                                                      Amae  3 days back

                                                                                      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!

                                                                                      • Boring Jeff
                                                                                        Boring Jeff  3 days back

                                                                                        They was putting all their anger in online video games

                                                                                        • Salty Koffee
                                                                                          Salty Koffee  3 days back

                                                                                          My teacher said that Minecraft is over 18




                                                                                          *i think that belongs in the trash can*

                                                                                          • WarpZone64
                                                                                            WarpZone64  3 days back

                                                                                            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?

                                                                                            • Lony K.B
                                                                                              Lony K.B  4 days back

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                              • Prower Gaming
                                                                                                Prower Gaming  4 days back

                                                                                                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.