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

100 thoughts on “Game Theory: Do Video Games Cause Violence? It’s Complicated.

  1. 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. 😀

  2. I mean we think ourselves less barbaric but if we didn’t have TV and video games how likely is it that we’d be watching gladiatorial arena battles like back in Rome?

  3. Well, I think that violante games, for me, didnt cause me to be more violatne or make me think that violence is fine. But I do see the difrence that now, while watching violence in movies I dont even blink, and if it werent for that video games I would probably be scared or disgusted while whatching something like that. So games did change my perspection on violence, but not efecting real violence, just the one in games… so games made me more violatne in games, not in real life. Soooo thats sort of my opinion, there isnt a clear answer, same for the: "is humanity good or evil"
    Sory for the spellingm its bad.

  4. the media: demonotizes this video the gamers who know more than the idiotic retards at the media: so, you're getting desperate good, now you'll have to acknowledge that we know more than you ever will about what causes violence in this world

  5. History:
    -Rwandan genocide – third world country, 1990's, most of population has no access to such luxury as video games.
    -Armenian Genocide – before ww2, pre-video game era, 1910-20's
    -ww2 – pre-video game era, 1930-40's
    -crusaders – later medieval/ renounce, pre-video games
    -Emperor Nero – Roman empire 60's AC, pre-video games
    -"Battle" of Wounded knee – 1890's, pre-video games
    -Attila the hun – 430 – 450's AC, pre-video games
    -French Revolution – 1780-90's, pre-video games
    many many more horribles murders, genocides, etc splattered across history.


    Video games cause violence.

    Oh YEah, THAT makes sense. HOW ABout, I DOn't knoW, HUMAN NATURE causes violence? shut up and go back to history class you uneducated plebs.

  6. I have 3 sisters and we all grew up on gaming. 1 out of all 4 of us do not play video games. Like at all. And that person is the most violent out of all of us.

  7. Thank you so much for this video bro, you and I speak the same language. People need to do their research and see the facts to find out the best answer, not just what they think is right by clouded judgement from emotion.

  8. police:have you ever played a vid game?
    mass shooter: um yeah i think i played pac man once
    see video games do cause violence

  9. when you said correlation doesn't mean causation, i had flashbacks to my AP stats class. my teacher said that all the time.

  10. Videogames may cause a little violence, or effect some people as all people are different, but the reason U.S.A has so much gun violence is beacuse it is so easy to get a gun in U.S.A Take Norway as an example, we dont have much crime/mass shootings exept for that one person(and maybe more i dont know about) and it's harder to get a gun here, so even if videogames cause violence we still wouldt have much mass shootings. But in U.S.A you can get a gun very easy, so tjerefpre it will be more mass shotings. So what im trying to say is that AMERICA HAS TOO MUCH GUNS!

  11. I posted a link to this video on Twitter saying the media needs to see it and started #DontBlameGames so check it out if you want to help I'm just someone who's been playing games ever since I was old enough to understand them and I've played many Violent games as I grew up like Gears of War, Halo, COD, Assassin's Creed, GTA V, and so many more but I'm a person who cares so much about other people to the point where I may be damaging myself to help them so I'm sort of living proof that games don't cause violence so please if you feel the same way about games as I do spread #DontBlameGames

  12. I love the research MatPat put into this video but I feel like he didn't put one thing in this video that should be acknowledged which is the age range of school shooters and bullying because from what I've read most of them are in the school that they target and while the media is trying to say games cause it because people of the age group play games they ignore the true cause which is bullying a lot of kids end up shooting up school because they finally had enough of being treated like crap instead of blaming games they should be focusing on ways to reduce the amount of bullying in schools and if they did that we'd probably see a decline in School Shootings

    please like this comment so MatPat might be able to see this comment.

  13. Havent seen the video yet but I can give you an easy answer:

    Videogames -> available worldwide
    Guns -> available in america

    Gun violence king -> america

    Take any country that has no guns and videogames, it will has way less mass shootings, if any.

    But of course it is complicated. I would never let a kid play a violent game, even though I grew up with portal 2 and GTA. I think kids are way to easy influenced and they just shouldnt be exposed to this gruesome stuff, they dont understand enough yet. They dont understand portal 2 is just a parody. They dont understand that GTA is a caricature of society.

  14. I love your personality and videos so much that i started watching all of your videos, and all your channels. Even though i don't play any games and haven't seen some movies you did theorys about.. 😅

  15. I havent watch the video yet but this is what i think at the moment. Video games can’t cause anything, this includes violence. But video games CAN influence people and that influence is what may be to blame. And I would also like to add that the type of violence that video games seem to most likely have an influence on is verbal and emotional violence not physical. My nephew was very sweet and kind before our family allowed him on our xbox and phones but since then he has become very rude and often throws fits. Basically he has become very toxic and the only thing different in his life is that video games are very prominent in his life now. And when he does throw fits, he is most of the time grounded from games and at this point he becomes physically aggressive, he also tells me that this is very common amongst people of his age group. I have another thing to add to what I said: we didn’t actually prevent him from playing video games, it was actually competitive video games (not just violent games) so we allowed him to play things like angry birds and packman. Once we allowed him to play competitive games, this is when we saw a change in his behavior.

  16. At 13:07 , that part just reminds me of a quote from a research project I did in high school about this topic that said “the Columbine shooters played with pipe bombs in their basement and no one stopped them from playing Doom. But no one stopped them from building pipe bombs in their basement, either”. That quote was just a huge mic drop imo.

  17. The nation has literally been violent since it was created.

    The time we killed all the native Americans.
    The time we rebelled and started firing on Britain from bushes.
    The time we were killing "witches"
    The time dueling was legal
    The time the North fought the South.
    The time we killed millions of Japanese with an atomic bomb.

    The nation has been murdering each other and others since conception, and only now with handheld devices and national news are we seeing just how widespread violence is in this country.

    It has nothing to do with video games, we're a nation soaked in blood, but more so to do with how easy it is to decide to be violent and acquire tools to succeed at it.

    I disagree with your point that violence in media makes a person numb to violence. Ask a soldier.

  18. MatPat: "Games DO NOT make people violent! Just because mass shooters owns video games, means nothing."

    CDC: "More people have been shot, stabbed, murdered, robbed, mugged, swatted and suicided over theft of video game media and game consoles than any other crime. But, gun violence, *not including suicide*, has gone down. Lawful gun owners have saved more lives than ever before, by up to 100 times more than the number of violent gun crime incidents, *including suicides*."

    Also MatPat: "But guns are bad! 2nd Amendment Bad!"

  19. Hey Mattpat, I've been watching your channel for many years now. I love all the: math, science, and research that goes into every one of your videos. I especially love this video and just wanted to let you know that I am using this video to help write my essay for my college class. It's an argumentative essay and we have to present these in class so I hope that I will help clear up the misunderstanding of video games and whether they cause violence. Please keep making videos and keep up the research your hard work is very appreciated by this community

  20. I think that something happened to that person in order for them to react to violence and yes video games can help with aim but u can't just point the finger at video games just bc they played it, you have to look further into it and see wht events happened to react on such a violence reaction to something or someone — my opinion abt this

  21. We're not conflating gun deaths with gun violence and mass shootings, are we? Most "gun death" is suicide. Most gun violence is between gangs in inner cities like Detroit and Chicago (both with STRICT gun laws). Mass shooting, especially with an "assault" rifle is less than 1% of all gun deaths. We should be getting very specific about these statistics. Epstein didn't commit suicide. I know this isn't supposed to be a political video, but context matters and millions of people will watch this video.

  22. To Game Theory
    In my English class, we have been tasked with writing a persuasive speech on an issue common in the world today. I chose the topic that Video Games cause violence, and why I am against this idea. I was struggling to make solid points and find detailed research, then I remembered this video. After watching it a few times and writing down key points you made, I have enough information to make a solid speech. I want to say thank you for helping me understand the topic, and also to help my English grade, which not good right now, whoops. Thank you Game Theory, your work is always helpful, inspiring and educational, I have been watching your content for years and you never stop to amaze me.
    Thank you,

  23. MatPat if the shooters aren't video gamers then could they maybe be bullies OR the people that are getting bullied

    Love this chennel by the way I ave been watching and found it through fnaf I have been loving your vids though.💖

  24. I think hardcore competitive games my lead to violence have you ever played League of Legends you definitely feel like you want to kill 9 people when you're done with it

  25. I’m gonna tell the officer that teaches the great program next Monday that video games caused some but not all or something on the lines of that.

  26. No. They just normies. Violence cause video games.

    World war 2= lots of blood and violence
    Cod world war 2= Based off ww2 which was violent
    Makes sense right??

  27. I think violent video games are a way to get out anger and people don’t see that, like, I don’t want to kill my peers because I play cod.

  28. we were talking about this in class and my teacher mentioned in the report of gun shooting thingy

    you also need to count in how easily it is to get guns in the country.

    I was shown that kifing in france germany etc is more popular cause thats what people can get their hands on

    this ain't me its my teacher

  29. Book,talks about slavery,murder and the mane character murders many people and makes us like him
    Movie,has graphic scenes,bad words and extrime setings
    Video games,has guns and wepons
    News,Video games cause vilens

  30. Nice episode, but violence doesn't necessarily requisite crime.

    Though crime itself may not be affected by video games, those who do play them could potentially become more violent people. It may not be a matter of crime at all. Just saying, not taking any side here.

  31. Games for me creates a too accessible and fun means of procrastinating. Games and (as they share similar effects on promoting procrastination) other people are, something we must get rid of. Or we will never become the slaves of productivity we were meant to be.

  32. about the attention span and other concerns here is a video that tells you the fact about it and it is grounded in science and is in our favor from a non-biased source.

  33. I think they actually get rid of violence because you can get all your anger out hurting people, but noone actually is hurt (at beginning idk if you say this or no)

  34. Video games are a hobby . A hobby means that you love to do that thing. So if you love video games play it! You are free…
    If you dont like video games than you dant love it again youre free

  35. It’s hard to blame America for gun violence caused by video games when they aren’t taking any steps to BAN THE GODDAMN THINGS

  36. It sucks how people actually don’t click on these valuable, highly-efforted, social-reflecting topics video like this one as much as the other ordinary video.

    These video are put together with way more effort and time. It’s not easy to find or read or understand a research paper, and he’s doing all of this for us.

  37. MatPat!!!!!
    May I suggest this?
    Pretty much ANYONE can buy video games.
    So if you gave someone mentally ill(I am myself in a way. but im not violent) and I mean… Pretty screwed. Schizo, other mental issues closely watched… But its not CLARIFIED. (My doctors wouldn't even accept that I was bipolar till I turned 18.) Then it could very well make them act out violently.
    But a menrally healthy person my not act out.

  38. Wait they give hot sauce to prove that someone could be violent from video games.??? That's weird and dumb.
    My answer is video games are just games and people should understand that, they should understand whats real and whats not.

  39. Thank you for doing this research and I agree with the conclusion, but I must question the validity of part 1. I don't think you could say that with the growth in popularity of video games you can expect growth in violence, because you might be ommiting certain variables that could negate that growth. Maybe something happened in those years, e.g. education and parenting practices adapting to cultural changes, that would make crime rates extremely low if it weren't for games. I'm not claiming that's what happened, just pointing at the possible falacy.

  40. Actually it is emotional. As people are becoming more distant from each other and the lack of discipline in schools this increase was bound to happen.

    Ok so say you are being bullied at school. Not only can they bully you at school but on their phones as well and what are the punishments for bullying? Detention, suspended if it's bad enough (suspension= holiday most cases). So there is the feeling of loneliness and injustice. Add this to the inevitable Loss of self pride, that turns to loathing. Maybe sprinkle in home dramas and there you have it… Your very own shooter that you created

  41. I think many people just play violent videogames, as just another form of entertainment.
    While a few, are just naturally violent. Whether they, for whatever reason, enjoy the suffering of innocent people, or they just enjoy violence, blood & gore. Or, like me, they just enjoy the suffering of bad people, and or, just enjoy the feeling of retaliation.

    Whether it's Hardcore Survival Mincraft, or Devil May Cry, or the Metroid games, or the Resident Evil games. I play violent videogames like these, because I enjoy being able to fight back, and not be a victim. I enjoy turning predators into prey, I enjoy the suffering, remorse, and fear, of those who so confidently wished to harm me, or someone I care about, when we didn't deserve that.

    I had a friend, who worked on a marijuana farm, that got raided by the police. He spent so much time incarcerated, and on parole. I don't even use drugs like that, but I was furious over what happened to him. I wish I was there, shooting & blowing-up the police and their vehicles, giving my friend and his coworkers covering fire, while they escaped with all the weed, money, and valuables they could carry. What happened to them, was very unfair. My friend lost property, income, and so much of his freedom, FOR WHAT? Bullies dictating what grown adults can do with their bodies and a plant. And of all things, one of the safest drugs I know. And even if it was heroin or crack, again, that one's choice to get involved with that, or not.

    I am an Anarcho-Capitalist, and I want the government destroyed, and replaced with personal responsibility & independence. The government is nothing but a big, fancy, parasitic gang, who will continue to betray, use, and abuse us, just to benefit themselves, and those who bribe them through lobbying. And with the government dead & gone, there will be no government power for anyone to buy.

    On a related & interesting note.

    The only Gran Theft Auto game I have ever brought, played, and still own, is Chinatown wars on Nintendo DS. And to this day, I still haven't finished that game. I hate the parts that force me to do bad things to innocent people, like steal cars. So I never progress the story. Beyond taxi & Ambulance missions, I always end up just trading & delivering drugs around the city, with a vehicle I brought. And I enjoy escaping or killing the police, in self-defense, when they ambush me, because again, what consenting adults do with their own bodies, should be none of the government's business.

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