View Full Version : Do first-person shooters influence real-life violence?

Man arrested for playing real-life ‘Grand Theft Auto’ (http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/national_world&id=9260827)

For the average person i don’t believe it does, however i think it could have a small impact or at least not help someone with a pre-existing mental issue. Having said that, movies, media, billboards etc would also have the same impact.
I also struggle to see how in cases with children in particular how these issues were not picked up upon prior to this, yet alone how they had access to guns in the first place. Im not saying they all would have shown symptoms, but either way i think most parents are well aware of the problem these days.

I think FPSes could desensitize the act of killing for some people, but I don’t think it would have any impact on the willingness to actually kill someone. So it would possibly make it easier, but it doesn’t make you do it.
If that translates in to that you need a mental condition to do it is debatable, but personally I don’t feel that way