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 • 26 985

  • 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

    • Anonimus Prime
      Anonimus Prime  49 minutes back

      Maybe he doesn't have a perspective,maybe he's a....




      *_CENTRIST_*

      jreg has entered the chat

    • Mr. Dragon
      Mr. Dragon  1 weeks back

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

    • PoisonIvySis 3900
      PoisonIvySis 3900  2 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

  • Nitro Nate98
    Nitro Nate98  2 hours back

    I agree that video games have little to no correlation to violence in America, I do want to point out that gun violence is not as high and scary as the media wants us to believe. In fact according to the crime statistics given by the FBI more people die by hammers than by guns. Also guns are used way more defensively, than they are to used to murder others. this is also according to the FBI. I dont care if you are pro gun or not, These are the facts that I have found. Anyone can find the statistics on the FBI's site.

    • STAN *insert kpop group*

      2019, games exist:world is considerably peaceful
      1000bc: WAR WAR WAR WAR

      • Phoenix Ramirez
        Phoenix Ramirez  2 hours back

        How’s your day I just saved the panda population in Minecraft.

        • Patrick Zhang
          Patrick Zhang  7 hours back

          if video games turn you violence then action movies will turn you in to a serial killer

          • DMS R6
            DMS R6  7 hours back

            Media: Video games cause violence

            Me: Proceeds to decorate my room and plant a garden in Animal Crossing

            • Brianna Maher
              Brianna Maher  7 hours back

              When MatPat said "my son" oml MY HEART❤❤❤ BTW awesome video, MatPat loved it👌👌👌

              • KaiserAegis
                KaiserAegis  7 hours back

                Barely 5 minutes into the video and I want to say something: Thank you, Matt and the Theorist team for saying this. We need more people looking for the truth and willing to talk about the real issues, not playing blame games and vilifying everyone who doesn't agree with them. Problems are gonna be solved when people come together, not when they're constantly divided over everything.

                • Lili Bella
                  Lili Bella  12 hours back

                  I think the devil is messing with everyone’s head 😬

                  • Prepared Elite
                    Prepared Elite  14 hours back

                    Video games only make you violent if your mental or just don't know the difference between right and wrong. Rarely are you going to get a non aggressive person that play violent video games to go out and shoot up people for no reason.

                    • Purple default
                      Purple default  15 hours back

                      Imma show this to my parents! Thanks mat

                      • Jon Doe
                        Jon Doe  17 hours back

                        It's not complicated. The answer is no. It's people with mental health problems that would be violent anyway without games.

                        • Vanessa Walsh
                          Vanessa Walsh  1 days back

                          And here I am in Skyrim, building a house for my kids.

                          • Blue Sky
                            Blue Sky  1 days back

                            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

                            • Avery Smith
                              Avery Smith  1 days back

                              MatPat
                              ahh yes enslaved good ethics and perspective




                              old meme but that was all i could think of on the fly

                              • Spencer Thomas
                                Spencer Thomas  1 days back

                                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.

                                • Austin Richmond
                                  Austin Richmond  1 days back

                                  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.

                                  • Itai A
                                    Itai A  1 days back

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

                                    • Viperbruh The bruh
                                      Viperbruh The bruh  2 days back

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

                                      • Mr Respectfull
                                        Mr Respectfull  2 days back

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

                                        • Mr Respectfull
                                          Mr Respectfull  2 days 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  2 days back

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

                                            • XtremeCuber
                                              XtremeCuber  2 days back

                                              its not the game. Its the person

                                              • Evil Evee
                                                Evil Evee  2 days 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  2 days back

                                                  it takes matpat 22 minutes to say 'no'?

                                                  • Level Pupper
                                                    Level Pupper  2 days back

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

                                                    • Google User
                                                      Google User  2 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  2 days back

                                                        Demonetized.
                                                        Piss.

                                                        • Wmflood
                                                          Wmflood  3 days back

                                                          Matpat for president

                                                          • FinDoesStuff1908
                                                            FinDoesStuff1908  3 days back

                                                            Matt Patt for president 2020

                                                            • Birdiac
                                                              Birdiac  3 days back

                                                              "Wow, I love Candy Crush so much!"


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

                                                              • BeyondOurEyes
                                                                BeyondOurEyes  3 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  3 days back

                                                                  This is very increduble

                                                                  • 31Tancos
                                                                    31Tancos  3 days back

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

                                                                    • Melvin V
                                                                      Melvin V  3 days back

                                                                      stfu it's not violent period!

                                                                      • VostrosViking ds
                                                                        VostrosViking ds  3 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  3 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  3 days back

                                                                            Me: Gets a red shell frenzy in mario kart tour


                                                                            Everyone: Violence.

                                                                            • ProG 237
                                                                              ProG 237  3 days back

                                                                              Ah yes, the negotiator

                                                                              • Ella Norman
                                                                                Ella Norman  3 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  4 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  4 days back

                                                                                    I see you made a tribute to Karen

                                                                                    • BadZed
                                                                                      BadZed  4 days back

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

                                                                                      • Woomyand Veemo
                                                                                        Woomyand Veemo  4 days back

                                                                                        No the internet is why I cause violence

                                                                                        • dark fox and gold fox
                                                                                          dark fox and gold fox  4 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  4 days back

                                                                                              The way says “President” is a mood

                                                                                              • Ari's Universe
                                                                                                Ari's Universe  4 days back

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