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Are Video Games too Violent?– the Argument of the Ignorant

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Christopher Barbely, Contributor

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Most parents are afraid that videos games are too violent and cause children to act in a violent manner.   The worry of violence in video games started decades ago, and the United States government already put in place a system to keep that violence away from children. It’s a little thing called the ESRB rating system that tells you how mature the content of a video game is.

The violent and overly bloody fighting game, Mortal Kombat, came out in the early 90’s to the horror of many parents. The parents of the children playing were so distraught that they took the game to the court.  The problem of unregulated mature content was given a solution by the US government making a mandatory rating system on any video game released in the US. Now, if a video game contains content that is too gory, sexual, crude or just mature the parent will be told right on the box.

1 Corinthians 6:12 says: “‘I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.” Video games, like any book, movie, or painting, are just another piece of media. We do have freedom in Christ, but God gave us a brain so we can determine if something is beneficial to our relationship with Christ or not. If you are a parent you use the mind God gave to determine if a piece of media, video game or not, is beneficial to your child. If you are able to buy video games yourself check to see if that M rated game or that R rated movie is the best thing for you.

If it is not, just walk away.

 

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Christopher Barbely, Contributor

Christopher Barbely is a senior at Mansfield Christian and has attended MCS for all twelve plus years of his academic career. He has a variety of interests including movies, comics, video games and glass soda bottles. Being one of the senior directors of ministry, Christopher loves theology and its everyday applications.   

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