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

  • 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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    Writers: Matthew Patrick
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Comments • 26 934

  • 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  4 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  2 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...

  • 31Tancos
    31Tancos  28 minutes back

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

    • Melvin V
      Melvin V  3 hours back

      stfu it's not violent period!

      • VostrosViking ds
        VostrosViking ds  7 hours 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  7 hours 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  17 hours back

            Me: Gets a red shell frenzy in mario kart tour

            Everyone: Violence.

            • ProG 237
              ProG 237  17 hours back

              Ah yes, the negotiator

              • Ella Norman
                Ella Norman  19 hours 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  21 hours 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  21 hours back

                    I see you made a tribute to Karen

                    • BadZed
                      BadZed  22 hours back

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

                      • Woomyand Veemo
                        Woomyand Veemo  23 hours back

                        No the internet is why I cause violence

                        • dark fox and gold fox
                          dark fox and gold fox  24 hours 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
                            Illogical Pancakes uwu  24 hours back

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

                            • Log Log
                              Log Log  1 days back

                              The way says “President” is a mood

                              • Ari's Universe
                                Ari's Universe  1 days back

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

                                • Radio Playz
                                  Radio Playz  1 days back


                                  Forgets to mention the 2nd ammendment mught be the cause

                                  Me: grr

                                  • Daniel Undrwood
                                    Daniel Undrwood  1 days back

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

                                    • Chris E
                                      Chris E  1 days back

                                      video games reduce violence

                                      • pokemon hunter 4 life
                                        pokemon hunter 4 life  2 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  2 days back

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

                                          • AlSt Bond
                                            AlSt Bond  2 days back

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

                                            • AlSt Bond
                                              AlSt Bond  2 days back

                                              Yay! JAPAN!

                                              • Sunflower Bunny
                                                Sunflower Bunny  2 days back

                                                so the blame is just to put on americans?

                                                • Foxy The Pirate Fox
                                                  Foxy The Pirate Fox  2 days back

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

                                                  • The Real WrongStep.
                                                    The Real WrongStep.  2 days back

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

                                                    • Amae
                                                      Amae  2 days back

                                                      Reporter: "You ever feel like going out and beating somebody up after watching/playing this game?"
                                                      Little Kid: "Yes"

                                                      • Boring Jeff
                                                        Boring Jeff  2 days back

                                                        They was putting all their anger in online video games

                                                        • Salty Koffee
                                                          Salty Koffee  2 days back

                                                          My teacher said that Minecraft is over 18

                                                          *i think that belongs in the trash can*

                                                          • WarpZone64
                                                            WarpZone64  2 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  2 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  2 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.

                                                                • ?????
                                                                  ?????  2 days back

                                                                  Thank you mom for letting play Skyrim when I was 5 teaching me between Video games and Real life. What you see in a video game doesn't mean you should do it in real life.

                                                                  • SGT Foley
                                                                    SGT Foley  2 days back

                                                                    10:45 THIS IS THE PROBLEM IMO

                                                                    • MARGARET JENSEN
                                                                      MARGARET JENSEN  3 days back

                                                                      I am so glad that this video exists. We all needed to hear this. I was worried, too...I was scared I would hear an answer I didn't want to hear. And though there is some correlation, I'm so glad you did the research that no one else wanted to do and put all the facts out straight for us. So thank you so much, Mat.
                                                                      P.S. Have you noticed how other videos usually have comments about 5 or less lines long, while we left-brained Theorists write carefully worded, detailed and specific comments?

                                                                      • JTN AKL
                                                                        JTN AKL  3 days back

                                                                        I think the best solution to stop (reduce) the cases of mass shootings and reducing the death numbers would be to ban the sale of semi-automatic rifles, limit handgun magazines to just 10 rounds per mag and introduce universal licensing/background checks.

                                                                        • SomeBigDerp
                                                                          SomeBigDerp  3 days back

                                                                          Oh boy! I can't wait for MatPat to get attacked by the media!

                                                                          • Megan Glenn
                                                                            Megan Glenn  3 days back

                                                                            *Looks at my Minecraft file where I have a den of cats and dogs*
                                                                            *Opens up my Skyrim file where I have two adopted children and a caring wife*
                                                                            *Plays Paragon Sheperd for the billionth time*
                                                                            Yep, totally preparing to do evil. Much evil.
                                                                            In all seriousness, thanks guys. I'm glad someone is doing the research on this. Keep up the great content!

                                                                            • Melody Heart
                                                                              Melody Heart  3 days back

                                                                              Do video games make people violent?
                                                                              -depends on the person
                                                                              -depends on the game

                                                                              • The LL
                                                                                The LL  3 days back

                                                                                Me: Collects all the books and cheese in Skyrim...
                                                                                Parents crying: WE LOST HIM FOREVER PLS PUT HIM INTO JAIL SO HE DOESNT MASSACRE PEOPLE

                                                                                • nookbear63
                                                                                  nookbear63  3 days back

                                                                                  Maybe they don’t like games because the politics aren’t getting paid and are jealous

                                                                                  • Comrade Dog
                                                                                    Comrade Dog  3 days back

                                                                                    Bruh the first game ive ever played was gta 3 and ive never had the idea to rampage with a shotgun in my school

                                                                                    • A BLUE CAT THAT CAN READ

                                                                                      Child overdosed on drugs after playing Dr.Mario

                                                                                      • Luigi MSS
                                                                                        Luigi MSS  3 days back

                                                                                        you ARE responsible for YOUR actions, so it’s YOUR fault if you do something from a video game.

                                                                                        ALSO video games have a rating on them, like, *M* , are NOT something kids should really be playing unless it’s watched over heavily by their parents.

                                                                                        • Philippine Mapping,Gameplays and Fails

                                                                                          Do a vid on the pros of video games

                                                                                          • Memes Cookie
                                                                                            Memes Cookie  3 days back

                                                                                            I have a friend who plays violent video games and he is innocent. Seryously, he is way too kind.

                                                                                            • Memes Cookie
                                                                                              Memes Cookie  3 days back

                                                                                              Everyone: Video games cauae violence!
                                                                                              Me: But I never done a genocide route in Undertale.

                                                                                              • Gamemon YT
                                                                                                Gamemon YT  3 days back

                                                                                                Your absolutely right in this video MatPat. The sad truth about many of today’s great arguments such as Atheism vs Theology and the claim that video games cause violence is that most people on both sides are either so convenced that they’re right that they don’t think they need to do any research, or are so scared they’re wrong they don’t want to do the research to find out that that’s the case.