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Did violent video games cause London riots?


simonjary
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Is there any truth in a policeman's claim that violent games such as Grand Theft Auto cause riots like the ones we're seeing in London and other UK cities right now?

This is already being debated on games sites, and is sure to crop up in the speeches of politicians returning early from their summer holidays.

We'd like to know your thoughts on computer games and real-life violence.

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daz60

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PS to above,

i recall the rubbish about playing records backwards you would hear the devil or something.So satanic worship mushroomed.!?

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Aitchbee

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I just phoned my brother who is an experienced Black-Cab taxi driver in London. He said most of the trouble was caused by young boys who see this violence as a step up from 'games'. He compared the trouble to a 'friday night in Castlemilk' - a Glasgow housing estate. His words. HB

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brindly

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What ever the cause it does not excuse what these people are doing to our city and our country, they don't riot when one of the gangs kill a member of another gang or some inoccent person. I would suggest we have a National Guard that can be called out in emergencies like this, like they do in America and give them the authority to shoot looters and fire bugs. Some time soon we have got to stand up and do the right thing, for too long we have shied away from upsetting the young dissaffected people of this country and allowed them to riot freely. It is sad to see my country setting such a poor example, I thought we were civilised.

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cycoze

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Video games don't cause riots, people cause riots, sometimes riots may be justified, the last few days however are not justified, theft and thuggery for the most, alan14 said it all for me.

I heard a Woman talking on Radio 2 today commenting about these poor kids who have no hope etc, pity those poor kids were not brought up to know the difference between right and wrong, I think they do know but choose the wrong option.

All in all very sad to see people losing their business's, homes and vehicles, I dare say insurance companies won't want to pay out for civil unrest.

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gigagiggles

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Everything in moderation.

If violent games of mayhem and anarchy is one's only diet, then one's fantasy and reality merges.

A balanced diet will negate a causal relationship.

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Forum Editor

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A computer game is just that - a game - and a normal person is quite capable of creating a separation between what he or she does in a virtual world and what goes on in real life.

I don't believe that computer games influence the way that people behave in real life, but I do think that some films and TV programmes may do so. A film depicting real-life people carrying out acts of considerable violence without any apparent physical ill-effects might lead impressionable people to think they can behave in the same way on the streets.

That said, I don't for a moment think that the recent nights of sheer vandalism and looting have been motivated by anything more complex than a hatred of authority and unmitigated greed.

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Aitchbee

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I don't watch Tv because there is too much violence and skull-duggery on it...especially the soaps..Eastenders in particular. HB

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morddwyd

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"If violent games of mayhem and anarchy is one's only diet, then one's fantasy and reality merges."

Violence and mayhem and anarchy was the only diet for tens of thousands of young people, on both sides, between 1939 and 1945.

Most of them managed to separate their real lives from it when they got back home.

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Grey Goo

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Perhaps we should invite the French CRS over for a spot of "Training"

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gigagiggles

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"" "If violent games of mayhem and anarchy is one's only diet, then one's fantasy and reality merges." -- gigagiggles

Violence and mayhem and anarchy was the only diet for tens of thousands of young people, on both sides, between 1939 and 1945. -- morddwyd ""

You left out the word "games". It changes the entire context.

In violent games, there are no life and death consequences except for those utterly addicted. There is no bonding with humanity.

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