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

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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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  1. Kanoka621

    Kanoka6214 חודשים לפני

    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

  2. WreckinPoints11

    WreckinPoints1124 ימים לפני

    Hey mate, if you like videos about science that are really well researched, I'd check out Kurtzgesagt (not sure I spelt it right)

  3. GladDestronger

    GladDestrongerחודש לפני

    unfortunately the blowhards in DC still won't care. no matter how much research and studies are done the lawmakers, parents, religious activists and politicians won't listen and will keep blaming video games for everything that ails humanity. same with books, movies, comics years ago.

  4. NotSoLoneWolf 52

    NotSoLoneWolf 522 חודשים לפני

    I remember covering this debate for a school essay. When I first started researching, I was pretty biased in support of video games. But I also remembered to use a counterargument as well. This video agrees with every point I made in that essay. Thank you Matpat.

  5. NO U

    NO U2 חודשים לפני

    Playing favrets matpat?

  6. Solomon Dhavale (Grade 6)

    Solomon Dhavale (Grade 6)2 חודשים לפני

    @Glossy Gamer Then don't play it...

  7. Lily Burrell

    Lily Burrellשעה לפני

    thanks so much, these souces have really helped my on a speech im doing right now and your facts are really usefull, this is not inkt entertaining but hella usefull

  8. Wazoo Ruckus

    Wazoo Ruckus12 שעות לפני

    This people who 27k dislike is a boomer

  9. Steven Ellis

    Steven Ellis18 שעות לפני

    hey mat, i hope you dont mind but im using this video as a source in my school essay.

  10. Suzy Davis

    Suzy Davis22 שעות לפני

    super excited to say that i’ll be writing a research paper on this very soon! thank you for the video that sparked the idea for me. I’m not the best and writing persuasively, but I feel really confident about this one! thanks for the awesome content, always enjoy it! :)

  11. Milan Rainford

    Milan Rainfordיום לפני

    We love a good looking intelligent daddy

  12. Marc A.

    Marc A.יום לפני

    its loneliness.

  13. Caleb James

    Caleb Jamesיום לפני

    Game Theorists and MatPat: *makes a video about an actually important subject that literally everyone should watch* ILgos: Wait that’s illegal

  14. QWERT

    QWERT2 ימים לפני

    Japan plays way more video games than we do and they dont have shootings

  15. HeeMaan Nothingtosee

    HeeMaan Nothingtosee2 ימים לפני

    well it is a country

  16. HeeMaan Nothingtosee

    HeeMaan Nothingtosee2 ימים לפני

    Japan is not video games they're a country

  17. Yugioh Boi

    Yugioh Boi2 ימים לפני

    Ah yes nintendogs, this makes me want to gun down innocent people.

  18. moms pussy

    moms pussy2 ימים לפני

    that norway shooter had to be trolling if he gave that comment. there is no possible way a plebeian game like call of duty can teach anything about guns. it is ridiculous he would say that. the biggest proponents of the whole "games cause violence" used to be the christian right, that died off into the 2000s, and nowadays it became really murky indeed. there is just too many people who suffer from TDS whose favourite hobby is to freak out over the latest nonsense, but we also have rulings and studies that invalidate all of their claims, so they can bark all they want

  19. Jesus the God-Man

    Jesus the God-Man2 ימים לפני

    The reason government are attacking and demonising video games is because they are a threat to the establishment and the financial slavery system of consumerism. Video games can give you years of entertainment for a very small price and enable men to save a lot of money. Government want us constantly spending, not engaging in a hobby that cost minimal money and keep us entertained for a long period of time.

  20. JANX M

    JANX M2 ימים לפני

    Playing some games may make me frustrated or angry at some situations. Tho that doesn't mean I will go pickup a gun an go on streets. Also sometimes I get same frustration doing programming at work. Does that mean programming leads to aggression? 🤔

  21. HeeMaan Nothingtosee

    HeeMaan Nothingtosee2 ימים לפני

    anger leads to hate and hate leads to suffering

  22. Gerald Paul

    Gerald Paul2 ימים לפני

    Ah, but I do love me a good ol' fashioned meta-analysis.

  23. Keenan Frost

    Keenan Frost2 ימים לפני

    See? At least Mat did his research. The media doesn’t bc they just don’t want to focus on real issues like suicide

  24. Octavia SW

    Octavia SW3 ימים לפני

    Matpat needs a podcast *ASAP*

  25. Nichonite ‘

    Nichonite ‘3 ימים לפני

    If you think video games make violence you are a boomer and your stupid, and btw i vote matpat as the new president!

  26. Solbærsaft

    Solbærsaft3 ימים לפני

    god video bror

  27. Solbærsaft

    Solbærsaft3 ימים לפני

    ok boomer

  28. Solbærsaft

    Solbærsaft3 ימים לפני

    du bist nazist

  29. Samuel Varvodic

    Samuel Varvodic3 ימים לפני

    This is such a tired argument, it ultimately goes nowhere. I wonder if those mass shooters who are into video games are also into pizza. If that's the case we should be asking what role pizza had to play in their crimes.

  30. Spectre 911

    Spectre 9114 ימים לפני

    I've noticed that mass shootings have increased with the increased popularity of social media.....just saying.

  31. Coffee Time

    Coffee Time4 ימים לפני

    Oh! well we are here with you my dear friend MatPat!, the wolrd is changues ones again, now is time for the Theorist team! and all of us to make a peceful solution of this. Thanks for all the amasing videos of games! 0w0 Att:Coffee

  32. Cetin Gamer

    Cetin Gamer4 ימים לפני

    The truth is that games dont make children violent yes it makes us aggresive but that is cause of the fact that we cant complete a level etc. We just get chill after finishing it we never feed the real world with it us children we play video games because they are fun yes some shooters got good aims from playing video games but they never said that games gave them/made them violent. Even though what i said this is just a theory and what i think about this arguement between gamer/good parents, etc. And non-gamer people

  33. Adrian Lorentzen

    Adrian Lorentzen4 ימים לפני

    I feel as though one of the biggest issues with how media and politicians blame video games is that it degrades the entire topic. Of course games do not cause mass shootings and that sort of thing. This idea just drowns out any attempts to actually look at it from a more realistic point of view. The evidence suggesting violent games promote criminal behavior is pretty weak. The evidence for aggressive behavior is more prevalent, though still not frequent. Point is, there is a debate to be had, but it is all just blown way out of proportion all the time, making the entire thing a pointless tug of war.

  34. Dog Boi The Third

    Dog Boi The Third4 ימים לפני

    This was the topic of one of my school essays. Thanks for the info MatPat

  35. Phillip Lempitsky

    Phillip Lempitsky5 ימים לפני

    How about the fact that Japan used to play more video games then the U.S and yet their murder rates were and still are extremely low🤔

  36. PastMuffin 1

    PastMuffin 15 ימים לפני

    This is for school project so I would really appreciate it if you helped me out. So I made a documentary on it and I would appreciate it if viewed it and commented what you thought in the comments, but I am not forcing you to watch the entirety of the video, just posting your thoughts on the topic is enough. Link: Here are some questions you can answer possibly: Do you play Video games and what impact do they have on your life? Do you think Video games cause violent behavior What do you think of people scapegoating video games for shootings or other crimes Just put anything related to the topic! Thanks, I really appreciate it. Any feed back is fine too, but please don't be too harsh because I'm only in grade 10

  37. Fainuole 5000

    Fainuole 50005 ימים לפני

    When mums takes away videogames, it really can couse violence. :D

  38. Jakopz

    Jakopz5 ימים לפני

    I think the media is using it as the way to cover up shitty parenting.

  39. Isla Sophie

    Isla Sophie5 ימים לפני

    flexible Games

  40. Romp 12

    Romp 125 ימים לפני

    Ok boomer

  41. Jvasnn

    Jvasnn5 ימים לפני

    You have to be 18 to own a RIFLE. And 21 to own a little PISTOL. Who made this law?

  42. Nigari0

    Nigari05 ימים לפני

    I need the music sources for this video badly

  43. Diana Simak

    Diana Simak5 ימים לפני

    Me:playing assassin’s creed origins Media: Well look at that folks we have young a murderer on our hands

  44. Xion

    Xion6 ימים לפני

    This video was so useful in helping me with my summative topic. I was able to use many of these sources to my advantage! Thank you for all the hard work

  45. Shayla

    Shayla6 ימים לפני

    i think that video games are a way to relieve yourself, instead of hurting someone you can simply log onto a game and prevent any actually pain or death

  46. flemaster12

    flemaster127 ימים לפני

    If a violent person plays video games, than does something violent, that doesn’t mean video games caused the violence. The person did.

  47. SirPringleMcDingle

    SirPringleMcDingle7 ימים לפני

    well people dropped video games and started murdering duhhh

  48. Aaya Alsoaaya

    Aaya Alsoaaya7 ימים לפני

    This guy shoupd be a university professor.

  49. Dane Dompierre

    Dane Dompierre8 ימים לפני

    your studies are almost SPOT ON with what ive seen. when i was 11 my older brother who was 14 got an xbox and he seemed fine. later though my friend Jeremy got an xbox and over the course of a year he turned into a violent wreck. this would match the fact that only a small percentage of people become violent because of video games.

  50. Nichonite ‘

    Nichonite ‘3 ימים לפני

    Dane Dompierre how do you know that’s the Xbox 😂😂😂

  51. Kalel Heinreich

    Kalel Heinreich8 ימים לפני

    Thanks mat pat now I have all the evidence I need for my research

  52. RADgamer

    RADgamer8 ימים לפני

    I don't like mortal Kombat. It's WAAAAAAY to violent for me

  53. Erin Samsoj

    Erin Samsoj8 ימים לפני

    Its called friendly fire government...

  54. Italian Noob

    Italian Noob8 ימים לפני

    I only say OoF when I die or “what? How does that work.”

  55. Italian Noob

    Italian Noob8 ימים לפני

    Matpat-now the president is talking about it Me-yea preasident matpat

  56. Joshua Martin

    Joshua Martin10 ימים לפני

    2.7K people can't face the truth

  57. Reece Boreman

    Reece Boreman10 ימים לפני

    I am playing games with heavy gun violence and im super inscre and shy and I let out my sadness in them act like the emimies as my problems and makes me plays better

  58. Rob R.

    Rob R.10 ימים לפני

    I appreciate the work that you put into this, and I generally agree with your conclusions. However, one place that I think got kind of slippery - and the place where my objection to violent video games lies - is the idea of desensitization to violence. You said that you would be addressing that in the video, but when you got to that part, after briefly mentioning it, you blurred that issue back into the question of do violent video games cause violent behavior, which is a different issue. Desensitization means that experiencing something becomes a little more acceptable. It results from a psychological phenomenon associated with learning called habituation. Habituation has been extensively studied/proven in animals, humans, and even some of the most basic microscopic life forms: the more you experience a stimulus, the less strong your response to it. If you poke a microscopic hydra, it recoils. Poke it again and it recoils, but not quite as strongly. Poke it a third time, and the response is a little less strong than that. Another example: if you trick a dog by holding out a fake piece of meat for it, the dog will show interest the first time, a little less interest the second time, and by the tenth time, especially if done within a short period, the dog will barely respond at all. It has learned that it's being played. Habituation. Similarly, if I show you a picture of an animal being tortured, you'll find it shocking and disturbing. If I show you another picture like that, it will still be shocking and disturbing to you, but not quite as much. If I show you 100 more pictures like that, you will likely still find them shocking and disturbing if you think about it, but your gut response will be no longer as strong as it was the first time. It's no longer new and unusual to you. Habituation. That's my objection to spending a lot of time with violent video games, violent movies, etc. Your conscious mind knows that it's a game. Your subconscious mind just sees it as an experience that it needs to process and file away into what's familiar and what's not, what's acceptable and what's not. I watch violent movies sometimes. I play violent video games sometimes. They have their place. But a steady diet of it isn't healthy, and I try to guard what I allow my mind to feel is familiar. Anyway, all in all, I enjoyed your video and appreciate the research and effort that you put into exploring the question of whether violent video games cause people to become violent.

  59. 2K FILMS

    2K FILMS11 ימים לפני

    I play gta Does this mean I hold an AK47 with grenades I play overwatch Does this mean I’m a time travelling British woman with 2 Smgs

  60. Anime Tiddies

    Anime Tiddies10 ימים לפני


  61. Liza Riddle

    Liza Riddle11 ימים לפני

    Guys he is just trying to have fun, why are there so many dislikes if u dont like it just dont watch it.

  62. Rainbow Brite

    Rainbow Brite11 ימים לפני

    I’m sorry but the gun violence is a problem cause America has practically Zero regulations. And unlike other countries (UK and New Zealand in recent years) CHANGED their constitutions to create strict regulations while the US is too enamoured by the second amendment to do the right thing

  63. Anime Tiddies

    Anime Tiddies10 ימים לפני

    @Rainbow Brite ik I was justing adding on another point

  64. Rainbow Brite

    Rainbow Brite10 ימים לפני

    Anime Tiddies I never said BAN. Just regulations; you are still able to get guns in the uk with a proper licence and have a safe place to store it. You just need to stop guns being widely available, do background checks, not allow automatics etc. There’s a lot that you can do without banning guns altogether. That is my consideration

  65. Anime Tiddies

    Anime Tiddies10 ימים לפני

    Yeah but at the same time you cant just ban all guns and people are more likely to ignore regulations since there already used to how things were before regulations

  66. Jorge Alonso

    Jorge Alonso11 ימים לפני

    So there was a shooting some days ago here in Mexico and all of the media and parents around the country are blaming videogames for it because the kid had a shirt that said "natural selection". The kid wore that shirt in reference to the Columbine shooter that wore a similar shirt, but the media are saying that the videogame named Natural Selection is the one that influenced him to commit those horrible crimes, and most people in Mexico are uninformed about the Columbine shooting and don't know what the term "Natural Selection" means, so when they look it up, the videogame is the first thing that shows up (because the browser expects you to search for "Selección natural" when talking about Darwin's evolutionary theory in Spanish, so by looking in English it thinks you are looking for the game) so people immediately believe that videogames are the cause...and not the fact that his parents abandoned him and still haven't responded to what he has done, but people are too lazy to care about the facts.

  67. LL๏Madara

    LL๏Madara12 ימים לפני

    How about this if they ban video games then I am going to violence

  68. Weeby

    Weeby12 ימים לפני

    When matpat is on the couch you know this gonna be serious keep up the work man i love this serious

  69. captain curly

    captain curly12 ימים לפני

    if or when the gamers win media: youtube causes attacks

  70. xXkidreaper12Xx

    xXkidreaper12Xx13 ימים לפני

    And if they don’t like video games why do they even play them when they are young and also when someone is an adult they still play video games

  71. Eric Hanson

    Eric Hanson13 ימים לפני

    "Neither side here is having a conversation because we're both so certain that we're right." This is an excellent way of summing up the problem with today's world in general. Though I suppose that those who insist that some 'middle ground' is ALWAYS the way to go and that both sides are ALWAYS equally wrong (regardless of the details) are also hugely incorrect.

  72. Octavia SW

    Octavia SW6 ימים לפני

    I agree with you

  73. Velux

    Velux13 ימים לפני

    When parents don't let their kids play video games that are popular for any reason or do much with technology like an fps, a tv, or a phone, etc they become less social because kids in a new environment who tend to normally use technology more than never will want to find kids they relate too and a kid that doesn't have atleast 1 of the things listed probably isn't the most popular person in their school and they stand out from normal kids and news flash minors that cause mass shooting aren't exactly popular in their schools most of the time or happy because they are aware it's a suicide mission and someone willing to die for killing other minors or other people for small reasons are probably not happy so if technology can get kids another thing to get excited about and be healthy with more than no self-control it is a good thing


    MARK DENZEL MAGAT14 ימים לפני

    Gamersss: we fought in ww3

  75. ‘arry pottah

    ‘arry pottah14 ימים לפני

    used this for an essay thanks alot