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YARNLADY's avatar

Violence in games, what about Peter Pan and Looney Tunes?

Asked by YARNLADY (42073points) December 19th, 2012

According to the news reports on CNN and this ABC blog people are concerned about violence aimed at children. Does this include all violence aimed at kids?

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JLeslie's avatar

I don’t count Looney Tunes. Those cartoons are very cartoonish. I don’t think it is easily confused with real people or animals. Since the entire scene is unreal, so is the violence. A talking bunny rabbit already is obviously not something to be believed. Video games often are figures or avatars of people and the drawing is quite realistic. When I look at cartoons of yesteryear they were cute, when I look at them now almost everyone appears to be evil, it’s hard to tell who is the bad guys and who are good.

I guess maybe a child might try to mimic the Road Runner or Fred Flinstone and try something dangerous, but I think it is extremely unlikely. Probably violence born from video games is unlikely too, but I bet more likely than Bugs Bunny.

I do think many kids and even adults are desensitized to violence. I don’t like to watch violence, especially rapes or torture. Any suffering is very difficult for me to observe, but a lot of people have no problem watching it. My husband doesn’t, he says to me, “it isn’t real.”

ucme's avatar

There was this guy, he dressed as a mouse & terrorised fat black women!
Another blind alley, wondered when Call of Duty would get the blame.

fremen_warrior's avatar

@YARNLADY I agree, however I can see how games might have a wider AoE than cartoons given how they are more engaging – you make things happen, you decide who lives and who dies, you are the hero. Cartoons are influential, but near obsolete.

@ucme I lol’d at that CoD comment xD You have to admit though that gaming does influence your habits (I sometimes find myself subconsciously strafing while walking down the street, or checking the “typical” perches and camping spots for snipers IRL :P)

Makes me wonder ;-)

Seek's avatar

Do you have any idea how hard it is to find old Looney Tunes on TV? I can’t even get hold of it on DVD without hitting the Internet.

ucme's avatar

@fremen_warrior I frequently feel the desire to “teabag” fellow shoppers, you know the kind, those daft bastards who hold up the queue with their inane drivel.
Be fun to call in a care package & fry some fuckers.

Coloma's avatar

Exposure to violence and video games does not negatively effect mentally healthy people. Period. There will always be high risk people whether it is violence, booze, drugs, whatever.
I was a 60’s kid growing up with all the cartoons and westerns of the era.

Hasn’t made me want to strap on a six shooter and mow down the citizens of Dodge.
Personally, I think the video game scene contributes more to obesity and sedentary lifestyles than the violence factor contributes to those few, high risk, and ALREADY mentally unstable people.

zensky's avatar

@YARNLADY Have you seen some of the new games? On a 50 inch TV? In Hi-def or 3D? The games with murder, rape and running over little old ladies for points?

You can’t compare these games which are simulator quality to Bugs.

JLeslie's avatar

The expert I just saw on The View (the episode was recorded a day or two ago) said for sure violent video game with action characters shooting 50 bullets in severl seconds definitely is part of the problem. He said the people who do this are not always mentally ill, some are, some aren’t. They are people who are resentful, hopeless, and glorify destruction. They blame others for all their woes, and think the recipients of the violence deserve it. He believes school are good target because it is sure to get attention. He was adamant about the violence in movies and on video games.

Looney Tunes is some character going splat, and then popping up again. Violent video games are about death and destruction of multiple targets in a succinct and deliberate manner.

woodcutter's avatar

Meh, they got nothing on Popeye

Daisygirl's avatar

It is not societies job to care for a child. If the child displays inappropriate behavior when playing a game, the parent needs to take it away. People seem to ready to point the finger to blame something. If an adult can’t handle the violence and cannot discern reality from fantasy, that person needs to have the intelligence to stop or family intervention. I play GTA, Saints Row and all those violent war games. I do not feel the need to shoot anyone or beat them with a blunt object. It isn’t any worse than someone watching soaps and wanting to have a lovechild with an alien.

YARNLADY's avatar

@Daisygirl Well said, I agree, it’s the parents job.

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