Violent Video Games Exposed: A Blow by Blow Account of Senseless Violence in Games Article (Faculty180)

cited authors

  • Krantz, Andrew; Shukla, Vipul; Knox, Michele; Schrouder, Karyssa


  • Violent video game (VVG) use has repeatedly been found to be associated with hostile expectations about others, desensitization to violence, decreased empathy and prosocial behavior, and aggressive thoughts and behaviors. Although these research findings have been widely publicized, VVGs remain the most extensively played games and represent a multi-billion dollar industry. Although VVGs are typically rated "mature," indicating they are not suitable for youths, they are often purchased for youths. This may be in part because there is currently no system available to consumers that thoroughly describes the content of video games, and much of the public is unaware of the types of violence that characterize game play. The purpose of this paper is to describe the violent content of some of the top VVGs, based on sales. For the purposes of this issue, acts of senseless, unprovoked violence will be described in detail.


publication date

  • 2017

published in

start page

  • 76

end page

  • 87


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