Views from Tokyo: Can video games cause children to become violent?


Rikiya Ukai
Office worker, 24 (Japanese)
It depends on the kind of game the children are playing. To shoot people might be violent, but not all games are violent like this. Sports games are OK and children enjoy them.

Tysone Scott
Teacher, 46 (American)
No. What causes them to become violent is them not being taught how violence erupts. Video games change their perception of violence. A gentle kid won’t become violent playing games.

M. Molen
Missionary, 20 (American)
According to psychological principles, it’s plausible. But it doesn’t prove they are so just because games are related to violence. It doesn’t mean they cause violence.

Jason Millward
Business owner, 41 (Canadian)
I think they may to a degree, but there are so many variables to consider it’s hard to know. I believe that these games do desensitize children to violence, and that is a concern.

Risa Shimpuku
Office worker, 23 (Japanese)
I think “Biohazard” or shooting games of this kind are violent, but fantasy games are not violent, and so I think this type is OK for children to be playing. Fantasy games are safe and peaceful.

Masayuki Hirayanagi
Purchasing, 39 (Japanese)
It depends. Recently firms have begun researching history, art and sports so we can learn from their games. But games simulating love affairs cause people to have prejudices, and games just about shooting are not good for kids.