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Video Games Vs. Basketball: Which Are More Violent?

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Last night, the Los Angeles Lakers won their 16th NBA Championship title.

After the victory, thousands of fans started rioting in the streets. They turned cars over, set things on fire. The city most likely hasn’t seen anything like that since the riots of the early 1990’s.

In 2004, current Laker Ron Artest ran into the stands against the Detroit Pistons while he was a player for the Indiana Pacers. Most basketball fanatics remember the brawl between the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks.

If professional basketball has such a negative impact on society, why aren’t we trying to ban it, like many try to do with violent video games?

During the 2010 E3 convention, also in Los Angeles, thousands of game fanatics got together to to play video games, some of which are violent. But, there were no riots, no need for police enforcement.

At the end of the day, it’s hard to say which one promotes more violence. People are going to act the way that they want to act. There are millions of gamers that play Left 4 Dead and don’t have a violent bone in their body. There are millions of sports fans that can celebrate sans violence.

Watch for Rhema Hill’s article in the September issue of Handshake magazine on the pending Supreme Court case that will decide whether the government can censor violent video games.

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2 Responses to “Video Games Vs. Basketball: Which Are More Violent?”

  1. avatar Nick says:

    Very legitimate argument, Winton. I think with people our age, we obviously know the difference between violence in a game and violence in “real” life.

    The real complaint about violent video games is the effect on younger children, though. When they are watching sports, they aren’t interacting with the violence or virtually “committing” the violent acts like when they’re playing these games. That may be a minor thing, but I think it does make it a little bit different.

    Very interesting discussion and something to think about, though.

  2. avatar Erica Sanderson says:

    I agree with Nick. Video games are MUCH more violent. Basketball is tame compared to other sports like UFC, which probably really should be banned.