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  Computer violence debate
Updated 22 May 2002, 14.37
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Citizenship 11-14/KS3/Levels E&F
Media and society

Overview
People are often concerned over violence in computer or video games.

Students debate the issues surrounding violence being portrayed in computer games.

Learning aims

  • The possible effects of this type of media on society.

  • Debate the issue of violence in computer games.

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Main activity
Organise a whole-class discussion using our guide

The student acting as the chair opens the meeting by reading out the Press Pack report

The student acting as proposer then reads out the motion:

"This house believes that computer games provoke aggressive behaviour."

Notes for the main speeches can be found in

and

Further instructions can be found in

Plenary
Recap on the main teaching points and the chair announces the outcome of the vote.

Teachers' Background

  • It takes on average 50-70 hours to master a game involving a high level of skill to meet the challenges. Game playing demands strategy, imagination, quick response times and a high level of dexterity. Recent research amongst young people who play games to a moderate level has demonstrated that they have developed response rates equivalent to Olympic athletes.

  • Whereas the pre-computer generation grew up playing board and card games, most young people now add computer games into their mix of games. From the enormous Space War! of the 1960s through to Pong of the 70s, Space Invaders of the 80s, Sonic the Hedgehog of the 90s and most recently, Pokémon, computer games have become a central part of leisure time.

  • "Much as the Apollo 13 crew learned to land a moon unit by training on a simulator, children are learning to kill via games" - David Grossman, 'Violence and the Political Life of Video Games'.

  • The industry is now regulated and games are given a rating e.g. 3+, 11-15 and 18+.


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