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Does the famous video game Pac Man influence its players to abuse the use of prescription pills? It may sound ridiculous, but that is how news media specializes in the alteration of false information. By arriving at conclusions without providing accurate research and facts to back it up, news media blames extreme video games for causing violence in our society. They ignore factors such as population, mental health, and home life as they quickly jump to conclusions that violence portrayed through media influences individuals to cause harm to others. The misrepresentation of violent entertainment by news media has successfully caused false judgments and opinions about violent video games.
The video game industry is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in America as it provides players with a source of challenging entertainment. Video games have become the most frequent form of media usage that is currently surpassing television. McGonigal reports that “Over 183 million Americans, mostly teenagers, play video games an average of eight hours a week” (McGonigal). Every video game…
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