The Violent Side of Video Games

Playing video games and watching TV and movies can change the way we act, think, and feel.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM January 12, 2004

Part 1 of 2: Video Games—Good or Bad?

Next week: What Video Games Can Teach Us

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with video games.

I saved my allowance to buy new games every month. I read Nintendo magazines for tips about solving the Super Mario Brothers adventures. I played so many hours of Tetris that I used to dream about little blocks falling perfectly into place.

There were physical effects, too. My thumbs turned into machines, quick and precise. During especially difficult levels of...

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