Posted: June 1, 2023
What Christian Parents Should Know About Diablo 4 Video Game
By Movieguide® Contributor
As school ends and summer vacation begins, many students will find themselves with a lot of free time. For some middle and high school students, that means a lot of video games.
While it’s impossible to regulate every second of media your child consumes, it’s important to know what content your children consume on a daily basis.
Diablo 4, a video game that will be released in early June, is expected to attract a large audience. But should children and adolescents play it?
The fourth game in the Diablo series follows the story of the previous games, where players fight to keep the evil forces of demons at bay. They do this by fighting hordes of demons and upgrading their equipment so they can take on badder and tougher monsters. The game allows players to choose one of five different fighting styles as they embark on battle.
Since the player fights demons, the game’s story and objectives have some moral themes, but the gameplay is immoral. Players experience extreme violence as they attack hundreds of thousands of demons in the battle between good and evil.
Studies have found time and time again that violence in video games leads to higher levels of overall aggression, both in the short term and in the long term as well.
Movieguide® formerly reported in these studies:
The researchers found that people who played violent video games for three days in a row displayed more aggressive behavior. They also increased their expectations that others would behave aggressively.
However, people who played nonviolent games did not show significant changes in their aggression or hostility expectations.
“People who are on a steady diet of playing these violent video games can come to see the world as a hostile and violent place,” Bushman said. “These results suggest that there could be a cumulative effect.”
Movieguide® founder Dr. Ted Baehr has also long spoken about the dangerous effects violent media can have on people’s worldviews. He has fought for the reduction of violent media for decades, especially after tragedies that are undeniably linked to violent media. Dr Baehr formerly wrote:
Uniting the voices of the other great media literacy experts, I have been warning politicians, the entertainment industry and journalists for decades about the effects of media violence on troubled young minds like the Navy Yard murderer. The link between media violence and actual violence is so strong that one professional researcher said: “The evidence has reached the point where it is overwhelming.”
Then there is the testimony of Lt. Col. David Grossman, an expert who has trained soldiers in the US Army and taught psychology at West Point. Lt. Col. Grossman has called violent first-person shooter video games “murder simulators” that train children and young adults how to kill many people in a short period of time…
We must steer our youth away from these violent video games and into more profitable pursuits. We need to stop blaming guns for our problems and start dealing with evil, troubled people who use guns and politically correct authorities who don’t enforce laws already on the books. Additionally, we must end arbitrary judicial bans on religious and moral teaching in our schools that deprive American children of the Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses and the Hebrew people on Mount Sinai and the teachings that Jesus Christ gave them. to his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount in chapters five to seven of the gospel of Matthew and in chapters 13 to 17 of the gospel of John.
Due to the extreme violence found in Diablo 4, Movieguide® encourages parents to discuss the nature of the game with their children, as well as explain the impact violent media can have. It is impossible to fully regulate and control the media your children consume, so the best approach is to teach your children to think about the media they consume and whether or not it is safe to consume.
Movieguide® formerly reported:
With the onslaught of mass media entertainment, parents need help educating the hearts and minds of their children to be media conscious.
According to Cornell University, 9 out of 10 children abandon their parents’ values. According to USA Today, 83% of youth leave the church, and 80% of parents are very concerned about their children and the influence of entertainment media on them.
Recently, USA Today noted that 70% of Americans could not name the Ten Commandments. In a culture where physical health is a higher priority than spiritual vitality, another recent survey found that more Americans are familiar with the specific ingredients in a McDonald’s hamburger than individual commands that comprise the Ten Commandments.
Many Christian parents are concerned about the influence of media violence on their children, but many of those who are concerned do not know what to do about the problem. The good news is that there are effective ways to teach your children to be media aware.
Now more than ever we are bombarded by darkness in the media, in movies, and on television. Movieguide® has stood up for itself for nearly 40 years, working within Hollywood to drive uplifting and positive content. We are proud to say that we have collaborated with some of the biggest players in the industry to influence and redeem entertainment for Jesus. Still, the most influential person in Hollywood is you. The viewer.
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