“Violent Games are Therapeutic” According to a Buddhist

by Victor ‘r0gue’ Vieira

But that’s what I said!

You always feel better after violently taking out your frustrations on a punching bag, it’s a release. So why wouldn’t it be the same when playing a violent game. I really enjoy my UFC Undisputed 2009 a little more when I am angry, knocking my opponent out in a brutal way gets me that release and I don’t take out my frustrations with some ‘body.’



Trinley Dorje is a 24 Buddhist, but a normal 24-year-old in every other way. He listens to hip-hop on his iPod, plays video games and enjoys some of the more violent ones. Trinley goes as far as saying that he believes that this type of game can even be therapeutic. That’s right; a peaceful spiritual Buddhist believes violent video games can be therapeutic.

He also does not believe that playing violent games goes against his beliefs. “Well, I view video games as something of an emotional therapy, a mundane level of emotional therapy for me. We all have emotions whether we’re Buddhist practitioners or not, all of us have emotions, happy emotions, sad emotions, displeased emotions and we need to figure out a way to deal with them when they arise. So, for me sometimes it can be a relief, a kind of decompression to just play some video games. If I’m having some negative thoughts or negative feelings, video games are one way in which I can release that energy in the context of the illusion of the game. I feel better afterwards. The aggression that comes out in the video game satiates whatever desire I might have to express that feeling. For me, that’s very skillful because when I do that I don’t have to go and hit anyone over the head” he told ‘The Times India.’

I have thought this for a very long time. Also driving in Forza at 200km/h gets that ‘kick’ out for me, so when I am on the road for real, I drive like I should. Mindless shoot-em-up’s get that out of the way so I don’t need to do so in reality. So why are these games always getting a bad rap?

This violence happening with teens shooting each other after playing Halo, is that Halo’s fault? No way, those kids have bigger issues than playing Halo, believe me. Then what about all the violence and killing in the poorest townships? Surely it wasn’t their limited edition ‘Elite Console with Resident Evil 5’ that sparked them off.


It is time we stop blaming games. I say lets go back to blaming our childhood. It was more fun torturing parents for the mistakes they made in our youths.