This is a big controversy in our society today!! When I opened my textbook I was planning on reading about how horrible violent video games are for kids and the influence on their lives. Yet when I started reading the chapter, the very first article was about the positive influence violence in cartoons/video games helped some kids conquer their fears. The author of the first article in the chapter wrote about how he used to relate himself to the Hulk so that he could feel stronger, more included in the real world. In fact, being the Hulk and living vicariously through his character, the author of the article did in fact gain friends and confidence.
So... some video games may be harmful to kids (Columbine shooting) but as far as this guy's self esteem goes, these bad characters definitely helped him out and changed his life.