Monday, 13 July 2015

Rule #178: Violent video games

Violent video games have been blamed for school shootings, increases in bullying, and violence towards women. Critics argue that these games desensitize players to violence, reward players for simulating violence, and teach children that violence is an acceptable way to resolve conflicts. Hmmm, I wonder what video game Hitler played as a kid.
Gimme a break! I played asteroids as a kid and I don't have the urge to fly a triangle into space rocks. I also played frogger and I've NEVER hopped across a freeway. AND, I played duck hunter and I don't even hunt! It also seems my rock star status is floundering and I have played my share of Rock Band. If you want to desensitize kids to violence, just sit them down to watch the news on any given evening.

 I agree that there should be less violence everywhere in society, including video games. I hate watching my son play violent games like modern warfare. Mostly because it looks boring and I wish he'd go outside and play on his bike that I dished out 400 large for. Or, how about tending to the garden. He helps me plant it but does he ever weed it? NO! But he doesn't mind eating the veggies. Come to think of it, he needs to start doing a lot more around the house. But I digress.

 I think that a majority of the research on the topic is deeply flawed and no causal relationship has been found between video games and social violence. I could even argue that violent video games may reduce violence by serving as a substitute for rough and tumble play and by providing a safe outlet for aggressive and angry feelings. I may be pushing it a bit, but whatever dude.


In the new world, we will reduce violence in video games, but blame for violent crimes will be put squarely where it belongs, on the perpetrator.

AND SO IT SHALL BE WRITTEN!

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