Friday, September 15, 2006

Video Game Violence in the Media

There has been a lot of talk lately about video game violence in the media. The story of late is about Kimveer Gill. Mr. Gill went on a shooting spree injuring about twenty people before taking his own life. One of the first reports out about Mr. Gill's suggested a link between video game violence and the shooting.
From everything I have read there is no proof that violent video games lead to homicidal rampages with guns in real life. Why can't the world just see a crazy nut with a gun who happened to play games? Because his games of choice, Postal and Super Columbine Massacre, are very violent games with a link to the real world.
As you undoubtedly know by looking at my blog, I am a gamer. When I heard about this happening, I knew some people would blame video games. Just like they blamed music, TV, movies, etc in the past. If violent video games are creating such demoralizing, violence inducing, traits in youths, why has the crime rate in teens and youths declined with the incline of video game sales? If these things make us monsters, should not the rise in sales also show a rise in violence in youth?
All the studies I have read and seen are jaded to some aspect. They get reworded or taken out of context so much that they loose all real meaning. There has not been one genuine study that proves video games cause violence. Meanwhile, some representatives in Capitol Hill are using these flawed reports to try and enact laws to protect us from games.
What I want to know is, when are we as a society going to quit blaming someones past time for the cause of all their woes? When we, as a society, start making people take responsibilities for what they have done and that won't happen so long as politicians and lawyers are looking for ways to create sensationalism to achieve their own agenda.
The best way to fight this misinformation is to vote, get rid of the ones causing the trouble. Quit watching or reading the articles that you know are wrong, do not support the ones who report it and let them know you won't stand for it. With tools like the Internet, we are more in the know than any other time in history and yet society keeps doing the same things, refusing to move ahead with the times.


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