The above video from Azuritereaction is relevant.
Videogames never seem to get a break. They’re an easy scapegoat for many issues, decaying values, racism, and particularly murder. The computer First Person Shooter, Doom, was blamed for Columbine because a false rumor had spread that the shooters, Dylan and Eric, created a level that resembled their school. At that time, Doom was still the most violent shooting game ever made.
Another popular shooter, Counter-Strike, became the next scapegoat with the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre simply because the shooter, Cho, liked it and played it. The now-disbarred attorney Jack Thompson went nuts over this detail, trying to proclaim correlation = causation. After the police searched his room, no videogames turned up…not even on Cho’s computer. Fun fact: you kill terrorists in Counter Strike.
Recently, thanks to another nut with a gun, videogames are under scrutiny once again. The Vice President of the NRA irresponsibly blamed violent videogames like Bulletstorm and Mortal Kombat for the Connecticut School Shooting. Anyone who mouths off the media about this doesn’t bother me, but when a Connecticut town starts a drive to destroy violent videogames, movies and music, then I have problem.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU IDIOTS!? This is modern-day book burning; a destruction of game developers First Amendment Rights–even Treyarch, the developer of the Call of Duty games. (Hell must have frozen over, I’m defending Call of Duty). This drive won’t accomplish anything but a waste of money, time and words. I’m all for discussing why there is so much violence in the media but destroying a medium of free speech is not a constructive solution. You’re like the fanatics that flipped out on witchcraft in the Harry Potter books!
It doesn’t end there, because thousands of overprotective soccer moms had blood shoot out of their eyes when they “heard” that the Connecticut shooter liked Mass Effect–another shooting game in which you save the universe from alien invasion. They promptly stormed the Facebook page of Mass Effect out of rage calling for the game to be banned. Guess what? THEY BLAMED THE SHOOTER’S BROTHER, thus creating another innocent victim from this tragedy and causing the IQ of these parents to decrease by 10 or 20 points.
Dear zealous overprotective parents: if people like you banned violent videogames, we wouldn’t have great works of art like Metal Gear Solid 2 or Bioshock….especially Metal Gear Solid 2.
If you are parent that has stumbled onto this blog by chance, and don’t know what these two games are, I’ll briefly explain them.
Metal Gear Solid 2 is a violent game that emphasizes stealth espionage (like James Bond) over shooting. It has a plot that revolves around an Illuminati-like organization called “the Patriots” that seeks to censor the internet to filter out lies, half-truths and whatever garbage the Internet produces. They do this claiming it will advance the human race. This is only one of many themes that the game discusses. (More on Metal Gear Solid 2 in an older blog post)
Bioshock is another violent shooting game that take place in the alternate year of 1964 in an underwater city called Rapture. The core of the game’s story is an outright rejection of Ayn Rand’s objective philosophy.
For the record, Mass Effect is a trilogy of violent videogames that is a choose-your-own adventure of sorts in which you attempt to build alliances to prevent alien invasion.
I never thought that videogame burning would happen. Now that it has, it makes me weep for the next generation of humanity. This isn’t about videogames! IT’S ABOUT PEOPLE! If you want to go to the root of the problem go look at one’s immediate family or their mental health. Otherwise, don’t have any kids/ban life, and you won’t have any shooters ever again.