Wild Musing

Writing – Diary of a Budding Freelance

Video Games Are the Root of All Evil

I am presently writing a commissioned article on a recent report on the effects of video games on children. The report itself is very balanced and sensible and,dare I say it, quite pro games and the gaming industry. But in the course of my research I have come to realise that people try to blame video games for some amazing things. So I decided to make a top five list of the contentious things people say about video games and the video game culture.

1.”These are real lives. These are real people that are in the ground now because of this game. I have no doubt about it,” said Thompson, a Florida attorney and fervent critic the of video game industry.

To be fair this could have just been a list of the top five contentious things this guy has said in his campaign against everything to do with video games. This particular gem was in the wake of the Virginia tech shootings after some of the perpetrators’ friends suggested he may have played a bit of Counter Strike when he was younger, that was about as strong as the link to video games got. When his room was searched he did not even have a copy of the game or a single console. The comment is not that surprising coming from a guy who calls gamers knuckleheads and says playing games is ‘mental masturbation’.

2.ENO, Nev. (AP) — A couple authorities say were so obsessed with the Internet and video games that they left their babies starving and suffering other health problems have pleaded guilty to child neglect.“They had food; they just chose not to give it to their kids because they were too busy playing video games,” Viloria told the Reno Gazette-Journal.Police said hospital staff had to shave the head of the girl because her hair was matted with cat urine. The 10-pound girl also had a mouth infection, dry skin and severe dehydration.Her brother had to be treated for starvation and a genital infection. His lack of muscle development caused him difficulty in walking, investigators said.

I have no doubt that had there been no video games in the world these people would have been model parents! Video games are apparently so addictive that they can over-ride the strength of the bond between parent and child. Sure. Is it not more likely these people were defective units in the first place?

3.Children are playing a game that encourages them to have sex with prostitutes and then murder them,” the senator and former first lady Hilary Clinton, said.

No ,Hilary, it is really not. It is encouraging them to to have pretend sex, with pretend prostitutes and then pretend to murder them. It is not real, honestly. Anyway, these kinds of games are not directed at children, where are their parents?

4.McDonald’s boss: ‘Games to blame for childhood obesity’

Yes, Mr Easterbrook and your fat laden food, aggressive marketing to children and encouragement of people to ‘have fries with that’ has absolutely nothing to do with it.

5. An interesting study confirming an effect I’ve experienced many a time: After playing a driving-based video game, 27 percent of drivers (ages 16 to 24) found that they were more likely to speed or take risks when behind the wheel. 

Oh come on! Now games are to blame for an increase in crap driving.

Oh well, one thing I will say for anti video game pundits, they have kept my research for this article interesting.

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December 23, 2008 - Posted by | Gaming, Writing | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I myself have always felt a desperate need to head butt cubes of bricks I should pass underneath of, stand on tortoises followed by kicking them ahead of me, and throw fireballs from my hands at anyone who should impede my journey.
    I agree with the point that video games are a great thing to blame. But they’re really not the cause of violence. Or the first time children see it – superhero cartoons, anyone?
    Good luck with the article – let us know where and when it’s published.

    Comment by Amy | December 23, 2008 | Reply


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