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Op Ed

The Gospel Coalition - How to Respond to the Video Game Crisis.
So far I have never struggled with addiction to video games, and I can't speak to the psychological research and theorizing. Instead, I simply wish to provide in this article some clarity and nuance for a subject too often considered in an alarmist context, especially within the church. Video games are a comparatively new medium, and as such they are the object of much skepticism and intrigue. Those who do not play games often view the medium as a waste of time at best and a corrupting influence at worst. Meanwhile, video game proponents---permanently on the defensive---make excuses for bad art and actual corrupting influences. We Christians must be truthful about these things, but neither side right now is telling the whole story.

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5. Re: Op Ed Jun 15, 2012, 15:33 WarpCrow
 
NicklePop wrote on Jun 15, 2012, 14:53:
Uh - right. Because thinking about these things make you 'extreme'.

You're brand of person is the new extremist; incapable of a moral perspective, purely relativistic where everything is 'ok'.

Some things are good, some things bad. Some things are really bad.

Society trends on a delayed reaction to systemic changes; can you say the outcome of these high level things?

No?

So how about contribute instead of being the next moron on the anti christian train. LOL

This is nothing but an anecdote, but all I can say is that, having been exposed to violent and 'extreme' video games from an early age, none of it has ever influenced me to anything I would consider immoral. Hell, I've never even been in an actual physical altercation of any kind, nor have I been desensitized to actual instances of suffering and abuse, despite having seen it and even taken part in it on occasion in video games. Of course, I'm sure there are people somewhere who do not have the same clear delineation between what's real and what's not, but I don't think we should be censoring our media purely for those people, and better parenting would take care of most of that.

As a result, I just don't see what all of the fuss is about. I certainly don't want those types of games to stop being made, because they're fun. Could they be a little less in your face about it at E3 and such? Sure... but if they choose not to then... what, do you want it banned or something?
 
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