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Op Ed

Ars Technica - Did President Obama just order the government to study video game violence?
Sure, it's a bit galling that video games continue to be a political football that seems to be inextricably linked to violent rampages in our national discourse. And the thought of wasting any tax dollars on what is a thoroughly settled scientific question shows just how broken the political process can be. But let's keep things in perspective. Video game violence is an extremely small part of an extremely wide-ranging proposal by the White House to deal with gun violence on multiple fronts.

Cracked.com - The Truth About Guns and Video Games.
All right then, I guess we as gamers have only one recourse: We stop denying our role in the larger problem of gun violence altogether. Nobody's buying it anyway. You can spout studies and statistics all you want, and your debate partner will turn around and see a 10-year-old in his living room mowing down a village full of Arabs with a technically accurate machine gun, proudly rattling off the virtues of its fire rate and reload times. Gamers look ridiculous when we flail about, trying to deny that a fourth grader who understands the benefits of burst fire and knows to hold his breath while sniping is a bit disconcerting. Just like movie-goers look ridiculous if they say James Bond movies portray a pistol as anything other than an excellent solution to the problem of people who are in James Bond's fucking way. Just like music fans look ridiculous when they insist that all the gang violence glorified in giant, flashy colors in every other rap video has no effect on the children watching them.

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5. Re: Op Ed Jan 17, 2013, 00:07 PropheT
 
As long as it's a fair and objective look at these things, there might finally be somewhere that we can point to without having to double and triple check the source, originator of the study, who paid for it, and so on.

When they come to no conclusive evidence that video games, movies, or music are causes for this sort of thing we'll be thankful for that study. This could really turn out to be a good thing for gamers in the long run, since I don't personally believe they'll find anything that would condemn the hobby or those of us that enjoy it as the psychopathic wackos a number of politicians have historically tried to paint us as. Hell, if Joe Lieberman had done this ten years ago instead of trying to ban them we might have been thanking that goofy muppet right now.
 
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