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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. - 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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9. Re: Op Ed Jan 17, 2013, 07:47 El Pit
InBlack wrote on Jan 17, 2013, 04:39:
Correct me if Im wrong, but Europe has access to violent games, film, books, documentaries, media etc. etc....

...and yet you dont hear about violent school shootings about once or twice a year from say France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy etc. etc....

For Germany, you're wrong. There have been a couple of school shootings with several victims over the last decade. As usual, all fingers pointed at violent games and movies. The true reasons (the killers were bullied in unbelievable ways, had huge problems with their families, had access to guns, and so on) have been ignored. In one case, the nutcase who shot former schoolmates even fooled his family for almost a year: he had to leave school because of several reasons (one of them being too dangerous and unpredictable to attend school anymore), but never told his parents. Instead, he still left home "for school" every day. But nobody wanted to discuss this behavior after he shot teachers and pupils at his former school, which imo clearly proves his disconnection from his family or maybe even fear of parental consequences, instead the usual scapegoats were publicly crucified: games and movies.

Politicians and industry need these scapegoats. They don't want to discuss the growing pressure on young people who sometimes collapse and turn into dangerous psychopaths who still get ignored till they go on a rampage. It's too expensive to start psychological programs at schools and universities, and in no way do they want to discuss how to reduce competition and pressure in a society that very early segregates between hopeless bottom feeders with very, very few chances to leave their pariah level and those happy few people who later in their lives will live off those pariahs (more or less).

Times are getting harder everywhere with worldwide markets and worldwide competition. Which western country can really compete with work slaves in China, India, Malaysia, and so on? NONE! That's why conservatives try to reduce social welfare for those who are simply unable to compete at high levels (the help being denounced e.g. as "social hammock"). In the end, everybody loses, it's just living on borrowed time for everyone involved.

And no, I can't see any alternative to capitalism. This competition, it's in us. It's a part of being a homo sapiens. And it's an inner drive that dooms us.

This comment was edited on Jan 17, 2013, 07:54.
Consoles? I owned two: a Pong clone and an Atari 2600. And that's it.
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