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12. Re: Op Ed Jan 17, 2013, 11:11 Prez
 
Golwar wrote on Jan 17, 2013, 08:02:
It always baffles me when the kind of logic is mentioned that we are violent creatures, so why care about violence in our environment at all?

Good question. I think it has some to do with our ability to empathize. EDIT: That, and knowing there will be punitive consequences due to violence in a society that has laws against it in order to maintain some semblance of order.

It is true that games surely ain't the major factor or reason for gun violence. But does anyone really doubt that they have no impact on the youth at all? Not even the slightest?

I haven't seen any evidence of it myself, nor have I seen any evidence to support the causality people always infer. At best it seems to be a possible correlation. But a cause? The evidence is just not there.

I've always been opposed to hyper-realism in shooters or extra over the top brutality in games to add some spice. If that is all that makes a game special enough to appeal gamers, than there is something going wrong.

If you are correct that there is "something going wrong", I would say that the prevalence of ultra-realistic violence in games ( and movies, and TV shows, and books, and music) would only be a symptom of it, not a cause.

This comment was edited on Jan 17, 2013, 11:30.
 
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