I sent this email to the author and unlike the previous poster I hadn't the self control to refrain from a little bit of good natured mocking...
"The light of a monitor beamed down on my face as I trudged through a painfully written op ed piece….."
I had the distinct misfortune of happening upon you're ill conceived, reactionary piece
"Video games make mockery of human suffering" (http://www.byui.edu/scroll/20051213/opinion1.html)
through a link on bluesnews.com.
I realize you're likely an undergraduate (you most certainly write like it) but that doesn’t spare me from umbrage that bluesnews chose to link to your piece. I mean what’s next? A link to your student papers trenchant op-ed commentary on “keggers”?
The two studies you chose to include were selective and of questionable merit. However, I can say, without qualification, my sundry hours spent playing Halo have not only led me to discount all human suffering but also denigrated the memory of those who so faithfully served in the Covenant Wars of 2552 (additionally, my watching 8 hours straight of Lord Of The Rings, rather than inspire me with it's Christian message, simply made me want to commit man-on-orc violence!!!)
For amusement’s sake I compiled a quick list of logically fallacies you (likely unknowingly) abused yourself of in the course of wasting my time:
Naked appeals to emotion
Petitio principii (begging the question)
Argumentum ad consequentiam (appeals to dire consequences)
Argumentum ad logicam (argument from fallacy)
False premise (that goes without saying)
…I could go on and on believe me….
To quote the author, "Unfortunately, life does not have a restart button."
More unfortunate still is that your word processesor has a save one.