Hang with me here for a bit of my history. I will get to why I am pissed in a couple of minutes.
I was in college when ‘’pong’’ first hit the rec room in my college dorm. Two player games then began to proliferate around the country. A
variety of games where two people would stand in front of a console and challenge each other to electronic games of sport. They were mesmerizing.
As the market caught on newer games began to emerge. Racing games and jumping games and lots of games that called for lots of perceptive
By the mid to late 70s, arcades were springing up all around the country offering all these sport games and racing games and a new type of game where
two people could shoot at each other with tanks or air planes. Violence in games began to proliferate.
Then an interesting thing happened. The arcade industry began to notice that where in the earlier years two people would come to the arcade with their
pocket of quarters ready to spend them all, as the first years went by the fad of arcade games began to wear thin. Instead of people coming in
together they began coming in by themselves and would have to find a stranger to play the arcade games with.
At that point the arcade game industry pretty much changed from dual player games to single player games. Among those single player games, shooting
games began to show up. Shoot the animals, shoot the aliens etc. Shoot those bad guys.
Enter the home video game era. Hoo boy, pac man, frogger, asteroids, the list goes on. Among them ,war games and more shooting games. On those old
consoles with the old graphics they were simplistic and almost funny. I know because I was into them. I felt the draw of the action right there in my
own home. Hours spent before the screen, sometimes with friends but all too often alone.
Then I began to notice something weird. I noticed that after having spent some amount of time in a racing game, when I would go outside to drive
somewhere it was difficult to completely wash my memory and my driving reactions from the ones I had used while playing the video game. If in the
video game I could go faster by running red lights, I was tempted to run red lights in reality. If in the video game you could go faster by knocking
other drivers off the road, I felt the same ‘’pull’’ in reality.
But I never did any of that, my driving record remained intact but I did feel the pull in any event.
This came on the heels of other games we played. Intense games. For instance a card game called ‘’bullcrap’’. In this game lying is a central
point of the game, mixing truth and lies and hoping not to get caught. When someone else is playing a card you must call bullcrap. Questioning every
thing that is said or done in the game. I recall after games driving home seeing a stop light and thinking ‘’bullcrap’’.
We are susceptible to interchanging our emotions and consciousness between fictional games and fact based reality.
All of that of course is from my own history with video games. Opinions and facts may vary.
Over the years I have watched the morphing of home video games and the heavy reliance on first shooter games. With the advancement of graphics and
computer power I watched the violence games increase and become more and more intense. Knowing my own reactions to those simpler games I wondered
about how these games would affect younger people who played them from childhood, not from college level as I had.
I read psychological papers on the effects of these games and all gave warning to this tendency among some to not be able to hold the game experience
to the game itself and indeed there were predictions that in some people the spill over could be deadly. Not just psychological papers but indeed
movies pointed out this problem.
And now why I a pissed.
For all this time it has been liberals who have spoken out against the violence in these games and how it has been training not all, but some of our
youth. And almost across the board it has been conservatives who have denied that these video games had anything what so ever with the rise of violent
But now, with Trumps speech placing blame on video games, many toady Republicans are lining up to echo his words, blaming violent video games for the
rise of unbalanced young men striking out in public.
But even that is not what has me pissed. I’m glad to hear this from conservative lips, joining the liberal lips that have been saying it for years.
Now, since Trump has drawn attention to this problem, the liberal voices have gone silent on the perils of violent video games and indeed have made it
a point to ridicule Trump for these statements.
Rather than joining their voices to call out this peril, they have chosen to ridicule it . Scripted speech or not, whether or not Trump and other
conservatives even believe it, they have missed the boat of truth in favor of partisan politics.
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