1. violence in video games. I'll stop there so as not to anger the masses, just trust me on this one
There's no such thing as violence in video games. It's a logical impossibility. How is pixels moving around a screen 'violence'? It isn't, and it
No matter how 'realistic' someone might deem some group of pixels creating some formations, perhaps by the usage of texturemapped polygons, it's still
not violence, and can never be.
Violence is when a physical body is damaged, injured or hurt without the consent of the owner of said body, while the owner of the body resides within
it with silver cord attached.
How exactly can this happen in video games?
That's right, it can't. Video games basically consist of three parts; 1) PIxels (even if they're constructed by computer utilizing software and
hardware designed to draw 3D projections on 2D screen using various methods, popular ones being texturemapped polygons and sometimes even voxels, or
pre-rendered pixel groups, or even hand-pixelled clumps of pixels - but it is always just PIXELS) 2) Aural waves (also produced in various methods,
but they can be either ignored, muted (silenced), volume-controlled, or adjusted to the players' liking in various ways) and 3) Game program (that
makes everything move and happen, and basically consists of an enormous bunch of "if"s. How can a bunch of 'if's be VIOLENT? THEY CAN'T!)
Now, when you consider my definition of the word 'violence', and look from above what video games basically are, _HOW_ exactly can video games be
Also, they do not cause violence, no matter how 'violent' they may seem to someone that doesn't understand they're looking at pixels. There have been
people that have played all kinds of video games for decades, that have never hurt anyone physically, and do not possess the inclination to do so
People often confuse cause and effect anyway - just because violent psychos play video games doesn't mean the video games caused them to be violent
psychos. They were that way long before they played any video games, and the games didn't change them at all.
The ONLY way video games and violence can overlap, is when an otherwise violent individual gets her 'fix' from a video game, so they don't HAVE to go
out there to punch people. It's a lot like p*rn in that regard; when warped individuals can get their perversions satisfied from that, they don't have
to desperately go out into the world and possibly seek victims and cause harm.
So if ANYTHING, video games and other 'online activities' and 'virtual worlds' (whatever you want to call it) actually LESSEN violence and harmful
behaviour, and make people less likely to commit crimes. When you have driven over virtual people for 8 hours straight in a video game, you're too
exhausted to go and do the same to actual people in real world. Also, the edge is dullified, the novelty has worn off, and thus the threshold of doing
it in actual reality has risen to be much taller than it otherwise would be.
'Video games cause violence' is just another EASY EXPLANATION so you don't have to actually research, think, figure out, include all kinds of
variables, study, learn or have new thoughts. You can just point a finger and go about your business.
Everything has been accused of causing violence without a shred or evidence or proof, and cause and effect has been completely warped just to support
this mad behaviour of false accusation. "Rock 'n Roll", "Radio", "Television", "Cartoons", "Board games", "Card games", etc. etc.
Video games are just the latest victim in that pile of harmless entertainment that most certainly hasn't caused violence.
If someone shoots someone just because they lose to the in a card game, did the card game itself cause that violence somehow? No! It was the mad anger
of the individual, being a bad loser, temper, perhaps aided by confidence from drugs or alcohol, etc. etc.
There are always SO many variables, and the game is usually the most innocent and least likely one.
If she hadn't done that after a card game, she would have done it after a heated argument, or after being rejected by someone, or after it starts to
rain at the wrong time, etc. The game is innocent, let's stop this easy fingerpointing and false accusation and find the REAL culprit that ACTUALLY
causes violence, please.