posted on Nov, 30 2006 @ 10:13 AM
I have to agree with malcr.
I could even use myself as an example.
I am an American male in my late 20s who has been playing video games for as long as I can remember. Not any one specific type of game, but pretty
much every type. From puzzle games like Tetris, to adventure games, to educational games as a child (Carmen Sandiego anyone?) to sports games, to
super violent games. Yes, I currently own a Playstation 2 and often play the GTA games, or Mortal Kombat. The majority of my games are not as
violent as that though.
Now, I don't own any fancy brainwave scanning machines, but I can tell you how games feel to play. When I have an afternoon to kill, I'll sit and
play a football game, or hockey game. When I'm in the mood for a challenge, puzzles. So when do I play the violent ones? To blow off some steam!
When I play Grand Theft Auto I don't put down the controller, grab the nearest rocket launcher and go out and blow things up. These games, which
I've been playing since the dawn of the Atari 2600, do not bring about any sort of violent reactions or unstable feelings in me.
The people perpetrating violent crimes in the real world are the ones with the problems. Unfortunately some people don't want to admit this. It's
so much easier to blame "The Matrix" movie because the star wore a trenchcoat, it's so much easier to blame Beavis & Butthead, Jackass, Mortal
Kombat, or the WWE for dumb things that people do. But the simple fact remains that the person perpetrated the act themselves. They are the ones who
could not distinguish between reality and fantasy. That does not justify an all-out war on games.
If a serial killer decided to bludgeon victims with a rolling pin would we take the Food Channel off the air?
The bottom line of my long winded post is that games stimulate the brain. If they didn't no one would buy them. They are meant to entertain. If
Consumer A thinks that violent games are dumb, he can stick to the milder ones. But such studies, IMO, give ammo to people who want to restrict
Consumer B's right to purchase those games.
Video games do not kill people and movies do not kill people. It frightens me to think that people will use tests and studies to try and restrict
what we as consumers are permitted to buy.
I mean hey... I played GTA last week for about an hour and I didn't kill anyone afterwards. Just because some nutjob kid might kill someone and his
well paid lawyer tries to get him off by blaming the games doesn't mean I shouldn't be able to play...