posted on Jan, 11 2013 @ 01:16 PM
On a personal level, I never enjoyed video games, but onlyl because I had been in real life shootouts. It is more realistic, nerve wrecking,
dangerous, moral dilemmas piling on by the second and had seen others die, that NO video games can ever hope to copy.
When one is dead, it is truly game over. No mortal gets to respawn in real life.
However, video games are close to realities, are good training grounds for both good and bad folks, but the most critical issue of all to
civilisation, - is that it teaches one to acknowledge mistakes, correct them, so as to get a better score next time, at a safer environment than real
Majority of gamers do spend time out in the real world, and what had been taught during play will help them in their daily lifes such as the guts to
make mistakes, learn from them, grow up and progress. In real life, they are taught from young that if they hurt themselves, they will be out of
action for a while, unlike video games whereby respawn can be done in seconds.
Thus, they do know reality. And some games do not just teach about shooting, but social behaviours as well such as economics, puzzle solving, working
for rewards, etc.
Ultimately, kids are the responsibility of parents and adults are responsible alone to society. Only the insane would not be able to differentiate
between reality and virtual worlds, and they would give off early warning signs that parents and friends must be sensitive to, to help or ask for help
to save them.
Blaming video games for violence is just being societally IRRESPONSIBLE, like blaming guns - tools - for violence.
Equally too would it be foolish to blame films.
For example, how does one teaches the next generation about the violent WW2 using films as an effective media? Is mankind to show american troops all
lathered and perfumed, meeting nazis in germany, then sat down together around the fire, singing kumbaya and thus ended WW2?
The movie Saving Private Ryan was most realistic at its depictations on the horrors of war, and spared none of the violence war veterans encountered.
It does not glorify violence, for it shows that the bullet truly has no name and anyone can have their lives ended anytime, unlike fairy tales or
comics whereby the hero often escapes unscathed.
Most movies, even science fiction often portrays realism in violence, and such violence are not figments of human imagination, but only realities
based upon human encounters - such as the brutal vietnam war, gang turfs, etc. It helps to prepare all humans in the event should they meet up with
such circumstances, what to expect and sometimes, how to get out of it alive.
Thus, what do we want mankind to face up to and be prepared for ? Realities, or fairy tales?
May members of the mickey mouse fan club not rule the world, or mankind will only become extinct in no time in the face of the cunning, the insane and
the violent that exists in our world.