America, I love you. A lot of people out there, including a lot of people I know, do not like you at all, but I’m a defender. I love you, and I always will. But I will say this: sometimes, your media can be a little… fucked up. You have a desire to instil fear in your own people that sometimes amazes me, and you have a way of passing the buck that I am constantly surprised people actually fall for. One of these areas in which you put fear into your people and place blame where it shouldn’t be has to do with video games, and the influence they have on creating violent kids. There’s no other way to describe the idea that playing violent video games is creating a culture of violence, and making our youth desensitised to violence or actively pursuing it, except to call it FUCKING RETARDED!
And now, that naive attitude, like so many other aspects of American culture, has spread here to Australia. Violent crime seems to be getting worse and worse here, and now, according to Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, video games are to blame. You must be fucking kidding me. To be fair, having to work in areas like Kings Cross where fatal stabbings have occurred recently, Commissioner Scipione is facing a tough job, and can be forgiven for believing something small-minded. Dear Reader, I’m sure you’re significantly more intelligent than your average person, hence why you’re reading a website as fantastic as this, so you know this is absolute bullshit. It seems pointless to even go into the amount of research that has shown that at best this kind of thinking is wrong, or at worst is inconclusive. I’m sure you’ve done the reading, you know what I’m talking about.
At least we can take comfort in this quote:
You get rewarded for killing people, raping women, stealing money from prostitutes, driving cars crashing and killing people. That’s not going to affect the vast majority but it’s only got to affect one or two and what have you got? You’ve got some potentially really disturbed young person out there who’s got access to weapons like knives or is good with the fist, can go out there and almost live that life now in the streets of modern Australia. That’s concerning.
At least he has the decency to point out the fact that this is not going to affect the vast majority, but then he goes on to say that if just one or two people are affected by it, we essentially have a crisis on our hands?
There’s two problems here. One is that there’s no conclusive evidence to say that violent video games have a direct affect on causing video game violence, as briefly mentioned above. The second is that, even if “one or two” people became violent because of playing violent video games, if you compare that number to the amount of people that play and don’t go on a violent rampage, that is statistically insignificant. Or, to put it more bluntly, it means jack fucking shit.
The real problem here, aside from fucking alcohol, obviously, is cultural. That’s all. We’ve created a generation that uses violence as a means of expression, and that has to do with our reactions to each other. Not outside stimuli, or media influence, but simply an expectation that this is how you get what you want. Video games have nothing at all to do with violent crime. There are some people out there who commit violent acts that play violent video games, of course, but get the fucking order right. It’s not the games that are making people violent. It’s the violent people who are playing games. It’s such a massive part of our culture that to say it’s a cause of these problems is absolutely ridiculous. We could equally say that we have a lot of Christians in our society, therefore Chrisitianity is responsible for the rise in violence in youth? Is that correct? Fuck no. And neither is blaming this shit on video games.
You want to elimiate a problem such as this? Try to find the real cause, instead of throwing everything you have at placing the blame where it doesn’t belong.