Gun owners are being called/forced upon to sacrifice their rights "for the kids." Why aren't video game developers and Hollywood being called/forced upon to do the same thing? They have a much greater influence on society than a gun does.
I haven't read the whole thread, but I can categorically say that blaming video games for violent behavior is at best lazy, and at worst, stupid and ill-informed.
I've never shot a gun, but my 20 years plus of playing violent videogames should make me an expert marksman, I guess.
When I was younger I played with radio controlled cars that were gas powered, plinked with my BB gun, ride a motorcycle, skateboard, hit on chics and played show me yours and I'll show you mine, played outside in the night hiding from cars driving by, reading comics, reading dads skin mags, drawing, painting, reading, jacking off, and sneaking into the movies.
Nothing has changed.
Either quit denying that violent games and media have an effect on young minds or quit putting ratings on games and media.
Oh, and I eat pizza and I'm not fat.
I don't necessarily think it's that black or white on the labeling. I think the ratings are on the games because someone made them put them on there, not because the makers believe that their product is responsible. I just think it's easier to point to something like GTA or COD and blame it than it is to address the real problem, which IMO is the epidemic level of shitty parenting we have going on right now in the US.
I'd say they have more to do with violent behavior than a scary looking rifle does. A rifle doesn't cause violent behavior but it is rarely used as a tool to commit violence. So are knives, hammers, baseball bats, cars, etc.,
Come and pry my Skyrim, COD, Dantes Inferno, Dishonored, Dead Island, Far Cry 3 and DmC from my cold dead hands.
No I wouldn't. I was raised by responsible parents and in turn would do the same. This is a sorely lacking reality in our society today and the video games are not the problem. Blaming the video games is nothing more than a scapegoat. What do we do if those who shouldn't sell violent video games to impressionable youths, still sell them. Or what do we do if irresponsible parents buy them for their kids and let them play them?
So what do you propose doing about it? Watch the Walmart employee closely to make sure they don't sell a copy of COD to an 8 year old? Camp out in a family's house to make sure the parents don't let their 8 year old kid play COD?
Yes, I think video games do play a role, but the role I think they play is small. I think kids, hell adults too, are desensitized and of course the hyper-violent video games are part of that landscape. I can't help but come back to the fact that people have been blaming media for tragedies for a long time now, and it's never really stuck in a meaningful way yet.
I personally think our media does far more to damage society than any video game could possible hope to. And that media is absorbed by both adults and children.
Not trying to assign blame here. Denying that it has an effect though is naive, and can easily lead to bad choices by parents. If we didn't acknowledge that cigarettes are bad for people, the incidence of usage would be markedly higher. By denying that games or movies have any effect, we are doing the same thing. Why is someone a bad parent that lets their 7 year old play blops or watch TCM for several hours a day if those things have no effect?
I think it's one thing to say they have an effect, and quite another to say they turn people into homicidal maniacs all on their own.
I used to play "war" outside when I was a kid with fake guns with other neighborhood kids. None of us did anything crazy.
My kid is outside trying to whac a mole. Damn video games!!!!