Video game violence and our bubble wrapped society

posted at 8:31 am on December 22, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

As we saw on Friday morning, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre didn’t throw the Second Amendment under the bus, which has led to more than a little controversy. While I can appreciate the fact that the NRA is loathe to rush into an ill considered gun grab as a solution to isolated incidents of social, mental and societal collapse in the form of infamous villains, I felt that some of Mr. LaPierre’s comments missed the mark in an important way.

And here’s another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal. There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people. Through vicious, violent video games with names like “Bullet Storm,” “Grand Theft Auto,” “Mortal Combat,” and “Splatterhouse.”

With all due respect to the NRA and their representatives, attempting to ward off criticism of guns by placing the blame on something else is precisely how we’re going going to lose this argument. This is yet another case of Americans riding out like Arthur and his knights seeking some tool, some toy, some talisman… some Unholy Grail to blame. And if we can only find it and brandish it before the citizenry, we can proclaim, “Here it is! We have found the source of ultimate evil! And we shall have Congress destroy it and then peace shall reign across the land!

This way lies folly. Children can certainly be influenced by their early experiences, and each will react to such stimuli in their own way. But as with all things, humans are generally a lot more resilient than some would imagine. Let us stipulate for the moment that several of the mass shooters since the late nineties – no… let’s say all of the shooters – were players of video games with violent themes. How many were there? A dozen? Let’s say one hundred. How many copies of those video games were sold? Just for a starting hint, more than eleven million copies of the third edition of Grand Theft Auto alone.

If you were researching the cause of a horrible disease which cropped up among one hundred people, and nearly all of them ate mushrooms – along with eleven million other people who also ate the mushrooms and demonstrated no symptoms – would you conclude that you’d found the cause? Or might you look further? This is insanity.

As we briefly discussed on Tuesday, the final arbiter of what entertainment our nation’s children consume is their family. And their parents are the only suitable police for determining what shows they watch, what games they play, and discussing all of the ramifications with them. The other choice is to turn it over the to government – an organization which can hardly claim a winning track record on social construction. Their only tool will be to bring down the ban hammer and shut down access to everything which might possibly contribute to setting off a handful of badly damaged maniacs. And at the same time, that access is cut off to the millions who would not be affected and removing the choice from their families.

As I was saying last night to some friends on Twitter, every generation gives rise to a few monsters. You don’t fix that by shackling everyone else. You stop the monsters. Placing the blame on any range of tools and seeking to solve the issue by removing said tools from the workbench does nothing but bubble wrap our society and eliminate any sense of responsibility from families. This isn’t a solution. It’s a dodge.


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I’m not advocating “legislating” anything.

You again persist in utterly misperceiving my points made.

For you, a very broad generalist, you have limitations in what specifics you seem capable of comprehending.

Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Sorry, I just don’t buy that at all.
JetBoy on December 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I’m not selling anything. Have a nice day.

Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Why the ad hominem attitude?

If I misunderstood you, then please…clarify it. Sheesh.

JetBoy on December 22, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Thanks, I do use Firefox. The message has a list of “bad” things that can be the problem and according to them, Daily Caller has no reports of any of those bad things, it doesn’t make any sense.

Cindy Munford on December 22, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I don’t know what that site has going on but all I know is it’s been a big problem to access for a long time now (page takes too long to download, too cluttered template and ads, whatever is on their page/s is unmanaged or, rather, not managed well).

So I can use Firefox and just download the written content without any of their site templates and it solves the complications experienced in IE (safety alerts, download delays, alarms, etc.).

They likely host ads that have tracking cookies involved and that’s causing people troubles with their security and safety filtering.

I also find their splash-screen REALLY annoying on THE BLAZE. Geez, if people want to read their newsletter, they’ll sign up on the site. The splash-screen you have to denounce to get to their site, THE BLAZE, is really annoying.

Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 10:31 AM

why does Lourdes have to be both a Big Government Lib and the fastest typist known to man kind?

Slade73 on December 22, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Sorry, I just don’t buy that at all.
JetBoy on December 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I’m not selling anything. Have a nice day.

Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Why the ad hominem attitude?

If I misunderstood you, then please…clarify it. Sheesh.

JetBoy on December 22, 2012 at 10:28 AM

You’re a generalist, JetBoy. And you continue to seek out if not try to thrash out opportunities to be offended so you can “retaliate” by accusing others of “ad hominem” “attitude” that doesn’t exist.

My observations stand. You’re being intolerant of “difference”.

Disagree, agree, I am not really interested in your point on your scale of “grading Lourdes”.

Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

grading Lourdes:

Conservative Cred – Solid B+ just like Obama’s economy

Slade73 on December 22, 2012 at 10:37 AM

And, Jazz, “violent video gaming” is a resource used and well discussed as to military tactical training…and deployment later.

Which, I’m sure, you’re aware of.

All LaPierre’s point was, in mentioning “violent video game/ing” was as to the undue influence of the entertainment industry on adolescent development while that industry is comprised of people who, by majority, condemn “guns” and seek greater gun regulation if not eradication of guns entirely.

He was pointing out the unlevel, if not irrational, level of criticism by the Left, media particularly, about guns and gun rights.

Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Last night while horseback on a lonely road in Skyrim, a bunny jumped out into the road and my horse trampled it. Later, I couldn’t sleep. Does this count toward the mindless violence of video games?

PS I think it was the sick Lanza boy that was the problem here. He seemed unaware of reality and eventually broke in a horrific fashion. Why not ban insanity instead?

BL@KBIRD on December 22, 2012 at 10:43 AM

You’re a generalist, JetBoy. And you continue to seek out if not try to thrash out opportunities to be offended so you can “retaliate” by accusing others of “ad hominem” “attitude” that doesn’t exist.

My observations stand. You’re being intolerant of “difference”.

Disagree, agree, I am not really interested in your point on your scale of “grading Lourdes”.

Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

*facepalm*

JetBoy on December 22, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Is this the bubble wrap you were looking for?

Go find a ditch to die in.
lostmotherland on December 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Sure, it’s leftist bubble wrap, but low and behold, I found it right here at HA.

Bmore on December 22, 2012 at 10:44 AM

He was stupid for bringing up video games. All he did was give liberals ammunition.

Already there are those stupid “motivational posters” and stuff that the kids make where they say, “Guns don’t kill people, Mario and Luigi do”.

This is how we lose the culture war every single time.

We have some moron “conservative” say something very stupid. And every single conservative in the country is painted with that brush.

I know for a fact that idiot with his “legitimate rape” comment cost Romney votes. I know 2 people personally who said they decided to vote for Democrats because of that. And it doesn’t matter if that is logical or not. What matters is that’s 2 votes that went to Democrats that didn’t have to all because someone said something stupid.

For the life of me, I know conservative principals are the heart of freedom and liberty. But why do we have so many stupid people on our side?

ButterflyDragon on December 22, 2012 at 10:48 AM

ButterflyDragon on December 22, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Actually, it was liberal talking heads who first floated the idea of video games being a cause of Lanza’s rampage.

Liam on December 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

ButterflyDragon on December 22, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Actually, it was liberal talking heads who first floated the idea of video games being a cause of Lanza’s rampage.

Liam on December 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Did video games CONTRIBUTE good things to “Adam Lanza’s rampage”? Make any contributions to his state of mind? Help him in some way?

Once again, it’s not THE GAMES but the gamer, the HUMAN USE OF *WHATEVER* in a deranged capacity.

Maybe Lanza, a troubled kid, obviously, wasn’t helped to improve by his use of violent video games. That’s all I read is being discussed.

Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM

What kind of video games are they playing in Afghanistan? Or other middle eastern countries?

ghostwalker1 on December 22, 2012 at 11:02 AM

ButterflyDragon on December 22, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Liam on December 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM

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Two separate questions here -
Who is responsible -Crazy Connecticut kid
What prompted his actions – lots of things
The left loves to conflate the two, “it was societies fault,” “it was the one armed man,” etc as though that diminished culpability.

LincolntheHun on December 22, 2012 at 11:07 AM

ButterflyDragon on December 22, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I don’t believe such games are any kind of factor, positive or negative, no matter how disturbed might be a person. The same with movies or any other entertainment media out there. Serial killers don’t get their ideas from movies or games. The Zodiac and Son of Sam didn’t have video games and they went wild. Elmer Fudd didn’t make me want to hunt, and I don’t.

I don’t think outside influences like games motivate killers in the wrong direction. It is innate desire.

Liam on December 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

ButterflyDragon on December 22, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Actually, it was liberal talking heads who first floated the idea of video games being a cause of Lanza’s rampage.

Liam on December 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Did video games CONTRIBUTE good things to “Adam Lanza’s rampage”? Make any contributions to his state of mind? Help him in some way?

Once again, it’s not THE GAMES but the gamer, the HUMAN USE OF *WHATEVER* in a deranged capacity.

Maybe Lanza, a troubled kid, obviously, wasn’t helped to improve by his use of violent video games. That’s all I read is being discussed.

Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I agree about that Missouri candidate’s unruly, weird statement costing Romney votes…

BUT: we can as a society say “anyone can do anything to anyone for any reason” or we can establish a modicum of boundaries that require a tad of discretion and discretionary decision-making when life, limb and wellbeing are concerned.

I don’t see all this upset caused by LaPierre than some claim exists. The Left is hysterical regardless of who says what. They’ll never change, they’re hysterical and irrational people on average. Santa Claus could show up and say “I love puppies and kittens” and the Left would claim he was under their bed plotting wars and pestilence.

LaPierre used restraint in his decency in not speaking out during the week after Newtown, while the Left used the tragedy to act-out hysterically from the moment after it happened.

I don’t see what LaPierre said as being anything unusual, unacceptable or troubling. He voiced his opinions, made some suggestions, it’s certainly his right to voice what he thinks.

WHAT IS the problem is how the “right” or those who claim, however inexactly, to be “conservative,” how they always rail against anyone voicing opinions from the non-Left because they then claim the Left goes nuts.

The Left goes nuts about anything said by anyone who isn’t Left. They always do and always will. They capitalize on use of media because they’re majority controllers of media.

But we can’t live our lives in silence with shame about our views just because the Left is hysterical and can be relied on to be hysterical about just about everything.

Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

What kind of video games are they playing in Afghanistan? Or other middle eastern countries?
ghostwalker1 on December 22, 2012 at 11:02 AM

.
Chinese bootleg copies of American games, skewed heavily to violence and shots of T&A

LincolntheHun on December 22, 2012 at 11:09 AM

ButterflyDragon on December 22, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Liam on December 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM

.
Two separate questions here -
Who is responsible -Crazy Connecticut kid
What prompted his actions – lots of things
The left loves to conflate the two, “it was societies fault,” “it was the one armed man,” etc as though that diminished culpability.

LincolntheHun on December 22, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I agree, LincolntheHun…with your conclusions there.

But I don’t agree with criticising the Right who vocalize opinions “because the Left goes insane” when we do.

The Left is out of control and most of us know that A crazed mind will be “upset” by just about everything, use whatever they fixate on to blame for their upset. The Lanza kid was without ability, clearly, to think through with sanity his own actions where others (and himself) were concerned. How he got that way, certainly NOT CAUSED by “violent video games”…but he used them to hide from healthy development, that’s all and they certainly (obviously) were not a healing resource for him.

LaPierre, from what I understood, was pointing out the duplicity of the Left in their blaming of “guns” to the extent that they want to eradicate the 2nd Amendment Right/s, while the Left is responsible for extreme violence. That’s why LaPierre mentioned “violent video games,” to point out that the Left is violent.

Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 11:14 AM

What kind of video games are they playing in Afghanistan? Or other middle eastern countries?
ghostwalker1 on December 22, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Their gaming is called “eating opiates” and gullible vulnerability to influence by violent peers.

Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 11:15 AM

LincolntheHun on December 22, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Lanza wanted to do what he did. The only question is for how long did he plan or was it a sudden snap? I doubt we’ll ever find out for sure, because the only two known so far with possible certainty are dead. All the rest seems to me to try pointing away from Adam Lanza’s personal responsibility for his own actions.

If LaPierre said that, liberals would still be ‘fact-checking’ his statement and all the usual nonsense they do to invalidate a political opponent. I think the Left are most angry because he called them out on their hysterical nonsense, which is invariably one-sided in their favor and self-righteousness.

Liam on December 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM

He was stupid for bringing up video games. All he did was give liberals ammunition…

ButterflyDragon on December 22, 2012 at 10:48 AM

It doesn’t matter what he said. The Left seizes upon ANYthing said by a Non-Leftwinger and then runs hysterically with it into distortions of reality, of what was said to begin with.

There are some of them right here and now in these comments. Just because someone claims to be “conservative” doesn’t mean they are, especially when they rail against Conservatives with Liberal hysteria.

Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 11:22 AM

@RedRedRice Have you ever played any “hoot-em-up video games”? If you did, did you want to go shoot someone after playing it?

albill on December 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Sure I have, and I am a big horror movie fan too (except for things like Saw or Hostel). My point is that people on both sides are always complaining about the coarsening of culture, it’s just not their culture that’s doing the coarsening.

RedRedRice on December 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Why isn’t anyone pointing their fingers directly at the specific examples of violent rhetoric coming from the left? Clear specific examples!

How about this just a week before the shooting?
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/12/10/jamie-foxx-jokes-about-killing-all-white-people-his-new-movie

How do we know this shooter wasn’t watching SNL the week before this shooting and did what Jamie Foxx bragged about doing in his new movie… “killing all the white people.”

Imagine if Rush had said something like that a week before the shooting. He would have been fired from his show!

JellyToast on December 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

All the rest seems to me to try pointing away from Adam Lanza’s personal responsibility for his own actions.
Liam on December 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM

This is where I’d disagree with you.
Crazy Connecticut kid is responsible, period.
Now if you ask the question of why did he take the actions he did (another question entirely), then you might point out that the glorification of violence by the media and Hollywood (and here Wayne cited a lot of examples to include video games) may have been one of the many factors (to include CT doesn’t lock up its crazies, gun free zone, divorced parents) that urged him to act in the specific manner that he did.
The second question only helps answer “why,” and has nothing to do with “who,” even though the left likes to pretend it does so it’s never any specific person’s fault.

LincolntheHun on December 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

*facepalm*

JetBoy on December 22, 2012 at 10:43 AM

You saw the irony as well?

Totally went over Lourdes’ head.

Irritable Pundit on December 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

The NRA should picket the movie Django Unchained. Protest the wanton slaughter of people portrayed by the movie industry. Throw this blame game at the doorstep of Hollywood.

MichaelGabriel on December 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Totally went over Lourdes’ head.

Irritable Pundit on December 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Your futility, as with the two peers you have here in these comments, is kinda pitiful.

Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Totally went over Lourdes’ head.

Irritable Pundit on December 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

It’s Christmas. You and your two peers here might try to lay off the trolling for just another week. Just give it a try, you might find you don’t have to use your hands on your face as often.

Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

The NRA should picket the movie Django Unchained. Protest the wanton slaughter of people portrayed by the movie industry. Throw this blame game at the doorstep of Hollywood.

MichaelGabriel on December 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM

It’s pretty low down and awful that that film is being sold as “a love story.” Or maybe the point of that sales pitch as to that movie is that it’s a love affair by the Left with gratuitous, wanton violence. “Love,” they call that, the Left does.

Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM

*facepalm*

JetBoy on December 22, 2012 at 10:43 AM

You saw the irony as well?

Totally went over Lourdes’ head.

Irritable Pundit on December 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Reading minds now, eh, Irritable Bowell?

Some people don’t see the point in responding to garbage. It doesn’t mean it’s not garbage, it just means someone didn’t respond to it.

Have a nice day.

Lourdes on December 22, 2012 at 12:18 PM

It’s pretty low down and awful that that film is being sold as “a love story.”

It’s more Quentin Tarantino gore porn being released on Christmas Day.

The NRA should pounce on this opportunity to direct the narrative about guns to the total hypocracy of the Hollywood elites.

Hollywood makes tons of money off of this garbage. If congress wants to ignore the 2nd ammendment, then they also should be willing to ignore the 1st ammendment and the liberal Hollywood elites cherished “freedom of expresssion”.

MichaelGabriel on December 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM

The same argument of “how many video games sold” could be used for not restricting the sales of AR-type rifles: how many sold vs. how many used for massacres?

mad scientist on December 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Where is Tipper Gore when we need her????

;-)

albill on December 22, 2012 at 12:56 PM

If you can’t tell the difference between violence in video games (and in the movies) and real life, you already have a serious mental condition.

bandutski on December 22, 2012 at 1:04 PM

With all due respect to the NRA and their representatives, attempting to ward off criticism of guns by placing the blame on something else is precisely how we’re going going to lose this argument.

Disagree.

If the FBI wants to prevent the next mass murder, they would do well to profile the crowd that shows up on Christmas Day to watch a Tarantino gore porn movie.

LIst all of the actors that have appeared in a Quentin Tarantino gorefest. Not one person on that list has an ounce of credibility when spouting off about violence in our society. They are 1%ers that earn tons of money glorifying violence.

MichaelGabriel on December 22, 2012 at 1:07 PM

If you can’t tell the difference between violence in video games (and in the movies) and real life, you already have a serious mental condition.

bandutski on December 22, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Exactually!!!

ButterflyDragon on December 22, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Shaw makes an excellent point, to which I’d like to add another one:

I’m sure many here recognize the bad influence the Koran’s verses have over the followers of the Religion of Peace, right?

Well that’s why it’s ill-advised to dismiss any criticism of the effects showbiz can have on the young mind straight off the bat. Remember, if you don’t want your children being brainwashed by bad idelologies/religions, then that’s why you have to come to terms with how movie violence and video game violence can also have the potential to lead to something awful.

Whatever your opinions on Dr. Fredric Wertham, and I’ll admit he wasn’t perfect at everything, he did write a book in 1949 called The Show of Violence that focused on the bad effects of showbiz, among other things.

On top of this, I hope we can all agree that violence in itself is not a healthy influence and nobody who wants this to be a kind and loving world should want poor messages being sent out. In the end, I do concur that parents have a responsibility for what their children are raised on, and even what they can have access to.

Avi Green on December 22, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Wertham was a fraud. He never did answer the chicken-or-egg question he raised.

gryphon202 on December 22, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Video games and movies are always the scape goats for these type of tragedies..really disappointed LaPierre went there..

sadsushi on December 22, 2012 at 2:13 PM

You know, past eras of human history were FAR more violent and bloody than today. Video games are pale imitations of real violence, which past generations were exposed to on a daily basis. Murders, disease, armed combat were a commonplace spectacle in our ancestors’ lives. Death was a constant companion. See the gladiatorial games of ancient Rome, or read up a bit on the Thirty Years War and imagine what it was like to be a burger living in a German village at the time. Rape was a fairly common activity, too. Bubble-wrapped society indeed.

The perpetrator of the Newtown massacre was a severely ill person, and from what I’ve read of his behaviors, he needed intervention well back into high school or perhaps earlier. I don’t know what steps his Mom took, but it doesn’t appear to have been adequate given the results. Everybody knows someone who was bullied in school, it doesn’t seem this kid was even bullied. He just shrank from human company entirely, refusing to interact.

I do hope however, that this incident does not result in negative behavior towards those with Asperger’s. I dated an Aspy once, a very beautiful girl who was a high-functioning Aspy. She was a kindergarten teacher, a karate instructor, and on weekends volunteered at a home care facility for the mentally handicapped. A true contributing member of society, with a few personality quirks you probably wouldn’t identify as Asperger’s unless you were told she suffered from it. All Aspy’s are not monsters.

quikstrike98 on December 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM

…that’s Scrumpy’s dog!

KOOLAID2 on December 22, 2012 at 2:56 PM

People always want easy answers to bad situations. It’s a coping mechanism.

With something like Sandy Hook, bans on this and that are automatically put on the table.

Moesart on December 22, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Congress should pass a law that individuals with mental illness should not have access to guns. Based on the recent election, that would be about 51 percent of the country.

Schadenfreude on December 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM

The right answer is more of a libertarian mindset.

I’m sick of these fools talking about banning guns and the “violent culture”.

No gun or video game makes some sick waste of space shoot kids in school.

The truth is there will always be sick and evil people.

Banning things will not prevent that.

The more good people that have guns, the better. stop having gun free zones where people cant’ defend themselves.

LevinFan on December 22, 2012 at 4:09 PM

As I was saying last night to some friends on Twitter, every generation gives rise to a few monsters. You don’t fix that by shackling everyone else. You stop the monsters. Placing the blame on any range of tools and seeking to solve the issue by removing said tools from the workbench does nothing but bubble wrap our society and eliminate any sense of responsibility from families. This isn’t a solution. It’s a dodge.

The WaPo today had an advice column (syndicated you might have seen it elsewhere) where somebody wrote in actually complaining that his wife’s office had a communal candy dish and blaming it for his wife packing on the pounds. THIS IS THE WORLD WE LIVE IN NOW. Stupid lazy people who are willing to blame somebody else for bellying up often to the candy dish.

The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary is truly a national tragedy but no more so than the guy who blew up Bath (MI) Township’s school in 1927 or countless other examples. To think that government can assure we will never EVER have another mentally ill gunman kill 20 youngsters is it’s own kind of mental illness. Sadly too many of these mentally ill people voted for more of the same on November 6th.

Happy Nomad on December 22, 2012 at 4:50 PM

The more good people that have guns, the better. stop having gun free zones where people cant’ defend themselves.

LevinFan on December 22, 2012 at 4:09 PM

I agree but real libertarians need to come up with a new name for themselves. Constitutionalists maybe? That would be my vote.

Libertarianism has been co-opted by worthless Obama-loving potheads and the stupid people who think Ron Paul is some kind of political rock star.

Happy Nomad on December 22, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I agree but real libertarians need to come up with a new name for themselves. Constitutionalists maybe? That would be my vote.

Libertarianism has been co-opted by worthless Obama-loving potheads and the stupid people who think Ron Paul is some kind of political rock star.

Happy Nomad on December 22, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Very true.

I personally detest RuPaul.

It’s amazing how you’ll see some obama potheads support RuPaul just b/c of pot, when it reality the economic policies of the different platforms couldn’t be any further apart.

LevinFan on December 22, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I think we have discovered a new “third rail” of Hot Air discussion. I have noticed that any hint of laying even 1% of blame on “first-person-shooter” games brings out a bunch of absolutist adherents who insist that FPS games can never be a factor in a “young-disaffected-white-youth” shooting.

Apparently certain topics are off limits.

Alcohol can never be to blame in any accident, ever, in the 57 states, because it’s legal.

Yep, I just touched the new Hot-Air third rail. Have fun, y’all.

cane_loader on December 22, 2012 at 5:51 PM

So here is what I would like all of you to consider:

Last summer, met a 27-year-old man who had an old car like mine. We started talking, and one thing led to another, and I agreed to come to his house and help him fix his A/C on his old car, to teach him.

He lived with a gorgeous young woman, his girlfriend. I got to know him over the next to weeks, working through the roadblocks one always faces when orking on old cars.

I quickly grew to dislike him because he was very verbally abusive to his girlfriend. He treated her like crap in front of me and basically was an angry and abusive man, but I resolved to finish helping him and maybe teach him something. He was very impatient and would start cussing at his car, etc, when we ran into issues.

His father had left home when he was young, and he was raised as an only child by a single mother.

At some point he showed me his machine guns… a good collection, and his crossbow.

One night, after a long night of struggling with the A/C compressor, he told me to come check out his gaming.

We went into his back room, where he strapped on a headset.

He then linked up, through voice, with another player somewhere in America, to play a first-person-shooter game.

It was fascinating. I watched him enter a landscape… this one supposedly located in rural Russia, and coordinate and meet up with his on-line buddy.

They shot a man and stole a Jeep.

Then, they used the radar screen to find out where the other players were.

The dead man was another actual live player somewhere in America. He was now dead, so he lost.

My mechanic “friend” and his cyber friend then drove toward the population center. They parked the Jeep, ran into the virtual town, and pointed guns at people. These people were other players… actually live players who also were at a computer and had headsets.

After chasing a group of four men and two women through a field, my “friend” and his virtual buddy held the group they were chasing at gunpoint.

He then switched off his mic, turned to me, there in the room, and said, “watch this— this is SO F—- UP!”

He and his buddy talked the rounded-up group into surrendering… saying over the mic, “we won’t hurt you… we just want to take your weapons.”

He then had them kneel in a circle.

He – my mechanic “buddy” – then blew all their brains out execution style… laughing the whole time… emptying their machine guns into them.

The dead “people” were actual players somewhere in America, who had just been slaughtered, “execution-style.”

He and his friend then looted the virtual “bodies”… virtual blood spattered all over the scene…. got in the Jeep, and drove off…..

He laughed and laughed….

I told him that I had to get back to work on the car…

Chilled to the bone, knowing how bad he treated his live-in girlfriend, and knowing about his machine guns, and how he loves to smoke pot all the time.

That’s the story.

cane_loader on December 22, 2012 at 6:12 PM

So I guess everyone is ignoring the fact the NRA sponsored the creation of a video game based on their organization?

Also, everyone is ignoring the fact that our media intake has been violent since day 1 and really hasn’t gotten a whole lot more violent…what it has gotten is more graphic and detailed.

Sammo21 on December 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM

That’s the story.

cane_loader on December 22, 2012 at 6:12 PM

You have to be alittle messed up to enjoy something like that.. the way the guy enjoyed killing everyone in the video game.

That being said you have to be seriously f’d in the head to do it in real life.

I don’t think it’s something that you’re influenced to do. In other words, these nutjobs are already seriously messed up in the head when they go on a shooting rampage.

LevinFan on December 22, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Video games have nothing to do with violence nor are the characters one is “killing” humans, you idiot JS!

Sherman1864 on December 22, 2012 at 9:45 PM

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