April 17, 2007

*Update*…Jack Thompson speaks on VT shootings(yeah games are to blame)!

Filed under: Videos, Games — Sir-G @ 5:45 pm , Permalink

I have a strong feeling that the more events like the Virgina Tech shootings go down, people like Jack Thompson will only get stronger in their fight against videogames. At this point it is hard to rule out if videogames aid in massacres caused by young people, but after the shooting suspects homes have been raided, they are found to be playing games that reflect the nature of the killings. I don’t know what the solution can be to prevent situations like this, but it’s getting pretty serious with violent games and their connections to people who commit killing sprees. I think the videogame industry needs to step up now because I have a feeling political figures will start to side with Thompson and come down very hard on the industry more than they ever have.

Well the snowball effect is starting to happen. World famous television star Dr. Phil also blames videogames for the recent shootings at Virgina Tech! Read below:

“The problem is we are programming these people as a society. You cannot tell me - common sense tells you - that if these people are playing video games where they’re on a mass killing spree in a video game, it’s glamorized on the big screen, it’s become part of the fiber of our society. You take that and mix it with a psychopath, a sociopath, or someone suffering from mental illness, add in a dose of rage, the suggestability is just too high. And we’re going to have to start dealing with that. We’re going to have to start addressing those issues and recognizing that the mass murderers of tomorrow are the children of today that are being programmed with this massive violence overdose.”

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Sir-G

2 Responses to “*Update*…Jack Thompson speaks on VT shootings(yeah games are to blame)!”

  1. DW Says:

    It doesn’t look like he only blames games though - but a combination of things. Long have my peers in college past commented that the onslaught of war games that filtered down to the public to be propaganda for the war in abroad, a form of soft training if you will, and the planting of a violent seed that may erupt in our faces as a precursor of things to come. Think about it, how many shooters have come out this decade alone? Never has the genre been more popular than in our young adulthood. On a whole, what has society been like lately, and how have we been dealing it in our many facets of entertainment? Before, adventure titles were a regular thing, and now everyone is on the FPS, WAR TACTICS RTS, or whatever historical war, alternate time-line of war-band wagon.

    Its anything but less than sensationalized, and indeed, any person with some level of mental anguish can take it the wrong way given the right situation. For those parents who actually take the effort to block content like this I give them a standing applause but as he said, society is not dealing with it on all levels, games are not the only issue here - we’re just talking about it and watching it roll off into wild blue reality, and that’s not enough. The more important message that gamers should take to heart is not that their precious society is being hampered by their elders but that an issue is brewing and that they can do something about it.

    If you, gamers, elders, me, don’t start to “seriously consider” the possible effects, whether physiological or psychological, on anguish individuals in the right situation that certain titles can have in addition to the other things that promote violence, then things may truly get out of hand. I believe this is the correct message.

  2. JC Media Says:

    On 5 May 2007 at 1pm JC Media and Empire Arcadia will host a peaceful and informative gaming demonstration in protest of public scrutiny. We will also honor the Virginia Tech students and their families. The event will provide all attendees with casual gaming, friendly contests and educational panel discussions from various leaders in gaming. JC Media and Empire Arcadia have been joined by the Entertainment Consumers Association [ECA], Gamers United Radio [GUR], Tritton Technologies and others. Already MTV and CNET have taken notice, and on May 5th so will many more.

    When:
    Saturday May 05, 2007 at 1:00 PM

    Where:
    Bryant Park
    1440 Broadway
    Manhattan, NY 10001

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