For those not in the know, videogames have taken the center stage with respect to violence in “the country” aka USA. My main argument has always been – and always will be – that regardless of any negative effect that a game will have, it all depends on how the kids are raised as well as other external factors that feed violence in kids.
Sure, there is violence everywhere. But when you have a population that is exposed to many mediums of violence, parents who are generally nonchalant about what their kids are playing/reading/watching, as well as a legal system with more loop holes than pores on the human skin, as well as a different interests and lifestyles than the general Earth population, you don’t need to look far to see that the problem is not in videogames.
Here in the Arab world, there is a ton of family support (generally). When I was in the US I was amazed at how long we kids stayed AWAY from family. Heck, we would literally spend the whole day outside doing all sorts of stuff – from school to tennis to hanging out on the streets (and getting my bicycle stolen *sniffles*) and eating/watching/doing anything we want. Away from family and without proper adult supervision.
Heck I remember we even rented Scream. From Blockbusters. The oldest of us was 13.
Now how can you come and tell me now, in 2008, that if a person had an accident because of speeding it is because of Need for Speed? Do you believe that if someone organized a little crime and a getaway, it is because they played Grand Theft Auto?
What happened to all those movies? What happened to all the other media? Obscene songs?
I will always hold the belief that if Earth was overrun by aliens or zombies, then only us l33t Halo-ers and Resident Evil-ers will be able to save the planet.
I end this post by quoting Stephen King, but go ahead and read his full article:
Elephant One is the ever-deepening divide between the haves and have-nots in this country, a situation guys like Fiddy and Snoop have been indirectly rapping about for years. Elephant Two is America’s almost pathological love of guns. It was too easy for critics to claim — falsely, it turned out — that Cho Seung-Hui (the Virginia Tech killer) was a fan of Counter-Strike; I just wish to God that legislators were as eager to point out that this nutball had no problem obtaining a 9mm semiautomatic handgun. Cho used it in a rampage that resulted in the murder of 32 people. If he’d been stuck with nothing but a plastic videogame gun, he wouldn’t even have been able to kill himself.