Stephen King Talks Videogames

You gotta love Stephen King for this.

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?

Just games?

Grow up!

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.

Case closed.

  • Kinano

    He’s got a good point! I hate those blaming video games and technology and the internet and TV shows for the mistakes of their societies. GET A GRIP!

    Also, you have an uncanny resemblance to Mr. King? Are you his illegitimate child?

  • Kinano

    He’s got a good point! I hate those blaming video games and technology and the internet and TV shows for the mistakes of their societies. GET A GRIP! Also, you have an uncanny resemblance to Mr. King? Are you his illegitimate child?

  • abufares

    Violent video games may or may not have a significant effect on young and old players.
    However, family breakdown, domestic violence, “stretched” juvenile freedom, “restricted” parent authority and a total absence of mores in the name of democracy and liberty certainly have a clear and present detrimental impact on society.
    This is probably the most fundamental lesson which this American administration is still failing to learn.
    G W Bush, whether he’s a video game addict or most probably although he can’t turn a PC on, is more dangerous than any dictator or “terrorist” he ever terminated or contemplated ridding the world of.
    Criminologists should concentrate on finding out what and who’s responsible for the emergence of mutants like GWB and his NEOCONS instead of wasting their and our time with their irrelevant bullshit.

    How about that KJ! Do you think I’m having a bad day at work or what?!

  • abufares

    Violent video games may or may not have a significant effect on young and old players.However, family breakdown, domestic violence, “stretched” juvenile freedom, “restricted” parent authority and a total absence of mores in the name of democracy and liberty certainly have a clear and present detrimental impact on society.This is probably the most fundamental lesson which this American administration is still failing to learn.G W Bush, whether he’s a video game addict or most probably although he can’t turn a PC on, is more dangerous than any dictator or “terrorist” he ever terminated or contemplated ridding the world of.Criminologists should concentrate on finding out what and who’s responsible for the emergence of mutants like GWB and his NEOCONS instead of wasting their and our time with their irrelevant bullshit.How about that KJ! Do you think I’m having a bad day at work or what?!

  • starwish

    The media in general does influence people’s behaviour to a certain extent, but its also the kind of environment the person is brought up in.

    For example, most Koreans are obsessed with plastic surgery from tweens to teens. This is partly because they want to look like the Korean celebs on TV of which majority have gone under the knife. The underlying reason is because they’re insecure about their looks, have low self-esteem and feel the need to “improve” themselves to be accepted by society.

    The media does play an important role in society, or else certain adverts/programmes wouldn’t be banned in some countries in the world. Like how propaganda played a big role in WW2.

    Its like saying all Japanese men are perverts because of the abundance of hentai manga.
    “The man who raped that person must be a hentai reader!” — dang, the media is corrupting people. These kind of crimes obviously don’t just occur like this. Many reasons contribute to these things happening.

    So everyone who plays violent games are violent in real life? This is stupid. If guns are so readily available and violence is an everyday thing, the temptation is always there.

    People should also stop generalizing and quit saying a certain race/religion is like this or like that just because of one bad egg.

  • starwish

    The media in general does influence people’s behaviour to a certain extent, but its also the kind of environment the person is brought up in. For example, most Koreans are obsessed with plastic surgery from tweens to teens. This is partly because they want to look like the Korean celebs on TV of which majority have gone under the knife. The underlying reason is because they’re insecure about their looks, have low self-esteem and feel the need to “improve” themselves to be accepted by society.The media does play an important role in society, or else certain adverts/programmes wouldn’t be banned in some countries in the world. Like how propaganda played a big role in WW2.Its like saying all Japanese men are perverts because of the abundance of hentai manga. “The man who raped that person must be a hentai reader!” — dang, the media is corrupting people. These kind of crimes obviously don’t just occur like this. Many reasons contribute to these things happening.So everyone who plays violent games are violent in real life? This is stupid. If guns are so readily available and violence is an everyday thing, the temptation is always there.People should also stop generalizing and quit saying a certain race/religion is like this or like that just because of one bad egg.

  • Kaileena

    Troo troo! But you can’t deny it’s a factor!

  • Kaileena

    Troo troo! But you can’t deny it’s a factor!

  • Ms Loala

    Another video game post!

    I used to be a fan of video games but not anymore.
    If i had a kid in the future, i wouldn’t wanna let him play those frightful obscene games. They corrupt their little minds and i don’t want some sort of play to change his behavior after i raised him is a good manner.

  • Ms Loala

    Another video game post!I used to be a fan of video games but not anymore.If i had a kid in the future, i wouldn’t wanna let him play those frightful obscene games. They corrupt their little minds and i don’t want some sort of play to change his behavior after i raised him is a good manner.

  • KJ

    Kinano -
    Yes, the imbeciles! I will be honored to be his illegitimate child :D damn I look good when I am old

    Abu Fares -
    No you’re not having a bad day at work! hahhaha! What you said is 1000% true. The US goes in, invades Iraq, throws the regime and then runs the country unwanted, and then they go and tell Syria to stay out of Lebanon. LOOOOOOOOOL

  • KJ

    Kinano -Yes, the imbeciles! I will be honored to be his illegitimate child :D damn I look good when I am oldAbu Fares -No you’re not having a bad day at work! hahhaha! What you said is 1000% true. The US goes in, invades Iraq, throws the regime and then runs the country unwanted, and then they go and tell Syria to stay out of Lebanon. LOOOOOOOOOL

  • KJ

    starwish -
    I agree, videogames may have an impact but it is minimal, if negligible, compared to the other influences on people. People are more exposed to crappy brainwashing media than they are to videogames; plus, the overall amount of extreme violence in games is significantly less than that in music, movies, news, culture, etc.

    Kaileena -
    I am not denying it may be a factor, but it isn’t the sole reason why violence is present in the world. I am sure prehistoric people did not have access to videogames

    Loala -
    You are right, it is your role as a parent to see what is appropriate for your child to play! If they’re mature and old enough or if they’re still young and fragile, there are games for each group because, like movies, they are actually rated for specific age groups

  • KJ

    starwish -I agree, videogames may have an impact but it is minimal, if negligible, compared to the other influences on people. People are more exposed to crappy brainwashing media than they are to videogames; plus, the overall amount of extreme violence in games is significantly less than that in music, movies, news, culture, etc.Kaileena -I am not denying it may be a factor, but it isn’t the sole reason why violence is present in the world. I am sure prehistoric people did not have access to videogamesLoala -You are right, it is your role as a parent to see what is appropriate for your child to play! If they’re mature and old enough or if they’re still young and fragile, there are games for each group because, like movies, they are actually rated for specific age groups