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.

Perfect Wintereenmas Gift!

Wintereenmas is a great and joyous occasion for us videogamers worldwide! It is a time of great celebration of videogames… from January 25-31st (although the whole month is Wintereenmas Season)… and what a great way to celebrate this occasion than to get a brand new handheld!

Yes ladies and gentlemen… my best friend got me a PSP! How incredible is that! I was so excited I literally drove the office nuts with the device… so much for work! Now I have something to entertain me during lunch breaks and before exercise!

I also got seven games with it (well, five, I bought the other two)! Enough to last me a century (and I still have 3 unplayed games on my PC and soon-to-purchase games on my X360).

This is THE game to play! (Hamza don’t be jealous now :P )

Didn’t play it through on the PS2, but now I definitely will!

Every old school gamer needs his Castlevania fix… and it’s Rondo of Blood too!

Although we’re on Final Fantasy XIII (13) now… this is the millionth remake of the first one to cash in more. Don’t expect something grand from a 20+ year old game.

Purely for collection – now I officially played all Final Fantasy games!

One of the best games released on the PSP… gotta be playing this after Valkyrie Profile

I really hate Mega Man, but Mega Man X was my favorite game on the SNES so I had to check out the remake.

Looks like the PSP doesn’t only play games… it has videos and music and photo sharing, as well as Internet! I instantly hooked it up to the net and browsed over to my blog. Cool, ain’t it?

Happy Wintereenmas everyone!
PS: Hamza please do not voodoo me… I am sorry your friends in KSA think Wintereenmas is bid3a and 7aram :P
PPS: Williams, I hope you get your DS Lite soon :P