The Pipe Bomb #6: The Video Game Violence Theory
Tomb Raider, Call of Duty, Mortal Kombat, and Gears of War; What do all of these games have in common? They all perpetuate the loose theory that video games can cause real world violence.
Most of this rubbish theory has been conjured up by right-wing hypocritical conservatives who wouldn’t know a fataility combo move if it were tattooed on the inside of their wrists. I for one am a proponent that video games and real world violence have no core commonality and people like Katie Couric and Pat Robertson, amongst the other people that believe this, are about to receive a reality check and see their little bubble burst.
Now to begin, I’ve been playing violent video games since I was a teenager, and haven’t committed any crimes whatsoever, so at least from my perspective of life, violence and video games have had no effect on me, but I can only speak for myself.
Not denying the existence of crimes “linked” to video games, I also can’t deny the amount of people who play violent video games and don’t go out and replicate what he or she sees. I can’t deny these events happening and having a traumatic effect on the people who went through them, but as for the perpetrators, did video games directly cause them to do these things, or were these people already tipping the scale of insanity and video games are caught in the storm of controversies like these?
According to an article, within the past 20 years, we’ve seen two trends: the rise of home game consoles in houses and the drop of actual violent crimes. Now with this correlation, it should be an open and shut case right? According to the vocal majority that supposedly have control of the media and this country, it’s far from an open and shut case, because of people like Katie Couric and Pat Robertson.
Katie Couric did a special episode where she talked to Mark Petric, a father who had lost his wife because his son murdered her over video games. The son’s name is Daniel Petric. Now one question I have for Couric, where’s the perspective of the gamer who isn’t affected by violence in games? You’re only seeing one side of the story, and you’re not doing your job as a talk show personality.
Next, AlphaOmegaSin, a popular YouTuber, did a video on how Pat Robertson made the claim that killing in video games is just like killing in real life. I swear, Robertson actually made this claim. Let me shed some light on your theory Mr. Robertson. You’re proof that you’re a few fries short of a happy meal. God speaks to you about as much as a ventriloquist dummy speaks to me.
The one common element that both of these stories have in common is that they’re one-sided stories. Where’s the gamer’s side of the story? It’s what the media calls agenda setting. It sets how you view news and how the media is known to the general public to manipulate news for their own ends, and this is a prime example, and a controversy that may take a long time to find a definitive answer. It upsets me that we’re not informed of the other side of the story, that news media wouldn’t take an interview from a gamer and put it up against both of these stories, and the many other yokels who try and ride the bandwagon.
There’s been violence and murder long before video games ever existed. Anyone remember The Holocaust, or even the Salem Witch Trials? Murder in the name of politics or religion is still murder, so don’t try and pull the wool over my eyes. Just look up video game violence studies on Google, and you’re bound to find information that disproves those like Robertson and send them into silence. My personal opinion on this: video games, whether addicting or violent in nature, do not cause these kinds of incidents, because there’s probably layers upon layers of other factors that go unnoticed and video games are the scapegoat everyone that uses this defense points to. For the media outlets, do your jobs that you’re paid do to and get the gamer perspective of the story and stop looking to perpetuate your agendas.
For all of the anti-video game hypocrites that defend stuff like this, to all the politicians, media outlets, religious zealots, and conservative soccer moms, this pipe bomb is for you.