I wasn’t too young to remember the days when Jack Thompson was making news, telling the world about how video games are teaching the young people to kill people. A notion that was so wrong that his campaign not only crashed and burned, but Thompson lost his career because of it. He was disbarred for his trouble. Do I feel bad? No. Not really. Something that Thompson learned is that us gamers are used to be treated like society’s dog to beat on when they need to feel better about themselves. Because hey, why not makes fun of a group of people whose only crime is doing something they enjoy. After all, we’re not watching sports or going to bars and getting shit-faced, so there must be something wrong with us, right?
Such is the mantra of the news, who has seen fit to make this latest tragedy in Orlando about how bad video games are. Like an article on NPR, who has gone from a respectable news outlet to just another click-bait rag. Hell, they are doing unboxing videos now. Maybe that can be a sign of how down-the-shitter their outlet is now. Today’s video game slander is coming from a “journalist” named Laura Sydell. Here’s a link to the article, now let’s talk about it.
The annual video game trade show E3 began this week in Los Angeles under the cloud of the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., the deadliest in America’s recent history. The conference is expected to draw tens of thousands of industry professionals who want hands-on experience with games that turn virtual violence into entertainment.
Here we go. Yes, let’s waste no time making video games out to be murder simulators. Any chance we could talk about the religion that inspired the killer in Orlando? No? During the course of the investigation, it has been found out that he frequented that club a lot and had a gay app on his phone to hook up. He was clearly in denial about his sexuality, and prone to violent action because of his religious beliefs. We gonna talk about that? What’s that? We’re gonna say that video games share some culpability in this attack.
Oh, and video games don’t “turn virtual violence into entertainment.” There is violence, but that is just one component. Just got done playing Uncharted 4. You know what that did? It crafted a compelling narrative about the last exploit of Nathan Drake. It told a rich and thought-provoking story about him and his relationships with people, along with his urge to find treasure that he has been denying. So while you did shoot bad guys, you also went around the world solving an awesome mystery and experiencing Nathan’s story. I’m guessing that you don’t have much experience with this industry, so you are just judging it by things like CoD or its contemporaries.
Indeed, it’s not often that a preview of violent video games begins with condolences to the victims of a mass shooting. Tyler stood onstage, flanked by someone in a giraffe costume on one side and dancers dressed as candy canes on the other, and offered deepest sympathies to the victims and their families in Orlando. Her somber moment at this festive video game promotional event drew a loud round of applause from a packed auditorium.
What’s the problem with that? I mean, the cringe-worthy dancing number that took place afterwards was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen at E3 (seriously, Ubisoft, you need to just stop), but doesn’t the audience clapping after she says that mean that they support her making that statement? Do you just want us all to sit there quietly? Maybe that applause was signaling that the people there are glad that they took the time to acknowledge it. Sony did much the same at their press conference, but they didn’t make it some huge deal. Why? Because they didn’t want to ruin their conference for the audience. Because guess what – sometimes a little escapism is a good thing after a tragedy.
Follow me on this – when I lost a friend several years back, there was a game series that I ended up devoting WAY too much time to in order to cope. The Mass Effect games. I have played through that series so much that I know almost all the dialogue by heart. Were it not for the shitty ending to the third game, that series would have gone down in history as one of the greatest ever made. A title that Uncharted snagged for itself quite handily. Gaming helped me get through a VERY hard time. My depression was unbelievably bad. During WWII, the cinemas in this country stayed open. Why? Because it was to help get the minds of the American people off the war, and the very real possibility that life as they knew it could have ended. You see why this can be a good thing?
Other companies showed off their games without acknowledging the national grief.
What’s that? Sony didn’t have that moment, right at the start, where they took some time to address it? Okay. I’m so glad that you can tell us these things. Groj knows, I never would have figured it out by watching the stream. Ignorant bitch.
But ESA President and CEO Mike Gallagher denied any connection between video game violence and real-world violence.
That’s because there is not. NONE! There has been no evidence produced, ever, that shows a connection between video games and real life violence. There have been so many studies that have been done showing the opposite. There is the statistics of how violent crime has gone down, way down, as video games have become more popular. Correlation doesn’t equal causation, but if you’re going to make the argument that video games have a connection to real-world violence, then you have to acknowledge that discrepancy. Your entire article is predicated on a false truth.
How is it that the Jack Thompson argument is now acceptable? Really, this interests me. Maybe it’s because of the success of charlatans like Anita Sarkeesian, saying the video games not only cause violence but also sexism. Hey, if a woman says it, then it must be true! Maybe that was Thompson’s mistake. All he needed was to get some vagina-equipped people to talk about it. Then it’s all true!
However, Gallagher’s conclusion that video games have no connection to real-world violence is debatable. There is evidence that these games cause increased aggression, according to the American Psychological Association.
I’m going to try and explain this to you without getting angry. Even though you are the dumbest cunt I’ve seen in a while. There is tangible evidence that this man’s radical Islamist views are DIRECTLY tied in to what happened in Orlando. This was an act of religious terrorism. Before the act, he called the police to tell them that he was going to kill people in the name of ISIS. The shooter was heard shouting “Allah Akbar” before opening fire on the crowd. And yet, you are going to drag some bullshit study that doesn’t even show a connection to violence (just to aggression. The same could easily be said about sports teams. Just ask the moms who are telling their kids to kill the other team during school sports games) as evidence of…what, exactly? The fact that you and the rest of the media will do everything in your power not to talk about the REAL force that contributed to violence, in this instance?
But the show always has plenty of pure, lighthearted fun. There’s a reason those dancers were onstage with Aisha Tyler. Attendees got a glimpse of Ubisoft’s dance franchise, Just Dance 2017, which will be coming out on all platforms. Let’s hope by the time it hits your favorite console the nation will be in a dancing mood.
Yeah, you’re not a gamer. Anyone who saw that dance number and didn’t cringe is beyond stupid. I feel bad for the people trapped in that auditorium. That’s one of the levels of Hell, for sure.
Video games are an easy target. The media is able to blame them for just about everything. Perceived, totally bullshit sexism? Video games. Mass shooting at a nightclub with a direct, proven connection to Islamism? Video games. Whatever your social issue is, you can bet that video games are an easy villain. Now this bitch has just written an article that proves NOTHING, all for the purpose of getting NPR clicks. This was click-bait in its purest form. An article that had no facts, said nothing, and had a title that they knew would get clicks. Fuck this broad, and her pathetic excuse for a “news” outlet. I hate watching NPR fall like this. I thought they were one of the good ones.
Until next time, a quote,
“And, although cable news came in with a superficial resemblance to the earlier model of network news, it wasn’t long before the news became just another form of entertainment.” – Mykeru Media