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Video Game Manufacturers Are in Denial

freefromlibs Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 9:50 AM
I love this topic, I think video games where the person is actually putting themselves in these scenarios must have some kind of long term affect. There is no consequences to their actions, except to hit reset or restart . I've never played, but I have watched people obsess over these games for hours, no human interaction.
Daune Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 10:42 AM
People obsess over a lot of things - shopping, eating, drinking, sex, football, the list goes on and on. Just because you have never played a video game and don't understand the attraction of spending time in a fantasy world doesn't mean it is harmful or should be stopped. Should we stop people from doing everything they obsess over, or just those things YOU (and this columnist) don't approve of? It isn't the game, anymore than it's the gun. It is the person. Some people are evil. Take away the video games, the evil person will still commit evil acts. Take away the gun, the evil person will commit evil acts. Blaming video games is absurd.
Jay Wye Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 6:42 PM
So,it's "either-or",no middle ground? either we ban,or anything goes?

You must be an anarchist.

that probably comes from playing too many video games.... ;-)
Bigdogoffthechain11 Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 10:31 AM
and it's all fantasy which ends when the off switch is engaged.
Jay Wye Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 11:17 AM
Perhaps it's NOT ending once the game is turned off.
look at the goth-vampire nonsense. those folks bring that nonsense into their real lives.
Jay Wye Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 11:20 AM
Also,I note that advertisers KNOW that their ads have an impact of people buying stuff(enough that they spend BILLIONS of dollars on advertising),and that movies DO have an impact on the people who watch them.(billions spent there,too..many movies do have a "message" they're trying to get across to the viewers)

So to claim that violent video games do not have an effect on their players seems dishonest.
Reginald10 Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 12:12 PM
And since when did a literal "bloodthirsty monster" become a romantic hero? It was before Twilight. Perhaps the old TV show, Dark Shadows?

Anyway, count me on "Team Buffy".
Carl469 Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 11:49 PM
And what is that "message?" If it's so secret and subtle, I doubt anyone would get it. Personally, I think this whole notion of a "Hollywood agenda" is a lot of paranoid hooey.

In the wake of the Newtown massacre, Senator John Rockefeller has “called for a national study of the impact of violent videogames on children and a review of the rating system,” but the video game manufacturers claim there is “no connection between entertainment and real-life violence.” Are they in denial?

On Wednesday, December 19th, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which represents the $78 billion U.S. videogame industry, offered its “heartfelt prayers and condolences” to the families of the victims, stating that, “the search for meaningful solutions must consider the broad range of actual factors that may have contributed to this...