Okay, One Last Time, Politicians: Some Games Aren't For Kids
Typically, I'm one of the most laid-back people on earth. I have long since accepted that rampant ignorance and even stupidity can and indeed does exist even at the highest levels of our political infrastructure. And once you accept that, you can just sort of shrug and go, "Yeah, well, what else is new?"
But this recent Sandy Hook mess is making me livid.
I knew the politicians and other authority figures would find a way to point the finger at video games. It was inevitable. Nobody is content with the depressingly simple explanation that the evil individual in question was just plain broken. Problem is, that doesn't make people feel any better because there's not much you can do about people who are born broken. But it happens and we just can't deal with that; we need to point the finger and assign blame.
In short, we need a scapegoat. I knew gaming wouldn't avoid some backlash but even then, I could never have conceived that those who are, supposedly, our representatives, could be this far out of touch. Furthermore, I had no idea they could be that ignorant and still be willing to put that ignorance on display for all the world to see. I'd be so horribly embarrassed to say what these people are saying, especially after learning the truth of the matter. I'd have to issue a public apology for being lazy and terribly ill-informed. I'd be humiliated and would be hesitant to show my face in public for quite some time.
But these people obviously don't have the humiliation gene. It's the only explanation. US Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is now on the record saying that games "play a very negative role for young people, and the industry ought to take note of that." She was talking about possible legislation options for video games, and of course, they're noting that Sandy Hook murderer Adam Lanza is now being called a "deranged gamer." Why? He had a game console. Oh yes. That's like finding a DVD player in a psycho's room and saying he was a violent film addict.
So one last time, politicians and anybody else who cares to listen:
Violent games, especially those that depict a lot of shooting and a lot of death, are not designed for "young people." They're not made for kids, they're not marketed to kids, and the ESRB always states very explicitly that kids shouldn't be playing them.
Pray tell, what more is there to do? Oh wait, I've got it- How's about all these embarrassingly out-of-touch lawmakers realize that this isn't 1985 and not all video games for kids? Oh, but see, that would actually require some research. And when we need to point the finger, even the most blatant facts and truisms fall by the wayside. It makes me physically ill.
4/5/2013 10:01:36 PM Ben Dutka