Dear Senator Feinstein: So, Gamers Can't Distinguish Reality?
At some point, wouldn't you just want to stop talking? Wouldn't you be afraid of being perceived as woefully out-of-touch and just plain ignorant?
Obviously, politicians have no such hangups.
Last week, California senator Dianne Feinstein said that violent games "play a very negative role" in the development of young people, never once acknowledging that violent games aren't even made for "young people." We tried to explain this in detail but let's face it, no video game journalist will ever get on MSNBC, and Feinstein will. It's convenient that we're never allowed to defend ourselves, isn't it?
And now, Feinstein is as it again, saying that violent games are enablers for potential mass murderers:
"I think the really violent video game becomes a kind of simulator to practice on. And it enables the individual to become much more familiar with that depiction of death and blood. Of course it's not the way it is in real life."
You're kidding. Really? It's not that way in real life? And pressing buttons on a controller turns perfectly stable individuals into murderers in training? I just have so much to learn. And by the way, that last line is a gross implication that gamers are all brainwashed addicts who actually mistake virtual worlds for reality. That, on top of the fact that once again, violent video games are not meant to be played by children.
But of course, everyone over the age of 40 still thinks all video games are for kids. They also likely believe that if you're not a kid and you're playing games, there's something wrong with you. ...these people are our representatives. How freakin' scary is that?
4/11/2013 9:45:09 PM Ben Dutka