Couric Asks For Gamer Comments, And We Sense A Trap
For months, ever since the Sandy Hook tragedy, we at PSXE have wondered why journalists and gamers haven't been allowed to speak.
We've wondered why every source the mass media used had virtually no knowledge whatsoever of the industry. "Experts" utilizing archaic assumptions about video games shouldn't be given any attention and yet, they're dictating the flow of such debates.
Now, however, it seems Katie Couric wants to give gamers the chance to speak out. After a recent in-depth report entitled, "Are Video Games Ruining Your Life?," gamers everywhere understandably responded with indignant rebuttals.
And now, Couric has replied to those gamers on her Twitter page, where she asks gamers to speak:
"Passionate gamers upset [with conversation about] whether violent video games can contribute to [violent] behavior. Tweet the positive side of violent [violent] games? Thanx!"
She added later that some of the comments might be used in her show, "Katie." This sounds awfully tempting, as this industry has not yet been given a chance to defend itself. However, this is a warning to all my fellow gamers and journalists- There's something potentially sneaky about this, and be aware that in order to get ratings, they may have to focus on some of the more...unsavory replies.
Gamers are passionate, it's true, but they can also be very aggressive (and stupid) online. If that shines through in Twitter responses to Couric's piece, we're essentially proving the point that violent games can make people aggressive. It's a tie-in the show's producers may be seeking. Furthermore, note that she said to Tweet the positive side of "violent games." In truth, she could easily argue that there is no positive side to violent games, and she's conveniently cutting out the games that aren't violent.
Therefore, I would urge people not to necessarily fall into the violent game trap, but to start citing the many other fantastic productions that have little to do with violence, and a lot to do with artistic excellence, from acting to cinematography to music composition to writing. Journey is a good place to start, and the knowlegeable will know where to go from there.
5/3/2013 1:28:32 PM Ben Dutka