Experts Claim Black Ops III Will Make Women More Violent
When it was revealed that Call of Duty: Black Ops III would let players use a female character in the campaign, one assumed that would satisfy the PC police and sexism Gestapo.
But now we have another problem: Experts claiming the inclusion of female characters will only serve to make women more violent.
As cited by Crave Online, two "experts" (Crave puts the word in quotes) have a big problem with putting women in shooters. Said Sue Palmer, a child development expert:
"It will have the same impact on girls as it will have in any child. The evidence is that it will make them more cold and reckless or more withdrawn and fearful."
Mediawatch UK director Vivienne Pattison echoed the comments:
"I think it’s incredibly worrying when we start to use killing other people – and it’s much more realistic because you are the one doing it – as a form of entertainment."
Well, this isn't really anything new; we'e been hearing such complaints for decades. These just have the twist of adding females to the mix. As such, it's not about women in games but the age-old argument as to whether or not violent games make people more violent. Now, contrary to what the Crave author said about there being "no evidence," there have been numerous studies that proved violent media has an immediate affect on developing minds. Children exposed to large amounts of violence absolutely become more aggressive, tend to utilize violence to resolve disputes, and become more resistant to and distrusting of authority figures.
All of that will always be true. It's why we have ratings on our entertainment products. As for the women bit, somebody would have to prove that females are somehow more susceptible to such influences if we're to complain about more women playing shooters. And I'm pretty sure you won't find any such proof.
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Black Ops III
11/10/2015 11:33:37 AM Ben Dutka