Katie Couric reaches out to those upset over recent gamer piece

Network journalist asks Twitter followers to tweet about the positive side of violent games following recent expose on such games.

Journalist Katie Couric has reached out to gamers upset over her recent hour-long report on violent and addicting games.

Writing on Twitter today, Couric encouraged her followers to tweet messages that speak to the positive side of violent games.

"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 wrote.

Couric followed that tweet up with another stating that she would like to use the comments for an upcoming show. She did not give any additional information about this program.

On Monday, Couric aired a special report on her show, Katie, called "Are Video Games Ruining Your Life?" It included testimony from Daniel Petric, who cited video games as being a "catalyst" for shooting and killing his mother on October 20, 2007, as well as medical experts.

For more, check out highlights from the episode on the Katie website.

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Ninjitsu_Gamer
Ninjitsu_Gamer

My main problem with this is that if you watch the episode (or at least the highlights...Ain't nobody got time for that) the conclusion that they come to is that games are often a catalyst. While potentially true in some cases, the problem with resting on this conclusion is that you can replace that with a number of things. You could  attribute metal, theories surrounding the true meaning of the Eagles' hit Hotel California, Yu-Gi-Oh cards, or even ancient history to your son's sudden and disturbing obsession the occult. Mr. Pitcock (teehee) even said himself that if it wasn't video games, it was online poker, or phone games-which could range from Words with Friends to Infinity Blade. The problem here more often than not is an addictive personality, and even though some games have an 'E' on the box, they're not necessarily made for everyone. If a person didn't discover they were allergic to broccoli until eating it and being rushed to the emergency room, they wouldn't really have much of case in the event that they choose to pursue legal action. Granted I'm sure broccoli has never indirectly caused someone to shoot their parents (I'm not entirely sure if want to be wrong...). That being said have the utmost respect for the Petric family who's had to suffer through something no family ever should.

d_kell411
d_kell411

Freedom of speech. Freedom of the press. Freedom of religion. Sum it all up: Freedom of expression, dammit how can people not get that? Creating games is an art. Your liberal ideals will never pass. The founding fathers intended for certain freedoms to be allowed.

Since when does the media take the words of a crazy person seriously anyways? In my opinion, if you had a childhood with rated M games and parents who obviously didn't care what you played, you have issues far more serious than gaming. These idiots would have killed regardless of whether or not they knew how to fire a weapon. And no you can't hold us accountable for the idiots who get their hands on firearms and commit crimes either.

Katie, there are certain laws that just cannot pass. The same law that protects your right to spew garbage about people protects a developer's right to spew garbage at their gamers. It's media. Stop PMSing and get over it.

19sls91
19sls91

I wouldn't even go so far as to say that Couric is a moron. I'd simply say that she is a liberal,.....and therefore...a Democrat. She's a dyed in the wool Democrat who actually believes everything she says. I don't think Couric is about ratings, I think she honestly believes that normal people who play shooters want to go out and kill real, live humans. This is how these people believe. This is how they operate.

Katie Couric (I think) honestly believes she is on a campaign to save the world, because the world is too stupid to do it without the elites like her. Any back-peddling by her is nothing more than a reaction to backlash from people who actually live in reality.

mjswooosh
mjswooosh

Katie Couric is a moron, but she's good at one thing: understanding that to keep her job she needs to generate ratings. The best way to do that is to do shows on outrageous topics that target some sub-set of the population at which another larger % of the population can nod their drooling heads and point fingers at.

Americans love to blame anyone and anything other than themselves for their own actions, so a certain % will tune in and watch this bullshit. Videogames is one of those topics that people can conveniently blame for violence when they don't want to accept that what causes violence in REALITY is 1) shitty parenting, 2) fucked up genes, and 3) the widening wealth gap between the rich and the poor.

buccomatic
buccomatic

first she implies there is a problem with violence in video games, when none exists. then she implies that there needs to a positive side to what she has demonized, thus giving the illusion that something is wrong when, in fact, there is nothing wrong.


it's all about her ideals being forced upon you because she, and others like her, want you to believe in their REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING liberal doctrines which need to be regularly maintained through continual input from tv, news, radio and movies, which no one is interested in anymore because everyone  is having too much fun playing video games instead.


"WHAAAAAH! let's declare war on video games to get our ratings back up and our mind slaved re-indoctrinated." - katie couric, dianne feinstein and chris christie.

MacroManJr
MacroManJr

While I won't deny that video games might play negatively to some people's minds (you'd have to straight-up lie to yourself if you say that Columbine shooters weren't trying to re-enact some straight-out disturbing Doom fantasy--they admittedly took some inspiration from it towards the poorest of handling their existing personal problems), the same is true for just about any other media as well.  I wouldn't necessarily hold them such games as having the same effect on all minds.  I think the issue might be true to some extent, but just not to the extent many out there exaggerate.

Clearly, there are many more violent who DON'T play games than ones who do--and even among those who do game, proportionately few of them take their direct inspiration from games.  If such gaming caters more to their violent behavior, then it was most likely catering to some behavioral issues that were already long-standing in them.

Though, I'd much rather point out the effects of movies and TV.  You have much higher chance of kids practicing violence from what they get from TV and movies than their video games.  While there will always be exceptions just as with anything else, kids typically don't imitate games--they're already playing in a fantasy world.

They DO, however, tend to imitate television and movies, which often aims to be far more "believable" than video games.  When angry and bullied, or just plain stupid, they're more likely to want to imitate something they saw on TV or a movie than they will from their games.  All I have to say is things like "backyard wrestling" and "Basketball Diaries" and people immediately know what I'm talking about.

I don't want to merely take sides here because I'm a gamer.  Heck, I don't even play violent games much myself.  But still, I would not blame Metal Gear Solid (which I love) if I committed some violent crime.  Though still, I do wonder why some games are just straight-out mindless with the violence.  The Manhunt series, for instance, had little, if any, gaming nutritional value at all.

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

Wonder if she realizes that religious writings incite far more violence than video games ever could?

baq99
baq99

I just watched the segment and surprise surprise there is no-one on the show to argue for computer games.  All the sources on the show have little to no evidence, only inflammatory theory and speculation.  The grey haired chap in the audience who has tried to ban the sale of computer games to people under the age of 18 failed to do so.  Surely this suggests that his point of view is invalid.

Patchezs
Patchezs

Asking viewers to tweet about "the positive side of violent video games" is a bit like saying: "Are you upset with our latest report that frequent masturbation makes you a serial killer? Send me your tweets about the positive side of murder caused by self-abuse."

It's not positive vs. negative that's the problem, it's the entire premise.

buccomatic
buccomatic

google katie couric is a liberal 

buccomatic
buccomatic

her tv ratings are getting low due to people playing video games instead of getting their brains washed by liberal tv talk show BS = war on video games to try and get their ratings up by getting their viewers back.

Jestersmiles
Jestersmiles

I love it how everything under the sun has been blame for violence, Comics , movies, music and video games. I have yet to see anyone do a piece on bad parenting, but why should they when they have so many scapegoats to point the finger at. Lol pathetic.

mtait01
mtait01

I think I speak for the majority of people when I say 'Bitch, move out the way'

iBuSHiDo
iBuSHiDo

AND ANOTHER THING!...

I've heard from different parents that I've talked to about this topic and a lot of them are just dripping with quotes and statistics that are simply not true, or completely useless. I have to say that it seems like because of poor reporting like Katie here is doing, parents take in all kinds of bad information. 

For example, I don't know which news channel did it or which talk show mentioned it, but one particular point was floating around for a while that I heard on a few different occasions from different parents that didn't know each other. I heard parents say, "Yeah, well, did you know that they did an experiment where they gave these kids a test that would have questions and then they would use it to determine their aggression level, then they'd put the kids in a room and have them play violent video games. Then when they got out, they took the same test from earlier and their aggression levels went up! Yeah! They proved it!"

This is a great example of bad science. It's science with a goal. If this experiment happened, it was conducted with the goal of having a statistic to show that violent video games cause violent behavior. That's not science. Science doesn't look to create statistics, it looks to find the truth. So what truth have we found with this experiment, if it really happened?

First of all, I'd like to run that same experiment, except instead of violent video games, I want the kids to be put in a room and given a dodgeball to play with. Tell them the winner gets a surprise. I think we can all assume the results would show elevated levels of aggression. Anyone who has played dodgeball in school can tell you, it's damn aggressive. So would we then have proof that dodgeball causes violent behavior and that it should be banned? 

Second, let's take a high school football game. Make it a championship game between two local high schools. Better yet, two rival high schools. All their parents and friends are watching. Everyone knows we don't like the other team and we have to shut them up and send them home with no trophy. We have to do our best, be strong, fast, and hold nothing back. Imagine the pressure on those players. This isn't just a friendly game of checkers. There is real emotional investment, on the field, on the sidelines, and in the stands. Think about how much any individual player might care that he does a good job and helps bring his team to victory. Would you say that this might produce more of an emotional investment than a kid trying to pull off a fatality in Mortal Kombat or trying to keep his kill-streak going in Call of Duty? Of course there could possibly be a player on the field that doesn't care as much, or a gamer who cares a lot more about that streak, but generally speaking, I think we could all agree on which one creates more emotional investment, and therefore which one creates more tension and more aggression. 

Do you think these parents would want their kid to stop playing football? These are the same kind of parents that would be proud if their kid smashed through 10 other kids to get a touchdown, possibly injuring them, and doing it with a monstrous expression on his face. This violent act is a point of pride in parents and they see no problem with it. It just demonstrates the selective nature of these parents when it comes to absorbing information, and the hypocrisy of their conclusions. 

Vote for iBushido.

kvan33
kvan33

So Katie's new report will include a couple of postive comments and about twenty "Die you stoopid b1tch!" comments.    Just great.

Dan18BR
Dan18BR

Yes, game can be violent as like tv, movies, magazines and all industrial content.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

Ah Yes. gotta love the media and their semi-continued assault on the Video Game industry. i mean after all i'm a gamer so that must mean deep down i'm a crazed nut that wants to punch people in the head and shatter people's skulls...

Listen up you media Zealots (and that goes for you too Mrs. Couric). i'm sick of all of you blaming video games for the Rash of violence here in america. and that you fail to Realize Humans (and i've said this time and again) have been violent throughout history long before Video games, Comic book and Television was invented. if you can't find something else to do then you need to study up on human History. and also the violence we have hear in america i'm pretty sure is nothing compared to what people in Other countries go through. like Being Gassed or Torture or even worse Starvation and Genocide by tyrant Dictators that treat their citizens like Crap.

so in short if you're gonna keep going on and on about Video game violence than i will keep pointing out the fact they people do have a violent side and many of them do act out on it. Many of us Gamers do know the difference between Reality and Fiction.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

What Katie Couric could do is just quit her job as a journalist, she has no idea on what she is talking about, her base in fact is all ridiculous as she takes the words from lunatics who try to blame video games so that they can get the mental problem sentence and get a lighter punishment

. And what she wants US to tweet on her twitter to tell her about the positive stuffs of violent video games? HA!!!! Yeah right, she should do her own research and search around game forums about how video games have nothing to do with violence today. Heck she could check here right now on all these posts we have here,

And if she wants to know about the cause of GUN shooting she can check up Texas on what kind of program they have. Just saw the news today and it looks like Adukts are TEACHING KIDS who are 5 years old ,younger and older on HOW TO USE GUNS, now there's a story she can write about. And if she says that they are just teaching them, well there's also that news where a 5 year old shot his 2year old sister to death with a GUN he received for his birthday from his MOM. 

XxTheEvilxX
XxTheEvilxX

Katy Couric - A washed up Today Show host who failed at hosting her own nightly news program on CBS. She goes back to the only thing she knows... being a flake on a tv talk show. Everything referenced on the show has been disputed with that crazy, elusive thing called Science. These things called facts kinda disprove everything said on her garbage show. But what did you expect from the small mind of Katie Couric. Do you think she got her first big job on the Today Show because of her intelligence??? LMAO

She proved how dumb she was when separated from the writers at the Today Show. And it shows even more in her talk show. She is a bleeding heart who doesn't have the intelligence to put blame where it belongs...  in the hands of the shooter. So she can focus on the dangers of Starcraft while ignoring the regular trips to a shooting range. Makes sense to me.

Kane04
Kane04

Great another ______ talking about something she knows nothing about.

As far as graphic violence goes, movies are unmatched, stop making those?
How about hardcore sports fans that end up in fist fights every other week, end all sports? And music while you're at it?

I'm 27 years old, if I wanna play GTAV I will.

Violent video games don't sell just because they are controversial, I mean look at Postal and so many others, a violent video may sell if it's a quality product.

GTAV is not more violent than TV series like the Shield, and no one goes near that.

Journalists like this should understand one simple thing before they open their mouths, JUST BECAUSE ITS A GAME, IT DOESN'T MEAN ITS FOR KIDS, Disney and Penthouse both make movies, are all the movies the same?

As far as shoot outs go, 100% of them are caused because people had guns around, no guns no shoot outs.

melface
melface

I think she is missing the bigger picture here, as long as humans were able to tell stories violence has been involved, from the bible to Beowulf there has been violence in every form of media that we consume. Dracula killed children, Frankenstein was made from dismembered human remains, the children killed piggy in graphic detail in lord of the flies, but these are all "classic" stories revered as some of our greatest literary works. I don't see the difference if I behead someone in skyrim or read about Beowulf doing it. we aren't going to ban violent books, music and movies so why is video games always the scapegoat? the fact that our nations worst serial killers came around when there were no video games should say something. we cant ban the bible every time some nutjob says god made him kill yet they are all up in arms when someone say call of duty made me kill or GTA did it. people who are mentally unstable and are prone to violent behavior will always have a trigger to commit violence... its not a video game issue its a mental health issue.

knightros
knightros

There is a reason why the "Couric" is a unit of measurement for excrement. ;)

ROEG-GAMER
ROEG-GAMER

I guess Katie has ran out of real issues to discuss. What a all time low for her career. How about investigate world hunger or why the world economy is so bad ? something in life that really matters. The gaming culture is just entertainment and fun. I love video games and my life is perfectly normal, I'm a true tech enthusiast and so are many others. I think when a journalist who reports on subjects such as politics, government and economics,they should stick to those subjects because every gamer around the world comes from a different walk of life. The subject of a gamer is to broad of a subject, Hey Katie stick to the real world issues and leave the video game topics to the real gaming journalist who report games 24/7,  every hour on the hour instead of your hour a day reports on subjects that don't fit your reporting style.  Katie gets a 0 out of 10 for reporting on subjects that discriminate against a certain group of people and for not being intelligent enough to realize that the person who killed Daniel's mother must have been lunatic all his life before ever playing video game.  

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

Never read her piece, nor will I. But let me tell you, I don't really understand what all the fuss is about.  Games influence people's behavior? What so new, or so wrong about that?  So do movies, books, commercials, fashion, music... 
Sure, a violent game can be a negative influence. Let's face it, no point denying it, it just looks like we are trying to hide some big secret.  We should not be trying to deny it, we should instead be telling them how relative and minor that influence is, when compared to other influences.
Because you see, a shooter game can train your aiming.  Can train your mind in a way, that if you ever actually have to be face to face with  a person in front of you and with a gun on your hand, you will likely hesitate a lot less, if the shite hits the fan.
With games, people can ask the question: - "What if?"
What if I was a superhero? What if I was a Barbarian?
Or... What if I was a soldier, armed to the teeth, going  through a messy mission?
So they do make you think and consider things ( in simulation) that may work as training for when a real life event takes place.
But other things also train you just the same way. Like... owning a gun? Going everyday to a shooting range to practice? Learn how to assemble and disassemble a rifle?
Thing is, while a game allows you to ask the question - "What if?...", a gun allows you to ask - " Should I?..." Which it seems to me, is a much more dangerous question.

snova9308
snova9308

"video games made me do it mom! video games made me do it!"

-dannyodwyer-

MRFreeman12345
MRFreeman12345

i can see now how retarded people on this earth can get    burn in hell bitch

iBuSHiDo
iBuSHiDo

Something funny to notice about this all is that people don't understand what real evidence is. They don't understand the scientific method and what research and "proof" actually means.  

If someone commits murder and then comes out and says, "By the way, the reason I killed that person was because I play violent video games," that still doesn't actually prove anything. That's not evidence that video games are the reason he killed someone. That's not even evidence that he believes that to be the reason. Could there be another reason he might want to say that? Could he be lying? Could he mean it, but be mistaken? Seems pretty weak to claim something is proof just because someone says it. If that doesn't make sense to you, then you need to learn about what science is and how research is conducted. 

I could just as easily go out and murder someone and then tell the news that I did it because I watched American Idol. It made me feel like I wasn't good enough and that there was way too much pressure on me to be the best at what I do. So I felt I would be better off in prison where I wasn't expected to accomplish anything and I'd always have a roof over my head and food every day. Even if I spoke clearly and seemed to know what I was saying and mean it, this would create no problem whatsoever for American Idol. Maybe it'd be in the news for a day or two and then it would never be mentioned again. Parents would not be outraged and try to get the show banned. If anything, parents would be outraged that I made false claims about their family's favorite show. 

They aren't interested in real facts and proof. They're only interested in what they're told and what thoughts and ideas their emotions are driving them towards. There is a wall there that no arguing or logic is going to break down. All we can do is wait. Soon, every old person, every politician, every teacher, every parents, etc.,  will have grown up playing video games. Then we won't have to deal with any more of these angry, out-of-the-loop people trying to interfere with good people enjoying their video games. 

Vote for iBushido. 

001011000101101
001011000101101

People shouldn't waste time proving anything to this person. She's already proven her ignorance. Chances are, as goggles said below, that she'll turn it against gamers and pick a few not-so-smart tweets. 

Seriously, gamers seem so concerned about telling the entire world that games are not dangerous, but what's the point?! Mortal Kombat was 20 years ago, and people still say the same bullshit as back then. If it was going to change, it would have already.

I don't say this often, but there's nothing any of us can do. Some people don't want to understand.


mjswooosh
mjswooosh

@_Roo_ The "nice tea bag" is an especially classy touch. hahaha

placksheep
placksheep

@mjswooosh 
I think one might find many inmates who will claim they should not be held responsible for what they have done. Some type of mental illness/ infirmity in this boy is the more likely root cause. Millions of people play Halo and understand that it is just a game. People much younger than 17 years old.

poster012
poster012

@mjswooosh It's interesting that you generalize Americans in the same way that Couric generalizes gamers. 

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@Jestersmiles Always makes me think of South Park's Blame Canada song, in particular near the end where the parents sing "We must speak up and cause a fuss, before somebody thinks of blaming us!".

As long as parents kick and scream the loudest, and carry the most votes, they will NEVER be investigated.

Meta_Dragon
Meta_Dragon

@swamptick Oh please, the NRA has been all over video games for quite sometime. It's not just Liberals.

icym
icym

@swamptick Hey, it ain't just liberals its conservatives too. I gotta say I see more hate from conservatives than anything. NRA and Fox News blaming videogames a hell of a lot more over recent gun laws efforts. I'm not taking sides over liberal or conservatives, just calling like I see it.

Biocide69
Biocide69

@melface It's just video games turn, when I was a teenager gansta rap was the reason for all the violence in the world. As soon as the next thing in entertainment that has the slightest undertones of violence gets to be big. The whole thing will stat again.

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Kane04
Kane04


@snova9308 That reminded me of that kid that used GameShark to unlock the HotCoffee on SA PS2 (no small feat).

Then his grandmother got all shocked and wanted to sue as if the kid (that shouldn't be playing in the first place) didn't ACTIVELY searched for that content and lets face it, is more humorous than explicit.

Spectre1987
Spectre1987

@MRFreeman12345 Dude its comments like these that give fuel to these journalists that claim video games turn people into mass murdering psycopaths.

ROEG-GAMER
ROEG-GAMER

@iBuSHiDo  So true I believe Katie Couric should be reporting on real issues like  Poverty or  something that could make difference in the world instead of trying to blame video games for someones mental issues. 

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

@001011000101101 it would be pretty dumb if someone actually posted a tweet hoping that the best and most instructive ones  will be chosen. 

Obviously, this is not a friendly invite from her, it's actually a challenge. With it, she expects to get her hands on a few dumb posts of enraged people.

mjswooosh
mjswooosh

@placksheep Most inmates claim they are innocent as well. Shall we declare them all innocent because they say so? lol

Anywho, that's why I mentioned "fucked up genes". 

AKA = Mental Illness. Of course, mental illness can be brought on by chemical and/or environmental factors. But, science has shown us that all of us are predisposed to certain problems whether they be physical or mental/emotional to greater or lesser degrees based on a combination of the genes we inherit and the environment we are born into. 

Hence: 1) SHITTY PARENTING (NURTURE) and 2) FUCKED UP GENES (NATURE). Throw in increasingly bad economic stratification all across the US due to off-shoring and the disintegration of the middle class(which is the single biggest indicator/predictor of gun violence...) and you got a nasty combination.

mjswooosh
mjswooosh

@poster012 I'm an American who has dual-citizenship and has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure, to developed and undeveloped countries.  Americans have wonderful qualities as well. But, stereotypes are largely based in truth when you look at a collective picture of a society. Americans worship celebrities. Americans are obese. Americans hate to take responsibility for their actions and are always looking for excuses of why they do things which are harmful to society and/or their loved ones. These are basic truisms which have exceptions, of course, but when you take a snap-shot of America...it is more true than not true for a large percentage of the population. Americans are collectively, by far, the most entitled, spoiled, and least responsible population in the developed world. Bar none.

imbarackobama
imbarackobama

@icym @swamptick Well you are seeing it wrong. Pull your head out of Stewart and Colbert's azz and see the light of day.

iBuSHiDo
iBuSHiDo

@ROEG-GAMER @iBuSHiDo That's a good point. In a way, she's telling us that this topic, along with its lack of evidence, is more of a priority than all the other important things in the world that are actually backed up with all the evidence we could need. It demonstrates that the main focus here is ratings, not making a positive difference by discussing important issues. 

poster012
poster012

@mjswooosh @poster012 "Americans have wonderful qualities as well."

Let's not be too hasty, now. 

I was mainly picking on your vernacular. I know a lot of Americans, and they run the gambit of very good to very bad. There's probably a larger disparity among American personalities than most other countries, so to take the stereotypical average isn't a fair thing to do. Some of the best people throughout history were bred in America, people like George Bush, Steve Jobs, Patrick Ewing and Genghis Khan.

_distemper
_distemper

@mjswooosh @poster012 I disagree - American culture is very different from many other cultures around the world because it revolves around the individual, not the community or a familial unit.  Simply because you find this kind of culture distasteful doesn't mean you should attach negative connotations to the culture itself.  I have just as little right, for instance, to call the French people government-dependent communists who leech off the productive members of their society, or the Chinese a nation of closed-minded people with antiquated family values based on filial duty.  


icym
icym

@imbarackobama @icym @swamptick I'm not saying  liberal or conservatives is right or wrong. Its not about that. 

But you can't deny that conservatives attack videogames as a cause for gun violence as much as anyone. Swamptick's comment as "another piece of liberal trash" is off. EVERYONE is the media bashes videogames, including conservatives.

Your, mine... OUR videogames are getting blamed! We gamers gotta stick together on this!

00Joseph00
00Joseph00

Well, just because a comment is politically incorrect or off-color doesn't mean it shouldn't be said. I'm all for anything being said so we can know what comes from deep within our souls- I'm not a fan of prevarication.