With the recent rash of gun voilence in the United States and law makers now making it appear that they're interested somewhat in gun legislation once again people are blaming video games on these recent attacks. I disagree with the notion that video games are to blame for this whole hardedly. Instead what some may argue is how voilence is in todays culture. Don't follow that point? Try reading this then. It's by a man named Fareed Zakaria who makes a valid point on this very issue. But I digress and instead lets look at this from a gamers perspective. For years now video games have been blamed or attacked when things beyond the average persons understanding have happened or when a very voilent video game has come onto the market.
There are known cases in which video games have been attacked by the media. While I'm sure some of you out there can probably list more than I can lets just stick with some of the basic ones. Mortal Kombat was attacked when it came out for its use of graphic voilence and the gorryness of its fatality's. Let us also not forget Grand Theft Auto for its content of killing massive numbers of civlians and the games mature subject matter. At the time to gamers on the other hand these games probably seemed pretty damn cool because they were new and different. Something for us to get excited over. Now once again politicans are blaming video games this time for the shooting a local elementary school that killed numerous children. So who got blamed on that? Guns and video games. The reality is in that case on may very well argue that the suspect was clearly a disturbed and mentaly unstable individual that should not have had access to guns in the first place.
Now with those cases in mind fast forward from then to now. Todays video games have wide ranging uses and to some extent game ratings are inforced by some retaliers. On the market today there are video game systems for young children that are used as teaching tools as well as being used by law enforment to help prepair their trainees for actual senarios. To give you an example of a childrens based video game system look up Leapfrog learning system. For some people to say that video games are to blame for tragic events that happen is just plain ignorance of the wide range that the term "video game" now covers.
The problem with people blaming video games is that they fail to see both sides of the argument. On one hand we have people who play games with no ill effects and in fact use games as a form of stress relief at times while others use it to take their minds off of problems that they have etc.....and yet these people are still able to distinguish between fantasy and reality. The problem is that there are people out there that cannot distinguish between these two and assume that because they did it in a video game they should have no problem doing it in real life. These bad apples in the video game pool are much like the bad apples found in the guns pool. The problem is that these bad apples reflect poorly on the rest of us from our respective batch of apples what ever you want to call your fruit or food product that you want to say your from and its the same with anything out there from charities to goverment officals etc....you name it there are some bad apples in there but that doesn't mean that they should spoil it for the rest of us.