Where is this crazy blue marble taking us?

So upon reading through the internets today, I came to the realization that this world is crazy.

Everytime there is a tragic shooting or some sort of horrible incident lately, the media wants to portray that video games have some sort of role in what happened. It really makes me sad to think that these people who commit these horrible acts of their own free will, have to be tied in with the gaming world.

Take what happened in Arizona last week. That man was linked to having a strong connection with a video game by the media. Was it Call of Duty? Was It Doom? No… it was a game called Earth Empires. A text-based strategy  game that has no animation or visual aids.

So why on earth are we bringing it up?! Where is the sense in connecting the two entities? There is no correlation between the two in this case. He wasn’t exposed to violent imagery or anything of that sort. This just proves that the media always needs a scapegoat, and just because gaming has been a prime suspect for years, they automatically point the finger in that direction.

I’m truly saddened by the things that occurred on Saturday, and all those affected by this tragedy are not forgotten. But I Just Needed to voice my opinion about the Media Outlets and their constant prying.Thank you for taking the time to read my rant. I do feel a little better now.

 

Written By Devin

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3 Responses to “Where is this crazy blue marble taking us?”

  1. I agree man. That’s the reason why I don’t watch the news. They just want something to talk about to keep people watching. I read my news online. If it isn’t “new”, then I don’t bother.

  2. Dave Martin Says:

    Games make a great scape-goat. Most older people don’t understand the vast sea of differences there are amongst game genres and link all games to hyper-violent slaughterfests. Politicians and media pundits know they can incite fear and support through deliberately vague and passionate attacks on gamers and the industry.

    It’s been the same case with media through the years — television and rock music, even radio and some books have been demonized for being the cause of sociopathic behavior. In fact, there was an episode of Dragnet (the one with Jack Web) that basically promoted fear of people who studied existential philosophy.

    The fact many of the people who commit these sorts of acts have troubled pasts and/or a mental illness is often swept under the rug.

  3. There’s always a scapegoat. People need something to blame or they don’t feel insecure. With something to blame, they feel they can fix it and make things better. Both political parties were blamed for Ariz. shooting, their political discourse, etc. But really no one can blame anybody. Blame is just a security blanket. This is what I see, reading every article that comes on my desk at the newspaper.

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