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Video Games aren’t to blame

by Andrew Findley, Mirror Staff

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For the best experience, please read the article here. Anything in light grey with quotation marks are from the article. I didn’t write the article. I am not associated with the article, or anything else mentioned in any way. These are my thoughts on the article. Pls don’t sue me.

Hating video games is common.

Who am I kidding?

People love video games, whether it’s being played by professionals, You Tubers, or even just with the ones you love during a family game night, video games have been played by people for decades.

But, there has been something else that has existed just as long as video games, and is intent on destroying them once and for all…

Haters.

Whether they are doing it to start flame wars, or just doing it for the attention, haters do whatever they can to portray video games in the most negative light possible.

Whether it’s saying video games rot your brain, or even that they are the sole cause of violence (Along with the very existence of guns, of course), these people will always exist.

But one of the most desperate attempts at this that I have ever seen was in an article I read recently.  

It starts out with a simple phrase: “Other killers have been hooked on violent video games too and have a warped sense of what’s real and what’s not, thinking that real life is just like a video game.”

And that brings me to my first point.

OTHER Killers have been hooked on video games? What others? What are their names? Where did the murders take place? Why do you refuse to go into further detail? Did I miss a memo? 

“I’ve been waiting to do this for years.”  Those were the words of Chris Harper-Mercer before he killed 10 people, including himself, and left seven more injured in the massacre that took place on the Umpqua campus.”

Yes, I don’t know about you, but I am very excited to commit suicide, as I was taught by such violent games as; Super Mario Bros., Pokemon, Minecraft, and even Hello Kitty, Island Adventure. Such violent games have clearly taught me that killing myself is good, and is in fact how you win.

“Through research, reports often indicate many mass killers were addicted to violent video games.”

Really? What research would that be?

“Harper-Mercer was known as a recluse who was obsessed with violent gaming and the digital world, even finding supporters on those sites. On an anonymous chat room website called 4chan, there are messages that talk about what he was planning to do.”

Okay, guess we’re supposed to forget about that.

Also, 4chan is anonymous, they made it physically impossible to create an account. How did people know who he was again?

“Here are the responses after the shooting:

Sounds great.

“THE MADMAN ACTUALLY DID IT”

I would be surprised, too. I tell people to go jump off bridges all the time while on the internet, I wasn’t aware that could get me charged for murder.

“That score, ouch. Not even double digits on current reports.”

Because when gangsters kill people and call it a score, that means it’s the video games that forced them to do it. (Although my cartridge of Island Adventure HAS been giving me some pretty dirty looks recently.)

“GOOD SHOW OP”

Op is slang for Over-Powered. It means that something is so strong in comparison that it is unfair. *cough*cough*guns*cough*cough*

“MAY YOU RIP IN PEACE.”

Too many inappropriate jokes I can make. Pass.

These were the responses by other people supporting his decision to kill innocent people!”

These were the responses by the seven year olds that stole their mother’s laptop supporting his decision to kill people!

For the 40th time this year, the 141st time since the Sandy Hook Massacre, a gunman has opened fire in a school. Hollywood, especially the gaming industry, should be taking some of the responsibility for these shootings.”

In other news, the people killed during the events of the Salem Witch Trials were proven guilty. Obama needs to step up and take some responsibility for once.

“With video games becoming more and more realistic, we need to be extremely cautious as to what our youth and young people are being exposed to on a daily basis.”

Yeah, why don’t you force them to do something grown up…  Like watching Jersey Shore!

“To dig further, here is a list of some of the most violent horrible killings in the past few years; all of these killers had an obsession with violent video games.”

Now it’s time for what I like to call, the Lightning Round! (dun dun dun)

“1. Adam Lanza, Sandy Hook Elementary, was a frequent player of violent first-person shooter video games. It was said his existence largely involved playing violent computer video games in a bedroom.”

So do the lives of every other teenage boy that isn’t an athlete, are you saying we need to build more prisons?

“2. James Holmes, went on a rampage in a movie theater showing The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado in July 2012, He was a frequent player of violent video games including World of Warcraft, an infamously addictive role-playing game.”

Clicking your mouse on a circle vaguely resembling a pig repeatedly does not give one violent intentions. WoW seems to actually SAVE lives: Click Meh

“3 Jared Lee Loughner, Tucson, who shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others in Tucson in January 2011, was both mentally ill and a video gamer.”

Anyone think about him being a hired assassin? Or a ninja?

“4. Eric Harris, based on his journal, a panel of psychologists, psychiatrists and FBI agents point to Harris’ contempt for others and his total lack of empathy and conscience as evidence of his psychopathic tendencies. He also enjoyed violent video games.”

That last sentence is more tacked on than the tack stuck in my backside. Just because someone is a psychopath does not mean video games are pure evil.

“5. Elliot Rodger, killed seven young men and women, including himself. He was hooked on violent video games from a young age from his own admission, hiding himself in World of Warcraft, where he felt comfortable and secure.”

This is either someone else’s description, or they did absolutely no research . He went on a rampage because he was a selfish, jealous crybaby who was angry because he never got a girlfriend and wasn’t rich like his friends. I did not make that up.

“6. Nehemiah Griego, killed five, including his mother, father and his three younger siblings. He loved playing violent video games and even enjoyed talking about them to crime investigators.”

Another news story with absolutely no research. I’m starting to think that they get their news from #blamevideogames.com.

“7. Jacob Tyler Roberts, played violent video games (his rampage enacted a violent scene in Grand Theft Auto)”

The question here is not why this is not related to video games, but rather, HOW DID HE GET THE DANG MINIGUN.

“8. Anders Behring Breivik shot 68 people dead at a youth camp of the Norwegian Labor party, another nine in a bombing of government buildings According to the judgment rendered against him, he liked playing violent games. He actually used the video game Call of Duty to train for his shooting massacre.”

So does the army. Because we all know pushing buttons is the exact same as shooting a gun.

“9. Michael Carneal shot girls as they prayed in a prayer group. Carneal never moved his feet during his shootings, and never fired far to the left or right, but instead fired only once at each target that appeared, just as a player of video games maximizes his game score by shooting only once at each victim, in order to hit as many targets as possible.”

Now, aside from the fact that one bullet couldn’t kill a fly in a video game, and the entire premise is to NOT stand in the same spot, this is just common sense.

“10. Jose Reyes, a 12-year-old boy who opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun at Sparks Middle School last October, killing a teacher and wounding two students before turning the gun on himself, had watched violent video games for months.”

Yes. Because after I watch Rambo, I immediately become Neo from The Matrix.

“11. Dylann Storm Roof, spent much of his time playing violent video games.”

Do they even care anymore?

“12. Jeff Weise, a 16-year-old, shot dead nine people at and near his high school in Red Lake, Minnesota, had an obsession with violent animation.”

Congratulations. What does this have to do with video games again?

“13. Chris Harper-Mercer, shot dead nine people and another seven injured in a community college in southern Oregon.”

Wait a minute, isn’t this-

“14. Evan Ramsey, snuck a shotgun into his high school and shot a student and the principal and wounded two others. He claims that a video game, Doom, distorted his version of reality: “I did not understand that if I pull out a gun and shoot you … you’re not getting back up. You shoot a guy in Doom, and he gets back up. You have got to shoot the things in Doom eight or nine times before it dies.””

This has so little to do with what actually happened. Firstly, if this is actually what he believed, there would not be two wounded, there would be four dead. Secondly, this.

“Numerous studies have linked violent behavior to consumption of violence in video games.”

Again with the studies, what studies?

“Of course, this doesn’t mean that all children, teenagers and young adults playing video games, even violent video games, will act out violently, but when will people realize that the most dangerous weapon a person yields is their mind? The more minds are corrupted with violence, the more dangerous society becomes.”

Dangit, I was just starting to hate you.

To it’s credit, it is written very well, you can tell that the person who wrote it has written articles before. However, it’s just so one sided that anything positive I can say about it can’t be balanced out. It is filled with data that cannot be proven, and with reasoning that “everything bad is linked to video games in some way, and if not, we’ll make a way.”

I just can’t take it seriously.

And don’t think that compromise at the end makes everything better because all you’re doing is admitting your click bait. Like this.

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