Oh boy here we go, I’ve been waiting all week to see if this was going to die down or not, and I feel it isn’t going to. I really feel the need to not only present some facts but also present my opinion on this week’s events on “violent” video games. I happen to be one of the biggest gamers around, ask anyone.
I feel like I really shouldn’t have to come to the defense of gaming at all, the facts themselves prove that gaming is a very positive hobby. In fact, multiple studies showed that gaming doesn’t cause violence in people’s behavior. A group of German researchers did a study on 15 different males who play violent video games such as, Call of Duty and Counter-Strike for 4 years while playing at least 2 hours a day and showed no evidence of desensitization due to playing violent games.
Even crazier, there are more studies including, Winy Decamp’s who happens to be an associate professor of sociology, who did a study on over 6,000 8th graders and what did he find? You’ll be shocked to know that he found no link between violent video games causing humans to act out in such a violent and aggressive manner.
The fact of the matter here is, I’ve come across people who say there should be a way to control and regulate what we as gamers see and play have some sort of rating system. Which of course again shocking we already have one called the ERSB rating that ranges from E for everyone, to T for teen, to M for mature, all of these have the age range available to see on the game itself and also explains like movie rating why it received that particular rating. I believe if parents are that concerned, then they should be doing the research themselves. There are ways to stay informed by just looking at the case itself. Even your console can have child locks on it.
There are plenty of ways to be aware of what your kids are playing. Now the other thing and oh boy here we go. I do not think the president should be blaming gaming for the real issue at hand. There is an actual issue at hand here, for example, the whole world has access to gaming consoles roughly 211 million people play video games across the world, but only one country has this major of an issue so it is not the video games themselves, it is, unfortunately, the guns. That is all I’m going to say on the subject because I believe the evidence is very clear on its own, moving on.
McCarthy, a California republican came out and said that video games “dehumanize” us individuals even though all the evidence I just showed you said the exact opposite. Gaming does not dehumanize us; in fact, I think it brings us closer together. The gaming community gives us all a place to call home outside of everyday life, it makes us all if anything more human. I feel as if I see the world differently after being a gamer for as long as I have been. It doesn’t make me violent it makes me care more for people around, because of games themselves, they teach us so much.
There are games like Outer wilds, that focuses on exploring a galaxy in space and discovering what happens to an ancient race of aliens. You don’t kill anyone you just explore and meet people and try and solve the mystery.A game like What Remains of Edith Fitch deals with death and loss of loved ones and how people handle depression at times. Games like That Dragon Cancer deal with a family whose baby is dying of cancer and how they enjoyed the last years of their child’s life and what it was like to lose their baby.
Games like Mass Effect contains violence but also teaches gamers how to build bonds with others and treat them with love and how to be loyal to one another. A game like Skyrim gives everyone this great big fantasy sandbox to play in and do whatever your heart desire, you want to be a giant cat ninja man go for it, werewolf? They got those too, Skyrim allows our imagination and sense of discovery to run free. Minecraft is one of the most creative games around you can build and make whatever you want your limit is your own mind.
Video Games such as Halo 3 and Call of Duty give me nothing but the most beautiful memories of my friends and I playing together all-night laughing and eating pizza and drinking soda. I don’t look at games that contain violence and death, I look at them and think of how to become the top player in the game or hear an amazing story while also being the best that there ever was.
Again, gaming doesn’t dehumanize us. Gaming to me celebrates the human spirit and shows the strength of all humans. Gaming is not to blame here, it is a tool to help battle mental disabilities such as depression or anger, possibly even ADD (ADHD). For myself, It helps me battle my inner demons. In my life, I’ve felt alone at times, but then I had these amazing stories and incredible games to help me realize how great life can be and how fulfilling it truly is.
While gaming may always be the easiest thing to blame here, this gamer will not stand to see it be critiqued and made into a monster. While real monsters such as all the mass murders hurt, kill and destroy lives. Gaming is and always will be an incredible art form, and possibly be one of the greatest forms of media on this planet.
Currently playing: Uncharted 4