I don’t understand it. I thought we were past it. Actually, I just hoped people were getting smarter. Imagine my surprise when this little gem of an article popped in my google news feed.
I’ll point out that the article was written in Pakistan, a country proliferating many forms of violence on women and children. However, this is not a political blog. I’m just really sick and tired of gaming being the butt of everyone’s violence problems.
There is no link to a study I can find on the page. I am not sure if there is much source material even being used by the author. I can’t speak to it.
I can speak to the worn-out “real life aggression and violence linked to violence in video games” nonsense.
When I kill an orc in ESO, I do not immediately feel the need to walk next door and yell at the noisy little children who I can hear while wearing my headphones. *sigh* I might think about talking to their mother, but then I probably won’t because I’ve turned into a complete wuss in my middle-aged-dom.
When I shot an alien in the head with my nifty sniper rifle in Destiny, I don’t leave the game and feel over whelmed with a need to knock people off.
When I run over aliens with my bad driving in Halo, I don’t… never mind, not a good example. Moving on.
Point being, while I do believe violence can be contagious, I don’t believe it’s from video games themselves.
If we consider ourselves as humans as an empty vessel, then garbage in, garbage out. If you surround yourself with violence, you will be quicker to reach to violence as a problem solving tool. The recent positivity and mindfulness revolution infecting the world shows without a doubt being grateful leads to happier people. In this case, good things in the vessel lead to optimistic output.
I will admit there have been games which pushed me to the brink. Puzzles drive me mad. I always want to play the newest Lara Croft game, but I am so terrible with the puzzle stuff it becomes an exercise in frustration. Plus, I am pretty sure I have broken a controller playing these types of games.
None the less, drawing a straight line from video games to violence in a community isn’t holding much water with me. It’s a gross stereotype I refuse to embrace. It reminds me too much of the demonization of Dungeon’s and Dragon’s in popular culture here in the States. Or Tippi Gores’s campaign against music lyrics.
We will eventually move on to the next “bad influence.” It’s a trend we have kept up for hundreds of years. Someone or something is always to blame for violence and depravity. I’d just like for video games to get off the list sooner rather than later.