Re: Connecticut town to burn violent video games as Sandy Hook returns to school
posted at 1/5/2013 1:19 PM EST
In response to undead's comment:
This stuff really gets me angry. I have been playing video games since I was 5 years old (back then it was Coleco hand-helds).
If anything, it was the video games that kept me out of jail. They kept me from turning into the guys shooting up schools and movie theaters. I played the shooters and I took my anger out on the game instead of people.
The games also let you be someone you aren't. If you play GTA or Saints Row or COD, you get to be someone you aren't. How many people, seriously, would consider actually going around town and destroying everything they see? Despite the recent news, the number is a lot lower than most believe. The games let you be the monster without having to do it for real, and if you can do it in the game, you don't need to do it for real.
I suppose this is how it works for most of us.
You can be a complete juvenile deliquent ( even if you're in your 50s!!!) in Grand Theft Auto games. I played this game for hours , years ago...eventually I tired of jacking cars, buses, trucks, beating up pedestrians, running from the cops, tossing molatov cocktails, grenades, etc.
We used to play Battleship, Rock Em Sock Em Robots, and a number of other board games when we were kids. These games ar primitive compared to graphic video games. But we had fun , and we knew they were only games. Hard to imagine that "normal" kids don't realize that video games aren't an example of real life. However, who the heck knows ( besides a psychologist ) , what abnormal brains think at all.
Just like Heavy Metal music was blamed for a multitude of sins, so are video games. Heavy Metal, Punk rock and video games have occupied much of my spare time over the past 40 years. I am probably one of the least violent people you will ever meet.