Critic John Peter Grant said, ‘‘I've also sensed a growing degree of fatigue with ultra-violent games, but not necessarily because of the violence per se.’’
The problem, Grant said, ‘‘is that violence as a mechanic gets old really fast. Games are amazing possibility spaces! And if the chief way I can interact with them is by destroying and killing? That seems like such a waste of potential.’’
There are some hints of a growing self-awareness creeping into the gaming community. One gamer — Antwand Pearman, editor of the website GamerFitNation — has called for other players to join in a ‘‘Day of Cease-Fire for Online Shooters’’ this Friday, one week after the massacre.
‘‘We are simply making a statement,’’ Pearman said, ‘‘that we as gamers are not going to sit back and ignore the lives that were lost.’’