After Sandy Hook And Virginia Tech, I’m Done With Violent Video Games

I think I am done. I have been an avid gamer since I received my first system—the then-just-released NES—when I was six. From the moment I picked up the light gun and downed my first duck, I was hooked.

For nearly 30 years I have squashed anthropomorphic mushrooms, cleaved zombies, and eviscerated the avatars of faceless gamers from around the world. I have no interest in any of that now. Not after Friday.

By Jeremy Norman

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iamnsuperman1978d ago

I hope you read it. It isn't about you and everyone should give up gaming because of a tragic event. It is more about someone's feelings and connections to tragic events

"My decision to give up violent gaming is based upon self-preservation. No longer does a game provide an entertaining release. Instead it simply opens old wounds."

Kotaku is just being the open forum for this guy to write (he isn't from kotaku)

kingjoker341978d ago

But you cant expect people to actually read articles anymore!

caseh1978d ago

Whats next on his agenda then? '

I'm not going to watch NASCAR/F1 because of one too many highway pile-ups?'

MmaFan-Qc1978d ago

and Hitler was inspired by classical music?

....blame the holocaust on richard wagner.

"I’m Done With Classical Music"

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rainslacker1978d ago

If that's the case then he should probably give up on games. I mean if you don't get enjoyment out of it then it defeats the purpose, and I don't begrudge him that. However time does heal old wounds. Taking a break can put things back in perspective.

I personally mourn what happened, just like any tragic event like this, but I also know that it wasn't my doing and put the blame solely where it lays, on the shooter. To that end I'm not going to change my habits when they aren't affecting other people. This guy is no better than a terrorist, and to change our way of life because of his actions is not the way to remain independent and proud. If anything it makes people like him believe that they can achieve something by being complete douche bags.

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Dark111978d ago

Vote this site now .. and i hope to see it , get's banned from N4G.

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akaakaaka1978d ago (Edited 1978d ago )

Just look at it..

If you can't accept the true and don't understand what this video explains, then keep living in your beautiful fantasy world ..

I hope some of you wake up..

OccludedGamer1978d ago

You clearly don't wake up, if you actually believe that then you are suffering from some serious sleep deprevation.

akaakaaka1978d ago

You are the one who is believing something and can't accept the true even if is proved ..
Keep living in you lil fantasy, if ut helps you to sleep fine good for you..

I live the true, I don't believe ..

Wolfbiker1977d ago

You do realize how ridiculous the parallels are you're trying to make right? I'm pretty aware of many conspiracy theories but man this one is a stretch.

Bigpappy1978d ago (Edited 1978d ago )

This tragic and horrible killing had nothing to do with video games. The happen because a young boy had an odd appearance and maybe found it difficult to fit in with other. His mom made things worse by home schooling him, instead of working with the school to re-introduce him to his classmates in a way that focused on his strengths. They could have tried to explain any oddities in a way that the other can empathize and not thing of him as weird. They would have gotten used to him if it was handled right.

The hapless mom then surrounded him with powerful guns an took him to the shooting range. There is even talk about her threatening to have him committed. Why would people skip over all of this and blame the video games? Game are an outlet from really. They kept him sane for most his life.

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Smokeeye1231978d ago

I totally agree, I'm never going to watch any violent movies, shows. Never again play any violent games, or read any violent books. I won't think to listen to any music with violent lyrics.

Seriously though, Newtown was a tragedy, but people get shot every day. Being a little puss and writing articles about how violent media is somehow creating deranged killers is facesmashingly stupid.

wsoutlaw871978d ago

What happened in newtown is absolutely devastating. I live a few towns over and its just horrible to hear about. I have no thoughts about it when playing video games though. Video games are video games and they dont make me think about real life events. When i shoot someone online im not killing a person im just beating them at the game. For me its just not relatable to real life events, so the tragedy doesnt change anything.

rainslacker1978d ago

Your right, your playing a game, and your beating another person at a game. You, and a vast majority of people, know where that line gets drawn and can make that distinction.

There are those though that don't know where to draw that line(don't know if it's the case here), and end up blurring the line and take those actions in game out to the real world. It's no different than how movies, comics, TV, or any number of stimulates can trigger something in a person to make them go out and do such a horrific thing.

It's not the media in question that is really to blame though. There are usually a myriad of emotional and psychological issues at play in these people, and they go unnoticed or ignored, as was the case here. At some point in time it just became politically incorrect to just call someone a psychopath, and now it has to be blamed on something. It could be that people feel that if they don't have something to blame then they feel they have some sort of accountability, which isn't really the case.

wsoutlaw871978d ago

I dont believe the game can cause someone who wants to kill, to kill. They were already a serious issue that wasnt caused or triggered by games. I think its more likely that these crazy people were crazy and then enjoyed the violent games. Every generation has had crazy people and tried to blame it on something in society. My comment however was not about the shooter but the author saying that these real life tragedies make him unable to play game.

Army_of_Darkness1978d ago

So I decided to go brain dead.

MGSmarioPRO1978d ago

This is the kind of people i think will suicide tomorrow like what happened in 2000.
Why people relate everything to videogames? Those guys who kill know how to shoot and bad things happened in their life. You know why we don't have that in Europe or other continents? Because we don't sell guns like grocery. Change the rules of your country and don't blame stupid things.

Sp1d3ynut1978d ago

Yes, because gun violence only exists in the U.S.

caseh1978d ago

Primarily it does:

US Deaths due to Firearms 2011: 8755
UK Deaths due to Firearms 2011: 58

You can multiply the UK figure by 5 to factor in population but thats the difference it makes when you remove the right to bare arms.

Sp1d3ynut1978d ago (Edited 1978d ago )

He said "Europe or other continents", i.e. the rest of the world, dumbass.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1978d ago (Edited 1978d ago )

I have to admit the day I heard about it I couldn't play any shooting games. Made me think of it even more.

3 days later I want to play killzone.

But what I think about sometimes is what about when games start to look very photoreal and it looks like shooting a real person? That might cause real problems in the media.

FlyGuyHung1978d ago

*Puts Mortal Kombat 9 disc in*

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