Stephen Colbert Defends Violent Video Games


"Stephen Colbert is what I imagine as the definitive American.

For those who don’t really know who Colbert is, he’s an American political satirist and host of The Colbert Report, Comedy Central’s premiere “fake” (see: satirical) news program.

He invented a word (“truthiness”), has written multiple books, and has his own wax sculpture, among many other things.

In my opinion, he’s the funniest man on television. [Ed.: Nick may or may not have a crush on Stephen.]

Last night, while making fun of NRA (the National Rifle Association) head Wayne LaPierre‘s message before Congress several weeks ago about having armed guards in schools, Stephen spoke his mind on the matter… and it’s perfectly up to his standards."

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Proeliator2017d ago

Really good to see that there may be hope... one day, ONE DAY... people may understand. Maybe.

Nimblest-Assassin2017d ago (Edited 2017d ago )

Well this is refreshing after today

Im currently enrolled in biological sciences at my university, and before I went for my chem lecture... the lecture before mine was for "violence" (sociology(sigh))and the prof is spewing crap that video games are making people violent saying that there are tests that "prove" this without citing any of these "tests" obviously

And I honestly though... wow... even uni profs are spreading this bs that video games make people violent

So very refreshing news for me

Canary2017d ago

You don't cite lectures, genius. Why would you even expect that?

And there are plenty of studies out there than demonstrate a (minor) correlation between violent videogames and violent actions, and greater correlation to violent thought.

It's pretty damn obvious and pretty well-documented that media INFLUENCES behavior. Yes, the gaming community has a problem being scapegoated... but the solution is most certainly not to jam your thumbs in your ears and pretend everything is isolated.

You do not fight ignorance with ignorance.

FanboyPunisher2017d ago (Edited 2017d ago )

If I was 6-10 years old playing dead island it would def affect me as a person; some people are too young minded to play certain games at certain times during development.

I've heard news stories where kids murder their parents because they limit how much they can play vids; or take them away completely. Funny connection is they all played violent video games.

Seeing an image, settles in your mind. This can even be said to give cetrain people 'ideas' they may not of had if they never played/seen said content.

The truth isnt so black and white, its a grey area. A famous comedian means nothing to me, nor should it to any of you.

20/0 for the first comment, is kinda sad imo.
But this is a VIDEO GAME website afterall, most person are biased towards them on here.

SilentNegotiator2017d ago (Edited 2017d ago )

The problem is that 99% of these studies study "AGGRESSION" (a product of adrenaline), not violence (a product of both violence thoughts AND behavior/intent).

Nimblest-Assassin2017d ago


Im saying she never cited the EXPERIMENTS... that is mandatory when you bring something up in a university lecture

She just said "oh some experiments happened"

Before you complain about ignorance... maybe you should read

knowyourstuff2017d ago

@ idiots above ^
Obviously N-A was just showing how university profs (at least his anyway) were uninformed and attach themselves to whatever hack study they have come across. There was no argument made against the ignorance, just an insight as to how the ignorance has spread.

Also, no argument has been made that people should go against the ESRB ratings and have kids play violent videogames. They have ratings for a reason, just like movies and music have ratings, and it is up to the parents of said children to be parents, and be in charge of what their children are exposed to. This is a parenting issue in that regard.

Apparently some people are so low brow they didn't read a word Colbert said. He made the point that violent videogames, movies and music are in abundance all over the world, yet the US stands apart as an extremely violent country with 30,000 gun deaths a year, which is astronimical. Japan has violence in its media just like the US, so does Canada. Any idea what their gun death numbers are? 49 and 156 per year on average, respectively. That's not even close, and Japan is more densely populated than any place in the US. In order to understand this problem you need to look at the differences between both cultures - and that difference is clearly the lax gun laws in the US. People can now walk around with concealed weapons in every state - in Canada you can't carry weapons at all that aren't meant for hunting, with permits. This isn't rocket science.

SilentNegotiator2017d ago (Edited 2017d ago )


You can't pretend like gun violence is all violence. When you account for ALL violent crime, the gap between countries is no where near as distant.

Don't pull that "it isn't rocket science" BS. It IS a science.

You can't ignore that conditions are different. The guns are here in the US; you can't fight that. The US had much more relaxed gun laws in the last 50 years compared to Canada and as a result, they're here. Making most of them illegal won't make them evaporate. You're not the first human being to think "If there were no guns, there wouldn't be gun violence", believe it or not, and it hasn't happened because it isn't realistic.

And Japan has almost no guns because they had a gun to their heads ~70 years ago, and technically still do, under treaties. And they're an island country, making smuggling about a thousand times harder. Turn back the clock, create strict gun laws, and turn the US into an island, and you'll have the same results.

But most importantly, if you ignore the incredible culture difference between the US and Japan and blame guns instead, you're absolutely missing the most important ingredient; the one that makes gun legislation looks like a crumb.

Stop with the belief that laws that work here will work there with zero regard for condition.

You're right about it not being rocket science, but if you treat it as if it's as simple as 1-2-3 or think that you're Einstein incarnate with some incredible idea that no one has ever considered, you're going to walk away with egg on your face.

Army_of_Darkness2017d ago

your either very weak minded or your parents aren't explaining to you the difference between fake and reality. my niece is 5 and she plays resident evil 5 with me all the time, sweetest girl in the world, wouldn't hurt a fly cause when we play re5 I tell her, you know zombies ain't real right? and we are shooting these things cause they gonna eat us if we don't lol! and she is like, I know zombies are not real, but just make sure you protect me cause I don't want them to eat me in the game. haha! good coop game.

TheRealSpy2017d ago

Uni profs also constantly spread liberal propaganda, so i'm not sure why you're surprised.

FanboyPunisher2017d ago

Clearly few of you understand the physiology of development.

You are what you absorb yourself in.
Same is said for the people around you indirectly affect you too. Video games being absorbed in early stages of development will desensitize people to said violence.

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edwoods2017d ago

This MESSAGE is for 99 percent of the N4g community: Stop posting lame messages below articles with your pseudo intellectual, business-mind wannabe strategies on what multi million/billion dollar companies should or shouldn't be doing. Just because you took a few economic classes in college and learned a few big words doesn't mean you know anything. No one on here has any true investment wisdom, so stop stroking each other off and go get job's in the stock market if you're so damn "smart"

rdgneoz32017d ago

Have you heard his speech before congress on migrant workers? Hilarious and so good. - serious - opening speech

And yah, he is amazing at times.

TheGamerDood2017d ago

Amazing speech but of course it fell on deaf ears.

Yi-Long2017d ago

... it's pretty much the only thing I miss now that I've moved to Hong Kong. In Holland, I used to be able to just watch the show every night on TV, but here in Hong Kong it's not broadcast, and when trying to watch it through the official site, it's only just buffering all the time.


zerocrossing2017d ago

Why the F can't I veiw this Cobert vid from England... I thought we were friends guys.

dennett3162017d ago

International TV rights not being set up and all sorts of other stupid factors unfortunately.
If you really want to watch it, search out a VPN and use it to emulate a US internet connection to let you view it.

3-4-52017d ago

They don't want you to know our

DragonKnight2017d ago

Just go to google and search for a U.S. Proxy site.

zerocrossing2017d ago

Thanks guys, I found a place to view it now.

ElectricKaibutsu2017d ago

I hate that BS. "The Internet: Man's greatest invention, able to share all human knowledge with anyone throughout the world. Now let's lock that shit down."

zerocrossing2017d ago

Haha yeah well said mate, I have no idea why they do it but it's probably got something to do with making more out of us.

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brettyd2017d ago

EXACTLY! these NRA nut jobs act like the US is the only country that has violent movies and games.

dennett3162017d ago

It's the only country where they have a vested interest in ensuring the blame doesn't tarnish the product that they make millions off per year. Hence their clinging to an antiquated amendment and revelling in hypocrisy by claiming how terrible it is to violate the rights given by the 2nd Amendment, but actively encouraging the breaching of the 1st Amendment.

I find them to be disgusting - their ideas are barbaric (who would actually ever want to send their kids to a school with armed guards at every corner?) and they do nothing but contribute to an atmosphere of fear in order to keep pushing their product on a public that thinks that everyone is out to get them, and they're negligent if they don't buy an arsenal of guns in order to protect their family.

brettyd2017d ago (Edited 2017d ago )

An amendment that was also intended to be revisited every 20yrs to determine if it's still appropriate.

NintyJazz2017d ago

How is the Second Amendment antiquated? Last time I checked it was only last century where dictators killed millions of people after taking their guns away. Every statistic point to the conclusion that more guns equals less crime, and indeed in places where gun control is strict you have more violence with use of guns. Don't let your emotions take control over logical reasoning. I'm not defending the NRA just the second amendment.

barb_wire2017d ago

Any other countries ACT like they have no violence in theirs

NeXXXuS2017d ago (Edited 2017d ago )

Good to see that a celebrity understands and has a hefty amount of common sense. I'm tired of activist groups and organizations trying to ban things that don't need to be banned. People are way in over there heads nowadays and think that every little thing is a problem. I'm looking at you, WESTBORO BAPTIST... ಠ_ಠ

ravinash2017d ago

The problem with Activist groups is they all have an agenda to protect their interests.
So they will always take the extreme view and always try to push blame somewhere else.

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