BeefJack: "Tomorrow, a newspaper will allegedly run a story which links this weekend’s London violence with the Grand Theft Auto series. It’s tempting to rally against such ideas – but are we missing the wider context?"
Its just scum that use any cause to commit crimes, the ones that were looting the shops on TV should be hunted down like the vermin that they are, their always some excuse for these people its the games, its society, its no one understands me, I'm not going to do that job its beneath me, oh its the drugs/drink, nobody loves me, dam them, grow a pair and get on with life like the rest of us gggggrrrrrr just because I,ve not got it so I will just destroy it, steal it make every one else life hard. Blame games I blame their parents and these ass kissing good for nothing XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX thats it away for a cup of tea lol
Games are to blame for the death of Jesus,the fire of London,9/11 and for my team getting spanked 44-4 last week.Fuck Games man.
Wow, that must've been one helluva soccer game.
I blame the rioters, but I am old school like that. I was born in a time when people were responsible for their actions. Frankly it surprises me a bit that this type of story resounds so well with the masses. I understand that people love shifting responsibility, but blaming video games for violet acts is akin to admitting that you do not have control over your own life. It surprises me that more people aren't offended that the media is suggesting that people have no free will.
Well, I'm old enough to recall the riots from 81 in London(Brixton etc and Toxteth in Liverpool and in Handsworth, B'ham)and THEY weren't caused or fuelled by gaming, now were they? Unless Asteroids sent them over the edge rather than unemployment, feeling powerless and disenfranchised or racially and socially discriminated against. To me these riots are a symptom of the things going on in the UK and the World right now. The Tory Govt in the UK(forget the LibDems as they're just a scapegoat when Cameron needs someone to say unpopular things)has decided the worrking and poor need to make the cuts to save the economy and has made them so deep and so short term that those of us at the bottom of the poverty barrel feel like there's no way out. Bankers caused it and the poor have, it seems to suffer while their bonus payments stay sky high! Add to that dubious policing methods and a couple of racial flashpoints and, voila, it's '81 all over again. Nothing to do with games but as the press in the UK is almost entirely Conservative in it'as outlook and bias then of course they won't blame the current economic climate forced upon us all but the people from working or unemployed backgrounds for EVERYTHING. Riots happen when people feel they have no voice or are being put upon, ignored and, in a few cases openly abused by authority and authority figures. Nobody takes rioting lightly and we shouldn't imagine that because a few idiots decide to use them as a chance to loot that there isn't a serious set of underlying social issues behind these riots. If a paper wants to blame gaming then they're being both ignorant of history and current feelings AND being facile too. It's to deflect any and every bit of blame away from the government they helped elect. Sad to say, but this was coming and whatever games people play has nothing whatsoever to do with it unless they find a link since before gaming existed for all the riots that have always gone on around the world. Naturally, there's nothing but economics and discrimination behind all this but you won't see this rationalised if there's an easy, non govt scapegoat at hand! Gas is gfoing up 25%(again!) and electricity by 15% so factor in people who feel socially ignored and/or racially discriminated against and the recipe is there for riots and esp when they see no signs of work around the corner because the cuts were made with only the rich in mind when they should have taken things a bit more slowly-there's never any middle ground with Tories, never.
why the fuck did this get Approved?!
Just another silly article to get hits. BTW i live in tottenham, its 3 minutes walk to that burnt down building i went there yesterday the whole high road got raped.
Crap :( I've been watching it all on Sky news and BBC news, luckily I'm not living near it all
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UK media has always blamed video games for things it did not commit. Tere's a vid if you're wondering what I am on about.( skip to 2:50) http://www.youtube.com/watc...
I have no idea why he posted this false story. The real reason that the riots happened was because a London teen was shot and killed by police. Also: Please report this false story, so it can be taken down.
Stupidity to blame for p*** poor articles?
Not even gonna give this a hit.
This shit again?
what a stupid thing to say it is the rioters to blame there rioting not games the games are being stolen as i type this so yer.
Why were there no riots like this 10 years ago? Simply because Facebook was not around. The games to blame are the Facebook games! Farm Ville is driving people so insane that they have to destroy stuff. It makes sense if you don't think about it.
Riots are sometimes needed. sure a lot of innocent people get hurt but it gets the message across. but what the hell do video games have to do with it.
What's both depressing and funny is that the people that try to link video games with real world violence often forget that video game have been absent from a history that is drowning in a sea violence. The idea that video games instruct our youth in the ways of violence and killing is laughable but for some reason people buy into it all the time. When has humanity ever need help killing each other? Maybe we should compare the body counts of the the first and second halves of 20th century. Pretty clear I think. Fact is those who think violent video games cause violence are ignorant of the historical facts staring them in the face. Religion causes more death and violence than video games, even today, yet we blame video games anyway. People always need something to blame for tragic events and video games are an easy target. Blaming religion however would force us to look at ourselves. Something we seldom like doing. So video games will stay the target in future tragedies to come until something else takes their place. Or until the human race pulls its collective head out of its ass. Whichever comes first.
BS! At least blame State of Emergency. GTA doesn't involve rioting or looting. Unrelated but... Gradual environmental degradation caused by population growth and leading to economic decline. For example, deforestation due to demand. No more wood to trade equals a crumbling economy. In our case it would be oil. The lifeblood of our economy. Societal collapse encompassing both the gradual disintegration of the political, economic, military, and other social institutions. "The theory of moral decay". All of these things have been attributed to the fall of the Roman Empire. It all sounds familiar.
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