Uk national paper, The Sun focuses on Black Ops II in the wake of the Connecticut child killings.
Christ there is so much wrong with this I don't know where to begin. "The Sun's coverage includes a “myView” piece by child and education psychologist Teresa Bliss, who says, “There is no doubt that what children watch affects their behaviour”. “It isn't healthy for children to watch people destroying other people,” she says." The guy was 20 years old for one thing, he is not a child. He doesn't see things and think "I'll do that" he can think for himself. I have never played Call of duty and thought "lets kill someone" because I'm mentally stable. If you're letting someone who does thing's based on what they see then they must be a young child and they shouldn't be playing Call of duty anyway. "Chillingly, his favourite video game was said to be a shockingly violent fantasy war game called Dynasty Warriors which is thought to have given him inspiration to act on his darkest thoughts" Yeah, real chilling. I can totally see how a game about Japanese samurai's gave him the idea for a mass shoot out. /s It's so annoying because they're blaming something they clearly have never bothered to learn about or understand. It's almost similar to when they blamed suicides on My Chemical Romance. They always need something to blame instead of just accepting that these people need some kind of help and that these gun laws are seriously flawed.
Off topic, but Dynasty Warriors has nothing to do with Japanese samurai. Dynasty Warriors is infact based in China during the fall of the Han Dynasty. We cant have someone slander the greatest game series of all time now. Oh and if she thinks this game is shockingly violent then she certainly needs to broaden her research into what shes writing about. Edit. And I don't believe gun laws are to blame, rather the fact that you teach someone with mental disabilities how to use them. Thats just asking for trouble.
Dynasty Warriors isnt even that violent. Hell you dont even see blood in the game. They dont use guns either. It's human nature to always find something to blame. Just to justify their point of view.
As a child I played Mortal Kombat 2. I am talking pre-teen here. I had played all sort of games that were mature rated my whole life. I am pretty much the perfect example of someone who according to these idiots should have killed someone by now (I'm 25). Yeah, I have never even had the urge to attempt to rip someones head off Sub Zero style. Its down to the individual. Games are not to blame.
I played Mortal Kombat too, I have never ripped out anyones spinal cord though.
@ Blastoise, "They always need something to blame instead of just accepting that these people need some kind of help and that these gun laws are seriously flawed." Aren't you doing the same by defending video games, then blaming gun laws? Connecticut had some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. It's not about guns, video games or music. It's about these mentally unstable people that society ignores and pretend everything is ok. I just saw on the news yesterday some kid killed his grandma with a bbq fork. Should we be banning bbq forks? Over 30,000 people die in car crashes each year, should we ban cars? Norway has some damn strict gun laws, that didn't stop Anders Breivik from killing 69 and injuring over 100 did it? The one thing in common here is a mentally deranged person. Thats the issue, not video games, not guns, not bbq forks.
On the surface you appear to have 1 upped Blastoise, but in reality all you have done is provided a really bad analogy. Comparing a Gun to a Game is very extreme. An actual weapon is totally different than being corrupted by a game. Not attacking you, I just think your point was flawed. I do agree with the rest of what you said about it being down to the person. I agree 100%. Also you may want to take note that a pitchfork is not primarily a weapon and neither is a car (they can be used as weapons, but they are not intended to be used as them) where as a gun IS a weapon. That is whole different discussion lol.
The Sun run with this headline because it sells papers and it taps into the fears and prejudice views of its readers. It seems they think it has nothing to do with the ease of purchasing firearms in the U.S. and the fact the guy was vile, sick and disturbed, the game had nothing to do with the actions this person made. It was his doing nothing and no one made this happen but him.
You can't blame ease of purchase. Obtaining guns ILLEGALLY is easy. BATF says: 93% of all firearms used in crimes were illegally obtained, unlicensed, etc. And if I remember correctly, I think they said that something like 80% of convicted criminals that used guns in their crime would not have been able to legally purchase it. The overwhelming majority with weapons use them responsibly. You can't blame guns on human nature and our failure to address the troubled loners who create several warning signs before committing their crimes.
I think what really needs to be done for these situations is to have at least one trained and armed guard in every school, somebody who could handle situations like these. I could be wrong but I think that almost came to pass a couple of years ago but Obama shot it down. Can't remember why.
To anyone interested if you want to leave a formal complaint to the sun and it's staff just leave a voicemail on your answer phone. They'll find it. They can spout whatever they want but I think it's time game journalism moved on from this topic. Is such retard fodder even worth criticising? It feels like mocking the learning impaired but I feel even worse for comparing people with such severely impaired brains and thinking abilities with people who have down syndrome. But after all that's happened I do feel a burning hatred for the notion that people can profiteer off sensationalism related to such a horrific fucking tragedy. For that I sincerely hope the people who wrote that article in the Sun burn in hell for displaying such an astounding lack of respect and solemnity at this time. It's less about the dissing games and more to do with the idea that this is little more than a childish attempt to play on people's pain and anger at such a time to sell more newspapers. For blaming blops 2 they are morons, but for trying to manipulate and push their product right now they have to be some of the most despicable people imaginable.
This is the same profiteering as the Australian radio station who called up the hospital and pretended to be the Queen. Then the nurse who took the call and put it through killed herself and is now referred to (by the Sun) as the "Hoax nurse". Why did they feel the need to make jokes when the royals were already going through a hard time. I know it's the royals, but they are people too. The imagery of the press as hounds in coats and hats really does ring true sometimes.
Inappropriate for them unless there is imperial evidence linking the two. Also shows lazy journalism.
i was talking to my parents about the horrible thing that has happened and also that they are blaming video games for it. my parents said "its no different from when they were kids and something bad happened the media blamed elvis and his hip swinging."
Oh thank God, it's just the Sun. Even so, it's almost 2013. I'm an adult. My gamer friends are adults. We can't be tricked into believing this kind of BS. Tell me that Bieber is the source of all gun violence. I'll get behind that.
My dad said to me before, when he was growing up in the 60s their was a murder of an old woman and a local radio show was made the scapegoat because the killer listened to this radio story series which was mainly about a murderer during the war...
I'm not even going to comment on most of this because its rediculous however this comment really irks me because its straight up lying. They state: "and she suggests that Lanza’s paranoid mother who stockpiled the weapons would have been no help in setting her son on the right path " The poor woman with a sick kid was a gun collector, the news even said most of her guns were antiques and collectables. Friends of hers say she was into target shooting. Sounds like any old gun collector to me, not a paranoid mother stockpiling weapons. You gotta love how the media will twist things into however they want you to see it.
Its the Scum, I mean Sun, enough said.
Just vait for a year or two zen the next big thing in pop culture shall be ze scapegoat of journalizm.
Jack the ripper, Ted Bundy, Jeff Dahlmer were all bona fide psychos long before video games showed up. I'd like to see the mainstream media blame video games for their behavior.
Video games eh? http://www.washingtonpost.c...
Is there even any proof that he played video games? How bout some good parenting. A mother who takes her emotionally/mentally unstable son to a shooting range might deserve the 'crappiest mother of the year' award.
Wait...if his favorite game is Dyanasty Warriros why are you people blaming Call of Duty?
Do they not realise COD is played worldwide and most of the shootings take place is America? Stop blaming a video game I think it has more to do with the amount of Guns easily and readily available to Americans
This was a mentally unstable 20yo with access to an arsenal that shot 20 children and six adults. Only an absolute fool would even mention video games as a cause. Since this isn't the case, as the author probably has the ability to write a sentence and count to ten, then I have to assume its something worse. Like a deranged writer using this tragedy to score readers. As for bad parenting, if its one thing I've learned as a parent, you try your hardest to do everything right and always think you're getting it wrong. I don't know what she had done to contribute to this, if anything, but she did pay a price in all this.
No. Fuck that. I'm sick and tired of this shit. You know what's almost ALWAYS apparent in these tragedies? Irresponsible parents. Yet they are NEVER blamed. The parents and the media always sit back and blame video games because it's so easy to blame something unrelated rather than take a look at the real issue and try to fix it. The mother, now deceased, had an arsenal of guns lying around in the house. Multiple handguns, an assault rifle, and 2 hunting rifles. She took her sons to shooting ranges and taught them how to use weapons. On top of that, the guy was mentally unstable. Who the FUCK teaches a mentally unstable kid how to use a gun? On Facebook, there were tons of people bashing the Mass Effect page and blaming Bioware and the game itself for the killings. Saying things like "There's blood on your hands". You know why? Because the killers BROTHER liked Mass Effect on Facebook. What the fuck does that have to do with anything? It was the brother, not the damn killer. And Mass Effect is a sci-fi game about SAVING people. Not just Humanity, but saving the entire galaxy. At one point you even go out of your way to save students at a biotic academy, aka a fucking school. How would a game where you save a school make you want to go out and kill children in a school? Where is the logic in that? People need to stop off-loading the blame for theirs, and their children's failures on everyone else. They need to start taking some goddamn responsibility for their own mistakes. If you teach your mentally unstable child how to use a weapon, and then he goes out and uses that weapon to kill people, then you have no one to blame but yourself. It's sad that the mother was killed. It really is, and she didn't deserve that in any way. And I'm not saying that this is completely her fault because 1) There was obviously bigger issues going on in her sons head that lead to this, and 2) She obviously was in no way expecting this to happen. No parent would. But the fact is, a large portion of the blame should be placed on the mistakes of the mother, the "sins of the father" as it's often called. Instead that blame has been once again placed on video games that are completely unrelated and are not at fault in any way. Especially when these same video games are played by millions all around the world, yet the vast majority of these tragedies happen in America. There are many countries that have a higher gun concentration, and a higher concentration of population, yet they have very, very little of these shootings. Usually less than 1/10th compared to America. Now I don't know what the solution to that would be, but stricter guns laws, and a ban of all non hunting-related weapons would be a great start. You don't hunt with a handgun, so there is no reason to have one. Another great way to start would be to stop with the unbelievably stupid laws. 18 hours before the school shooting in Connecticut, a law was passed in Michigan that made it LEGAL to carry guns into day cares and schools. WHY? Why would you ever need a gun in a day care or a school? There's no one there but teachers and children. What, are they afraid there's going to be some renegade child, or that terrorists are going to come crashing through the windows?
The vast majority that own guns tend to be very responsible with their handling and usage. Most guns used in crimes are illegally obtained. I do believe for the most part that assault rifles are not needed by the average person, however I do know two gun enthusiast who own one for shooting at ranges, and it's a hobby for them, just like gaming is for us. Many hunters own handguns. When I hunted i used a bow, and I would carry a handgun with me in case I didn't hit my prey true. You simply do not want an animal bleeding out after you've shot it. Carrying an additional rifle would have been overkill and rifles aren't appropriate at close range. Same is true if I had used a rifle to hunt. There's a lot of factors that led to this tragedy. The shooters access to weapons was certainly one of them. The shooter was an honor student in school, and it is reported that he did very little to attract attention among his peers. It would be safe to assume that he also didn't go out of his way to attract attention among responsible adults or law enforcement, and as such there may have never been a time when people would ask, "does he need help". However, the lack of oversight and training on how to notice certain behaviors in children, or people in general, so they can get the help they need is an issue I believe needs to be addressed before stricter gun laws are put in place. Gun laws need to be changed, I will agree, but that debate is just clouding over the bigger social issue that simply goes unaddressed because of reactionary rage that is so prevalent in these cases.
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