Video games can't be blamed for humanity's problems

Don Reisinger of CNET Writes:

"Sorry, but I refuse to believe that video games can be the scapegoat for all of our problems. Call me a video game apologist or just another gamer hack, but it's true. Why should the video game industry be blamed for the problems all of humanity faces?

Sorry, but I fail to understand how a video game showing pixelated violence is somehow worse than a movie showing even worse violence. I know, I know, "it's the participatory element you're forgetting." Uh, no.

The fact of the matter is this: more than 99 percent of individuals playing video games don't kill people, don't want to reenact what they see in a video game, and don't perform these kinds of acts. Sure, it may be difficult for the average anti-gamer to fully comprehend when they don't hear the other side of the story, but it's true: video games are not the root of all evil and they shouldn't be the scapegoat when people try to make them evil."

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PoSTedUP4314d ago

homicide, murders, robbery's, prostitution, sex, drugs.... all have been around long B4 videogames.

the world is a crazy place, stop making excuses.

SWORDF1SH4314d ago

exacty. films are 100 times more violent and graphic than games but games seem to get 100 times more blamed for violent incidents.

devilhunterx4314d ago

If I was a judge at the case, I would say:

30 years for the crime
40 more years for being so stupid for not realise the difference between real and make belief.

And suddenly everyone will stop blaming video games.

Reshun4314d ago

Jack Thompson disagrees.

FCOLitsjustagame4314d ago (Edited 4314d ago )

I dont know when the first GTA came out.... but violent crime\property crime (in america at least) has gone down in the last 10 years. I dont recall any world wars since we have had video games either. Seems to me the more people play video games the less crime they commit as the world was a much more dangerous place before video games. (The cliche is idle hands are the devils playground....and a gamers hands are very much not idle).

Violent crime and car theft (property crime) have both been going down for the last 10 years.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reports,--

The violent crime rate increased 1.3% from 2004 to 2005 [must have been a game droubt at this time -fcol]. From 1996 to 2005 the rate fell 26.3%.

The property crime rate decreased 2.4% from 2004 to 2005. From 1996 to 2005, the rate fell 22.9%.

The FBI's Uniform Crime Reports Program (UCR) collects information from local law enforcement agencies about crimes reported to police. The UCR crime index includes seven offenses; homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft.

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