An article in conservative magazine The American Spectator today (via Game Politics) is suggesting that wildlife "thrill kills" where animals are killed, and simply left to rot, are the result of the "video game generation." In the article, penned by Bill Croke, he states that "According to studies extant, these wildlife atrocities are committed mostly by young men aged 15 to 22, the video game generation. Much has been written about the nihilistic violence that kids are exposed to when they play some of these games."
He then goes on to make the sweeping generalization that, "My own experience observing kids playing video games (in the Salmon, Idaho Public Library, no less) are that they always seem to involve human characters hunting down and shooting other human characters with automatic weapons, while being shot at themselves." interestingly, a call to the Salmon Idaho Public Library revealed that they do not, in fact, carry video games which obviously casts some doubt over how thorough Croke has really been in his "research" for this piece. "We do not carry games, just books, DVDs, CDs, and books on tape," said the nice lady who answered the phone.
interestingly, a call to the Salmon Idaho Public Library revealed that they do not, in fact, carry video games
"Since it's apparent that a small percentage of kids can actually suffer psychological problems from playing these games, an empathy deficit if you will, I think it might be an easy jump to get up from a computer game, go out and pull the trigger on an elk or a deer, and then walk away with a laugh. After all, it's only a game," says Croke before going on to insult the parents of 97 percent of kids in the United States, "I think our four-legged friends will get a break soon, as the video game-thrill killing trend graduates to a higher plane: human being," he says before concluding "Video games are mindless, as are the parents who let their kids play them."