February 04, 2013

Some Important Updates + Opinion on Video Game Violence

Hello everybody! First things first, bad news:

My mystery review is getting delayed until next week, mostly because it's a rather long game and because I was overreaching my grasp.

From now on, I will stick to my Monday updates to tell you when a game review goes up, and when it seems like I won't get it done on time. I'm doing this to avoid disappointment. I sincerely apologise.

I do have a guest review though, and it will go up this week. I don't want to go a week without a review, so I made plans to get one up right on schedule.

So that's all the blog news this week, now I want to talk about something else: 

CNN recently made a news report condemning video game violence, (as is to be expected) and we got the whole debate of guns and games being blamed for something which neither are responsible for.

I will get to both of them in a second, but first, the video games:

Here is the actual video. Watch it, and then jump back.

So what their saying is because the Norway mass killer, who murdered people in the 2011 Norway attacks, played video games for hours to "train" in order to shoot people, it shows that there is some connection between video games and violence.

You're probably saying: "But Kyle, that proves there's a link!"

No, it actually proves something else a lot of us gamers have been saying for quite some time: That somebody with a mental instability will play violent games, and most likely be influenced to murder.

The problem is that most people can tell reality and fiction apart. And after looking at the perpetrator of the Norway Attacks biography on Wikipedia, it said something very interesting:

In another report by psychologists from Norway's centre for child and youth psychiatry (SSBU) concerns were raised about how his mother treated him: "She 'sexualised' the young Breivik (The perpetrator), hit him, and frequently told him that she wished that he were dead." In the report Wenche Behring is described as "a woman with an extremely difficult upbringing, borderline personality structure and an all-encompassing if only partially visible depression" who "projects her primitive aggressive and sexual fantasies onto him [Breivik]". 
One thing that can open a "door" (will explain what that means in a sec) for violence and aggression, is molestation, which clearly happened to Breivik.

Molestation opens a door for Satan's demons to work in one's life. Therefore, you have to pray over such things, and close the door in the spirit---with Jesus' help.

Further on, they ramble on about instances of violence in video games, and talk about Grand Theft Auto, which is all about killing prostitutes for points, right? 

No, it's much more than that. It doesn't have "points", and it's about being a criminal in an open world environment and killing people to finish mission objectives. Not really much better, but still.

Also, they took a video made by SSohPKC, (Seamus) when he was raging at a driver in Grand Theft Auto 3 which kept bumping into a wall, and it couldn't go into a garage and finish the mission, probably to show that you can get aggressive whilst playing a game, even though it's clearly frustration and not aggression on display.

Here's his explanation:

(By the way, he's the guy I use for my video game playthroughs. Be cautioned, he has a lot of strong language in his videos.)

And lastly, they say that you may not go out and kill people when you play Grand Theft Auto, but you may stand back when domestic violence occurs. That's a bit of a sweeping statement, and I know for a fact that I wouldn't stand back and not defend people when they are being abused.

Anyways, this issue may require an entire book to cover, but I think this is good enough for now.

Oh, and he says that without guns, school shootings will go down in frequency.

...which is kind of obvious, but will school massacres stop? And is it suddenly okay when only a few kids get killed and not 30 or so? No, of course not.

Some mentally unstable people will look up bomb recipes on the internet and blow up schools instead. What's the solution? Ban the internet? Or help the person with their mental instabilities? 

I'll leave you to chew on that.

Hawke: *chews loudly*

Kyle: Sigh.....

So that's it for now. I want to make more articles like this in the future, maybe on Fridays again. I actually liked doing the video gaming trends series.

This is Kyle tuning out, I will see all of you Wednesday! 

Take care. :)

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