A&E Roundtable: Do we blame games?
Welcome back to
the 2003 edition of the new and vastly improved roundtable. With the help
of Gazette graphics editor and video game junkie Christopher Hodge, we
decided to debate the merit of violent video games.
MAGGIE: I think violent video games are useless. I think
they just help to contribute to the deterioration of America's youth,
mentally and physically.
DALE: A game is just a game. Violence is everywhere in
our society, whether it's Ninja Turtles, the news or sports. There are
no strong grounds that warrant blaming video games for anything.
MEGAN: I disagree. Most suburban teens the ones
who are playing these video games are not hunters, and have no
practical use for guns. So why would they need that type of target practice?
To practice getting a good shot in case they get angry with their peers?
CHRIS: Games are primarily marketed towards boys. There
are now different groups and ratings for different games. Plus, violent
games like Vice City are aimed more toward our generation the same
people who grew up on Mario.
MAGGIE: It just worries me what people are thinking when
they play those games. I don't get the entertainment value behind people
blowing other people up.
CHRIS: Seriously, how many violent crimes can be directly
connected with video games? Parents should be aware of the rating system
and take it seriously. There is a certain onus on them.
MEGAN: But there are definitely healthier forms of entertainment.
I'm not saying that violent video games are the primary cause of violence
in society, but there's nothing actively beneficial about them.
DALE: I don't agree with that video games are
better for the mind than television. At least they engage the player and
often require a certain amount of intelligence.
MAGGIE: There are so many other things kids can do. Team
sports, for example, give you all the things that a violent game can,
like competition, only they get you active at the same time.
CHRIS: They can help you to learn problem solving skills,
achieve goals and build hand-eye co-ordination. It's just harmless fun.
Honestly, how many people have gone out and shot someone after doing it
in a video game?
DALE: If you're going to blame violent games for violent
crimes, then you might as well blame violent music for violent crimes
and sad music for making people cry. It's silly.
MEGAN: Violent music is just words; violent video games
are active training, encouraging teens to develop a better shot. There's
a big difference.