First off I like to say that Jack Thompson is a ****ing idiot... and thatâ€™s being nice. No really... But I better be careful what I say, he classify that as a death threat...
But getting back to the MAIN subject, I am a gamer *point below to his signature* I love First Person shooters, always have. But then again, I love my strategic games, like Civilization IV and Starcraft. Never got into the Sims though. Tried it, didnâ€™t like it. But I guess people have to be aware of me since I may get violent, break into sweats and shoot the next Mutant, Head Crab, Nazi, Stormtrooper that I see on the street or back alley. Oh yeah, Bush better be careful because I might use my religious influence to overturn his government or just bomb them from orbit. I know, maybe I can use the worms and cause the great stormâ€¦ Yup, Video Games have made me violent. Okay not really, just great imagination. The Games are entertainment and for the most part, better then most of the garbage that I see on TV. They are the new source of entertainment, like in the 80â€™s with Atari (anyone go nuts shooting at space invaders or try to eat a blue ghost) and will be forever. Has anyone seen the new Playstation 3 and Xbox 360? Talk about making it more real.
Whatâ€™s also interesting according to the recent statistics from the department of Justice is that Violent crime rates from 12 years in age on up, has dropped since the first Playstation was introduced back in 1996. It has even dropped even more since GTA III and Playstation 2 was introduced. No really. On top of that, nonfatal firearm related violent crimes have dropped dramatically in 10 years See graphs below:(source: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/)
But waitâ€¦ video games are a problem and causes the crime rate to go up and makes our streets unsafe or even the hallways of our schools. We have Clinton and Thompson saying bad bad bad and scream â€œwon't someone think of the children.â€ Well I guess they don't know that there is a Rating system on the games (www.esrb.org
) and they also don't know that the M-rated games only comprise of 12% of the industry while E-rated games (Everybody) had a 54% footprint in the game industry. Thatâ€™s what peeved me off about the latest GTA game. It was rated M (17 and older) but I guess making it an AO-rating (18+). That extra year really makes a difference. I guess sex was too intensive then the violence in the game. I guess the movie industry is okay with about 55% of their movies are R-rated (and quiet a few of them, blockbusters) and not a menace to children who are able to watch it on their own TV or even their friends house, with or without their parents knowledge. Don't forget about all of the books that are out there. Yup, great family reading there. I guess I could have read Clive Barker or Mein Kampf when I was in Middle School. But wait, Video Games are the problem.
But wait, we have criminals that have blamed the games for what they have done, which was promptly laughed at. Even lawsuits against gaming companies and distributors have been dropped. Can we say certain people have, well Freud would say, "They have issues."
I'll step off the soapbox, I may write more later, but this is a subject I watch carefully and love to talk about. Iâ€™m off to storm a desert dune with my British mates that the Naziâ€™s are protecting.