Monday, April 23, 2007

Political Barrage 3...

.:On A Lighter Note Before We Get To The Nitty-Gritty…:.

Apparently, The Challenge Of The Super-Duper Friends is turning into quite a cult favorite, having been viewed close to 20,000 times in a mere three days.

That being said, pass on the word! It’s a pretty well-made video, and it’s even animated by Filipinos, for that matter! Politically charged, yes, but all in good fun.

Here’s a nice graphic link by Jonas to help you out in linking:

.:V-Games, V-Tech, And Psy-Cho:.

I have little to say about this, because I think there are only so many ways I can describe this horrible tragedy. What Seu-Hui Cho did at Virginia Tech was extremely reprehensible, but I don’t want to wish the killer ill because he was still a human person with severe issues he unfortunately was unable to deal with.

I know it’s ridiculous to blame video games (Jack Thompson doesn’t.) for the shootings, so I’m glad that some gamers wanted to stage a peace demonstration to show their condolences and at the same time underscore that video games don’t kill people. Heck, not even guns kill people. People kill people.

I can’t believe that Dr. Phil, a guy who sawed his own foot off in Scary Movie 4, would have the audacity to say that video games were to blame for the killings.

He said: “common sense tells you that if these kids are playing video games, where they’re on a mass killing spree in a video game, it’s glamorized on the big screen, it’s become part of the fiber of our society. You take that and mix it with a psychopath, a sociopath or someone suffering from mental illness and add in a dose of rage, the suggestibility is too high.”

Well, no duh. You mixed a violent videogame with a psychopath. What did you expect?!? Did you even consider for a moment that a psychopath doesn’t need a video game to run amok? The first school shooting in the States was in the 1960’s, long before Pong even existed. You cannot just directly link video games to violent behavior, especially since Cho had no video games in his room upon search. If they were going to say his previous times of playing video games caused this, then they are just grasping at straws. How many kids in the States have never played a video game at all?

That being said, I’d love to see Jack and Dr. Phil weasel out of this, now that their assertion has been proven patently false.

Games are games are games. Some are good games. Some are bad games. Some are clean. Some are violent. But unless they shoot bullets at you or give you a fatal seizure, games do not kill people. It’s common sense, of which neither Thompson nor Phil apparently have.

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