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  •  I don't have kids. (1+ / 0-)
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    OllieGarkey

    I'm 32.

    I play video games. Ranging in spectrum from horrifically violent games that laugh about things like sex and death (Grand Theft Auto), to gentle peashooters like Plants vs Zombies.

    Been playing video games since I was like 12, when computer gaming was really just getting started. My parents didn't supervise me. I played nasty shit at a young age, like the original Duke Nukem, which despite the crappy graphics, very clearly featured naked women encased in alien slime (aliens came to earth to steal women, inexplicably all of them hookers and strippers, and Duke Nukem was taking them out because he didn't want to live in a world without "chicks." That's the whole plot right there. Duke Nukem is one of the worst gaming series ever, but at that time it was fun to kill aliens. Now as a feminist, I was appalled by the most recent Duke Nukem, because not only was it extremely misogynistic in a gross manner, but it was just a terrible game all around. Misogyny in gaming is a HUGE issue, and within the gaming community sparks the same sort of debate that is sparked between pro-gun and anti-gun folks. It gets ugly fast).

    I have run over countless gang members in GTA. I have shot countless digital soldiers in Battlefield and Call of Duty. I have destroyed any number of orcs and undead in World of Warcraft. I have sniped dozens of heads off in everything from Team Fortress 2 to Planetside 2. I have killed a whole lot of dirty freaking Sith in almost every Star Wars game out there. I have slaughtered immeasurable amounts of zombies in Left for Dead. I have silently slit the throats of many a guard in Assassin's Creed, and bashed the heads of plenty of taffers in Thief. Tonight I will slay Illuminati and Dragons in The Secret World.

    And I can honestly say, I have never wanted to hurt another person in the real world. These shootings make me sick to my stomach. I despise guns. I abhor violence of any sort performed on another human being. The thought of all those dead babies in Connecticut has caused me so much stress.

    Games are just stress relief to me. I get home from my stupid job with my blood pressure so high I have a headache, and aspirin does nothing. So I kill digital things. I laugh, and the pressure is released. I feel better. I am then able to go pick up a good book before bed, or write in my novel. Rinse and repeat most nights. My boyfriend and I play games together, and it's a great couple thing to do. We play Diablo and Battlefield together, man that is a great time for couples.

    The idea that video games are the cause of violence is ridiculous. You make a valid point with the gaming addicts in Korea and China; they don't have mass shootings or mass killings over there. Video games are just a convenient scapegoat for Christians, the NRA, and a whole lot of other groups who don't want to admit there's something terribly wrong in their philosophies and it is breaking this country.  

    PS, I am pretty tired of the 9 year olds on Xbox Live screaming high-pitched obscenities at me after I snipe them. Where are the parents? I mean my parents didn't watch me play games, but they certainly would have heard me shouting "FAG" and "FUCKING BITCH" in the house, and would have beat the crap out of me for it. How do you, as a parent, miss that your kid is being an obnoxious little prick to other people on the internet?

    •  Hey, Duke 3D was not the first Duke (2+ / 0-)
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      OllieGarkey, DruidQueen

      The first Duke Nukem was a platform side-scroller made by ID that was similar in gameplay to Commander Keen. I would love a 3D platformer in the style of the original, but it's never going to happen.

      The problem really is parents. Basically every commercial game for nearly two decades has been given a rating by the ESRB. Those ratings, just like movie ratings and TV show ratings, don't do anything by themselves other than inform. Just like parents need to actually set the V-chip in their TV for it to work, consoles these days come with a whole slew of parental controls for both games and movies. It's not as good as actually paying attention to your kid but at least it sets some boundaries. And unless kids have a heck of a lot more money than I did when I was playing a shareware copy of Doom, who's paying for these $30 to $60 games, XBox Live accounts, and consoles anyway?

    •  You don't think (0+ / 0-)

      there are Christians, NRA members, and the "other groups" you refer to who can make the exact same claim....they haven't harmed anyone, so their religion/guns/beliefs are not a problem?  

      Glad you're fine, but how would you feel about someone who was mentally ill--perhaps schizophrenic--having your gaming history--or worse?  

      Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

      by Mark Mywurtz on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 05:53:19 PM PST

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