Games should no more be held to task for corrupting kids than any other art form in the world. After all, we have been seeing naked statues since the earliest times and I don’t regularly see people streaking outside (at least not where I live.) Children have seen far worse than a violent film and came out of it without being a homicidal maniac. People have been stupid and crazy since before electronics. It is only natural that we want to find excuses for the horror in our lives. The truth is just too scary to think about. There is no excuse for horror. There is no excuse for violence.
The simple fact is that violence and horror has been around since the dawn of time and will continue to be around long after we die. Some people are just not good people (not everyone can be me.) Sadly, some of this horror could be caught if parents would take account for their children. Some of this horror could be caught if people took accountability for their actions. Society though, has become blameless. It’s never anyone’s fault, expect those dirty je….game developers.
Video games are just the next red herring. It’s easy to blame them because, as with all art forms, they can be beautiful, but at the same time can reflect the darkest corners of our mind. It can scare us. Not because of the danger within the game, movie, song, or painting; but because we know deep down, that there really isn’t that much difference between the art and the life that created it. Sure there may not be such a thing as zombies, vampires, or Super Badass Bullymongs but we know there are, indeed, monsters.
For many years, I have played video games. I will play video games until the sun explodes. I can speak with a healthy amount of certainty that video games have not corrupted me or made me crazy. I am a very normal person with a normal life that irritates me from time to time. I have had no urge to go on a murdering rampage, and with millions of games sold each year, I have to assume I am not alone in my normalcy.
Sorry parents, but I am afraid this time the blame falls squarely on you. If you don’t want your kids playing adult games, then give them another option (like watching cartoons and playing fluffy colorful games). But, if you plan to shield them from the horrors of the world you better never let them watch TV, see a movie, listen to a song, or go out the front door. No, the best course of action would be to do your job and raise your kids. Explain to them the difference between what is right and what is wrong and have them play a game with a karma meter. Explain to them that their actions will result in consequences. Explain to them that they are responsible for, if nothing else, their own actions. If they can’t grasp that, then get them help before they take a shot at me on the interstate.