But Obama has now asked the CDC to study the link between video games and violence. Personally, I played a lot of Pac-Man and Donkey Kong as a kid so I walk around swallowing pills and swinging a hammer at any gorilla I see.
January 17th, 2012
[I laughed when I read both of those sentences. First yet another example of a point made by the NRA and fearless leader has turned around to follow it. Again, when I read it I heard exactly this in my head:
I know they will never come out like that and say it, but I can keep wishing right?
Except I don’t really think the NRA is right on this one though. Our Narcissist and Chief hates the First Amendment until it is politically convenient and beneficial for him, otherwise he hates it like he does the second. I am pissed at the NRA because I honestly feel like they threw video games and the First Amendment under the bus.
I played Duck Hunt and have yet to actually go duck hunting or even bird hunting in general.
I played Excitebike and I didn’t go into the extreme sports.
I played Super Off-Road, again I don’t find myself taking my truck into crazy off road courses*.
I played Duke Nukem 3D and I still haven’t found myself running around saying “It’s time to kick ass and chew bubble gum and I’m all out of gum” while killing alien invaders.
I played Quake III Arena and have yet to find myself wanting to create a real arena death match and kill everyone else inside.
I played Rainbow Six and have yet to find myself wanting to run around shooting people thinking they’re terrorists who’re intent on bio-warfare.
I played Ghost Recon and have yet to run around killing people thinking they’re ultra nationalists planning on rebuilding the Soviet Union.
I played Soldier of Fortune and have yet to run around shooting the limbs off of people.
I played Call of Duty and have yet to feel the urge to run around killing people while dressed as a soldier.
So can someone please explain to me given all the different games I played, note that’s not even all of them, and my countless time spent playing them I somehow didn’t end up screwed up but it’s responsible for screwing up a bunch of other people? Many of those games listed above were controversial at the time and used as a crutch to explain evil deeds done by evil people.
I’m sorry, but video games aren’t the problem. I still play new games, hell I spent my Thanksgiving killing virtual people in new and creative ways, still don’t have the urge to do it for real. I guess I’m defective. –B]
*That isn’t to say I haven’t gotten it stuck.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.