FPS the New RPG?

This article makes me very sad. First, it makes me sad because of the complete madness of it all. I'm really getting tired of reading about stupid people shooting each other for dumb reasons, especially when it's a kid behind the trigger. I would say that it's time to move back to Europe, but the nonsense is starting to propagate over there, too.

The other reason the article makes me sad is the self-serving, ultimately destructive plea from the defense team. Back when I was in junior high and high school, it was all the rage for the media to claim that role-playing games, like Dungeons & Dragons, made children worship Satan and kill themselves and their parents. Which is, of course, complete nonsense. I spent my entire youth playing every RPG I could get a group to play, and I've never been convicted of any serious crime. Now that RPGs have largely been replaced with MMORPGs (Massively Multi-Player Online RPGs) and other online FPSes (First Person Shooters), the media has turned its attention to video games. Am I honestly to believe that a perfectly normal, sane youth can spend enough hours making his/her thumbs sore that he/she will turn into a raving psychopathic killer? The thing the article leaves out is that this kid would have tried to kill his parents even if he'd spent all those Halo 3 hours watching Barney instead. (Actually, he might have tried sooner!) Unbalanced people do unbalanced things, with or without a video game to blame.

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"...and I've never been convicted of any serious crime."

Have you been convicted of light-hearted, whimsical crimes then? :-)

Posted by Andrew Clegg on January 13, 2009 at 09:29 PM PST #

Well put, Dan.

Bad news: same here in germany. FPS players are too easy targets for politicians.

/Philipp

Posted by Philipp on August 31, 2009 at 11:25 PM PDT #

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