Thursday, October 23, 2003

This makes me sick.

Another lawsuit claiming videogames foster violence. There was teen violence before video games. There was teen violence before rock 'n roll. There was teen violence before television, movies, and radio. But someone's always looking to place the blame. I think eminem says it well:

"Don't blame me when lil' Eric jumps off of the terrace
You shoulda been watchin' him
Apparently you ain't parents."

Now granted, the people bringing the suit have a legitimate grievance - their family members were shot by two kids shooting up the highway. But Sony, Wal-mart, and Rockstar games are not to blame here. The teenager's videogame 'defense' is more like an 'excuse'. So the reason they're going after the corporations and not the teen's parents is pure and simple: money. Obviously the parents don't have any money so there's no point suing them in civil court. But where's the criminal negligence suit?

What do you think? Is the reason I can play ridiculously violent games and watch movies like clockwork orange and new jack city and yet not go on a vicious killing spree somehow related to my parents not letting me use those products until I was mature enough to know the difference between fantasy and reality and right and wrong? Or is it just luck? Or however else these 'parents' explain away the fact that out of the 5.7 million people worldwide who bought a copy of the game, their kids are the only ones who then went out and shot people.

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