I’m back with a topic that is really starting to piss me off for this week’s Video Game Tuesday. Violent Games Are Not The Problem!
What?: So recently our beloved leader of the United States Vladimir Putin Trump, and no I don’t like Trump if you can’t tell from me implying that he’s a puppet of a foreign government, stated that he believes that violent media, namely movies and Video Games are at fault for influencing people to become more violent. I have so many problems with this bullshit that I could rant for ages. I won’t though, and will stick to a few paragraphs at most.
Video Games Do NOT Cause Violent Behavior: The American Psychological Association (APA) has stated in a recent memo that there is no viable link between violent games and movies and violent behavior. These are people who perform hundreds of studies and actually know what the fuck they are talking about. So the next time you turn on the news, and no Fox isn’t actually a news channel it was made for sensationalism not accurate or even coming close to factual reporting; and hear a person saying video games are the problem, ignore them. They have no idea what they are talking about. Besides if that was the case, and it isn’t because even watching an episode of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood could cause a kid to become violent, there would be so many mass shootings around the world that most of humanity would be dead or hiding in the ruins of civilization.
Here’s the quote from the APA “The less publicized, more scientifically sound view [is] that little evidence exists that playing violent video games producesviolent criminal behavior”.
So when Trump announced his meeting with video game industry leaders I was more then a bit pissed off. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened, in 2013 Vice President Biden held a similar meeting with industry leaders and it went nowhere because they aren’t the issue. Easy access to guns and poor mental health care are the things we should be focused on. The fact that so many people with mental health issues are not being helped by the government is a huge problem, and it’s not just an American issue.
We don’t as Humans have enough care for people with issues like severe depression. So many people believe that it’s something you can just get over, and that’s patently not true. I’ve dealt with severe depression for many, many years and it has never once gone away. I’ve had times in the past where I was almost able to forget the negative sides of myself, but it never fully went away. There’s always a part of me telling myself that I’m an utter failure and waste of oxygen. That I should just give up and find some shallow ditch to lay down and die in. But I’ve never once performed a criminal act of violence against another person. And I’ve been playing video games longer than I’ve known and felt my severe depression.
Hey all I’m interrupting your regularly scheduled Retro Game Friday with a post on Net Neutrality and why we need everyone to tell those fat old men in D.C. to shove their twisted schemes up their own rears. This post is for those in the US, but anyone else may want to read it in case their government decides this BS is okay to do.
Net Neutrality?: Net neutrality is the principle that Internet providers like Comcast & Verizon should not control what we see and do online. In 2015, startups, Internet freedom groups, and 3.7 million commenters won strong net neutrality rules from the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The rules prohibit Internet providers from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization—”fast lanes” for sites that pay, and slow lanes for everyone else.
So why is this coming back now?: Well it’s been an on and off issue pretty much since the start of the internet. People like Comcast’s CEO want to make more money off a service that is deemed a public utility and want to charge more for getting access to sites and your connection speed? You think you lag bad online now? If this shit passes it’ll only get worse, and you’ll end up paying tons of money just to play your favorite games online, or read stuff like my blog posts. Hell you might even be prevented from seeing websites all together because the “government” wants to block public access for whatever reason. All of this is bad, bad news.
What can I do?: Well first go to this site, battleforthenet.com, and send a letter to Congress telling them to get off their fat bums and do their jobs properly. There’s even a convenient template letter on that site, and I highly suggest you use it. Second call your local congressional representative and jam their phones. Afterwards, tell others. Even just simply retweeting or reposting this will do. Finally, well if this continues on I’m not going to advocate rioting in the streets, that’d be illegal. But if you should decide that you are outraged enough and decide to organize a flash mob outside your local governmental office or capital steps I wouldn’t say you were in the wrong. Feel free to get angry and loud, in fact it’s best if you do so. Please, so I can continue writing about all sorts of things, make a ruckus. I might be unable to continue writing posts like this if these jerks get their way.