The Kolumn: Issue #04

Posted by adamDMK on February 28th, 2003

I’ve got a question for you. Does violence in video games promote violence? I know, I know it’s an age old question. Since the days of bloody classics like Splatterhouse, many countries put video games to the test. Well do they? I have an answer for you… NO! I’ll agree to some extent, some films may go a little too far, but film is an art form. Many of are modern day directors are your artists of yesterday. Spielberg is Michelangelo, Tarantino is Van Gogh, etc. Even what you are looking at right now is an art form, yes ladies and gentlemen Web design is an art form.

But I’m not here to discuss art. I’m here to discuss violence in the media, particularly video games. Do you really think by playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City tempts you to steal cars? Come on! Can’t the public see this, video games are just a scapegoat for people looking for an easy way out of things. I’ve been a fan of Grand Theft Auto since it first came out and I haven’t EVER and I mean EVER thought about stealing a car. The millions of fans who play GTA have never thought of car jacking or murdering innocent bystanders. That’s why we play games like GTA, to entertain because none of us would do that stuff for real. But it seems those few who play GTA are somehow influenced to rob and steal. Kind of funny how a select few out of millions are influenced. Maybe it’s a coincidence? I think not.

What are people thinking of blaming media for their problems? All I’ve got to say is, if you do the crime, be a man and admit it was your fault, don’t take the losers way out. That’s pretty much saying your not a man by blaming everything on something else. Hey buddy, maybe it’s time to wake up and realize you live on Earth. Part of being a human is consequence. Nobody is perfect, and that’s what you have to realize. Your going to go through tough times and you just have to live with it. It’s part of life.

I can understand where mothers come from. As a parent myself, I know what is right and wrong for my son. But most parents take violence to the extreme. Alright, maybe your kid is not old enough yet to play games like GTA or Mortal Kombat. Well easy, don’t let them play it until you think they are mature enough to understand it’s just a game. And if a child is not mature enough by the age of 10, then you’ve got to help them somehow. This day in age, it’s good to expose your children to different environments. They need to learn different things early on so they’ll be prepared for the future.

A few years ago, Mortal Kombat was put on trial for the death of a child. Andrea Wilson from Norwalk, Connecticut filed suit against Midway. Wilson claimed that her son Noah and his friend had been playing an arcade version of MK in a local restaurant. Shortly after Noah was wielded with knife by his friend, Wilson claims that they were mimicking the MK arcade game. 13 year old Noah was killed that day just an hour after the incident occurred when Noah and his friend were on their way to see the movie Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

I am truly sorry for Mrs. Wilson and her family, I really am. But why must you blame Mortal Kombat for this? The restaurant owners even claim they never had an arcade game of Mortal Kombat. True, the kids may have been on their way to watch Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, but so were thousands of other kids that day. Did every kid going to watch the movie stab each other? No. Did it ever occur to anyone that the kids may have gotten into a fight that day? Wake up people, kids do get into fights, its very common actually. And why would anyone even think of picking up a knife and stabbing their best friend in the aorta? Did his parents ever teach him right and wrong when he was a little kid?

All I am saying is stop blaming video games and other entertainment as the source for violence in the world. When murders occurred 2000 years ago in the Roman Empire, did people blame it on themselves. Of course not! They blamed it on the Christians or something else. My point is people always blame something else for their faults. Video games and other forms of media happens to be what society seems right to blame these days. Well maybe its time to wake up and realize and be a man. Always remember, the truth will set you free. I hope I didn’t offend anyone in this weeks column, but it is something needed to be said. If you would like to discuss this more, please feel free to e-mail me. Thanks and God bless.