This topic came up in a live chat the other day - what do you think:
Recently, a man entered a police station, killed 2 and wounded others. He then proceeded to steal a police car. Upon capture and arrest, it was said the video game "Grand Theft Auto" was to blame for his actions - that he was playing out one of the game's scenarios.
Given that, are such violent video games the true culprit, or would this individual have commited some other violet crime if he hadn't played the game? Is blaming a game(s) just used as an excuse for ineffective parenting? Are game developers responsible for the actions of the game players?
I think that man is mentally disturbed.... If he woudn't have blamed the game it would have been a movie, if not a movie, the TV news... if not the new, the world... What next?!!
Sounds like a convenient excuse to use when you're caught. Once we put aside personal responsibility, we're creating an unstoppable monster.
I think the "blaming others" for our actions is getting really old. In the US, it seems that criminals always try to find a scapegoat to justify their actions and never taking responsibility what they've done. It is time someone puts a stop to this...the judicial system maybe?
Certainly games should not be to blame. Like the others have said, it is just an excuse. On that note I don't think young children should be playing a game like GTA. Not so much that they would learn those skills, but more they would learn that it is acceptable to do those things.
I think people should be more worried about the fact this guy managed to kill two police in a station and steel a car? The game does not teach you how to fire a gun, it does not teach you combat skills, it does not teach you how to drive or steal a car.
I think the man has a point.
Just last night I was bashing aliens on an X Box game, and afterwards I had to go outside and stare at the sky just in case there were any real aliens hanging about that I could bash.
I agree with what most have said about this - you can't blame all your actions on other people/things. Violence has always been around, and we sure as heck can't blame a beheading in 1692 on a video game, the TV news or anything else. I'm pretty sure back then there was something people could blame the cause of violence on...a pack of rowdy knights or vikings or what not. I think that people, no matter what time we live in, will find a scapegoat for violence. Now, it's video games, before it was movies/TV (and still is to a certain extent) and before that it was probably over the radio waves.
I think now-a-days it's easier to blame violence on our surroundings because they are more accessible. We hear more about violence now on the TV news because new technology has enabled us to report on violence at a faster rate. In the 1800's there could have been the same amount of violence, or even more, but because there was no source that reached the masses as TV does today, most people didn't hear about. Heck, even in the 1950's murders and crimes were harder to track in the media and reached less people.
I think we should stop trying to blame others and realise that it's individuals that cause crimes, and not games.
It bugs the hell out me when someone pulls that crap! When people are going to realize that a video game, a movie, tv show, or music doesn't make anyone do anything. When are parents going to understand, it is their job to education their children on fiction and non fiction. I say lock the parents up.
When are parents going to understand, it is their job to education their children on fiction and non fiction. I say lock the parents up.
Exactly! You see parents all the time blaming the media, video games, the school, the teachers and everyone else around them except themselves. I should put this on the "What gets under your skin" Forum...