Another politician has come out blaming video games as a reason for real world violence. Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy at the Conference of Mayors talked about how video games “destigmatize” violence; and that if we spent as much time destigmatizing mental health treatment as we do the “proliferation” of violent video games we would be a better society.
He then talked about a certain video game that allowed you to shoot up a school even on the day of the Newtown tragedy (he didn’t mention what game it was, but I am sure it is one of those very little known games that politicians seem to have more success finding than actual gamers). Malloy went on to talk about how bringing violent video games into your living room and get credit for shooting someone in the face with a semiautomatic gun and getting points for it has no societal value.
There just seems to be a never ending supply of politicians who want to tell us gamers how horrible our hobby is. Which is nothing new considering violence in the media has always been an issue, comic books, violent movies, and rap music all went through the same thing. Hopefully this will get better over time and as some of these politicians age out and we bring in young politicians who play video games.
Or we could start greasing the wheels like the movie industry does, if we get tired of waiting.