January 04, 2007

Jack Thompson Interview

play.tm interviews Jack Thompson, an attorney and a leading figure in the fight against violence in today's video games.

Jack Thompson

"[victims] sometimes harmed by kids made more aggressive and more violent by the murder simulators..."

I'm sure that many people in the gaming community don't disagree with most your views on selling violent games to minors. Given this, don't you think you would get more support for your cause by being less overtly threatening towards what remains a popular past time?

I'm not out to make friends. I have enough of those. I'm out to accomplish something to protect children and the innocent victims who are sometimes harmed by kids made more aggressive and more violent by the murder simulators on which they practice that violence.

[...] Cocaine is a popular "past time," too. That doesn't make its consumption, certainly by kids, something we ought to look away from. I don't gauge what I do based upon polls, and certainly not polls of gamers. I couldn't care less what some 14-year-old thinks is good or not good for him. I listen to scientists, health care providers, public safety officials, and I base what I do based upon their findings, not what some readers of Game Informer magazine wish was true because of how they waste their time.

We recommend this three page interview to all parents as Thompson freely discusses about sex, violence, pedophilia, rape, murder, and video games as a form of mental masturbation.


Comments

so what you blame people playing video games masterbate to porn games too? masterbation is a natural thing that all "males" do when they get around age 15.

first of all, if you dont like your kids playing porn or violent games then dont buy them. you know thats what the ESRB rating system is for. you dont like your kids playing violent games then dont buy them a Mature rated title. READ!

you just dont know what your talking about unless you play games yourself. somone should force you people to play violent games to show you it dont mess your mind up. if kids do bad things when they play video games then teach them and they wont do it again.

Good lord, did that man actually compare video games to cocaine abuse?!

Ok, just wanted to get that little bit of outrage out of the way first. Hm, now that I think about it, i'm not even going to comment on the rest of that article. Really, the whole thing is ridiculous.

i may be 14, but I cannot believe he spews such insane statements and still people follow him!See, I'm a B average student, play my fair share video games(mostly violent, just to inform all of you)and I relize that people that play violent video games with mental problems will most likely do something violent, and guess what? It's the parents FAULT!!!!(Think about it,I'm not going to stress about it) I'll tell you, you are oh so desperate to get your kids or loved ones to stop playing games are willing to listen to anything this guy curveballs.You want to know how to stop your children?Beat some ass!Take it away!Show them when enough is enough!Goddamn, show some capability to control your kid!Don't completely deprive them of video games, if you don't want them to play as much (or any) violent games, go buy your child Guitar Hero or Dance Dance Revolution.I know no one in the comment box has said anything about it right here,but I'm getting this off my chest.

Jack Thompson, feel free to no longer quote or give lip service to this loon.

In 2005, he wrote an open letter to Entertainment Software Association president Douglas Lowenstein, making what he described as a “a modest video game proposal” (an allusion to the title of Jonathan Swift's satirical essay, A Modest Proposal) to the video game industry: Thompson said he would donate $10,000 to a charity designated by Take-Two CEO Paul Eibeler if any video game company would create a game including the scenario he described in the letter. The scenario called for the main character to murder a number of industry executives (including one modeled on Eibeler) and go on a killing spree at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. When video game fans promptly began working to take Thompson up on his offer, he claimed that it was satire. However, Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the creators of gaming webcomic Penny Arcade and of the children's charity Child's Play, stepped in to make the donation instead, writing in the memo field of their check, “For Jack Thompson, Because Jack Thompson Won't.” Afterwards, Thompson tried to get Seattle police and the FBI to investigate Holkins and Krahulik for orchestrating "criminal harassment" of him through articles on their site.[90][91] Other webcomics have regularly incorporated references to Thompson, alluding to this incident as well as others.

He attacked Janet Reno wanting to know her sexual prefferences.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Thompson_%28attorney%29 is some more info on him

Please quote and use people that do not have a reputation as copy cats or loons

Please, please stop referencing jack thompson. He is not a researcher, he is a lawyer. He knows nothing about video games violence, he just knows how to twist words, and spark emotion. E.G.

"The problem was and is that the brilliant but reckless person who created the Sims (I forget his name) has openly and actively encouraged mods of his figures. That has led to all sorts of porn available on the web to kids."

Apperantly, wright is a reckless jerk because he allows character modifications. WHICH COULD POTENTIALLY LEAD TO, A PORN MOD *faints*. This is barely a thing to worry about, its like saying we should outlaw photoshop because it leads to new oppertunities for pornography.

This guy is such a nut, he still implies mastrubration will hurt you. If that's not descriptive of an old koot, i don't know what is.

Dear readers/parents,

I am currently aged 17, I study in Spain because my family moved there 4 years ago. I speak fluent spanish and am known to be one of the most calm, polite and overall nicest person people in my class. My opinon is valued highly by teachers, family friends and even strangers, this man named Jack Thompson seeks to tell you that we shouldnt have a voice, I spoke to my moral ethics teacher about this and he explained to me that an opinion is a basic human right. Are you telling me you listen to someone " discriminating" teenagers? I agree that a child aged 10 should never play a game rated 18, one because young people dont mix well with older adults, and two because games these days are violent, realistic and complitcated. Use the ESBR rating and your own personal opinion of your child to decide whether to buy that game he wants. Remember, children dont always have the same mental age, some are older than others. Oh and on the previous artical I saw about " clans and guilds " being related to gangs. This is completley and utterly WRONG! They are a team of teens and/or adults who play in competitive/ fun matches against other like minded clans. Much like a soccer team.

I feel very strongly about this and hope that letters like this will eventually calm this misunderstood storm of parental doubt....

Nicky Powell , aged 17 years.

just wanting to let you know that I am a 16 year old student who plays video games and works hard in school and life, i go to church every sunday and agree that video games can be addictive, how ever video games dont make me want to kill people Jack Thompson, and other people like him who are way to concerned in other peoples lifestyles, make me want to kill people.

also most violent teenagers around where i live, have not touched a video game for a very long time, if ever.

Jack Thompson is an idiot. Comparing Video games to cocaine abuse. I could not expect such a ridiculous comment from anyone but that blasted lawyer himself.

I've been hearing all sorts of stuff about Jack Thompson for... quite a while. I don't want to repeat what everybody else here has just said, but I will say this: Using his logic, my proficiency in Guitar Hero should improve my real guitar abilities. Does it? No, I still suck at real guitar. I enjoy it anyway.

Most violent kids/teens do not own videogames, or do not play them. Videogames are looked down on by the "Popular" kids, who usually do bad stuff, my friends and I all agree that Jack Thompson has no respect for teens, and would not know about videogames because he has never played them. This is a new age, and parents don't know what to think about videogames because they don't UNDERSTAND them. Some games like Grand Theft Auto cross the line, but how many kids do you know, who play videogames, that commit acts of violence? As a member of the gaming community, I belive that you have to full understand videogames berfore you make comments about them, good or bad. I hope that you took thetime to read what I have said

Jack Thompson has no background in psychology or video games. Thompson is a nutcase, proven by one of his televised debates where he just suddenly flipped out. There's proof that you can still be mentally ill even without playing video games. I believe anyone who follows Thompson is also mentally ill as well.

I agree with keegan. Most of the violent kids in our neighborhood have not touched a video game in a long time, if at all. Just to give you a little background on myself: I am a 16 year old male who loves to play video games, I go to church every Sunday, and I go to Mexico to build houses for the underprivileged. I also play a lot of violent games, such as splinter cell, and Metroid Prime. I am happily in a relationship (SHE and I are doing quite well). I also have a younger sibling who also plays some violent games, like super smash Bros. Melee. He is not a psychopath and he has a strong sense of whats right (though we do fight a lot, mostly because of a misunderstanding).

thats about it for now...Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Don't get me started on Jack Thompson. He made a promise to donate $10,000 to a charity if a video game were to be made to his specifications (extremely vile specifications, the likes of which one is highly unlikely to find on the market at all). He broke that promise when several developers, both professional and amateur, did so.

Guess who was man enough, kind enough, decent enough, to pay for his promise. None other than Tycho and Gabriel (aliases) of http://www.penny-arcade.com, both avid gamers and talented artists, which starkly contrasts with Mr. Thompson's claims.

So excuse me if I don't trust Jack Thompson, promise-breaker and mud-flinger, on a topic he obviously has so little experience with.

Look, this is certainly not a post about dissin on Jack Thompson. I really know nothing about his personal history or backround and wish to say I disagree with everyone who stated that "Jack" was an idiot, a nutcase, and mental. Since half of you don't truely know who he is (and neither do I), you can't truely state anything of the sort, but sorry, just had to say that. To the true topic I want to bring up...

"I listen to scientists, health care providers, public safety officials, and I base what I do based upon their findings, not what some readers of Game Informer magazine wish was true because of how they waste their time." (as quoted by Jack Thompson up above)

Look here, don't listen to scientists, health care providers, and public safety officials. Listen to God! When I first read the quote up there, it made me rather sick to hear that. Yes, I do play video games sometimes too much, but I know what I do isn't truely the best. To change my habits to only playing games here and there, I won't listen to these officials, I will listen to how God wants to deal with this in my life.

Most of you probably think, "Oh, who cares about God! What would they have to do with this issue anywho?" Well in a way, he does have to do with this issue, because neglecting school work, your job, family, friends, ect. or just playing too much video gameage is rather sinful and God could help yah change if you truely want to.

Well, I hope someone out there will hear a lick of Truth in what I say about this, but nevertheless, good luck to all of yeh and I hope this issue get's dealt with justly.

I know a lot of people out there in the world play too many video games, or just play too much, but that shouldn't make adults sterotype everybody. I believe, yeah it is rather rediculous to see minors play these violent video games that their parents buy for them.

On a sillier note the children who perpetrated violent crimes played the realistic murder simulators they would at least be able to know which side of the cover to stand on so as not to be shot when the police arrive. If they played games like ghost recon, rainbow six, rts's, hitman, etc. they would be able to take over the school easily, and have a long drawn out hostage situation like a real criminal. The truth is that Homicidal kids are usually very troubled, and/or stupid, and/or suicidal and if they play games its football and halo2-esqe bullet fests, and they definitely do not benefit from the training they receive from videogames. What game involves shooting the wrong person, running out of ammo and being shot by yourself or a police man? LIFE

It is unavoidable that tragedy's happen in a world where people point fingers at the wrong things. Anger, scapegoating, and aggression are dangerous things and I would advise Jack Thompson especially to avoid such barbaric sources of motivation.

Also in a barely admissible (yet warranted) tirade of emotion I would like to thank Mr. Jack Thompson for his help in complicating the legal system, scapegoating an unpopular social group (wonderfull accomplishment), increasing the legal systems dominance over the portion of the government actually elected by the people, and making tons of money. You surely have perhaps if your lucky a neutral effect on society.

For the record and in the interest of full disclosure I am 28. I have grown along side computers, technology and video games from the time I was five. I have a well paying job. I did ok in school. I got into trouble just like everyone else did.

Anything listed without citation below can be referenced to the article listed on this website as well as readily available on the web. A critic would point out that most of my sources are pro gamer. This is correct. The website Mr John Thompson so harshly criticizes may be pro gamer but then, every article I have seen Mr John Thompson link to has painted him in the exact opposite light. Which is true? Both have their supporters hence we have debate.

Has any "violent video game study" that showed a differential in brain processing activity actually been set side by side with anyone else who exhibited the same altered pathways via non video game stimulation? To say no person like that exists simply because it has not been done is exclusionary ignorance and not the least bit scientific.

If it is true that the money will be paid to charity simply if Paul Eibler names it, then I will encourage him to do so; if only to highlight the magnanimous and giving nature of John Bruce Thompson. Never mind the great need of the people around this country during the time of the “joke” or more commonly known as a con took place. This however did spur a number of gamers around the globe to contribute over a million dollars to a charity run by gamers called Child's Play.

Has he ever proven a causal link about violence caused by video games? A simple rise in aggression can be attributed to any number of outside sources. Mine is watching mass media like American Idol and the View. And, not having the current time I have not yet researched any other studies done on other aggression causing stimuli, but I do know this; shock treatment pisses people off.

Has anyone sat down with him and explored the nature of violence in religion and it's impact on the world? I would almost dare say that no study needs to be done but that of history.

Can any serious minded individual truly believe that his cause is just stopping the sale of violent video games to kids? In light of quotes like, “Honestly, are all of you gamers on drugs, or what?"[1] Or,"And you're allowed to say anything with that face? Wow. Jack Thompson”[2]. That, and hundreds more are available at http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Jack_Thompson. All of them verifiable by IP address if not general mode of speech and attitude. Granted, some of the responses are as crass and child like as his own but they have an excuse. Most of them are children.

I do not take exception to the idea he says he is promoting. I take exception to his methods and true motives. I agree whole heartedly that M and AO rated games should be kept out of the hands of children and I also believe there are ways to do it. I hardly see John Thompson's ideas anymore through his self aggrandizing statements and hyperbole. He has become like the bullies he swears he's fighting. His latest attempt was to call for the impeachment of Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.[3] Which has seemingly fallen on deaf ears with a response from the Utah video game bills sponsor Rep. Scott Wyatt.[4] Left as a phone call no less.

John does not encourage any form of peaceful resolution in which both sides work together. As he himself once said, “I am a foot soldier for god fighting this battle.” Attempts have been made to civilly engage this man to no avail. While that may titillate nay sayers and his supporters, his own speech is rather vitriolic, aggressive and often in many people's opinion bordering (if not outright committing) barratry and SLAPP lawsuits.

I am not writing a thesis on the man, though I could, pages and pages. I do not see a man who is crusading for anyone save his own recognition. People are being used as a vehicle to fame and that, more than anything else disturbs me. I have not provided anti anti video game proof in this for one reason. It falls to the accuser to prove their claims. This has not been done to the courts satisfaction as of yet and as it appears may not very soon. All of this has caused untold taxpayer monies to be paid to the very people everyone claims to hate. This is unacceptable to me, and should be to you.

Before I continue I should just leave be. I appreciate it if you took the time to read this. You may contact me at :

1.http://www.vgcats.com/jack.php
2.http://gamepolitics.livejournal.com/235573.html?thread=17199157#t17199157
3.http://gamepolitics.com/2007/01/23/thompson-impeach-utah-attorney-general/
4.http://gamepolitics.com/2007/01/29/utah-video-game-bill-sponsor-has-no-beef-with-attorney-general/

I don't have a say?! No its over-protective parents who have dumbed-down youth, to the point where we are immature.. keeping them, and not letting go... huggin them too much, or not hugging them at all. It's not like this violence is new... since as far as history goes back, boy's becoming men have been exposed to violence. there's always gonna phsyco- muderous teenagers out there! regardless of video games. i can understand less violence for kids 12 and under, but what about 13-17, it's limbo! Video games are jsut the future of boy's becoming men... its natural for boys-to men to want to commit violence. nothing makes sense any more! I'm not mature enough to play an M-rated game until the minute i turn seventeen?! Jack thompson probably never had a father, or never talked to him. because obviously, he can't fight like a real man, instead he has to sue people to satisfy the hole in his heart. JACK, READ "WILD AT HEART" live a little. i'm sorry for being mean, but i just want my independance,

Just quickly, I would like to say that Jack Thompson is quickly becoming the laughing stock of gamers worldwide.
Any associations or websites who chose to believe any of his garbage are soon to follow. Too late for MAVAV though.

First of all, if this doesn't prove Jack Thompson has issues, I don't know what does.

"The Bible doesn't promote killing innocent people, Grand Theft Auto does. Islam does. Islam promotes the killing of innocent people. The Quran requires the infidel, whether Jew or Christian, to be killed. ... That's a core essence of the religion. ... Muhammad was a pirate who killed infidels and who advocated the killing of infidels. Not a nice guy. Osama bin Laden is in keeping with his fine tradition."
Uhmm, the Crusades?

Geeks are an unpopular social group. We are abused, humiliated, beaten and blamed for virtually everything. And Jack Thompson is in keeping with this fine tradition.
"At least I'm not a a coward like all of you nerds here, who hide behind anonymous avatars. How sad."
He's watched too many VIOLENT VIETNAM MOVIES.
"I love the smell of burning gamers in the morning."
He'd rather have kids, as opposed to meeting new interesting people from all over the world and playing them in a casual game of Warcraft, have them sit on a couch and watch people crush each other in a very violent fashion on a television that has even bigger pixels than a monitor does?
"Finally, kids, really, get a life. Put down the controllers, pop a beverage, watch the Super Bowl, and enjoy what is left of the land of the increasingly un-free and the totally depraved. Hooah! Jack Thompson"
This one really angered me.
"The Average Soccer Mom... Let me tell you smug little video game nitwits something. "Soccer moms," which is a pejorative term to describe loving American mothers who do everything they can to nurture and protect their kids, know more about life, more about parenting and its responsbilities, than Dennis McCauley and all of his sycophants here. "Soccer Moms" whom McCauley denigrates here, are holding this country together despite the masturbatory preoccupations of "Video Gamer Nation." How disgusting. Jack Thompson"
Personally, I have a hard time thinking of anybody on the opposite end of the debate even half as disrespectful and misinformed as Jack Thompson, who says whatever comes to mind and he hasn't touched a videogame in his life. Jack Thompson is a hateful, racist, hyper-Conservative wacko.

Pfft. Jack Thompson. The guys an alarmist sensationalist jumping on a bandwagon. He's already been discredited, and is facing disbarrment left and right.

...Heh, to be honest though, I prefer real masturbation to naked women as opposed to videogames.

I am conservative, and a gamer. I don't like every game that comes out, but just like anything I DON'T HAVE TO BUY IT IF I DON'T LIKE IT's CONTENT!!!! I am 32 years old and over the years I have watched stupidity drive more Christians who like technology away from other "Christians", because somebody has the floor and claims to be a Christian or conservative and has found the answer to the world's ills as being linked to video games or computer stuff they have no clue about.
I dare anyone to see the violence that is taking place in Africa where there is rape, murder, and violence, and SUPRISE there isn't a video game in a dirt floored hut there.
There are people commiting unspeakable acts of cannabalisim in Korea, children stoning their own parents in the name of their country, and while children are starving in the streets buying food that was supposed to be FREE aid sent from OUR government, I doubt GTA is the root of the horror in that place. Gang members in this country are not under the anti-Terrorist act where they should be, killing each other since long before video games, and creating music about unfaithfulness, drinking, killing and abuse of women, and I think there is a root somewhere besides games, like non-present parents and poverty.
Fraternities beat, maim, humiliate and torture people so their members will "Fit in", I doubt seriously a "Tradition" dating back before the 50's was sparked by video games.
The "Spanish Saddle", "Water torture", "Anal Pear", "Thumbscrews", "Iron maidan", "The Rack", "Crow's Nest", and other forms of terrifying torture were invented by the Catholic Church during a little thing called the "Spanish Inquisition". They tortured tens of thousands of Jews, Christians (Yes Christians) and other innocents all in the name of "God", and sorry no video games then either.
Certain Religions call for the death of those who do not follow their beliefs and thousands upon thousands die because of this (I believe in a loving and forgiving God, who waits on people to come to His loving embrace and as I believe this, I hope those who hate will change for His love). And I doubt it was Mario Cart that brought destruction to the masses.
I know people in the missionary field in other countries who live under constant threat, who could die just for mentioning that Jesus loves them and cares for them and wants them to share kindness and love to others.Those threats in steamy jungles and deserts in the middle of nowhere have no idea what a video game is.
I am also sure that the average Roman citizen in the age of the Colloseum gladiator events did not think of Animal Crossing as a Christian's (men, women, and yes children) where torn limb from limb by several lions for their "Entertainment". Nope, no Sim's there.
Grow up people, and quit yelling at us poor geeks.We were sitting playing a small itallian guy hopping on a lizard's head for a high score, when you claim we were out causing the destruction of a world already gone mad.
Get on a pulpit and teach people how to Love, there is evil out there, people need to learn God's love, to counteract the devil's influence in the world.(and no, I am not talking about "Diablo" the game lol).

-Christina
(Dragoonclaw Ramora server FFXI /tell Hello)!

I am conservative, and a gamer. I don't like every game that comes out, but just like anything I DON'T HAVE TO BUY IT IF I DON'T LIKE IT's CONTENT!!!! I am 32 years old and over the years I have watched stupidity drive more Christians who like technology away from other "Christians", because somebody has the floor and claims to be a Christian or conservative and has found the answer to the world's ills as being linked to video games or computer stuff they have no clue about.
I dare anyone to see the violence that is taking place in Africa where there is rape, murder, and violence, and SUPRISE there isn't a video game in a dirt floored hut there.
There are people commiting unspeakable acts of cannabalisim in Korea, children stoning their own parents in the name of their country, and while children are starving in the streets buying food that was supposed to be FREE aid sent from OUR government, I doubt GTA is the root of the horror in that place. Gang members in this country are not under the anti-Terrorist act where they should be, killing each other since long before video games, and creating music about unfaithfulness, drinking, killing and abuse of women, and I think there is a root somewhere besides games, like non-present parents and poverty.
Fraternities beat, maim, humiliate and torture people so their members will "Fit in", I doubt seriously a "Tradition" dating back before the 50's was sparked by video games.
The "Spanish Saddle", "Water torture", "Anal Pear", "Thumbscrews", "Iron maidan", "The Rack", "Crow's Nest", and other forms of terrifying torture were invented by the Catholic Church during a little thing called the "Spanish Inquisition". They tortured tens of thousands of Jews, Christians (Yes Christians) and other innocents all in the name of "God", and sorry no video games then either.
Certain Religions call for the death of those who do not follow their beliefs and thousands upon thousands die because of this (I believe in a loving and forgiving God, who waits on people to come to His loving embrace and as I believe this, I hope those who hate will change for His love). And I doubt it was Mario Cart that brought destruction to the masses.
I know people in the missionary field in other countries who live under constant threat, who could die just for mentioning that Jesus loves them and cares for them and wants them to share kindness and love to others.Those threats in steamy jungles and deserts in the middle of nowhere have no idea what a video game is.
I am also sure that the average Roman citizen in the age of the Colloseum gladiator events did not think of Animal Crossing as a Christian's (men, women, and yes children) where torn limb from limb by several lions for their "Entertainment". Nope, no Sim's there.
Grow up people, and quit yelling at us poor geeks.We were sitting playing a small itallian guy hopping on a lizard's head for a high score, when you claim we were out causing the destruction of a world already gone mad.
Get on a pulpit and teach people how to Love, there is evil out there, people need to learn God's love, to counteract the devil's influence in the world.(and no, I am not talking about "Diablo" the game lol).

-Christina
(Dragoonclaw Ramora server FFXI /tell Hello)!

Jack Thompson is a prime example of an older generation trying to impress their "values" of wasting your life in a period of compliancy to a higher power. He is trying to impress upon people that just because a game features some violence, all games aren't appropriate for kids. Read ESRB ratings and everything should be fine, Oh and BTW I played Duke Nukem when I was 8 and nothing happened. Screw you Jack Thompson

organizations such as this are founded by bad parents who want everything legislated for them.what a great idea, lets have the goverment enforce our ideals on what is right so absolutely zero thought is neccessary. any activity that a person can engage in has the possibility to be addicting whether it is school, sports, eating, masturbation etc. get my point, anything can be addicting, i cannot even beleive you people have the audacity to blame video games fr anything. you mothers need to look closer to home and solve your problems and stop worrying about other's.

this guy is a fool. gaming is NOT addictive.

ive noticed that all their "facts" dont have anything backing them up or proving them.

and comparing gaming to watching porn/doing drugs is so stupid.

basically, this guy is against fun, doesnt know why, doesnt have proof, and likes to compare something ok to something bad.

This guy is a perfect example of a lawyer/attorney who doesnt deserve his law degree and probobly had a C throughout college.

Here's an interview:
Do you know anybody who abuses drugs? I do, it's not really the same as a "video game addiction." You see, there's this guy I know who could be one of the best modern blues guitarists alive. He abused meth for a long time though, and now he's in Iraq. Private Converse. Tell me a similar video game-related story.

This guy has to be stupid. Video Games are nothing like drugs.

I'm in my twenties and I'm a medical student and I still play video games. Well... when not slicing up corpses. But, for years myself and my friends would spend a few hours a week getting together and playing Quake or Unreal Tournament or Metal Gear Solid. Surprisingly, none of us went insane or has depression. I guess at the height of it we'd all have been playing maybe... 3 hours per day on average?

The suggestion that violent videogames are corrupting the youth, in the face of the evidence ( some other poster said violence in the 12-17 range is down 61% and gave a link to a US government website backing that up ) is just plain silly.

You folks, I respect what you're trying to do, you're looking out for your kids, but aren't you being a little overzealous? It's harmless! Kids shouldn't be playing AO rated games but even if they do, they won't go insane.

I don't understand why people like him seem to think video games are the root to all violent crimes. Which is basically the "point" (if you can call it that)he is trying to get across. He seems to see himself as "the voice of overprotective(and most likely overzealous christian) mothers". I think if you're going to make an "argument" you have to use facts rather than slating us geeks. The point Jack attemps to make about "getting a life and sitting on the couch to watch the super bowl" surely that is more a waste of life than playing games, to watch tv all you have to do is site in a vegetive state on a couch for 6-8 hours, watching some crap show mindlessly. Whereas playing video games makes you think, or it does me anyway, i think i've learnt alot more from video games than i have from tv, and i've learnt quite a lot from video games. Video games also leave more to the imagination, rather than being spoon fed a plot line, you have the chance to make your own virtual destiny. In games such as Oblivion it gives you a fresh, mythical world full of life to live in however you see fit. World of warcraft is probably a better example which enables you to meet other people from all over the world. So if what you're saying is true, Animal Crossing must obviously pollute my mind and misguide me to shake trees and dig holes wildly in the ground. Splinter Cell must lure me in using the huggable, loveable character of Sam Fisher, who would secretly train me to be a perfectly unseen spy and assassin.

if it was mental masturbation then go for it. anything to ignore stupid people who need to attack the childrens favourite entertainment type, just because a few cases of violence has occured and its supposed cause is because some nut decided to go do what he sees. doesnt mean the other 2 BILLION people are going to go and do that! those people who did do a so called 'game related murder or violence' would have no life and would probably jump of a cliff if you told them. it is beyond idiotic to read this and just to read that my favourite mode of entertainment 'may' be bad for my health. hell, ban video games, then you might aswell ban cars because they 'may(will)' cause deaths where as video games 'May(or not really)' cause deaths.

Okay is this guy retarded or what? Drugs and games are two different things. One is illegal and really screws up your head and body. Games on the other hand are legal and they don't corrupt people's minds. People kill people that is a fact. Games don't tell kids to go out and beatup hooker and kill people for no reason. They are FICTIONAL SIMULATORS do you know what that means right? FAKE it is not reality a projection on a tv screen. Parents buy the games for the kids, no minor under 17 is allowed to buy mature games so somebody older is buying them it's the grown ups responsibility to look at the ratings as far as I know most parents can READ and UNDERSTAND what violecne, sexual content, and strong language means. this is to all you parents out there, you need to step up if you don't want your kids playing these games.
Good God everything that comes on tv has some sort of crime in it. Dora the Explorer has a little fox named "Swiper" he tries to steal things I've watched this with my 4 year old niese. So why is this jacka** talking about that show or any other show or movie for that matter.Kids do more than play videogames moron. Get a real job like the rest of us normal people.


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