Blame The Video Games
from the will-it-ever-end? dept
Two stories, both found over at Geek.com show how, after all these years, people still are trying to blame video games for the actions of troubled children, rather than learning that these children need to take responsibility for their own actions. The first one is a lawyer in Florida who is trying to forcefully take over the defense of a kid accused of murder in Ohio. The guy, who is a “self-styled expert on the influence of violent video games on youths” says that he will blame video games for the crime, saying: “Whatever happened (in JoLynn’s death), it was not murder… The American video industry must share the blame.” Of course, all such attempts at blaming violent crimes on video games have failed miserably. Meanwhile, in New Zealand, police are warning about kids who have resorted to crime to keep up their online video game playing addiction. At least in that case, the police admit that it’s more the parents’ fault for leaving these kids unsupervised (they were sending their kids to the internet cafe to act as a babysitter). Either way, this brings up the old debate about trying to pass of the blame for troubled children and their actions on video games, instead of having them (and their parents) take some responsibility themselves. There’s plenty of evidence (with the most obvious being that the vast majority of people who play video games are not criminals) that, for most people, video games are simply a form of entertainment. If they were really causing these crime sprees, then wouldn’t we be seeing much more? Clearly, these are troubled kids, and adults around them can’t accept that and need to find someone else to blame – and the video game industry makes for an easy scapegoat.