Jack Thompson Now Running Police Investigations

from the blame-game dept

Apparently at the behest of Jack Thompson, some sheriff's deputies in Louisiana have seized some video games from the home of a teenage murder suspect as "evidence". Evidence of what? That the kid has a games console or PC? Thompson says that he told the police to look for games because reports of the crime fit the scenario of the Grand Theft Auto games -- which would also indicate that any kid with a paper route must be an avid Paperboy player, though we've missed all the reports of Frogger driving people to play in traffic. All Thompson's trying to do (apart from drum up some publicity for himself) is shift the blame for the crime from a sick, stupid killer onto video games -- just the latest in his line of attempts to let people abdicate any responsibility for their actions. One other question -- why do law-enforcement officers in Louisiana now need an activist lawyer from Florida to tell them how to do their jobs?

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    Xanthir, 7 Jun 2006 @ 1:52pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Murderers are not well-adjuste

    I'd suppose that you've never played one of these violent video games which you find no value in?

    At the very least, they are cathartic. At the best, they are damned good fun, and hilarious to boot.

    No matter your opinions of them, though, it's impossible to define 'violent' in a way that bans things appropriately. Is a fighting game too violent? What about a wrestling game? What about wrestling shows? People are seriously injured and even killed because they emulate what they see on TV. Does this mean we should ban wrestling? No, it means we should make sure people know that the wrestlers on TV are highly skilled and you shouldn't try to copy their actions in real life.

    Similarly, we should make sure that people know that a video game is fantasy, and they should not act it out in real life. We, as parents, should make sure that our children are playing appropriate games, and make sure that they understand the difference between what you do in a game and what you do in real life.

    To take a line from your post, I think we *would* lost something in the process of banning video games (or just violent ones). We'd lose a wonderful new field of art, an incredibly fun way to spend our time, and what's more, our adherence to that great document we founded our country on, especially that very first patch to it.

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