July 4, 2013

Video Games

From The Uncommon Criminal by Kyle De Wolf (author's profile)


June 3, 2013

Kyle De Wolf

Ruben and I, the campus radicals, don't always see eye to eye.

He feels that violent video games desensitize children to violence and help foster a culture of violence. I feel that violent video games are more or less of a harmless diversion and protected under the free speech clause of the First Amendment. One of my concerns is that pacifists and others sometimes raise the spectre of violence to stifle creativity and self-expression. They also make dark allegations about the video game industry and what "agenda" they serve. Conspiracy theories do not enter into my analysis; the transparent motive of the video game industry is to make money by selling video games. The transparent motive of the critics is to promote censorship of forms of entertainment that they find politically incorrect and morally repugnant.

Video games do not cause murder or war; I find it laughable that a hard-headed dialectical materialist would buy into such fuzzy thinking. Ruben also told me that football is one of the most "imperialistic" games because you are trying to take your opponent's land. I feel that such analysis will serve to alienate the public from the radical movement. Who will support the revolution when they find out that they will not be allowed to play games because of the political undertones that the censors detect in them?

I do not like a lot of video games because they promote militarism, war, or the institutions of the state. Yet I recognise that is an aesthetic choice; most people who play soldier in a game have no desire to join the Army. When I joined the Army, it had nothing to do with any video games I had ever played. It had more to do with poverty, lack of opportunity, and low self-esteem. I would have preferred not to join the Army, because I don't like authority but I wasn't sure what else I could do. If you don't want want young people to join the Army, don't attack Call of Duty. Give them better opportunities.

I played violent games as a youth, and I could be a nasty little brute within the fantasy world of Grand Theft Auto, but I had a strong aversion to violence in real life. In Grand Theft Auto, I would beat up hookers and take their money. The one time I found myself with a hooker in real life, I was too shyto ask her for sex. She had to ask me.


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CJP Posted 6 years, 8 months ago. ✓ Mailed 6 years, 8 months ago   Favorite
Thanks for writing! I finished the transcription for your post, you write a very convincing argument.

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