Monthly Archives: December 2012
With the wake of yet another school shooting in the United States, the question is asked once again: what role does violent media play in a violent society? And since this is a video game blog, we’ll stick with the violent video game frenzy.
Violent video games have been around since the 1980s. Before people could blame Grand Theft Auto for the violence certain psychotic individuals acted out, games like Death Race and NARC were in the minds of concerned people. Actually, Death Race was so horrid back in the day, the National Safety Council considered the game “sick” and “morbid”. In all of it’s form, this game promoted violence and rage. It allowed you to run over pedestrians in a racing atmosphere for points. Step foot in today’s world, we have games that reward you for “curb stomping” your enemies, chainsaw them into giblet gravy, and flat out torture human beings. A lot of people are concerned with how these rewards are affecting children and if these games are a negative to our society.