Video gaming in culture

In recent years  video games have been blamed for many horrific killings around the world. For example the recent shootings in a Washington navy yard by a gunman “obsessed with video games” where man went onto a navy base with a .45 handgun and started shooting people. These kinds of attacks are becoming more and more frequent in recent years but are video games truly to blame here. In my honest opinion there is one single factor that causes someone to go out and do something so horrible to other human beings but actually a whole mess of different things that cause it to happen. Yes video games play a part in crimes like these but they quite obviously are not the main culprit. Quite often in the shootings the person that is doing it has some kind of underline mental illness which causes them to react irrationally. This combined with playing video games or even watching violent films can play a key part in these shootings by causing people to become delusional about the boundaries between reality and fiction. This combination as well as other life stressed can be a trigger in shootings like these however, not every attack is committed by someone with mental issues nor are they committed by someone who is “obsessed with video games”. What people need to remember is where were the video games 100 years ago and further back when people were commuting horrible crimes. Was Jack the Ripper sat at home playing GTA and then thought “you know what let’s go and do this in real life” no he was just someone that one day decided he wanted to kill people probably because he enjoyed it. Video games can’t be blamed for every crime ever committed it doesn’t work like that. People have throughout history have committed crimes without video games and that won’t change with video games being present


3 thoughts on “Video gaming in culture

  1. I wouldnt say video games play any part in the crime culture, these horrific shootings which occur all are given some rhyme or reason as to why they happened. Blaming violent films and computer games is just a scapegoat for how a child or teenager can kill another person. There have been numerous other attacks such as the Columbine massacre, the reason for this was much more realistic as the blame was placed on the availibility of weapons to teenagers in the USA. I think that the taboo placed on Violent films and video games is ridiculous there are hundred of other factors which cause tthese events. You never see a war blamed upon someone playing call of duty.

  2. Good effort Aaron. You raise some of the issues and debates that are current in games based education. Here’s a question: Marshall McLuhan famously stated: ‘We shape our tools, and then our tools shape us.’ Was he right? And if so, does this not indicate that in some way technology (i.e. games consoles) may be shaping the way we behave?

    • In some ways he is right and some ways he is wrong. I personally feel that the tools moulding us is true in the sense that it is allowing people to better themselves in different aspects of technology. For example in recent years they have started to make leaps and bounds with bionic limbs which could help people that have lost them through accidents or during war. Without technology the human race would just cease to progress. It is true that video games may in fact affect and mould the way people think and act however, couldn’t you also blame the parents that use video games as a “baby sitter” for their children. If someone is playing a video game for 16 hours a day everyday then is that not more so the cause for someone “being shaped” by the tools they are using. Would this not potentially cause the lines between reality and fiction become so blurred for a person in this situation that they then develop something like PTSD or go and commit a mass shooting.

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