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(Kotaku)   "After Newtown, I can no longer play violent video games," writes moron   (kotaku.com) divider line 188
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2012-12-20 05:15:32 PM
At least this one recognizes that he can no longer distinguish fantasy from reality in time, subby.

Disaster averted.
 
2012-12-20 05:17:10 PM
I have caused untold destruction on my cities. I have sent hurricanes, unleashed tornados, and controlled conquering alien armies to smite the those citizens who refuse to develop beyond ramshackle houses because of property taxes.
 
But after 9/11, I threw away my Sim City 3000 disc, hoping never again to cause or witness such carnage.
 
2012-12-20 05:21:20 PM
Who is this and why do we care?
 
2012-12-20 05:41:39 PM
I give him three weeks before he finds himself sheepishly browsing the used games at GameStop, possibly while wearing sunglasses and a trench coat.
 
2012-12-20 05:47:13 PM
He has it easy. My time playing Civilization has taught me that I am a genocidal maniac who doesn't even blink at sending untold millions to their deaths in a nuclear fire. It has taught me that I harbor deep-rooted, intractable hostility toward the Aztec people in general and their leader, Montezuma, in particular. It has taught me that I care not about how many goddamn units it costs to obliterate an enemy city, or how desolate and barren I leave the countryside in my efforts to destroy an opponent's economy and break his will. It has shown me the darkest side of myself, and I no longer play it. Mainly because the computer is a cheating sonofawhore, but that moral shiat's all out there.
 
2012-12-20 05:58:56 PM

scottydoesntknow: But after 9/11, I threw away my Sim City 3000 disc, hoping never again to cause or witness such carnage.


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2012-12-20 05:59:02 PM
TFA: I don't want to explain to my son why daddy is shooting the guys on the television. Why that's okay, but when it happens in real life, people cry. 
 
Do you watch violent movies with your kids?  No?  Then don't play violent video games in front of them.
 
2012-12-20 06:03:11 PM
Jesus, just play Katamari or something, weirdo.
 
2012-12-20 06:19:17 PM
So I shouldn't install that child killer perk mod on my fallout game? But those annoying kids in Lamplight drive me crazy!
 
2012-12-20 06:21:49 PM
Violent video games giving me the urge to murder makes as much sense as Civilization giving me the urge to invade Russia.
 
2012-12-20 06:22:35 PM
I've snapped: I'm a game-icidal maniac.

'm going out and buying several dozen LEGAL copies of Modern Warfare, Medal of Honor, and Grand Theft Auto and SENSELESSLY THROWING THEM at innocent peoples' heads.

I'll be all over the news tonight, just you watch! YOU'LL BE SORRY YOU WERE EVER MEAN TO ME, JERRY!
 
2012-12-20 06:22:40 PM

Shostie: Jesus, just play Katamari or something, weirdo.


Katamari taught me I can pick broads up if I get fat enough

/it doesn't work in real life
 
2012-12-20 06:22:46 PM
FTFA: "I don't want to explain to my son why daddy is shooting the guys on the television. Why that's okay, but when it happens in real life, people cry."

Holy shiat. The sheer amount of stupid is braining my hurt.
 
2012-12-20 06:22:56 PM
After Columbine I wasnted to write a FPS game where you could program in the floorplan of your highschool and go blow your classmates away.
 
2012-12-20 06:23:16 PM
www.tonsillectomyguide.com
 
2012-12-20 06:23:52 PM

Mugato: Who is this and why do we care?


Agreed.
 
2012-12-20 06:23:53 PM

AbortionsForAll: FTFA: "I don't want to explain to my son why daddy is shooting the guys on the television. Why that's okay, but when it happens in real life, people cry."

Holy shiat. The sheer amount of stupid is braining my hurt.


i27.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-20 06:24:15 PM
kotaku is the is where the manufactured outrage of gaming happens
 
2012-12-20 06:24:47 PM
Skyrim has taught me that if I ever become a cop, I will need kneepads.
 
2012-12-20 06:24:48 PM
After 9/11, I couldn't no long train, eat my vitamins, say my prayers, or believe in myself.
 
2012-12-20 06:26:08 PM
[Stop_not_liking_things_I_like.jpg]
 
2012-12-20 06:26:43 PM
Moronic. As long as nut jobs can still buy assault rifles these types of killings will continue, and idiots still still blame video games. They sell fps video games in Great Britain and Germany, do they have mass shootings as often?

I'm genuinely asking... on my phone, don't plan on looking up the answer any time soon.
 
2012-12-20 06:26:43 PM

Pocket Ninja: He has it easy. My time playing Civilization has taught me that I am a genocidal maniac who doesn't even blink at sending untold millions to their deaths in a nuclear fire. It has taught me that I harbor deep-rooted, intractable hostility toward the Aztec people in general and their leader, Montezuma, in particular. It has taught me that I care not about how many goddamn units it costs to obliterate an enemy city, or how desolate and barren I leave the countryside in my efforts to destroy an opponent's economy and break his will. It has shown me the darkest side of myself, and I no longer play it. Mainly because the computer is a cheating sonofawhore, but that moral shiat's all out there.


Queen Elizabeth is the real biatch!! Befriends you and then turns later when you are just about to take the offensive against Ghandi the sissy, BAM she attacks and destroys your army and takes half you cities. biatch!!
 
2012-12-20 06:26:57 PM
You know what? I'm OK with this guy. He's not calling us all psychos, he's not trying to get violent media banned, he's just saying that it hurts him too badly to play out those images on his screen. He's doing what everybody should do when they see something that offends them: he's turning it off.
 
2012-12-20 06:27:07 PM
After this season for the Steelers, I can never play Madden again.
 
2012-12-20 06:28:36 PM

Nadie_AZ: So I shouldn't install that child killer perk mod on my fallout game? But those annoying kids in Lamplight drive me crazy!


Is there one? because that would be pretty cool and probably sell more games.

Maybe there is patch or something for Mass Effect where you can turn Reapers into small children around the age of 6 years old.
 
2012-12-20 06:28:54 PM

HeartBurnKid: You know what? I'm OK with this guy. He's not calling us all psychos, he's not trying to get violent media banned, he's just saying that it hurts him too badly to play out those images on his screen. He's doing what everybody should do when they see something that offends them: he's turning it off.


Basically. I disagree that he could shut off all violent things (and what technically is the line where it's too much for him), but he's not calling for a ban. I'm fine with his choice since he really isn't affecting anybody else.

I bet some people feel awkward with gun games with the shooting. A kind of 'too soon' thing they get over in a couple weeks.
 
2012-12-20 06:29:09 PM

HeartBurnKid: You know what? I'm OK with this guy. He's not calling us all psychos, he's not trying to get violent media banned, he's just saying that it hurts him too badly to play out those images on his screen. He's doing what everybody should do when they see something that offends them: he's turning it off.


But he's doing something I don't like!!! He's making me feel bad!!! Make him stop!!!
 
2012-12-20 06:29:42 PM
I'm throwing grenades in hospitals on GTAIV while reading this.
 
2012-12-20 06:30:21 PM

HeartBurnKid: You know what? I'm OK with this guy. He's not calling us all psychos, he's not trying to get violent media banned, he's just saying that it hurts him too badly to play out those images on his screen. He's doing what everybody should do when they see something that offends them: he's turning it off.


No. He's writing an article on a well-known site about turning it off.
 
2012-12-20 06:30:39 PM

rnatalie: After Columbine I wasnted to write a FPS game where you could program in the floorplan of your highschool and go blow your classmates away.


We used the Build editor to make our high school in Duke Nukem 3D in the mid 90s.

Today, we'd probably get sent to Gitmo for that.
 
2012-12-20 06:30:39 PM

CapnPlaty: Moronic. As long as nut jobs can still buy assault rifles these types of killings will continue, and idiots still still blame video games. They sell fps video games in Great Britain and Germany, do they have mass shootings as often?

I'm genuinely asking... on my phone, don't plan on looking up the answer any time soon.


As long as nutjobs can't take responsibility for their own actions, these types of killings will continue and idiots will still blame assault rifles.

FTFY
 
2012-12-20 06:31:28 PM
I used to be an agry thug when I was young, then I found cmputer games. Now I am a fat pastey white shut in.
 
2012-12-20 06:31:29 PM
So what's the big deal. It sounds to me like this guy has made a personal decision. Fine.

The fact that he decided to write about it is a little AWish but hey, whatever...
 
2012-12-20 06:31:38 PM

rnatalie: After Columbine I wasnted to write a FPS game where you could program in the floorplan of your highschool and go blow your classmates away.


I did that when I was in college...

/For a campuswide paintball game
 
2012-12-20 06:31:53 PM
But how will he be prepared to defeat the Cycloid Emperor and the Octabrains when they come to steal our wimmins?
 
2012-12-20 06:31:53 PM

BMFPitt: rnatalie: After Columbine I wasnted to write a FPS game where you could program in the floorplan of your highschool and go blow your classmates away.

We used the Build editor to make our high school in Duke Nukem 3D in the mid 90s.

Today, we'd probably get sent to Gitmo for that.


I wrote Doom WAD files with my high school as the map. But to each their own.
 
2012-12-20 06:32:06 PM
Never understood liberals on this point.

Ban cigarette advertising because it make people smoke.

Take Rush Limbaugh off the radio because speech influences people.

Don't say words like 'Chicago' or 'Food Stamps' because they are dog whistles for racist tendencies to rise up withing people.

First shooter video games that have awesome graphics depicting how easy it is to kill and maim for deluded teens and introverted fat boys?

AWWWWEEESSSSOOOOMMMMEEEE
 
2012-12-20 06:32:13 PM
I don't see the big deal here. The video game culture has taken a pretty major swing into the camp of glorifying violence. I have no problem believing that it's one of 800 million factors that has led to the rise in troubled, angry youth, but I have a problem believing that its share of the blame is anything more than 0.00000000000001%.

I'll admit, the idea of blowing people away--even in a video game--doesn't really appeal to me at the moment. My 360 hasn't been used for a week. Call me weak and overly emotional, but I'm still trying to suppress my gag reflex. I have a 4-year-old and he keeps catching me staring at him.

/dnrtfa
 
2012-12-20 06:32:15 PM
Quake II taught me that I can turn one class mate to a fine red mist while rocket jumping, whilst another classmate would snipe me mid-air with the rail gun.
 
2012-12-20 06:32:34 PM
"I don't want to explain to my son why daddy is shooting the guys on the television. Why that's okay, but when it happens in real life, people cry."

So he doesn't want his son to learn how to think critically and abstractly. Got it.
 
2012-12-20 06:33:02 PM
Get some Bran, moron.
 
2012-12-20 06:33:47 PM
So you're too poor a parent to teach your kids the difference between fantasy/theoretical situations, and reality, and why things acceptable in one of those groups are fine, but in the other category the same actions are bad and cause harm?
Because that's what I got out of that article.
 
2012-12-20 06:35:02 PM
I know exactly one gamer that can't play certain games because of the level of violence, specifically the one where terrorists attack the Moscow airport and civilians are running around screaming.

He was an retired armed service member(can't remember which branch), and when he hit that point in the game, he just shut if off because it was "too real" for him.
 
2012-12-20 06:36:18 PM
having not heard about the specific level in MW2, I was surprised at first and was pretty surprised at what I had to do. But that didn't make me want to shoot up an airport.
 
2012-12-20 06:37:26 PM

CapnPlaty: Moronic. As long as nut jobs can still buy assault rifles these types of killings will continue, and idiots still still blame video games. They sell fps video games in Great Britain and Germany, do they have mass shootings as often?

I'm genuinely asking... on my phone, don't plan on looking up the answer any time soon.



I think Hitler play real life Wolfenstein.
 
2012-12-20 06:37:27 PM
Rampant idiocy from Kotaku? No way...........
 
2012-12-20 06:37:28 PM

meat0918: I know exactly one gamer that can't play certain games because of the level of violence, specifically the one where terrorists attack the Moscow airport and civilians are running around screaming.

He was an retired armed service member(can't remember which branch), and when he hit that point in the game, he just shut if off because it was "too real" for him.


That level was kinda hard, especially in multiplayer. No good place to hunker down.
 
2012-12-20 06:38:03 PM
I love the fact Kotaku is ripping this idiot apart. What a jackass.
 
2012-12-20 06:38:07 PM

downstairs: TFA: I don't want to explain to my son why daddy is shooting the guys on the television. Why that's okay, but when it happens in real life, people cry.

Do you watch violent movies with your kids?  No?  Then don't play violent video games in front of them.


Yeah, I have kids, and I don't play the violent stuff until they are in bed and the door to the computer room is shut.

I'll let them watch me play SWTOR though. My kids love love love Star Wars. However, I still wait until they are in bed before playing my Imperial Dark Side Sorc.

//They came in while I as playing the Amnesia demo once, and also F.E.A.R., luckily when nothing scary was on the screen...
 
2012-12-20 06:39:06 PM

CapnPlaty: Moronic. As long as nut jobs can still buy assault rifles these types of killings will continue, and idiots still still blame video games. They sell fps video games in Great Britain and Germany, do they have mass shootings as often?

I'm genuinely asking... on my phone, don't plan on looking up the answer any time soon.


The nutjobs wouldn't know what to do with those guns if it wasn't for violent video games and movies training them how. Do you think our military would use so many simulators for their training if they don't work? I don't think so.

Video games are at least 90% to blame for these events.
 
2012-12-20 06:40:41 PM

umad: CapnPlaty: Moronic. As long as nut jobs can still buy assault rifles these types of killings will continue, and idiots still still blame video games. They sell fps video games in Great Britain and Germany, do they have mass shootings as often?

I'm genuinely asking... on my phone, don't plan on looking up the answer any time soon.

The nutjobs wouldn't know what to do with those guns if it wasn't for violent video games and movies training them how. Do you think our military would use so many simulators for their training if they don't work? I don't think so.

Video games are at least 90% to blame for these events.



*Chuckle*

Nice one.
 
2012-12-20 06:40:57 PM

Agent Nick Fury: Never understood liberals on this point.

Ban cigarette advertising because it make people smoke.

Take Rush Limbaugh off the radio because speech influences people.

Don't say words like 'Chicago' or 'Food Stamps' because they are dog whistles for racist tendencies to rise up withing people.

First shooter video games that have awesome graphics depicting how easy it is to kill and maim for deluded teens and introverted fat boys?

AWWWWEEESSSSOOOOMMMMEEEE


It's probably because you and Sara Palin share a brain.
 
2012-12-20 06:41:15 PM

eagles95: I'm throwing grenades in hospitals on GTAIV while reading this.


That game made me enjoy Hookers and Blow.




OK, the Hookers and Blow made me enjoy Hookers and Blow..................yay personal responsibility.
 
2012-12-20 06:42:03 PM

AbortionsForAll: HeartBurnKid: You know what? I'm OK with this guy. He's not calling us all psychos, he's not trying to get violent media banned, he's just saying that it hurts him too badly to play out those images on his screen. He's doing what everybody should do when they see something that offends them: he's turning it off.

No. He's writing an article on a well-known site about turning it off.


And?
 
2012-12-20 06:43:44 PM
Author of TFA sounds concerned.
 
2012-12-20 06:43:46 PM

SithLord: CapnPlaty: Moronic. As long as nut jobs can still buy assault rifles these types of killings will continue, and idiots still still blame video games. They sell fps video games in Great Britain and Germany, do they have mass shootings as often?

I'm genuinely asking... on my phone, don't plan on looking up the answer any time soon.

As long as nutjobs can't take responsibility for their own actions, these types of killings will continue and idiots will still blame assault rifles.

FTFY


Because there is a rational reason to own an assault rifle?

You want a handgun for personal protection, okay I'll buy that. Shotgun for hunting? Sure. But why would anyone need an assault rifle?

And "because the second amendment says I can" is a bullshiat answer. There is personal responsibility true, but also public responsibility.
 
2012-12-20 06:44:21 PM

wotthefark: CapnPlaty: Moronic. As long as nut jobs can still buy assault rifles these types of killings will continue, and idiots still still blame video games. They sell fps video games in Great Britain and Germany, do they have mass shootings as often?

I'm genuinely asking... on my phone, don't plan on looking up the answer any time soon.


I think Hitler play real life Wolfenstein.


2.bp.blogspot.com

See.
 
2012-12-20 06:45:36 PM

CapnPlaty: SithLord: CapnPlaty: Moronic. As long as nut jobs can still buy assault rifles these types of killings will continue, and idiots still still blame video games. They sell fps video games in Great Britain and Germany, do they have mass shootings as often?

I'm genuinely asking... on my phone, don't plan on looking up the answer any time soon.

As long as nutjobs can't take responsibility for their own actions, these types of killings will continue and idiots will still blame assault rifles.

FTFY

Because there is a rational reason to own an assault rifle?

You want a handgun for personal protection, okay I'll buy that. Shotgun for hunting? Sure. But why would anyone need an assault rifle?

And "because the second amendment says I can" is a bullshiat answer. There is personal responsibility true, but also public responsibility.


You know what's fun about rights? One doesn't need to prove need.
 
2012-12-20 06:46:06 PM

Karne: Agent Nick Fury: Never understood liberals on this point.

Ban cigarette advertising because it make people smoke.

Take Rush Limbaugh off the radio because speech influences people.

Don't say words like 'Chicago' or 'Food Stamps' because they are dog whistles for racist tendencies to rise up withing people.

First shooter video games that have awesome graphics depicting how easy it is to kill and maim for deluded teens and introverted fat boys?

AWWWWEEESSSSOOOOMMMMEEEE

It's probably because you and Sara Palin share a brain.


*golf clap*

I LOL'd
 
2012-12-20 06:47:16 PM
When a dude's gettin bullied and shoots up his school
And they blame it on Marilyn (on Marilyn).. and the heroin
Where were the parents at? And look where it's at
Middle America, now it's a tragedy
Now it's so sad to see, an upper class ci-ty
Havin this happenin (this happenin)..
 
2012-12-20 06:47:38 PM

rnatalie: After Columbine I wasnted to write a FPS game where you could program in the floorplan of your highschool and go blow your classmates away.


For the Quake 3 mapbuilder me and a coworker designed a map that looked like our workplace. We worked 2nd shift so later at night we could go around the buildings getting pictures and measuring things out. Took us a couple months and we got it about 95% correct and everyone at work had a blast playing it.
 
2012-12-20 06:47:57 PM
The guy is voluntarily giving them up because he wants to. His reasons are his own and he doesn't expect anyone to follow his decision and he's not advocating censorship.

So who farking cares? If it makes him happy, then whatever.
 
2012-12-20 06:48:16 PM

umad: CapnPlaty: Moronic. As long as nut jobs can still buy assault rifles these types of killings will continue, and idiots still still blame video games. They sell fps video games in Great Britain and Germany, do they have mass shootings as often?

I'm genuinely asking... on my phone, don't plan on looking up the answer any time soon.

The nutjobs wouldn't know what to do with those guns if it wasn't for violent video games and movies training them how. Do you think our military would use so many simulators for their training if they don't work? I don't think so.

Video games are at least 90% to blame for these events.


utroll
 
2012-12-20 06:48:40 PM

umad: CapnPlaty: Moronic. As long as nut jobs can still buy assault rifles these types of killings will continue, and idiots still still blame video games. They sell fps video games in Great Britain and Germany, do they have mass shootings as often?

I'm genuinely asking... on my phone, don't plan on looking up the answer any time soon.

The nutjobs wouldn't know what to do with those guns if it wasn't for violent video games and movies training them how. Do you think our military would use so many simulators for their training if they don't work? I don't think so.

Video games are at least 90% to blame for these events.


1/10
 
2012-12-20 06:49:03 PM
Thanks to my ability to separate reality from fantasy, I can go right on playing violent video games while being a complete and total pacifist in my actual life.

True story.
 
2012-12-20 06:49:15 PM
No, I totally get it-the games we play can influence our lives.  I mean, I spent hundreds of hours in minecraft, and now every evening after work I go home and dig in my yard.  It's not the same, though, it turns out that in real life, dirt is dirty.
 
Also I hit the sewer line and almost drowned in human feces.  That doesn't happen in minecraft.
 
2012-12-20 06:49:56 PM
i74.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-20 06:50:10 PM
I used to play violent video games, but then I took an arrow to the knee.
 
2012-12-20 06:50:34 PM
People keep saying that gun violence is part cultural, that we glorify killing and violence as a means of resolving problems.

Do video games somehow not count? If advertisers spend millions on advertisements towards impressionable youth, how can you say that some nut won't take the messages in games too far?
 
2012-12-20 06:50:44 PM

Girion47: utroll


pxlboy: 1/10


Not trolling. Just fighting derp with derp.
 
2012-12-20 06:51:05 PM
After getting a ridiculously high bill from my plumber, I could no longer play Mario.

I just can't justify my involvement in making a plumber a hero, when the one that fixed my leaky pipe acted so villainous!
 
2012-12-20 06:51:11 PM

Pocket Ninja: He has it easy. My time playing Civilization has taught me that I am a genocidal maniac who doesn't even blink at sending untold millions to their deaths in a nuclear fire. It has taught me that I harbor deep-rooted, intractable hostility toward the Aztec people in general and their leader, Montezuma, in particular. It has taught me that I care not about how many goddamn units it costs to obliterate an enemy city, or how desolate and barren I leave the countryside in my efforts to destroy an opponent's economy and break his will. It has shown me the darkest side of myself, and I no longer play it. Mainly because the computer is a cheating sonofawhore, but that moral shiat's all out there.


Oh man do ever I hate that bastard.
 
2012-12-20 06:51:34 PM

Mobutu: Thanks to my ability to separate reality from fantasy, I can go right on playing violent video games while being a complete and total pacifist in my actual life.

True story.


Despite what the news media and television cop dramas have shown, most kids playing FPS games at home would freeze up and/or soil their drawers in a real live fire situation. Saying that that realistic games turn them into calculating trained killers is ludicrous.
 
2012-12-20 06:52:19 PM

meat0918: I know exactly one gamer that can't play certain games because of the level of violence, specifically the one where terrorists attack the Moscow airport and civilians are running around screaming.

He was an retired armed service member(can't remember which branch), and when he hit that point in the game, he just shut if off because it was "too real" for him.


Pussy. He'd better pray that he doesn't meet me in an online deathmatch. I'll kick his punk ass.
 
2012-12-20 06:52:21 PM

Petorian Guard: Pocket Ninja: He has it easy. My time playing Civilization has taught me that I am a genocidal maniac who doesn't even blink at sending untold millions to their deaths in a nuclear fire. It has taught me that I harbor deep-rooted, intractable hostility toward the Aztec people in general and their leader, Montezuma, in particular. It has taught me that I care not about how many goddamn units it costs to obliterate an enemy city, or how desolate and barren I leave the countryside in my efforts to destroy an opponent's economy and break his will. It has shown me the darkest side of myself, and I no longer play it. Mainly because the computer is a cheating sonofawhore, but that moral shiat's all out there.

 
Oh man do ever I hate that bastard.
 
Have you thought about revenge?
 
2012-12-20 06:53:14 PM

GhostFish: The guy is voluntarily giving them up because he wants to. His reasons are his own and he doesn't expect anyone to follow his decision and he's not advocating censorship.


Then why did he feel the need to write an article about it and get it plastered on a gaming site? To me it sounds like "These violent games are making me feel bad, and they should make you feel bad too!"
 
When he brought out the "Won't someone think of the children...well at least think of my child!" tired argument, he lost a lot of sympathy.
 
2012-12-20 06:56:02 PM
Hmmm...Just played Borderlands 2 and had no problems.

No strange urges to hose down anyone with the AR either. Does that make me defective?
 
2012-12-20 06:56:40 PM
I hope this doesn't lower the amount of Christmas noobs because of worried parents. I was hoping to massacre some kiddies.
 
2012-12-20 06:56:45 PM

CapnPlaty: SithLord: CapnPlaty: Moronic. As long as nut jobs can still buy assault rifles these types of killings will continue, and idiots still still blame video games. They sell fps video games in Great Britain and Germany, do they have mass shootings as often?

I'm genuinely asking... on my phone, don't plan on looking up the answer any time soon.

As long as nutjobs can't take responsibility for their own actions, these types of killings will continue and idiots will still blame assault rifles.

FTFY

Because there is a rational reason to own an assault rifle?

You want a handgun for personal protection, okay I'll buy that. Shotgun for hunting? Sure. But why would anyone need an assault rifle?

And "because the second amendment says I can" is a bullshiat answer. There is personal responsibility true, but also public responsibility.


Why would anyone need a car that can go 4 times the legal speed limit?

Because it's cool.

Same with an assault rifle. I was playing with toy guns since I was old enough to go "bang bang" with my finger and thumb. It's a testosterone thing I guess because every boy I grew up with as well as my own son did the same thing. Now that we are older we still play with guns either hunting or target practice. People say guns are extensions of our penises and it's hard for me to argue that but damnit I like shooting my guns, they are legal, and I'm not hurting one single person by enjoying them. I keep them in a gun safe so asswipe thiefs can't steal them. What more do you want from me? This is still a relatively free country so you worry about you and I'll worry about me, mmmkay?
 
2012-12-20 06:57:34 PM

CapnPlaty: Moronic. As long as nut jobs can still buy assault rifles these types of killings will continue, and idiots still still blame video games. They sell fps video games in Great Britain and Germany, do they have mass shootings as often?

I'm genuinely asking... on my phone, don't plan on looking up the answer any time soon.


Nah britain doesnt have alot of shootings. Instead all the kids under 17 carry knives now since every nutjob has an unregistered knife to rob them with.
 
2012-12-20 06:57:51 PM

scottydoesntknow: GhostFish: The guy is voluntarily giving them up because he wants to. His reasons are his own and he doesn't expect anyone to follow his decision and he's not advocating censorship.

Then why did he feel the need to write an article about it and get it plastered on a gaming site? To me it sounds like "These violent games are making me feel bad, and they should make you feel bad too!"

When he brought out the "Won't someone think of the children...well at least think of my child!" tired argument, he lost a lot of sympathy.


I don't quite know. I would guess that this is a catharsis for him, and he wants people with similar feeling to know that it's okay to feel the same way. Sometimes writers don't have agendas beyond simply making connections with their readers.
 
2012-12-20 06:57:59 PM

GhostFish: The guy is voluntarily giving them up because he wants to. His reasons are his own and he doesn't expect anyone to follow his decision and he's not advocating censorship.

So who farking cares? If it makes him happy, then whatever.


This.

The only MINOR issue I have is the Jack Thompsons and Fox News latching on to this to further their dopey, profit-driven agenda. It won't work.
Now I'm off to stab the living shiat out of some pirates on the Rook Islands.
 
2012-12-20 06:58:19 PM

computerguyUT: Hmmm...Just played Borderlands 2 and had no problems.

No strange urges to hose down anyone with the AR either. Does that make me defective?


As long as you remember that you can't get slag powers by swallowing this stuff.
 
2012-12-20 06:59:47 PM
After witnessing the widespread abuse of miners in third-world countries who get rare earth metals and diamonds for a pittance, as well as various acts of strip-mining and deforestation all throughout the world, I can no longer play Minecraft.
 
2012-12-20 06:59:49 PM
Just out of curiosity, was there ever a mod for Bully that allowed you to have guns?
 
2012-12-20 07:00:01 PM

SithLord: BMFPitt: rnatalie: After Columbine I wasnted to write a FPS game where you could program in the floorplan of your highschool and go blow your classmates away.

We used the Build editor to make our high school in Duke Nukem 3D in the mid 90s.

Today, we'd probably get sent to Gitmo for that.

I wrote Doom WAD files with my high school as the map. But to each their own.


I bet I've played at least one of those, if it was uploaded to cdrom.com
 
2012-12-20 07:02:02 PM

CapnPlaty: SithLord: CapnPlaty: Moronic. As long as nut jobs can still buy assault rifles these types of killings will continue, and idiots still still blame video games. They sell fps video games in Great Britain and Germany, do they have mass shootings as often?

I'm genuinely asking... on my phone, don't plan on looking up the answer any time soon.

As long as nutjobs can't take responsibility for their own actions, these types of killings will continue and idiots will still blame assault rifles.

FTFY

Because there is a rational reason to own an assault rifle?

You want a handgun for personal protection, okay I'll buy that. Shotgun for hunting? Sure. But why would anyone need an assault rifle?

And "because the second amendment says I can" is a bullshiat answer. There is personal responsibility true, but also public responsibility.



It's impossible to kill 20 people with 2 pistols, right?

Link
 
2012-12-20 07:03:19 PM
Kotaku posted an article with two well-known, unrelated mass shooting in its headline, and an opposition to "violent" videogames.

We need to recognize this for what it is. An old farker with kids who can't keep up with videogames.

He says nothing of movies. He says nothing of books. He says nothing of games like Bioshock, which are incredibly violent and incredibly vital works of art. Instead, he's saying he's an old fark that's got oxytocin coursing through his veins and he'd rather get farked up on that than adrenaline.

And to those who question the negative reaction, IT IS BECAUSE HE MADE THESE STATEMENTS ON A GAMING SITE.

If he had kept them in the coffee shop along with the rest of the aging Gen-X'ers desperately seeking to validate decisions that actually amount to biological changes in their brains, he wouldn't have a problem.

fark this guy for invoking unrelated violence.

At the rate we're going, we need to worry more about the virtual denizens which will eventually be smart enough to feel the loss of their lives and the lives of their compatriots. THAT is a genuine issue of videogame violence. Especially when developers keep using words like "virtual central nervous system" to describe their animation toolkit.

And when something that farked up starts to become a reality, we'll need all the partisan vitriol we can muster.
 
2012-12-20 07:03:55 PM
I'd think bieng in his mid thirties would be reason enough for this guy to pack away his toys.
 
2012-12-20 07:03:55 PM

groppet: For the Quake 3 mapbuilder me and a coworker designed a map that looked like our workplace. We worked 2nd shift so later at night we could go around the buildings getting pictures and measuring things out. Took us a couple months and we got it about 95% correct and everyone at work had a blast playing it.


Cool.
I've done a chunk of my high school in Half-Life 2, as well as a few houses I've rented, and friends houses.
Best one was a friend's suburban 2 storey house for Counter-Strike - a hostage map. Had a big brick fence, a sewer path into the pool, working doors and lights, etc. Played it with a bunch of mates and it was awesome.
 
2012-12-20 07:05:26 PM

HeartBurnKid: You know what? I'm OK with this guy. He's not calling us all psychos, he's not trying to get violent media banned, he's just saying that it hurts him too badly to play out those images on his screen. He's doing what everybody should do when they see something that offends them: he's turning it off.


And then writing a long-winded article about it.
 
2012-12-20 07:07:33 PM
I've killed more hookers IRL than in GTA, so I'm getting a kick...
 
2012-12-20 07:08:16 PM
Maybe he should kill himself and his whole family. If he's too stupid to see the difference between video games and real life then i am at a loss of words how farking ridiculously stupid that person and how awful his genes must be. He shouldn't watch tv, read books, see any movies, don't read newspapers, ignore 4000 years + of bloody history and just find a nice quiet cave, put himself and his whole family inside and seal it shut to never emerge again.
Idiot.
 
2012-12-20 07:09:26 PM

TomD9938: I'd think bieng in his mid thirties would be reason enough for this guy to pack away his toys.


Cute.
 
2012-12-20 07:09:48 PM

Void_Beavis: So what's the big deal. It sounds to me like this guy has made a personal decision. Fine.

The fact that he decided to write about it is a little AWish but hey, whatever...


His reasoning is a little asinine. "Instead of explaining something to my kid, I am just going to avoid it all together".

Also, it's okay to kill bad guys. What game is he playing where is off killing innocent folks (even children)...If you are playing a game like you are a psycho, maybe you start to think you might be a little big psycho.
 
2012-12-20 07:10:10 PM

spamdog: Best one was a friend's suburban 2 storey house for Counter-Strike - a hostage map. Had a big brick fence, a sewer path into the pool, working doors and lights, etc. Played it with a bunch of mates and it was awesome


Sounds a lot like cs_estate
 
That was one of my favorite counter-strike maps, but so few servers actually ran it.
 
2012-12-20 07:10:12 PM
That's the problem with the Internet: Every idiot with an opinion can post it yon and hither for all the world to see.
 
2012-12-20 07:10:23 PM
I don't have any reservations about any games played around me. I do, however, criticize some of my in-laws (only to the wife privately) at their lack of concern for letting their 4, 9, and 13 year olds have access to mature titles with graphic nudity and violence. Their 9 year old has been playing Grand Theft Auto for years and the 4 year old has a mouth like a sailor. I'm very glad they aren't my kids.
 
2012-12-20 07:11:14 PM
To New, or not to new, that is the question.
 
2012-12-20 07:12:05 PM

TomD9938: I'd think bieng in his mid thirties would be reason enough for this guy to pack away his toys.


YES!!! "That Guy" showed up to the thread.
You know, the one that doesn't realize that a very large video game playing demographic is indeed the over 30 crowd...or he somehow feels it makes them inferior to him because he is far more prodcutive in his free time...such as when he is posting on internet forums.
 
2012-12-20 07:12:20 PM

meat0918: Yeah, I have kids, and I don't play the violent stuff until they are in bed and the door to the computer room is shut.


I didn't have to wait until they were in bed until they were old enough to begin understanding what was happening. Kid is 10 now and I don't turn on the FPS games until he is in bed and has been there for a while.
 
2012-12-20 07:15:06 PM

SquiggsIN: I don't have any reservations about any games played around me. I do, however, criticize some of my in-laws (only to the wife privately) at their lack of concern for letting their 4, 9, and 13 year olds have access to mature titles with graphic nudity and violence. Their 9 year old has been playing Grand Theft Auto for years and the 4 year old has a mouth like a sailor. I'm very glad they aren't my kids.


The 4-year-old cusses? My god. I know I've never unleashed the word fark shiat piss biatch motherfarker cocksucker or coont in my life and I don't want anyone I know to ever use words that mean things. Think of all the harm those poor children are inflicting on each other with those awful taboo words!
 
2012-12-20 07:16:20 PM

Apos: At least this one recognizes that he can no longer distinguish fantasy from reality in time, subby.


Yes, I'm sure his thousands of hours of target practice with a PS3 Sixaxis or a Wii Nunchuck will prepare him for using a Glock without hurting himself with the recoil...
 
2012-12-20 07:19:09 PM
(shrug) I'll be honest - I don't have a problem with the article. Video games are escapism. Sounds like after last Friday they're no longer effective for him. I doubt that's the only reason why, and though I can't really sympathize him him, I'm not gonna write him off as a moron for it.
 
2012-12-20 07:19:42 PM

WhippingBoy: That's the problem beauty with the Internet: Every idiot with an opinion can post it yon and hither for all the world to see.


FTFY

Idiot opinions (mine included) make the world spicy.
 
2012-12-20 07:19:59 PM

noneyourbase: (shrug) I'll be honest - I don't have a problem with the article. Video games are escapism. Sounds like after last Friday they're no longer effective for him. I doubt that's the only reason why, and though I can't really sympathize with him, I'm not gonna write him off as a moron for it.


FTFM
 
2012-12-20 07:20:50 PM
For every violent video game you don't play, I'll play three.
 
2012-12-20 07:22:42 PM
Pokemon taught me the magic that happens when male and female critters are put together in a small space and left alone for a while.
 
2012-12-20 07:24:08 PM
After Aurora, I can no longer watch The Dark Knight. Or maybe that was Bane...
 
2012-12-20 07:24:08 PM

CapnPlaty: But why would anyone need an assault rifle?

And "because the second amendment says I can" is a bullshiat answer. There is personal responsibility true, but also public responsibility.


Why would anyone need violent video games? Why would anyone need any video games? It isn't like society would collapse if they suddenly all disappeared.

And "because the first amendment says I can" is a bullshiat answer. There is personal responsibility true, but also public responsibility. Since they have had a nonzero effect on these shooters they should all be banned.
 
2012-12-20 07:25:05 PM

rnatalie: After Columbine I wasnted to write a FPS game where you could program in the floorplan of your highschool and go blow your classmates away.


There actually was a game written after the Columbine massacre about the Columbine massacre. There's another one out there now if you google "Columbine video game", but the one I'm thinking about doesn't show up with a cursory google search.

Plus, I believe that the Columbine murderers had their own levels of "Doom" at the time as well.

Seriously though, if anyone out there *really* has it in them to go to the sort of effort to make their own levels of a game depicting them killing anyone they know in real life... No one is worth getting that worked up over, especially a bully. By blowing up, you just make yourself the bad guy. Please go get psychiatric help. -Things *can* get better.
 
2012-12-20 07:25:07 PM
after my cat died i couldnt look at my tamogatchi again
 
2012-12-20 07:27:57 PM
I deal with morons and their BS all day... my job, essentially, is to babysit grown-ass men (sometimes women) who are apparently incapable of showing up on time every day or knowing how to do their jobs.

I am also at the bottom of the funnel where shiat flows down from people sitting at desks 100's or 1000's of miles away that have no clue how the world works beyond their cubicle or corner office.

It is my responsibility to double check (and correct) the work of everybody I deal with... whether they be above or below me.

So yeah... spending an hour or two after work blowing up buildings, wasting zombies or mowing down pedestrians helps me blow off some steam.
 
2012-12-20 07:29:49 PM
I discovered that I harbored a serious God complex/evil streak when playing the first black and white. Not only was I really, really evil (who wasn't when playing that game? It was just more fun that way) but I took the one "good" pet, the Cow, named him Bob and taught him how to eat people real early on. And then I made everyone breed. Bob was very, very happy and pretty much wiped out entire villages on a regular basis. Mwhahaha!

/misses Bob the man-eating cow
//no time for video games these days, violent or otherwise *sigh*
 
2012-12-20 07:32:09 PM

noneyourbase: (shrug) I'll be honest - I don't have a problem with the article. Video games are escapism. Sounds like after last Friday they're no longer effective for him. I doubt that's the only reason why, and though I can't really sympathize him him, I'm not gonna write him off as a moron for it.


The problem I have with the article is that it seems to have no point. It is not informative in any way, and the author goes out of his way to not make any sort of point whatsoever. It is the equivalent of a millennial writing a blog about how they are sick of cheese toast and are not going to eat in anymore. There is nothing wrong with that, but it in no way represents the type of journalism Kotaku and the author are trying to represent it as. Seems a little bit like attention whoring.

Its either that or the author is trying to make a connection between violent games and mass shootings without having the balls to come out and actually address the idea in a defensible manner. The way it was written gave me a hint of that as well.
 
2012-12-20 07:33:10 PM
After the Reapers attacked Vancouver I couldn't use Space Magic anymore...
 
2012-12-20 07:34:27 PM

HeartBurnKid: You know what? I'm OK with this guy. He's not calling us all psychos, he's not trying to get violent media banned, he's just saying that it hurts him too badly to play out those images on his screen. He's doing what everybody should do when they see something that offends them: he's turning it off.


I'm glad some people read the entire article.
 
2012-12-20 07:34:43 PM
Now morons in the media like nancy grace will read this buffoon's senseless musings and use it as evidence for their bogey man violent video game argument. What a jerkoff.
 
2012-12-20 07:34:51 PM
Meh. The day I started playing MOH: Allied Assault, I realized it was June 6th. I was bummed out for a bit, but I got over it.
 
2012-12-20 07:35:12 PM
After that day, I went through a period

no kidding
 
2012-12-20 07:38:43 PM
I needed a few weeks of no GTAIV after a nasty car accident.

If the games weren't realistic enough to suspend disbelief, they wouldn't be immersive and we wouldn't enjoy them.
 
2012-12-20 07:40:17 PM
After the Phil Spector trial I couldn't play Ace Attorney:Phoenix Wright again
 
2012-12-20 07:42:19 PM

scottydoesntknow: Sounds a lot like cs_estate


with zombie mod = brilliant
 
2012-12-20 07:42:49 PM
And no, no, I do not train cows to eat humans in real life. I have a respectable job and no violent tendencies other than wishing to throw the occasional paper clip or rubber band and a chatty or singing cube neighbor.
 
2012-12-20 07:43:29 PM

apelk: HeartBurnKid: You know what? I'm OK with this guy. He's not calling us all psychos, he's not trying to get violent media banned, he's just saying that it hurts him too badly to play out those images on his screen. He's doing what everybody should do when they see something that offends them: he's turning it off.

I'm glad some people read the entire article.


Except it is on a game site he is a writer for. So it is just a matter of time before all those nut jobs out there use it to further their agenda that video games make people violent. See!! Professional game journalist denounces violent video games because he is afraid his kids will turn into murdering monsters! How about he just quits his job and spares us the sob story.
 
2012-12-20 07:47:29 PM
fiatopen.rollins.edu

name something a new parent of a young child would write.

/interestingly enough, once they've had a bunch more kids they go back to accepting of the existence of suffering and humor in this world
 
2012-12-20 07:48:31 PM

Cyrus the Mediocre: Violent video games giving me the urge to murder makes as much sense as Civilization giving me the urge to invade Russia.


Dude, the hot women alone should be reason enough to invade Russia! Just make sure to leave them before they get to the babushka phase of their life.
 
2012-12-20 07:49:27 PM
Everyone congratulate me on being named chief operations officer at United Airlines. I knew all that Pocket Planes experience would get me the inside track.
 
2012-12-20 07:52:03 PM

Twitch Boy: Everyone congratulate me on being named chief operations officer at United Airlines. I knew all that Pocket Planes experience would get me the inside track.


To what
 
2012-12-20 07:54:08 PM

Mugato: Who is this and why do we care?


Feelings or something.
 
2012-12-20 07:54:15 PM
You know what I'm sick of the most? The retarded reaction of gamers to the media blaming games.
People are pretty emotional about this and when they're emotional they're not rational. It should be obvious that people are going to look for a scapegoat. This stuff is for people 50+ who have their heads up their arses.
Nobody's going to take away your precious farking video games. It's a multi-billion dollar industry. Nobody thinks you're weird for playing video games anymore. Anybody who does is a cocksucker you can safely ignore.
 
2012-12-20 07:54:55 PM

Agent Nick Fury: Never understood liberals on this point.

Ban cigarette advertising because it make people smoke.


That's the entire POINT of advertising, to make someone do/buy something.

Take Rush Limbaugh off the radio because speech influences people.

Just look at all of the people who say Limbaugh influences their views and shapes their mindsets, as well as get all of their "news" from him. Plus his constant call for the right to wage war against America because half of it doesn't agree with them.

Don't say words like 'Chicago' or 'Food Stamps' because they are dog whistles for racist tendencies to rise up withing people.

Never heard anything about that, but I can see people using it as a way to stereotype people and/or demand ending social service programs.

First shooter video games that have awesome graphics depicting how easy it is to kill and maim for deluded teens and introverted fat boys?

AWWWWEEESSSSOOOOMMMMEEEE


The games aren't telling people to go out and do it for real. And you're making the retarded assumption that all people who play video games are mentally-deficient.
 
2012-12-20 07:56:39 PM

Shostie: Jesus, just play Katamari or something, weirdo.


Love that game.
 
2012-12-20 07:57:27 PM

downstairs: TFA: I don't want to explain to my son why daddy is shooting the guys on the television. Why that's okay, but when it happens in real life, people cry.

Do you watch violent movies with your kids?  No?  Then don't play violent video games in front of them.


Yes, let them do that in secret with their friends.
 
2012-12-20 07:58:41 PM

Rufus Lee King: Grown men and video games. Right. Yes.


Yeah. Grown men are suppossed to play squash, golf, and sit around drinking beer while watching football.
 
2012-12-20 08:01:04 PM

StoPPeRmobile: Rufus Lee King: Grown men and video games. Right. Yes.

Yeah. Grown men are supposed to play squash, golf, and sit around drinking beer while watching football.


So I've been told. Video games are puerile nonsense, but football and golf aren't painfully dull?
 
2012-12-20 08:05:33 PM

scottydoesntknow: I have caused untold destruction on my cities. I have sent hurricanes, unleashed tornados, and controlled conquering alien armies to smite the those citizens who refuse to develop beyond ramshackle houses because of property taxes.

But after 9/11, I threw away my Sim City 3000 disc, hoping never again to cause or witness such carnage.


This is a wonderful post.
 
2012-12-20 08:12:46 PM

Cyrus the Mediocre: Violent video games giving me the urge to murder makes as much sense as Civilization giving me the urge to invade Russia.


You too? Glad I'm not alone. Who ELSE wants to invade Russia? :)
 
2012-12-20 08:14:06 PM

Agent Nick Fury: Never understood liberals on this point.

Ban cigarette advertising because it make people smoke.

Take Rush Limbaugh off the radio because speech influences people.

Don't say words like 'Chicago' or 'Food Stamps' because they are dog whistles for racist tendencies to rise up withing people.

First shooter video games that have awesome graphics depicting how easy it is to kill and maim for deluded teens and introverted fat boys?


upload.wikimedia.org
www.americasarmy.com
Official site from the United States Army. Includes game information and free download
 
2012-12-20 08:14:44 PM

People_are_Idiots: Cyrus the Mediocre: Violent video games giving me the urge to murder makes as much sense as Civilization giving me the urge to invade Russia.

You too? Glad I'm not alone. Who ELSE wants to invade Russia? :)


It's only a matter of time before they war with us.
 
2012-12-20 08:17:16 PM
The fact that he wrote in his article that he doesn't want to explain to his child why killing stuff in video games is ok and killing people in real life is wrong tells me that he's not yet ready to be a parent.
 
2012-12-20 08:17:28 PM
video games: mass murder
as
porn:mass rape
 
2012-12-20 08:17:30 PM
My son doesn't want to play his COD or Black Ops since this either.
 
2012-12-20 08:17:59 PM
Ohh look, Kotaku is doing their linkbait again.
 
2012-12-20 08:20:37 PM

spamdog: Nobody thinks you're weird for playing video games anymore.


You haven't been to central buttfark Wisconsin I take it. If you don't have a lifted truck, some form of gun, preferably a hunting rifle, don't drink a 6 pack of beer per hour, and can't recite Packer stats from at least 15 years ago till present you're weird. Video games are for kids, and you're a weirdo and probably a pedophile living in your parent's basement if you're an adult that enjoys them around here.

/ good ol' Wisconsin, always at least 10 years behind the rest of the farking nation in pretty much everything.
 
2012-12-20 08:21:26 PM

amquelbettamin: video games: mass murder
as
porn:mass rape


Mass turbation.
 
2012-12-20 08:22:02 PM

Insatiable Jesus: My son doesn't want to play his COD or Black Ops since this either.


Get him to play the farking piano then. Don't waste it.
 
2012-12-20 08:23:35 PM

StoPPeRmobile: Insatiable Jesus: My son doesn't want to play his COD or Black Ops since this either.

Get him to play the farking piano then. Don't waste it.


Fruit Ninja and Minecraft.
 
2012-12-20 08:24:08 PM
i1.kym-cdn.com

/can't believe this wasn't here yet
 
2012-12-20 08:24:20 PM

Insatiable Jesus: StoPPeRmobile: Insatiable Jesus: My son doesn't want to play his COD or Black Ops since this either.

Get him to play the farking piano then. Don't waste it.

Fruit Ninja and Minecraft.


oh
 
2012-12-20 08:28:36 PM

Insatiable Jesus: My son doesn't want to play his COD or Black Ops since this either.


So who do you play with then?
 
2012-12-20 08:35:39 PM
Bet the dweeb has no problem playing Monopoly though!
 
2012-12-20 08:37:51 PM

StoPPeRmobile: Official site from the United States Army. Includes game information and free download


Nice recruiting tool.
 
2012-12-20 08:38:23 PM
To label
 
2012-12-20 08:39:45 PM
Well, at least he's managed to make VA Tech and Sandy Hook about himself, not the actual victims.
 
2012-12-20 08:44:18 PM

Mugato: StoPPeRmobile: Official site from the United States Army. Includes game information and free download

Nice recruiting tool.


Plus the drones.
 
2012-12-20 08:45:01 PM

Mugato: StoPPeRmobile: Official site from the United States Army. Includes game information and free download

Nice recruiting tool.


Oh, I forgot something.

Ban the Army.
 
2012-12-20 08:49:12 PM
I played minecraft and now I kill everyone I see with a cobblestone sword made of one stick and two cobble stone blocks.
 
2012-12-20 08:53:53 PM

You Must Construct Additional Pylons.: I played minecraft and now I kill everyone I see with a cobblestone sword made of one stick and two cobble stone blocks.


To build violent blocks to be constructed later
 
2012-12-20 09:04:59 PM

HeartBurnKid: You know what? I'm OK with this guy. He's not calling us all psychos, he's not trying to get violent media banned, he's just saying that it hurts him too badly to play out those images on his screen. He's doing what everybody should do when they see something that offends them: he's turning it off.


After reading TFA I was wondering why there were so many posts in the thread, then I remembered few people read the article and instead biatch about what they assumed the author wrote.
 
2012-12-20 09:05:25 PM
x1c.xanga.com

Sure, it may be pricey and pretentious but I can't see how that would put a person off video games, except maybe driving games.
 
2012-12-20 09:22:49 PM
IDIOT
 
2012-12-20 09:27:29 PM

Apos: At least this one recognizes that he can no longer distinguish fantasy from reality in time, subby.

Disaster averted.


Yep.
Too bad subby is a butthurt little kid. Maybe someday he'll grow up too.


//off to Pandora
 
2012-12-20 09:56:54 PM

zzrhardy: I used to be an agry thug when I was young, then I found cmputer games. Now I am a angry fat pastey white shut in.


you left out a word
 
2012-12-20 10:33:46 PM

umad: CapnPlaty: But why would anyone need an assault rifle?

And "because the second amendment says I can" is a bullshiat answer. There is personal responsibility true, but also public responsibility.

Why would anyone need violent video games? Why would anyone need any video games? It isn't like society would collapse if they suddenly all disappeared.

And "because the first amendment says I can" is a bullshiat answer. There is personal responsibility true, but also public responsibility. Since they have had a nonzero effect on these shooters they should all be banned.


After careful consideration of your views I have decided there must be a study. I shall appoint myself chairman (as that is the highest paid position) and assemble my minions toot sweet.

We will get back to you. Eventually.
 
2012-12-20 10:47:37 PM
Only read a couple of pages of comments, but found they could be summarized as:

"This guy feels differently about gaming than I do so he's an @@shole."

But then, that seems to be the mantra of any group that encounters an opinion different than their own. So keep it up. No reason to examine (or allow) a differing viewpoint.
 
2012-12-20 10:49:22 PM
FTFA comments...

"it sounds like you have a hard time separating video games from real life, so it is probably good that you are not going to play them anymore."

Annnnnd we're done.
 
2012-12-20 10:51:36 PM

umad: CapnPlaty: But why would anyone need an assault rifle?

And "because the second amendment says I can" is a bullshiat answer. There is personal responsibility true, but also public responsibility.

Why would anyone need violent video games? Why would anyone need any video games? It isn't like society would collapse if they suddenly all disappeared.


Would you prefer a different game?
www.aboutroma.com
Apparently, it kept the plebs from rioting. Imagine that? What retards!
 
2012-12-20 10:52:38 PM

RDean: Only read a couple of pages of comments, but found they could be summarized as:

"This guy feels differently about gaming than I do so he's an @@shole."

But then, that seems to be the mantra of any group that encounters an opinion different than their own. So keep it up. No reason to examine (or allow) a differing viewpoint.


I can't stand you reasonable people. With your rationale and logic. fark off.
 
2012-12-20 10:54:16 PM
I've been playing a game where one of the key manuevers is to behead your enemies. Not zombies, not robots, actual people.

Okay, Lego people. But still.
 
2012-12-20 11:02:28 PM

Shadowtag: I've been playing a game where one of the key manuevers is to behead your enemies. Not zombies, not robots, actual people.

Okay, Lego people. But still.


Gateway game to MDK games.

Just say no!
 
2012-12-20 11:39:50 PM
Ban everything that I disagree with. That'll stop the insanity!!!

Don't ban anything that I like. What would that solve?!

/freedom is always free! Sacrifice is like totally for other dudes.
 
2012-12-21 12:14:53 AM

rnatalie: After Columbine I wasnted to write a FPS game where you could program in the floorplan of your highschool and go blow your classmates away.


A LOT of Doom and Quake levels and mods were made to do just that, collected on private servers back way before there were official user generated content servers. The mods would create new enemies that looked like kids and teachers. It was rather underground, and no one really wanted the press to know for obvious reasons. I don't know if it was like that for later games, I stopped FPSing after Half-Life.
 
2012-12-21 02:38:02 AM

teeny: I have no problem believing that it's one of 800 million factors that has led to the rise in troubled, angry youth


Your problem is that you operate on Belief at all.

It's lack of parental regulation that causes teenagers on xbox to flip out and curse up a storm. They're spoiled kids who's only exposure to a social life has nothing to reign it in. They existed before video games, the only thing that's changed is that parents allow/condone the behavior more than in the past. It's the "My precious snowflake can do no wrong" effect.

Another way of looking at it, is that video games are no different than any sort of competition except it's more popular. Every given sport has it's certain amount of trash talk, it's a sport in and of itself really. It was that long before video games ever even existed. Only, then it was pretty much a given you don't let your kids hang out with the "wrong" types. Because it's over the internet now, it comes in under the radar, as it were.

12 year olds hanging out with adults who rag on eachother for fun are bound to have problems, in person or over the internet through video games. Kids are impressionable and will immitate what they see without knowing why. the video game isn't one of the "factors" it's the exposure to other foul mouthed hot heads, and we've had that since we've had civilization.
 
2012-12-21 03:12:45 AM
I'm not understanding the anti-gun crowd's obsession with "Assault Rifles" and how they think that any weapon that's not an "Assault Rifle" is somehow less lethal or more difficult to use on multiple targets. The "Assault Rifle" this maniac used was .223, which is a common round found in hundreds of different brands and configurations. An "Assault Rifle" has more doo-hickeys and looks cooler, but isn't really any better equipped at snuffing out a life than your typical hunting rifle with a few spare clips.

So go ahead and ban "Assault Rifles", all it's going to do is piss off gun enthusiasts. What's your plan when the next blood bath comes from the barrel of .22 cal? A trained shooter with time and a confined space could do as they wished with even the smallest of calibers. The GUN is not the problem, it is the person wielding it. Gun control starts at who is pulling the trigger, and I really wish people would understand that. I just hope that an "Assault Weapons" ban isn't a substitute for a comprehensive mental health system that would really help fix the issue. If that ends up being the case, we'll soon find ourselves in the same situation, and looking to ban something else....and never addressing the real issue.
 
2012-12-21 03:50:28 AM
To be fair, he didn't say he was giving up video games because they promote violence. He said he's giving up video games because they feel a little too real now after the trauma he's been through. Would you expect a rape victim to want to play "Rape Lay" and just say to herself "Oh, it's just a wacky Japanese game..." I don't think so.
However, the article does come across as a douche bag attempt at taking advantage of the situation so that he can come across as profound and poignant to his readers....
 
2012-12-21 04:09:24 AM

mighty_maxx: So go ahead and ban "Assault Rifles", all it's going to do is piss off gun enthusiasts. What's your plan when the next blood bath comes from the barrel of .22 cal? A trained shooter with time and a confined space could do as they wished with even the smallest of calibers.


I just had this conversation over dinner last night.

Our gopher plinking .22 isn't so scary even though it holds 17 rounds. The finish is a little beat up but it's a no frills wood stock.

But that big bad ASSAULT rifle(ar-15/armalite/whatever) is no different[barring the possibility of having an illegal full auto mod, in that case, disregard], except it looks scary to people who don't know what the fark they're talking about. It's black, angular, the magazine is scary in and of itself, it looks like it's made for killing.

It's a Hummer compared to my 4x4 truck. That's it, no more "evil" or un-necessary than any other given vehicle.
 
2012-12-21 07:05:05 AM
The horror of the day's events, as well as my personal connection with the campus, wrecked me emotionally.

He sounds emotionally weak.
 
2012-12-21 08:14:26 AM

StoPPeRmobile: People_are_Idiots: Cyrus the Mediocre: Violent video games giving me the urge to murder makes as much sense as Civilization giving me the urge to invade Russia.

You too? Glad I'm not alone. Who ELSE wants to invade Russia? :)

It's only a matter of time before they war with us.


You're right. I say pre-emptive strike.
www.superfluitiesredux.com
 
2012-12-21 08:54:42 AM
The video game argument is only a tiny bit less idiotic than the making guns illegal argument.
Glad so many of you have your stupid meters working at least at 50%.
 
2012-12-21 10:35:10 AM
bravo subby
 
2012-12-21 12:17:11 PM

HeartBurnKid: AbortionsForAll: HeartBurnKid: You know what? I'm OK with this guy. He's not calling us all psychos, he's not trying to get violent media banned, he's just saying that it hurts him too badly to play out those images on his screen. He's doing what everybody should do when they see something that offends them: he's turning it off.

No. He's writing an article on a well-known site about turning it off.

And?


And he's obviously attention-whoring. In fact, I'd go so far as to say he's a disgusting opportunist.
 
2012-12-21 01:12:19 PM
 
2012-12-21 03:02:20 PM
"I don't want to explain to my son why daddy is shooting the guys on the television. Why that's okay, but when it happens in real life, people cry."

"I have never played a violent game in front of him"

He sees you shooting the guys on the television, but then you claim you don't play those games in front of him? What? Which is it?
 
2012-12-21 04:34:00 PM

Hale-Bopp: "I don't want to explain to my son why daddy is shooting the guys on the television. Why that's okay, but when it happens in real life, people cry."

"I have never played a violent game in front of him"

He sees you shooting the guys on the television, but then you claim you don't play those games in front of him? What? Which is it?


Whichever one gets him sympathy, probably. And I love how he admitted that he doesn't want to do his parenting duties and explain to his son about fantasy vs reality and how "killing" pixels and electronic code in a TV is very different form killing living flesh-and-blood human beings.
 
2012-12-21 06:11:39 PM
meanwhile:
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2012-12-22 07:45:19 PM

FraggleStickCar: "I don't want to explain to my son why daddy is shooting the guys on the television. Why that's okay, but when it happens in real life, people cry."

So he doesn't want his son to learn how to think critically and abstractly. Got it.


Yep, he's assuming his son is a moron.
 
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