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(Kotaku)   "After Newtown, I can no longer play violent video games," writes moron   (kotaku.com) divider line 42
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2012-12-20 05:15:32 PM  
9 votes:
At least this one recognizes that he can no longer distinguish fantasy from reality in time, subby.

Disaster averted.
2012-12-20 06:26:57 PM  
7 votes:
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 05:47:13 PM  
5 votes:
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 06:49:03 PM  
4 votes:
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 05:59:02 PM  
4 votes:
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 06:33:47 PM  
3 votes:
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 06:32:34 PM  
3 votes:
"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 06:22:46 PM  
3 votes:
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 07:12:05 PM  
2 votes:

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 06:53:14 PM  
2 votes:

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 06:45:36 PM  
2 votes:

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 06:27:07 PM  
2 votes:
After this season for the Steelers, I can never play Madden again.
2012-12-20 06:21:49 PM  
2 votes:
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 05:21:20 PM  
2 votes:
Who is this and why do we care?
2012-12-21 08:54:42 AM  
1 votes:
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 04:09:24 AM  
1 votes:

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 03:12:45 AM  
1 votes:
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.
2012-12-20 08:49:12 PM  
1 votes:
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 08:39:45 PM  
1 votes:
Well, at least he's managed to make VA Tech and Sandy Hook about himself, not the actual victims.
2012-12-20 08:35:39 PM  
1 votes:
Bet the dweeb has no problem playing Monopoly though!
2012-12-20 08:01:04 PM  
1 votes:

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 07:54:55 PM  
1 votes:

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 07:47:29 PM  
1 votes:
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 07:43:29 PM  
1 votes:

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 07:32:09 PM  
1 votes:

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 07:27:57 PM  
1 votes:
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 07:25:05 PM  
1 votes:

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 07:10:12 PM  
1 votes:
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 07:08:16 PM  
1 votes:
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 06:50:10 PM  
1 votes:
I used to play violent video games, but then I took an arrow to the knee.
2012-12-20 06:47:57 PM  
1 votes:
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 06:40:41 PM  
1 votes:

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 06:37:27 PM  
1 votes:
Rampant idiocy from Kotaku? No way...........
2012-12-20 06:31:28 PM  
1 votes:
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 06:30:39 PM  
1 votes:

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 06:30:21 PM  
1 votes:

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 06:26:43 PM  
1 votes:
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 06:22:56 PM  
1 votes:
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 06:22:40 PM  
1 votes:

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 05:58:56 PM  
1 votes:

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 05:41:39 PM  
1 votes:
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 05:17:10 PM  
1 votes:
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.
 
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