Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Arizona Gunman Tied to Gaming

Here we go again. We can't go a week without someone in the news media attempting to link video games to a violent act.

AZCentral.com has reported that the shooter whom attempted to kill an Arizona Congresswoman was a "big video gamer," according to former classmates. Oh, and he was an avid reader of Mein Kampf, constantly disruptive in class proclaiming the professors were brainwashing him, and had erratic behavioral patterns. But let's just focus on the fact that he played video games, because that's the reason why he went on a rampage. >.>

I could go on and on for pages about how annoyed I am that people are so quick to stereotype the gaming community. We're either one extreme of being fat, lazy, unmotivated white guys or complete psychopaths that want to kill everyone. When the reality is that the vast majority of us are normal and fit neither stereotype. We hold down steady jobs. We go outside and hang out with other "normal" people. We have families, wives, husbands, children, boyfriends, girlfriends, etc. We pay our taxes on time. Most, if not all, of the gaming community is pretty normal. But the media likes extremes. That's how they hook viewers. Which leads into my second act of paranoia, the media wants to make video games look bad because games are taking people away from newspapers and news shows. Oh the endless amount of discussions to be had!

To note, the police have yet to identify and/or release a motive from the shooter. It's just one news outlet's spin on the events. /sigh It'd be nice to live in a society where stereotypes were removed. But then we wouldn't be human, now would we?


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