If that were true, mass shootings wouldn’t even be news anymore given that the “Call of Duty” series alone has sold about 100 million copies and has tens of millions of people playing online. Video games are EVERYWHERE. Sure, parents ought to be more discerning in what they let their kids play, but if games were the source of violence in our society we’d be living in a Mad Max movie.

https://twitter.com/TeamHMC27/status/471027498549911553

Um…so he didn’t play video games but he’s an example of why video games lead to violence? Mmmkay.

It does seem a bit hypocritical for a Hollywood star to come down on violent video games. Is the virtual violence in “Dr. Giggles” different somehow?

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Ok, so maybe it’s been a while since Combs appeared in that turkey, but when it comes time for the pseudoscientific psychobabble, why is it always the video games that get blamed when graphic violence is the bread and butter of Hollywood?

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  • bedfordthegreat

    I think violent video games are like alcohol…some people can handle it and some people just can’t.

    • MrBK

      That makes sense. Most people can separate fantasy from reality but people with certain mental illnesses are probably much more likely to immerse themselves into the make-believe violence on a deep, personal level. I know Rodger claimed he was addicted to Halo and blames it (along with World of WarCraft) for much of his anti-social behavior. Yet, I personally thought Halo was a bit boring.

      • Michelle ✓classified

        Bingo.

      • Ryan Johnson

        The first and second Halo games were definitely overhyped in terms of the main campaign. I can’t speak for the rest of the series. The second improved on the first, but the first definitely just recycled the entire first half in the second half.

        • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

          I was a Halo Reach fan myself. It gave me an opportunity to hang with my kids.

          • Ryan Johnson

            I forgot all about Halo Reach. There’s a looot of Halo I have to catch up on considering I have yet to get a 360! (Never getting a One. Ever.)

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            LOL, I bought Halo 4, but I didn’t like it. They made it too much like Call of Duty. I liked how Halo had been….which was a bit “non-real”.

          • Ryan Johnson

            Funny, I heard Halo 4 was pretty good. But CoD-ization seems to be an issue with shooters these days.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            It probably is pretty good. I just never liked COD, so that part turned me off from it. But then I was never a gamer….just involved with my kids, and that’s what they were in to. So, I learned how to play Reach. LOL

          • Ryan Johnson

            Pretty cool story. My mom would never get into games! Closest she got was when something went wrong when she got a new tv for her room and there was no cable connection, and I lent her my PlayStation 2 to watch DVDs on and taught her how to use the controller (a wireless one) to fast forward, pause, skip chapters and whatnot.

            And I cannot believe I wrote the post you replied to an hour ago. I swear it was only 10 minutes ago…

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            LOL, time happens like that online.

            I just looked at video games the same way I did any other game they wanted to play. Parents have to change with the times in some ways. Candyland or Monopoly only holds their interests for so long.

          • Ryan Johnson

            Confession time; I used to cheat in Candyland when I was an older kid in the late 90s. I would always happen to be the one shuffling the cards, and I would slip the Queen Frosty card into the position that lined up with my turn. That way I always jumped straight ahead to near the end of the board.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            LOL….bad!

          • Humanary Stew

            You degenerate you.

          • Ryan Johnson

            Special place for me in the molasses pit!

          • kblue905

            I still cheat at Candyland. I stack the cards so that my little ones win QUICKLY. 45 games of Candyland with twins is surely a form of torture.

          • Ryan Johnson

            Genuine lol! Nice!

          • Humanary Stew

            OK. I have a confession to make. It seems almost daily you impress and amaze me. You really need to stop this.

            That is great that you did that to spend time and connect to your daughters.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            Thanks, but how sad is that, when we are impressed with parents for just being involved with their kids’ lives?

          • Humanary Stew

            I do believe you just got your nerd on. 😉

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            Proud to be a nerd!

          • Humanary Stew

            As am I. I am a gamer, but I don’t play many games. Been one since Space Invaders and never looked back. I kinda miss the days of arcades. I did play WoW for almost five years and am in the middle of Borderlands 2. I don’t play much during the summer though because my computer overheats too easily when I do.

          • Ryan Johnson

            arcades are still around, in movies, pizza places, dave and busters. Lots of fun to be had with lightgun games.

          • Humanary Stew

            True, but I mean the true arcades. There aren’t very many pinball games being made anymore. That is a real shame because with the technology we have today some very cool things could be done. I loved the Terminator 2 and The Addams Family ones when they were out. And games like Space Ace.

          • Ryan Johnson

            I get it, I miss them too.

          • Andrew Curlutu

            Is your CPU AMD or Intel out of curiosity?

          • Humanary Stew

            The one I have currently is Intel, but I have had AMD in the past.

          • Andrew Curlutu

            Hmm, odd, it’s normally the AMD CPUs that are notorious for overheating problems. Try a better fan and heatsink with better coolant jell to see if makes a difference.

          • Humanary Stew

            Well, I didn’t explain the entire situation. I am in third floor condo and it gets very hot in here in the summer. It has already been 82 in here and I am in Michigan.

          • Markward

            yeah, it ruined Battlefield Bad Company 2. I liked Bad company as it was a fun diversion from the HARDCORE UBER GRIMDARK! of most FPSs.

          • Ryan Johnson

            Still haven’t gotten into battlefield though i have the 3rd off PS+.

          • Markward

            Not with that Kinect must always be on issue, I will not get a Xbox one (and Sony had a field day with the sharing games thing). And I trust Microsoft with my privacy as far as I can toss my car down the road.

          • Ryan Johnson

            that’s precisely why I’m never getting a one. It’s connected to the internet and it’s listening for you to say “Xbox On.” Microsoft participated in PRISM. Dots connected.

        • Maxwell

          I personally can respect what Halo did for the FPS genre, as well as pretty much saving the Xbox (although with the Xbox one, is that really a good thing?) But I’m not fond of FPS games as a whole, and thought MC was a really boring character.

          • Ryan Johnson

            Well it’s because you can’t really connect with MC. With a game like say, Uncharted, it’s easy to connect with the Nathan Drake character with all of his strengths and his very human faults. Agreed in terms of Halo taking the FPS genre online the way it did.

      • Ethanery

        Personally, I always preferred Bethesda (Elder Scrolls and Fallout) produced games.

        • Markward

          I wasn’t impressed with FO3. If it was a Post apocalyptic game with another title, it be a great game. But as a Fallout fan, it missed the mark of the first 3 games. New Vegas on the other hand, was a refreshing return to fallout.

          • Ethanery

            I haven’t actually played the earlier games. I attempted to play Fallout 2, but it was a severely bugged copy (even though I bought/downloaded it from a legitimate website), the controls wouldn’t work properly, and it was severely laggy. After that, I’ve been a little wary, and thus haven’t tried any of the others :/

            Though I love New Vegas, it loses some marks because there’s no post-main-quest play, but otherwise it’s great.

        • mrspinky85

          I got Dishonored through Gamefly and almost beat it.
          I like all the Elder Scrolls and I wish I could shout at people in real life. Now, that would be bad.

          • Ethanery

            I’d probably abuse the shouts in traffic situations 😀

      • http://o.com CaptDMO

        Well, when personal entertainment is all you have to show for your
        “efforts” in communal/interpersonal relationships….
        Who needs to be civil, when you can buy a “virtual” reality?
        Like ONE ticket to the movies, or a bundled “cable TV” package.
        (formerly called free broad cast)

    • Salty

      Yup… That’s called “mentally ill” maybe someday our Hollywood agenda pushers can become activist for that cause!

      • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

        And push to have most of themselves locked up? Doubtful! lol

    • Utopia Can Never be Achieved

      This shooter from Friday night indicate he played World of Warcraft so that he wouldn’t go out and act the shooting in real life. Well, that worked for a while. The truth is, in his case, he was also building up his skills and desensitizing his mind regarding killing people. Combine all that with his sexual frustrations and it was a deadly combination. I also agree that it depends on the individual too. Some can handle the games and keep it all separate. Others can’t.

      The Sandy Hook shooter was also an avid gamer. Hard to tell how much they factored into both tragedies. But, certainly, for them, playing them for extended periods might have turned into a desire to act out the roles in real life.

      • ICOYAR

        If you knew anything about World of Warcraft, then your entire argument is moot.

        • CPENinja

          I’ve had Excel spreadsheets more violent that WoW.

          • Falcon D. Stormvoice

            Ah, you must mean EvE Online.

      • heyheythere

        They disappear into online worlds because they are miserable in the real world.

      • Wanderer

        Even the people in World of Warcraft don’t look like people. You get more “desensitized” watching Looney Tunes cartoons and see more horrific violence and realistic effects on an average episode of Doctor Who.
        Funny how you introduce video games into the story at all and people come running assuming that anything with a controller or a keyboard is a virtual reality “Saw: The Home Edition.”

    • R_Stephan

      Those that are taught the differences between reality and make believe, responsibility and childishness, are the ones who are not affected and make good decisions, like myself, most people don’t act out on the movies and video games they play. There are millions of people who play violent video games (not sure how you really put a title of violent on something either, what’s violent for one person isn’t necessarily for another) and you very rarely hear any cases about someone who acted out the fantasy of a video game in real life.

      • mrspinky85

        I think this argument coming from someone who stared in a show where she fought off demons and used magic to defeat her enemies is kind of hypocritical. What happened to people being responsible for their own actions?

    • AT

      I’d agree with you if not for the extreme disparity. “Some” can handle it is pretty accurate for alcohol. With vids, the extreme majority can handle it, and it’s only a few fruitloops, that have problems much more glaring than their time with a nintendo controller, can’t.

      • Falcon D. Stormvoice

        Right. There’s probably, literally, ONE (and that’s a high estimate) person in all of history who was so mentally retarded and diseased that they couldn’t tell pixels from their own existence — it would take an IQ of about 40 and a bad case of schizophrenia combined for that to happen. If the people who made these “some people can’t handle it” argument actually played video games, they’d know that they’re too unrealistic for anyone to get confused.

    • Archer305

      I don’t have the statistics on hand, but I am pretty sure, just from estimating 30 million people playing violent video games vs. 2 of them a year shooting people (and I letting the “the video game made them do it” schtick slide here) makes for a very small percentage. Take the same percentage of those watching the action movies, horror movies, etc on TV and in the theaters. Puh-leeze is all I have to say.

      Alcohol, what percentage of drunk people start fights, stab, shoot, etc other people? I would garner a guess as to “a lot higher”.

      The only thing I will say is don’t let your kids play ANY video game (even minecraft) for so many hours a day. That just stifles their necessity to develop social bonds outside of the digital world.

      • Falcon D. Stormvoice

        “I am pretty sure, just from estimating 30 million people playing violent video games vs. 2 of them a year shooting people (and I letting the “the video game made them do it” schtick slide here) makes for a very small percentage”

        Strictly speaking, it would be beyond statistically non-existent. Numbers like this actually make the case that people who play violent video games are the least violent group in all of human history.

    • http://o.com CaptDMO

      Kinda’ like ‘puter discussions?

    • Bilal Prince- Ali

      although i completely understand your point and understand where its coming from.. the FACT of the matter is there is no scientific proof that inks violent video games to violent behavior in real life.. i go to university and do computer software and video games design as a degree and i had to do a 4000 word essay on this exact subject its just BS and easy to take things at face value when there’s no basis in truth.

    • Wanderer

      The evil or the madness is there. The video game doesn’t create it, at most it puts a facade over it.
      James Holmes didn’t shoot up the theater because watching the Joker made him into a murdering psycho. He was a murdering psycho whose twisted wreck of a brain happened to think the Joker was pretty awesome.

  • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

    What about “her” children that starred in Charmed with her? She made those children fight demons every episode. That could NOT have been good for their mental health. :/

  • ICOYAR

    On Xbox One, there are about 30,000 people playing Call of Duty Ghosts at this time. This is actually a low number due to the fact that the Xbox 360 version, if past games were to go by, has over 100,000 playing right now, as well as PS4, PS3, PC, and Wii U versions playing (although I do not know the numbers for those versions). At this exact second. I own all systems except for the PS3 (because Sony failed miserably during that console’s first half).

    Also, the community more or less fractured with Titanfall on Xbox One (and to a lesser extent, PC, and Xbox 360), made by the same original developers from Infinity Ward, after joining EA after having a fallout with Activision, and founding Respawn Entertainment. Unfortunately, Titanfall has no stats determining the number of players whatsoever in-game. it’s even more violent than Call of Duty, but still, with minimal blood, except when you are gored briefly when hit directly by a missile, or stomped or punched by a Titan.

    Both games are excellent, however, both are not without problems. Titanfall has excessive screen tearing, a useless “campaign”, and limited modes. Call of Duty: Ghosts has maps that are way too large for 6 v 6, not all maps are in Ground War (which ups it to 9 v 9, despite most maps missing from that mode were in Ground War ever since it’s introduction in Call of Duty 4, which was 7 years ago,), Ground War itself only being on the Xbox One, PS4, and PC versions due to the highly limited RAM of the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U all due to stupid customization features nobody wanted or asked for, the IED being invisible and being a deathtrap, and finally the stupid guard dog killstreak which is impossible to kill sometimes.

    Hell, an even more violent game, Killzone Shadow Fall (PS4 exclusive) is barely even more violent than that, and far more objective based. 24 players on two teams. With the best possible graphics attainable on a console at this time. Unfortunately, the number of players playing it is less than 5,000.

    • TomJB

      Actually I would recommend checking out the book On Killing. There is something to it with desensitizing the brain. Though I don’t believe the games themselves directly cause murder sprees I believe they do reduce inhibitions in those predisposed to violence.

      • The_Kat ✓vilified

        I agree that violent images in games, TV, and movies can desensitize impressionable minds right along with images glorifying sex. Both probably played a part in making Rodger into a nutcase.

    • Ryan Johnson

      Killzone Shadow Fall is one of the games I plan on getting with a PS4, but I’m mainly looking forward to Knack and Infamous Second Son. Waiting for Black Friday though, I’m getting the Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle when it launches.

  • TheAmishDude

    Somebody needs to sit this woman down and say the following:

    “You are stupid. Very, very, very stupid.

    “Profoundly, manifestly stupid. You think you’re not stupid.

    “You’re wrong. Shut up. Just never say anything ever to anyone. You’re not helping. You’re actually undermining whatever point you’re trying to make.

    “I’m trying to help you here. Stop talking ever.”

    • Michelle ✓classified

      And yet, she’s absolutely right. Anyone who wants to dismiss violent video games as being PART of the problem with our culture of violence and lack of value for human life is being part of the problem, not the solution.

      • R_Stephan

        unfortunately that’s like blaming the guns, it simply doesn’t work that way, you’re blaming the tool instead of the person

        • Michelle ✓classified

          Nope, I’m looking at causes and conditions. It’s OK that you disagree with that.

          • R_Stephan

            I’ve played violent video games my whole life, I’m not looking to get up and go shoot someone, I own a couple guns, I’m well aware they are for my family’s protection, it comes back to teaching people about the consequences of their actions, mental illness is the problem, not the game

          • Michelle ✓classified

            Can you point out where I said or even implied that the games are a danger to all who play? I said it was part of the problem – the other parts being things like mental illness, lack of good parenting, etc.

            I already knew you were a gamer, that much was mighty obvious.

          • R_Stephan

            I’m just saying that it’s going to end up punishing those of us who enjoy it harmlessly if you take them away, which is why I brought up the gun debate, take them away from those who enjoy them and you punish them for the actions of a few.

            The only reason I mention I’m a gamer is to add a little gravity to my words.

          • Michelle ✓classified

            I never said take them away. I’d really appreciate it if you’d stop putting words in my mouth.

          • R_Stephan

            what are you suggesting then?

          • Michelle ✓classified

            That we take a long, hard look at our culture of violence and devaluing human life, and that would entail everything that contributes to it. PARENTS are a damn good first step.

          • R_Stephan

            and how would you ultimately deal with that culture of violence? By taking away the video games right?

          • Michelle ✓classified

            Nope, didn’t say, suggest or imply that. I did, however, say that parents are a good start (that would mean knowing their child’s change in behavior from playing such games and knowing when to step in). Let me know when you can stop putting words in my mouth and we’ll revisit this conversation. Have a great night.

          • R_Stephan

            I was making an inquiry, not putting words in your mouth. I agree with what you said about parents, I mentioned that earlier to someone else.

          • Michelle ✓classified

            “and how would you ultimately deal with that culture of violence?” <~ Inquiry

            "By taking away the video games right?" <~ Putting words in my mouth since you assumed I would agree with that statement.

          • R_Stephan

            And I’m not trying to personally attack, I just assume that there really isn’t another way to deal with the “violent video game problem” that everyone speaks of

          • mrspinky85

            You are saying the same thing that people who blame guns do. You are just directing the argument at video games.

          • Michelle ✓classified

            No, actually I’m not and I’ve made that pretty clear in my comments R Stephan.

          • mrspinky85

            You Said : “Anyone who wants to dismiss violent video games as being PART of the problem with our culture of violence and lack of value for human life is being part of the problem, not the solution.”

            Anyone who wants to dismiss guns as being PART of the problem with our culture of violence and lack of value for human life is being part of the problem, not the solution.

            See how this sounds when you replace video games with guns.

            I don’t agree and we can disagree. I don’t believe I am part of the problem because I don’t see how fake games are part of the culture of violence. I also don’t see how I am part of the problem when I have done my part as a responsible citizen. It is not my job to raise someone else or make them responsible.
            I have family members who all of us have grown up playing video games. My issue is the same that I say when someone says this about guns. We need to enforce the laws we have and make it harder on criminals in jail.

          • Michelle ✓classified

            “See how this sounds when you replace video games with guns.”

            Nope, don’t see that at all. That is how you are choosing to see it. Folks who blame the guns tend to blame the guns and only blame the guns. I’m not doing that – I’m blaming a bigger picture and (as I said) PART of that picture is violent video games.

            I’m really done here, you just refuse to understand what I’m saying. A few others here understood perfectly. Night.

          • Humanary Stew

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgOCR_pbA1c&list=PL-D0Mkxpz7eja3-HF0_C1q_Aavoe3132q

            I highly recommend you watch all the videos on this subject. I believe there are four of them.

      • mrspinky85

        No. The problem is people devaluing human life. You can value human life and play video games. If you connect video games to real life than that is an entirely different issue.
        And she would also be responsible because Charmed has violence and violent concepts in it. So, for her to attack the video gaming industry is hypocritical to me.
        To me it seems that people want to dig and dig for excuses or blame society for what this person did.

        • Michelle ✓classified

          Sorry you don’t agree with my opinion and that’s quite alright.

          • Logan Hollis

            I want to ask you a question. Have you ever been in a life-threatening situation where someone you know died? Whether it involved guns, fire, knives, any weapons? Because if you had, then you would know that being in those situations and realizing the weight of one person’s life will do more than anything could ever do to help you value life. I play COD, but guess what? It doesn’t change the fact that I put a high value on human life.

      • The_Kat ✓vilified

        I agree with you but don’t believe the games, TV shows or movies should be banned.

        • Michelle ✓classified

          And I never said they should be banned.

          • The_Kat ✓vilified

            Glad you clarified that! I got the impression from people who disagree with you that they thought you wanted to ban them and wanted to make sure I understood you correctly.

            I think our society as sunk to real lows because religious people and humanists are mocked for adhering to basic morals while people like Jay-Z and Beyonce are glorified over their violent and sexual behavior. To me, that type of society breeds the Elliot Rodgers of the world.

          • Michelle ✓classified

            I’m not sure why anyone got the impression I thought they should be banned, I didn’t say anything of the sort.

  • DTM

    I think movies like The a Hunger Games should be banned. Actually Hollywood CA should be banned, banished from the US.

    And, who is Holly Marie Combs anyway? Other than someone standing on dead people for PR

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      She was the one on Charmed who WASN’T Alyssa Milano or Shannen Doherty. The one who, when you think back to that show, you think, “OK, Shannen, Alyssa, and y’know, What’s-Her-Name.”

      • Arkuy The Great

        To be fair, her character stood out as the house brain and sage. Alyssa, Shannen and later Rose provided the bodacious T ‘n A that Aaron Spelling was especially fond of. The wife was a big fan of the show so I was forced to sit through quite a few viewings.

    • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

      I actually thought that Hunger Games was a good example of what life could be like when the government takes over everyone’s life.

      • MrBK

        Agreed.

      • Emily B

        Exactly.

      • mrspinky85

        The left totally missed that concept of the film.

        • Finrod Felagund

          That’s because they all see themselves as the ones living in the Capital.

      • Michael Rice

        What’s her face said she could see it as a version of things if Republicans were in control.

        That statement is the reason I stopped watching after teh first one.

        • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

          Ahhh, funny thing about perception. I saw it the other way around.

          • mrspinky85

            I think the idea of kids killing each other turned me off but lets talk about video games.

      • Humanary Stew

        Except the script for the third and fourth films are being written by a hardcore democrat, Danny Strong. He played a recurring character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He has said the script will be an indictment of Republican policy.

        • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

          Yeah, but there again proving that progressives changed the meanings of words….it was definitely, in my opinion, a perfect of example of progressiveness run amok.

    • TMZ

      Holly Marie Combs was on Picket Fences in the 90s with Tom Skeritt, Lauren Holly and Ray Walston. She did a bunch of Tv movies as her show ended. Then she was put on Charmed in 1998. She put her acting on hold after the 8 years of Charmed ended. Then she reappeared on the show Pretty Little Liars as the mother of one of the girls. She is 40. One movie she did on tv was on ABC about the Texas Cadet Murder. She did do one Lifetime movie in 2008 called Mistresses that came two years before she joined PLL. That movie was re-tooled into the current ABC summer show with her Charmed co-star Alyssa Milano. Originally Holly was to be on the show when it was first pitched to ABC in 2010. When it was not picked up she joined PLL and works with Laura Leighton. I like her.

  • Blake Waymire

    I just played a bit of Ocarina of Time 3D. Is my local neighborhood pottery store about to receive a massive vandalism of all their pots via well-aimed sword?

    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      Legend of Zelda games encourage violence against chickens.

      They also encourage stealing. Link’s always breaking into buildings and grabbing whatever he finds.

      • Maxwell

        It doesn’t encourage violence against. Most people see what happens after you hit a chicken with your sword a few times and say “Yup, I’m never kicking a chicken.”
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLxmmxcy8-Q

      • Blake Waymire

        Have you ever gone on a violent spree against chickens in those games? If nothing else, they’ll turn chickens into nightmares.

  • Michelle ✓classified

    Disagree with your snark on this Twitchy Team. While violent video games, that celebrate mass kills and devalue human life, may not be the main problem, they most certainly add to it. We have a disconnected society. Although it may not be the case in this shooting, there is absolutely a common denominator of mass shooters being video game enthusiasts. FFS, even developers of those games have come out and said the games are part of the problem. I’m really disappointed with your snark on this issue, your young age is showing.

    • Arkuy The Great

      I’m not all that old myself. As kids my neighborhood pals and I routinely played games of cops-n-robbers or cowboys-n-indians (the latter with some politically incorrect costumery). As part of the game someone would get “shot” with a stick gun and fall “dead”. We recognized this as part of the game. And none of us turned into mass murderers.

      The video games provide cartoon violence that any normal individual would recognize. That certain individuals take matters too seriously shows a deep underlying pathology that is hardly the fault of the games. It is their inclination to be violent that attracts them to the medium, not the medium that causes them to become violent. WADR, I think you are confusing the cause and effect.

      • Michelle ✓classified

        I’m not confusing anything, but thanks for your input.

      • Michael Rice

        I don’t think it is “cartoon” violence any longer.

        I’m not agreeing or disagreeing with either of you, but the violence in game sis very life like these days.

        • Logan Hollis

          Cartoon refers to animated. Irregardless of how real it looks, it’s still animation. It would only not be animation if it was actually real.

    • thedumbblonde

      Oh, shut up.

    • Ryan Johnson

      Cho Seung Hoi was only ever said to have occasionally played Sonic the Hedgehog. we can’t exactly kill robots and free trapped cute critters inside in real life.

    • mrspinky85

      How is blaming video games not snark worthy?

      To me, it seems we keep making excuses for this guy.

      • Michelle ✓classified

        I’m not making any excuses for this guy. Who is this “we”?

        • mrspinky85

          The “we” is misplace and I need to remove it. I don’t understand why video game gets you on the bang wagon but you would be right there saying “its not the guns”. This is the same argument.

          • Michelle ✓classified

            It’s not the same argument at all. I already explained (quite a few times in this thread) that I believe we have a culture of violence problem, as well as little value for human life. I have also explained I think there are a few contributing factors to this problem. I’ve also repeatedly explained I am not insinuating video games should be banned. I’m sorry you remain confused about my comments, we’ll just have to go with that because I’m all kinds of done with explaining it.

          • mrspinky85

            I am not confused at all.

          • Michelle ✓classified

            I’ve no doubt that’s exactly how you see it.

    • drw

      I had the same thoughts as I read down the timeline. It just seems rather hypocritical to me to call out action movie/tv “stars” when they make comments on gun violence then in the next breath give the video game industry a free pass. Granted, Ms. Combs comment was somewhat over-the-top but, not any more so than we’ve come to expect from those of her peers. I raised 3 boys and enjoy playing (some) video games but, we know where to draw the line. There are those who don’t. To dismiss this completely as the ramblings of yet another hollywierd whakadoo is irresponsible and seems much closer to the actions one would expect from the left. In my humble opinion, there is at least some truth to her statement, especially when one considers how easily the left has succeeded in dumbing-down the country. That said, I don’t believe there’s any justification for prohibiting, restricting, or modifying the industry, there’s a rating system for both games and movies that’s sufficient to the purpose. However, failing to recognize even the possibility that some people have a hard time distinguishing fact from fantasy and that some quantity of those exposed could be effected in a negative way suggests an inability to reason.

      • Michelle ✓classified

        I agree with you 100%.

        • drw

          I think you’re getting slammed because most of the people replying to you aren’t bothering to read your entire post. Even Twitchy posters have blind spots, who’d a thunk?

          • Michelle ✓classified

            Precisely. Knee-jerk reactions are awesome!

          • drw

            Gotta love it!

          • Michelle ✓classified

            The only thing more entertaining than knee-jerk reactions is knee-jerk reactions coupled with pack wolf behavior.

          • drw

            Honestly more than a little surprised at some of the ones refusing to allow your POV. Even more disappointed, though, at the similarity to some of the left sites I’ve visited.

          • Michelle ✓classified

            Oh, I’m not surprised at all. I see that same wolf pack all the time around here. Extremists and those who think in absolutes…I don’t always see eye-to-eye with them. And thank you, for this…

          • drw

            No sweat, I was about to post the same thought when I found yours.

          • mrspinky85

            I also think this is uncalled for snark that you above called Twitchy out on.

          • Michelle ✓classified

            Oh, OK. Thanks for sharing.

      • mrspinky85

        I think this is a weird assumption that no one read the posts above. Some of us just disagree.
        Its also very bad taste to assume we have knee-jerk reactions.

        This is not the first time or the last time that a mass shooting incident will be blamed on guns, the NRA, or video games.

        • drw

          I disagree with your evaluation. The thread is in response to Ms. Combs tweet about video games and doesn’t necessarily correspond to the violence in California the other day. Usually, your comments are thoughtful and on the mark and I look forward to reading them. In this instance, I believe you have misunderstood some of the comments. I do not, did not, will not ever place blame for an individuals action on ANY thing other than his or her own choice. That said, there are individuals who are susceptible to suggestion and/or have a hard time with reality and/or have been taught by good or evil things that give them reason to abandon reason. The graphic violence in movies and video games hold some responsibility in de-sensitizing the younger generation to violence. They are exposed, every day, to scenes we would have had to rely on our imaginations 20 years ago to conjure-up. It isn’t an excuse to perpetrate violence. It does however, in certain individuals, make it easier to accept.

          • Michelle ✓classified

            Bingo.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            So the parenting is the problem…allowing the kid to play the video game…. not the fact that the video games exist.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            I should add, part of the problem….he obviously had serious mental health issues.

          • Michelle ✓classified

            Lots of things are the problem – detached parenting is a huge contributor. I don’t give a flying flip that violent video games exist. I do care that we have a culture of violence.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            I getcha…just been following and trying to clarify in my own head.

          • Michelle ✓classified

            Thank you for taking the time to do that, I appreciate it.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            No problem, sometimes it’s just a matter of how something is worded…stated like that, I get what you are saying, but initially I didn’t quite get where you were going with it.

          • Michelle ✓classified

            It appears to me that those who felt I was saying we should ban the games (something I didn’t even remotely imply) are the ones who got bent about my post. :-)

          • mrspinky85

            Maybe I just believe that responsibility lies on the individual whether susceptible to images of violence or not. I feel there is this need to place blame elsewhere than on the guy even if that’s not your intent which I can apologize for. I don’t think I’m explaining my view well enough and I apologize.
            I feel every time something like this happens some how people swam to find cause on other things.
            I may have misunderstood you and Michelle’s point because neither of you call for a ban on games.

            Everyone won’t think the same on every issue and I do appreciate your response. Also, some of these topics on Twitchy do need us to think and many of us do need to be more open to debate and not dismiss different views.

          • drw

            There’s no need to apologize, we certainly agree on the big picture and it’s okay if we have a difference of opinion on the small stuff. It just seems to me that we sometimes oversimplify things and miss opportunities to maybe prevent something else happening in the future. I’m just trying to understand the why. I know that’s not always possible but, it’s certainly worth trying.

      • aztectrumpet

        “It just seems rather hypocritical to me to call out action movie/tv “stars” when they make comments on gun violence then in the next breath give the video game industry a free pass.”

        It isn’t if the only thing you are calling out is the hypocrisy of those stars.

        • drw

          Okay

    • Maxwell

      Unfortunately, the evidence is against you. Video games are at an all time high in popularity, particularly FPS games since these are games just about casual gamer plays, while violent crime is on the decline. Not saying video games lead to less violence, but if they played even a role in violent behavior, we would see an opposite change.

      • Michelle ✓classified

        Thanks for the input, we can agree to disagree.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    I’m confused. It sounds as though there were violent video games made after Wolfenstein. Is this true?

    • R_Stephan

      well they remade the original one from what I hear, I haven’t personally played it

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        I loved the original. Nothing like killing your way through Nazis and getting to take out giant, robot Hltler.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Y’know, in Scared Straight programs, there’s always at least one prisoner who laments how his life went to hell after he stomped his first Goomba.

    “It was just flat, man, and nothing was ever the same again. I started kicking shells and breaking blocks. Then I got the fireball, a raccoon tail, and–worst of all–a frog suit.”

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    If parents take away violence video games, kids’ll just take it underground. I can see it now.

    SMASH BROTHERS RULES:

    1st Rule: You do not talk about SMASH BROTHERS.

    2nd Rule: You DO NOT talk about SMASH BROTHERS.

    3rd Rule: If someone falls off the edge of the stage or flies over the horizon, taps out the fight is over.

    4th Rule: Only two guys to a fight. Well, sometimes three or four, and sometimes one of them is giant, but other than that…

    5th Rule: One fight at a time.

    6th Rule: No shirts, no shoes… unless you’re a plumber, a race car driver, a space pilot, an ice climber, a princess, some gay elf, or such.

    7th Rule: Fights will go on as long as they have to unless you set a time limit.

    8th Rule: If this is your first night at SMASH BROTHERS, you HAVE to fight.

  • silverburstgorilla

    I wonder what kind of actual violence Super Mario Brothers inspires. The virtual world of Mario is extremely violent.

    • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

      Turtle kicking.

      • silverburstgorilla

        Cue environmentalists and PETA. lolz

        • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

          And didn’t you have to get the mushrooms to get bigger or faster or something? Promoting drug use.

          • silverburstgorilla

            If you rode on Yoshi’s back (magical dinosaur/dragon) he would eat mushrooms and almost anything else (including your enemies) and get “rewards” for it. Promotes gluttony, drug use, and violence. Trifecta of evil.

          • mrspinky85

            If I get a flower I get fire power and I am a pyro. Heck Yea!

          • silverburstgorilla

            That’s true! Get an orange, yellow, & white flower, and you turn into a pyromaniac. Get a blue & white flower, you go cryogenically crazy. “Flower Power” promotes extremely violent drug-induced Impulse Control Disorders.

            Of course flowers are symbols for drugs & Manson Family-like violent hippie culture.

    • Arkuy The Great

      Go back to Donkey Kong. Between the barrels rolling down the ramps and the flaming torches coming up that was a lot to absorb.

      • silverburstgorilla

        Donkey Kong DOES inspire violence. If I could pick up a barrel I’d prolly be in jail by now!

  • craigzimmerman12

    I agree that young people are exposed to too much violence, but I don’t like the idea of blaming anything other than the killer.

  • mrspinky85

    Oh no. Is the witch telling us what is bad in entertainment?
    Please can we blame the criminal for his actions. Thank you.

  • Batschach

    It all depends on the person playing the game or watching the movie. Majority of people can separate fantasy from reality and won’t have an urge to reenact the airport shooting in Modern Warfare 2. However, those who have mental issues probably shouldn’t be playing violent video games or watching violent movies and shows. It all really comes down to parenting and recognizing when someone has a problem. We shouldn’t blame violence solely on inanimate objects and entertainment.

    • mrspinky85

      I think you should say untreated mental issues. there are plenty of people who are under treatment for mental health problems and wouldn’t hurt anyone. I just want to make this distinction.

    • Michelle ✓classified

      Bingo. Funny thing, I said the same thing – it’s about parenting and recognizing when your child/teen has changes in their behavior due to what they’re exposed to…and folks disagreed with that. :-)

      • j p✓ʳᵉᶠʳᶦᵉᵈ

        The only problem is that I can’t parent the kid on the other side of town who shoots my kid. And then if a teacher or their peers recognizes an issue, the whole thing is too sensitive for anything to really be done about it. Usually Mom is too busy to notice or understand her son and would prefer to believe she doesn’t have a broken baby. And more than half the boys are being raised without a father in the house now. I have read that the military has used similar methods to desensitize soldiers to killing. I think violent gaming is certainly a factor. What to do about it is something that would take more research than I can do.

        • Ranba_Ral

          And then in this case, the parents were so concerned about the things he started saying and doing that they called the police. The cops talked to the guy and were like “NAH, He’s a pretty stand up bro!” and left him alone. Not a lot you can do legally at that point with someone who was as broken mentally as this guy apparently was.

          As for the desensitization stuff: it’s only marginally effective amongst most people. It gives you a rough idea of what to expect visually, but doesn’t allow you to pre-experience other factors like smells, physical feeling, etc. And the brain seems to know the difference between pixels on a screen and actual human beings. Most of the guys I knew who went infantry said all the shooters only really gave them an accurate feel for was the sight picture when aiming; it didn’t do jack for when they actually shot someone, when they were trying to hold a buddy’s throat together after he took a round, when they found a missing crashed helicopter a couple weeks after it went down, etc. Similar things also didn’t really do much for us on the CAP ELT crews or for my dad when he was an airplane crash investigator.

          • j p✓ʳᵉᶠʳᶦᵉᵈ

            I see what you mean about the desensitizing effect. One consideration is most of these mass shootings are probably the first, last and only time they are shooting live people. They usually probably don’t even have time for the shock to sink in before it is over. The games may give them the fantasy and courage to try it.

          • Michelle ✓classified

            This isn’t the fault of law enforcement. There is nothing they can do unless someone issues threats or poses as a clear danger to themselves or others.

            Folks oughta stop blaming that one on the cops. If Mommy was so concerned about her son, why didn’t she drive to check on him herself instead of taking the easy way out by only making a phone call?

  • notenoughtime

    This is the same mindset prevalent in the Hollywood film making and TV community that have no issues with the deeply disturbing and violent projects they call art. This individual had serious mental issues that should have been dealt with by the responsible adults in his life. The recurring theme in all these senseless crimes is a warped view of the world that is NOT normal. Wish the celebs would stick to their day jobs and leave the heavy lifting to those who must navigate in it every day and not hide behind gates and security guards.

  • john j

    It’s really a matter of no one wanting to take responsibility for their actions. He was probably spoiled and never told no. I have played games and watched the most violent movies for years. But my parents taught me right from wrong, how to treat people and real from fantasy. Would everyone feel better if he read books and killed people? Music doesn’t make you kill yourself either- no matter which direction it’s played.

    • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

      LOL lawdy, I remember all the hooplah over playing a record backwards! Thanks for reminding me and giving me a good giggle!

    • Gene Warren

      There were serial and spree killers long before the invention of recorded music, let alone film, television, computers, etc etc

  • MJ Pauls

    I’ve spent a lot *cough*thousands*cough* of hours hacking and slashing bandits and orcs in Oblivion and Lord of the Rings Online. I’ve never hacked or slashed anyone in real life because my parents taught me right from wrong and respect for human life. Lack of parenting is (one of) the problem(s).

  • Al’s Annoyed Grandpa

    Wasn’t she in a tv show in which she played a character who would use witchcraft to kill who her character perceived as an enemy?

  • mrspinky85

    People have to have a value for human life that no matter how they feel or what goes on in their own life, they have no right to harm someone else.

    I do not like when this argument comes up because when one person does something evil it negates all the millions of people everyday who can have fun playing video games and not harm a fly. It negates the millions of responsible gun, knife and car owners. These arguments negate the millions of people who have mental illnesses who live decent lives through many different forms of treatment.
    I think it is unfair to blame many other things but the person who committed the crime.

  • ElDerecho

    Violent movies and video games do not cause normal people to become violent. But I do believe mentally ill people can be desensitized to the violence in them and resort to ‘what they know’ to address conceived ‘wrongs’ against them. Almost all of these ‘teen’ mass shooters played violent video games religiously. Its not a cause, and there certainly shouldn’t be a ban.

    But I think people refusing to look at the possible impacts of violent video games on the mentally ill are in denial. They play them and don’t see the negative impact… because they aren’t mentally ill. All of these shooters were known to have some level of mental illness. That is what needs to be addressed – not guns, not video games. This kid was posting threats online. When someone posts threats, you take them seriously.

    • Michelle ✓classified

      Bingo.

    • heyheythere

      Additionally, teens with mental illness are less likely to be social, so more likely to seek social interaction in virtual worlds, as Rodger did. They spend way more time with and place way more importance on the games.

  • americandavey

    Another Hack that tries to blame other things in life than Mental Illness. Because people like her do not believe in Individualism, more of the collective.

  • Cantbelieveyouthinkthis

    Millions of people play violent video games every day and one wing nut goes off the deep end and everyone is an expert about violent games. What idiots. Might as well blame everything else too. Guns, knives, BMWs, and women not putting out easy enough. This country is circling the drain when it comes to intelligent people.

  • JD Son

    Please people…stop making excuses for your bad life choices…accept responsibility and move on.

  • Will

    FACTS
    Every Year for the Past 50 Years More Americans died because of Cars rather than Guns.
    Owing and Using a Gun is a Human Right
    Owning and Using a Car is a Privilege that must be Earned and Maintained.
    In 2011
    Just Over 31,000 Americans died because of a Car
    Just Over 30,000 Americans died because of a Gun (Over 19,000 were Suicides)
    1,800 More Americans died because of a PRIVILEGE than a RIGHT

    Yet Only ONE TYPE OF CONTROL IS TALKED ABOUT.

    See Commies want to Disarm people and use Lies to do it.

    If Democrats banned all Cars, MORE AMERICANS WOULD LIVE THAN IF THEY BANNED GUNS!!!!!

    ONE IS A RIGHT, ONE IS A PRIVILEGE

    • Gene Warren

      More Americans have died from cars than guns over the past 50 years, because people have exposure to cars 100,000s of thousands to millions of times larger than guns. Are we to criticize firearm safety compared to cars for the millions of people who died from firearms when the death rate from automobiles was 0 – because they hadn’t been invented yet?

      People talk about “car control” all the time – you have to be a certain age, trained, licensed, carry insurance, pay regular fees, wear seatbelts, etc. etc. Privately owned cars are far more essential to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness these days than privately-owned firearms – and “life liberty and the pursuit of happiness” was in the Constitution before the Second Amendment, of which the NRA and the conservatives on SCOTUS only likes half of, pretending that the “well regulated militia” part doesn’t exist.

      • Markward

        And you forgot the whole “the Right of the People shall not be infringed” part.

        Unless you think People = Militia, then I guess we need to revisit a few amendments like the first.

        • Gene Warren

          If you agree with the majority in Heller, then the operative clause (the “shall not be infringed” part), isn’t limited by the preface stating the aim of the amendment (the “well regulated militia” part), but it’d be hard to argue that it’s serves the reason outlined in the Bill of Rights any longer. It’s not as if small-arms ownership by American citizens provides any real check on the power of the Federal or State forces. Even Scalia writing for the majority opinion in Heller upholds background checks for criminal activity or mental illness – which is the issue with the Isla Vista killings where the mental health issues that Rogers were clearly displaying weren’t followed up on and indexed with his weapon ownership. Really people need to pay more attention to psychological services – better mental health care and monitoring could have prevented the attack entirely, both the gun and knife murders. In the end, I don’t have a problem with gun ownership, just that lazy statistics that imply cars are more dangerous than guns or that guns are of greater utility in modern life than private transport.

          • snakebit

            @Gene Warren “Even Scalia writing for the majority opinion in Heller upholds background checks for criminal activity or mental illness – which is the issue with the Isla Vista killings where the mental health issues that Rogers were clearly displaying weren’t followed up on and indexed with his weapon ownership.”

            That’s not the issue with the Isla Vista killings at all. There are already legal means to deprive an individual of the right to purchase and possess firearms. As far as what I’ve seen reported thus far those means (involuntary commitment by a court order) were not pursued in the case of Elliott Rodger. Your complaint seems to be that a citizen cannot be deprived of a Constitutional right without due process. The “mental health issues that Rodger was clearly displaying” are not sufficient. The vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent, and an opinion that “That guy seems a little off” does not carry the force of law.

          • Gene Warren

            Obviously most people with mental health issues aren’t violent, however most people with mental health issues don’t say and do the kind of things Rogers was doing leading up to the killings. We definitely don’t want to make it easier to put people on a psych hold, as incarceration for mental health issues is/has been abused in the past. However, the reporting on Rogers statements I was responding to have since been clarified to show they came from the manifesto, not his videos or from in-person confrontations, so no it does look like there wasn’t any actionable evidence of his condition.

          • Markward

            Again you seem to not be able to read.

            A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

            Lets break this down:

            A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state.

            This is the Justification.

            the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

            This is the right.

            Or in other words to have X you must have Y.

            Oh and he passed the background checks, BTW. Now if you want to Start on Privacy rights of the individual with regards to mental health and Public safety, that is something else.

      • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        “…'[L]ife liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ was in the Constitution before the Second Amendment…”

        Where? The FIFTH Amendment speaks of “life, liberty [and] property,” but the “pursuit of happiness” verbiage comes from the Declaration of Independence– a document that has no force of law.

        Am I being pedantic here? No, I don’t think so– if you’re going to discuss the Constitution, it would be a good idea for you to, oh, I dunno– READ it, yeah?

        • Gene Warren

          Correct, my mistake – however that failing doesn’t change the fact that the statistics in the post I was responding to are misleading at best.

  • Jack Deth

    Dear sanctimonious adults:

    Compare the number of males playing ‘Call of Duty’ at any time to the number of federal employees watching or downloading Internet Porn at work!

    You’ll notice something youngsters call a “trend”.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Looking at this whole thread after a night’s sleep and seeing well over a hundred posts, I can see it brings out strong reactions, pro and con.

    Here’s a completely different viewpoint for you: Video games first came out when I was nearing thirty. I had no time, literally, for them then. I did not play them in my occasional visits to a tavern. I didn’t know any gamers with whom I could play, on their systems. It didn’t strike me as being like such an unbounded thrill that I should want to seek it out, either. So I never got into it, and I still don’t partake in it. And I feel none the worse for being a game “teetotaler.”

    Sure– some look askance if I tell them that, just as there are those who look askance at those who don’t particularly like Star Wars, or baseball, or country music, or any of a number of things that provide fun and enjoyment to others. It should, however, give everyone a clue that whatever their thrill in life, there are many others (and I confine this to those for whom these activities are accessible) who do just fine, and live happy productive lives, never going near an Xbox or whatever. Consider what I’ve said about finding your bliss, and leaving others to find theirs, as the US competes in the World Cup in a month or so. Those people who enjoy it may not understand why you don’t. People like what they like. (And believe me, a subject like soccer gets a lot of people exercised for many of the same reasons video games do– in some countries: “It promotes violence!”; in this country: “It’s a game for wussies who can’t play real sports!”; in general: “It’s a game not so much about winning as not getting beat by playing it stupidly.”)

    I’m not a Philistine for not enjoying your idea of fun. Enjoy it wisely. Like driving a car, or drinking (presumably not both of those at the same time, though). Some won’t. Not your problem, until they make it so. And as long as those who abuse it don’t make it anyone else’s problem, leave ’em to it– what can you do?

    • douglasmarks

      I zee ve ave a problem vit chu,sign zee papers or you vill be properly disposed of, ha ha ha ha

    • heyheythere

      “I’m not a Philistine for not enjoying your idea of fun.” I’m the manager at a place that employs a lot of teens and they have such trouble understanding that.

  • justlittlolme

    If seeing violence made someone DO violence, I’d already be in jail for dropping an Acme safe on someone’s head. (BEEP-BEEP)
    And since this whack job had been seeing a psychiatrist for forever-and-a-day, I’m still waiting for the autopsy report to find out what drugs he was taking to ‘help’.

    • heyheythere

      He wrote that he didn’t take the drugs prescribed.

      • snakebit

        It’s often going off the meds abruptly that leads shortly thereafter to the violent outburst.

        • heyheythere

          He wrote of not taking the medication prescribed recently after doing research on it. I don’t know if that means he didn’t take any medication ever, or if he just refused that specific one, or if he did take any other medication what the deal was with that.

  • Guest

    “A reason to believe, 1995” She sure was pretty in that pic, good times, good times…I still have no reason to believe her though. It takes an underlying psychopathology to do the nasty things in videogames in real life.

  • Amedicinewoman

    I blame the movie industries. Shut them all down.

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I’ve been gaming since Sears Telegames Super Pong IV. She could not be more wrong if she said the earth was a cube filled with pudding.

  • John

    Sorry sweetie, your concern isn’t stopping me from picking up a copy of Watch Dogs.

  • YOUDIEMOFO

    Stupid rich people looking for a rise…….

    Take the parents away that allow the kids to grow up on games like COD and BF…… 18+ rated games and they’re playing at the ages of 2-3….! So sad.

    Rating systems are there for a reason…. And you would dumbfounded to truly realize how many movies slip through with a PG-13 rating that are “kids” movies. Parents flock to these highly insinuating “kids” movies that have some seriously hidden innuendos.

    There is a documentary on netflix that talks of the rating scheme of things in movies. Truly unbelievable how much crap slips through the loop holes.

  • j p✓ʳᵉᶠʳᶦᵉᵈ

    There will always be a percentage of the population that is susceptible to addictive or compulsive behaviors related to some area of weakness. For some it is food, some alcohol, others sex, gambling, domination, money, murder, etc. I’m sure there are 14 year olds who could handle a beer but that doesn’t mean all 14 year olds should have free access. Our culture is so driven by profit that we have stopped caring about what is being sold. And the government is neck deep in this. They aim to profit from gambling, pot, and any other vices that they can tax. What we need to do is step back and decide when a new “product” is harmful, overall. Some should be withheld, Others need to be given consideration as to who they may be a danger to, how to recognize if it is becoming a problem, and what to do about it. I have little doubt that violent video games at the least desensitize many users to violent acts.

  • ClinkinKY

    Look out Streisand, you have competition for the most vacuous comments by an actress.

  • BHOffensive

    Oh, Ms. Combs?

  • http://www.thepiratescove.us/ William_Teach

    Last time I check Charmed included lots of violence, lots of killing, blowing up “demons”.

  • Markward

    If there is a violence issue, then its cultural (Personally the fault should be with the killer, but for the sake of argument here.). Not something only wrong with a form of media. Yes they are fun games that are violent, like Psy Ops and Fallout and Minecraft. But so was X-men: Days of Future past (Logan still can’t catch a break, BTW), “Agents of SHEILD” on television has violence and even classic literature like “Dante’s Inferno” (Damn you EA for screwing that up) has violence.

    If something has to change its humanity in general.

    Video games are a form of media, I mean I give CoD grief but when in the first Modern war game the Player dies and nothing can be done, I know all my friends had to reset to try to do something about it. It can make a statement. I do believe that video games can one day be a more powerful media than movies because of the interactive nature.

  • Chip

    “Actress?” Uh…. OK???

  • https://youtu.be/h82D5ZvcALM CrustyB

    Video games, guns, a lack of Twitter hashtags, everything is responsible for shootings except the guy who pulled the trigger.

    • Michelle ✓classified

      But why are they pulling that trigger with more frequency than ever before? When I was in high school, fully auto weapons were still legal. Why did we not have mass shootings to the extent we do today? Guns, bigger and badder guns, were more readily available than they are today. What has changed? What is so wrong about trying to take a look at what has changed? When can we start looking at the big picture and all it’s contributing factors? FFS, when I was in high school the biggest thing anyone had to worry about was too much seed in their dime bag.

  • datdude

    Didn’t she play a witch on TV? Methinks virtual witchcraft leads to actual witchcraft. A witch needs a burning.

  • Heather Atkinson

    Not sure how video games make a person do wrong.

    Been playing bow-weilding kinda characters in MMOs for more than a decade and have yet to bust out a compound-bow and go 18th Century postal on anyone, nor have I felt the need to dual-weild daggers and go slinking through the halls and ambushing anyone.

    But, every once in a while I do feel an overwheming need to ‘Smite’ someone with the Holy Light… but that’s just the Gnome Priest in me.

    • Fear Monkey

      As a former Dwarf priest in Wow, I would love to have a “fear”spell in real life though.

  • Fear Monkey

    non gaming actress hears gaming is bad, spouts gaming is bad on twitter. Not too shocked about this, actors/actresses seem to forget their role in corrupting society, but always seem to remember video games.

    lets ban guns and games first, and then lets ban music, TV, Movies, books that are questionable. We can all set around the radio listening to fibber mcgee and molly type of radio plays as a family, reading only the books allowed, listening to Perry Como, and all other non offensive (brought to you by the morality police) entertainment.

  • Dangerousjo 1985

    I don’t agree but so what.. If that’s how she feels let her say it ..it’s nothing but another opinion..

  • Brutus974

    Something bad happened:
    The left’s response: We must find something to ban!

  • Wanderer

    Dozens of studies fueled by hundreds of shrieking know-nothings have failed to prove this is in any way correct.
    Maybe the parents dropped the ball (as flaming leftists it does seem likely), but their failure to police this kid’s choice of entertainment is a symptom, not a cause.

  • Drumwaster

    I played Risk a lot when I was a kid, and I have yet to try and take over the world.

    #BlameAnythingButTheActualCulprit

  • L. Nat Bean

    Since liberty was not designed, but discovered, its benefits were mostly unknown until recognized and studied.

  • FeralFemale

    I think HMC is partially correct. Violent video games are not to blame, but the nutjob kids on meds, that have been proven to cause suicide and violence in teens, surely should not have access. (and, no, I’m not saying all kids on meds are nutjobs or that they will kill because of vid games, just that, for some particular kids, it is not a wise mix.)

  • Logan Hollis

    1) The main problem with this whole “violent video games” thing is that it’s not really the games that are the problem. They may play some part in it, but the majority of people who play violent video games show no effect from them in their daily lives. In fact, there was a study done in Britain that followed 11,000 5 year-old kids’ psychological and behavioral development for two years. (here is the actual paper: http://adc.bmj.com/content/early/2013/02/21/archdischild-2011-301508.full.pdf+html) Now this in no way proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that games don’t have an effect, but it does show that there is some evidence that there is no effect among young children.

    2) In every case of a murder that has been linked to video games, there have been serious mental issues present. In a couple others, like this one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h790gvLuDzM), there were also very poor parenting issues.

    3) Parents, pay attention to what your children are doing. The guys from the video let their son play Halo 3 for 72 hours at someone else’s house without even knowing where he was. Not to mention when you delve into the rest of the story, you realize that he had violent tendencies for most of his childhood and that when his sanity check (football) went away due to injury, he started to become develop mental issues. A lot of the problem is that parents don’t put any credence in the actual games industry, and as result they don’t take the time to learn how to properly discern what their children should be (or are) playing. There’s a rating system for a reason. I can say that, more than likely, when the entirety of the gaming generation (i.e. 1980’s and up) has kids a lot of these issues are going to be much less prevalent due to the fact that all of the adults of that time will have grown up understanding the games industry. As such they will be much more knowledgeable and discerning in what they let their kids play. I know I will.

  • KayGee

    Video games are a bad influence only as far as their influence on the development of other video games is concerned. Case in point: CoD. Once modern warfare came out in 2007, every first person shooter franchise old and new since has slowly been “CoDified”. Have this writer play ARMA III and then try to tell me it’s all fun and games that glorifies instant-gratification, shoot-to-thrill violence.

  • BHOffensive

    Games do not cause violence! CoD has hundreds of millions of copies in circulation and there have been what, 5-10 insane people who have committed a crime that people automatically tie back to them playing video games? If games cause violence, spoons cause obesity and death is caused by dying. The ratio of violent attacks vs the number of gamers who play CoD and the like is electron-microscopic. Lets not point fingers like the libs, K?

  • https://twitter.com/UnicornOfMayhem Hi This Is My Username

    Like other forms of entertainment, this is another one being used as a scapegoat to excuse an individual’s behavior.