As Twitchy reported earlier, President Trump seemed receptive to a lot of suggestions at a bipartisan meeting on school safety, including Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s concerns about violent content in video games and movies — triggering flashbacks to Tipper Gore for some of us older folks.
Still, Trump is scheduled to meet with video game industry executives this week to talk about … something — maybe another rating system to tack on to the existing rating system?
Now CNN is jumping on the bandwagon with an opinion piece by Jeremy Bailenson, a professor in the department of communication at Stanford. Bailenson sees violent games as a “virtual boot camp” to train possible mass shooters — at least he’s not blaming the NRA for training Nikolas Cruz by helping fund JROTC programs.
— CNN (@CNN) March 5, 2018
Bailenson notes that “there is at least one documented case of a killer using a first-person shooter game to improve his combat skills,” and that was Norwegian shooter Anders Breivik in 2012 — not Nikolas Cruz.
To be fair, Bailenson’s specialty is virtual reality, so he wants to make sure virtual reality games don’t become training grounds for mass shooters. He even has three suggestions. Are you sitting down?
First, let’s change the physics of bullets. Think about a Frisbee. In order to hit a target straight ahead, one needs to arc it to one side, to account for its return swing. If virtual reality bullets also traveled with a slight curve, then virtual shooters would always be pointing away from a target in order to eventually hit it. This learned side-aiming would likely carry over to the real world, and people would have trouble hitting a target straight ahead.
Bailenson also advocates for non-human targets (zombies are a popular stand-in in existing games). He also doesn’t want guns in games to have realistic mechanics: “to operate a virtual gun, you should flick your wrist or bend your elbow.”
So in the future virtual reality release of “Call of Duty,” you’d flick your wrist to fire and aim away from the target like Frisbee golf. Sounds awesome.
We’re doing this? Okay. https://t.co/AqodCuqWg1
— Mikey Neumann (@mikeyface) March 5, 2018
— neontaster ? (@neontaster) March 5, 2018
This is CNN.
CNN is being stupid
Don't be like CNN. https://t.co/wuIkvrsyJn
— Kes Loves Cannons (@KesaraRiku) March 5, 2018
Go home, CNN. You're drunk https://t.co/AS8rXtZ8w5
— Gav (@miracleofsound) March 5, 2018
When will you stop being a joke? https://t.co/ORM8mmBKoJ
— Chucky (@moistpanties) March 5, 2018
This missed the point so hard I'm not even sure which side of this Flat Earth they are even on. https://t.co/mM2qz908nS
— Tabin Ahmad (@panicsw1tched) March 5, 2018
Of all the things Trump has said, you pick one of the dumbest to side with him on?
— Eric Spencer (@JustEric) March 5, 2018
Maybe we should have a gaming licence. How about background checks before you can buy a game?
Game control now! https://t.co/PjDyX9ocKK
— An Actual Feminist™ (@TheCartoonLoon) March 5, 2018
I seem to have encountered a problem my controller won't shoot real bullets at people like my video games have taught me they would please advise https://t.co/Qm7eArmNFM
— Saltasaurus (@UndyingSalt) March 5, 2018
The drama is always way over the top with these libs. https://t.co/7DRQetY7ow
— Anthony Cumia (@AnthonyCumiaxyz) March 5, 2018
This is an amazingly bad article. Stanford professor claims video games lead to mass shootings and his only evidence is that one mass shooter in Sweden used to play video games ? https://t.co/2xNmXXsm0w
— Rohit Gupta (@rohitguptahpf) March 5, 2018
— Broman (@Professorbroman) March 5, 2018
Yes let’s ignore data and have this stupid argument for another 20 years https://t.co/UH0ZHNMNpn
— Onson Sweemey (@TaboriHK) March 5, 2018
I grew up in the military.
I spent weekends at the gun range starting at age 10.
I know how to make my own ammo.
I know how to disassemble and reassemble firearms.
I play video games daily since age 18.
I haven't killed anyone.
But I won't, I have no desire to. https://t.co/OrQr0OX3GD
— [TPwn] Kole (@Isa_Kole) March 5, 2018
Not only is this argument outdated, but the thumbnail is too https://t.co/NhB9P4aeAV
— Soul Kiwami (@soul_societyy) March 5, 2018
Fun fact: Tom Brady perfected his craft by playing Madden alone for hours on end. He actually never touched a football until his first Superbowl! https://t.co/t9K33i7ME7
— Willie J Stowell (@WillardFilmore) March 5, 2018
Is there nobody working at CNN with military training (you know, actual "boot camp") who you could have asked before publishing this?
Then I'll tell you for free. Games are nothing like "boot camp." They have nothing to do with the reality of shooting people
You absolute morons https://t.co/egDWjbpeYI
— Roon Mian ?? (@RoonMian) March 5, 2018
And this is why new sites needs to curate their opinion sections a lot more. https://t.co/xXsUgivLJb
— Drift0r (@Drift0r) March 5, 2018
Hey, can we collectively figure out how to get @CNN and other news outlets to stop posting b.s. like this and have actual research and industry experts instead of ridiculous scapegoating? https://t.co/YXsAkUMgny
— Uncertain Sound ?? (@UncertainSound) March 5, 2018
Targeting video games has put Trump on the expressway to Brandon Morse's bad side https://t.co/Vm39ta9jzV
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 2, 2018