When you hear the words “Fox” and “video games” together, its not surprising that it usually leads to something stupid on Fox’s part. I was never biased towards Fox before, simply because I was too busy playing video games, but article after article has provided me with enough proof that the people working at Fox spend 15 minutes writing their articles and 10 seconds researching what their so-called “professionals” say.
Fox: “Should we ask for proof?” …. “Naaaaah!”
Once again, in an article that is full of great Fox News integrity, Fox found some random psychologist to quip, “the increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games.” Online degree psychiatrist and hack author (don’t ask me how I know this) Carole Lieberman provided no sources to back up said claims.
Thus, I’m going to also state that Lieberman is the cause of all rapes in America. Just because I can.
I will not go into detail on how stupid the article itself is, it does the work for me on its own, but this common trend of society, blaming video games for all that is wrong with the world, is really starting to get old. Especially when video games are becoming more popular and accepted by the general population (so says my statistics that I will not provide you with because “I don’t wanna”).
Here’s a quick look at the video game “blame game” in the recent years:
Example 1: We all need money, but a lot of us wouldn’t go so far as murdering someone for pocket change. Warren Leblanc, 17 at the time, did stab his friend Stefan Pakeerah for some cash he owed a gang. The gang-relation wasn’t known in full detail at the time when Warren turned in his guilty plea though, so the game Manhunt was blamed instead of the real cause for the tragedy. Immediately following that, the game was taken off the shelves and promptly, the demand for the game skyrocketed. But when the police profusely denied the link to the video game and stated that it was Stefan, not Warren, that owned the game, it didn’t matter by that point. The damage to video games, as a whole, was done. Stefan’s mother claims Stefan borrowed the game from Warren anyway, thus ignoring the real motive of robbery.
Example 2: “Se-Xbox! New video game shows full digital nudity and sex!” Oh the good old days… 3 years ago, when Mass Effect was accused of being a sex emulator. Thus, further demonstrating that video games are teaching young juveniles inappropriate sex lessons. This could have only meant the downfall of our society as we know it. Statistics show that Fox News specialists once again don’t know anything when they’re being interviewed, but instead are just picked up from the sidewalk 5 minutes before going on air. Psychologist Cooper Lawrence went on camera to claim that adolescents are the ones playing these games despite “Mature” ratings clearly marked on the box, and it’s not their dads playing like companies would want you to believe they target. Although the average gamer is 35 years old, and parents should be the ones monitoring what their children play. But Fox’s professionals’ defense, “We can’t always monitor our kids these day and age, it’s still their fault!”
Example 3: This is not rocket science. When a kid who has never killed anyone in his life goes on a rampage and looks like the Terminator, hes a video gamer. These are the words of avid video game-hater Jack Thompson, a (finally disbarred) attorney from Florida. That was a quote he told MSNBC.com in regards to the shooting at Virginia Tech by Cho Seung-Hui after Fox News (ding ding!) reported on his claims that video games caused the massacre. Fox News even called him a school-shooting expert. Thompson claimed Cho Seung-Hui played CounterStrike and feeling inspired by the game, went on his killing spree. Dr. Phil McGraw appeared on Larry King Live to spew the same garbage. But when the police searched the guy’s dorm, no console or video games were ever found. No one ever witnessed Cho Seung-Hui even play video games.
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These are just a few of the extreme examples of the trend that the press not only looks down on video games, but also likes to recognize it when they need something to blame. Even though Fox seems to be the crusader for these false claims, other news outlet copy these same accusations to continue the ridiculous cycle.
When it comes to video games in the main press such as news outlets and newspapers, the majority of the time games are seen in a negative light. It even confronts me as a college student all the time. I’ve had quite a few classes correlate video games to bad child development.
So the point of this article, as is the point of Eminem’s “Sing for the Moment” is, blame others by proxy. “Then the next time you assault a dude, just tell the judge it was my fault and I’ll get sued.” I blame video games and Eminem for the war in Iraq.
Did you just crash your mother’s car? Blame video games.
Were you caught streaking? Blame video games.
Are you held in federal prison for trying to kill the president? Blame video games.
Did you burn down Fox headquarters? Blame video games. If video games could speak, they’d probably thank you for it.