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overrated44 avatar 1:16 AM on 01.06.2011
Pointing a Finger at Video Games.


Last night around midnight (I'm a night owl) I picked up the book that the UPS truck had left on my front porch earlier in the day, Masters of Doom. The incredible story of id software and their rise and fall through the ranks of elite gaming developers. The story follows the two Johns (Romero and Carmack) through their childhoods up to the release of Quake III arena. Absolutely amazing, the story of how these guys came from absolutely nothing, to be gaming culture icons is something that every gamer should at least take a peak at. I finished the book at around 6am wishing there was more to read.

Toward the end of the book the author spends some time talking about the Columbine shootings and what seemed to be the nation's accusing stare upon id software and their explosively popular game Doom, you know the one that created the FPS genre? Back to the point, it got me to thinking what in the world would cause these simple minded fools to immediately assume that a video game had caused these kids to show up at their high school and just pull the trigger on anyone that crossed their path? It seems to me that it is the country's way of skirting actual issues. The bullying of children in school, parenting done more physically than verbally, or maybe just the fact that some people don't think the way others do. Murder has been around since the human race has been on earth, yet people are constantly finding a source for such outrageous acts within video games, music, books, etc. With this still running through my mind I went to sleep.

Waking several hours later and walking by a television in my home I heard a very familiar sound, someone had taken a gun to their high school and started pulling the trigger. This is the second time a kid has picked up a gun and started shooting at unsuspecting people in a public place, if you remember the mall shooting in 2007. Upon hearing the news my first thoughts were for the people inside. My second being, when will the news attempt to blame this on a video game? While our favorite hobby has been maturing much throughout the years people not closely connected with video games might not be aware of this fact, but when will they finally come to terms with the fact that we are growing older and wiser?[img][/img][img]

 
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