-IGN Article on the recent debate with Video game violence-

“Generations of people simply do no understand virtual entertainment, so don’t waste time trying to explain why Gears of War won’t cause you to see real people as Locusts who need exterminating.”

“If I could direct the discussion in one direction, though, it would be toward helping people to be better parents – and I don’t mean by having the government do the parenting for us by banning things. Anything we can do to get parents to pay more attention to their kids’ development will be a step in the right direction, and being aware of what videogames they’re playing is just a very small part of a much bigger picture.”

“In a modern culture where every thought and feeling is seemingly broadcast for all to consume, it is more important than ever that we do everything we can to try and counter ignorance.”

“Maybe it’s time for the people who actually make video games to come out of the shadows, speak up and introduce themselves to the large part of America that doesn’t understand them or, worse, is scared by what they create.”

A few excerpts taken from many different speakers in this multi-voiced article about the recent focus on violence in video games and how politics and politicians have been mixed into the whole thing. It’s going to take a LONG time to read each and every person’s sections, but if you’re interested give it a read. If anything it speaks volumes for the depth and detail of knowledge that gaming enthusiasts and press have for our favourite past time, and it handles the ideas of the violence in video games equalling real violence quite well.

http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/01/16/the-politics-of-violence?page=1

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