Are Violent Video Games The Cause of Youth Violence?
Many of you have probably heard of the recent school shooting in Germany where shooter Tim Kretschmer killed 15 people and immediately after the news was revealed there were already fingers being pointed at the video game community because he played the First Person Shooter Counter Strike. The fact that his friend said quote, "He was good." does not help the amount of blame that mindless parents, those yahoos in the government, and just your overall basic stupid people are making a fuss over how violent video games influence the youth. I can understand the severity of the situation, the guy got a gun and literally shot down 15 people. However what I don't understand is why is there so much hate against video games? When did this trend start, honestly why blame video games? In the world today there are PLENTY of violent material that the youth can access for free almost every single minute, hour, and day. I'm gonna point out the movie "300" for a second here(btw I loved 300 epic movie). You see in this movie the brave spartans take out their blades and you immediately see them just kicking ass left and right, but there's also an incredible amount of violence, heads are being cut off, body parts are flying everywhere, and just a lot of gory stuff. However in CS you do not see body parts flying everywhere, you can get head shots but they don't come off, and ya there's some blood but its a minimal amount compared to 300. Another movie I'd like to point out is "Saving Private Ryan". In the beginning 27 minutes you see an almost exact replica of the infamous D Day beach raid. There's one scene where Captain John H. Miller played by Tom Hanks is dragging a wounded comrade out of harm's way and all of a sudden a bomb explodes half of his comrade's body apart showing the innards and its accompanied by a pool of blood. You continue to see Allied soldiers screaming for help with their insides being spilled out on the sand, people getting blown up everywhere, and head shots galore. What I don't understand is why does my own society shun only video games where there's even more violent examples out there. 300 was controversial for its view on the Persians however they weren't ever scolded for their violent content. Saving Private Ryan was met with praise from the government parents for its supposed "amazing" interpretation of World War 2 when it obviously had a huge amount of violence. What scares me also is that parents are even showing these movies to their children, I even recently saw my 5 year old cousin eying the T.V screen because it was showing 300. Than 10 minutes later I see him with a stick hitting supposed "Persians". I'd like to close with saying how is it that violent video games are the cause of so much violence our teenagers hold? As I've pointed out there are even more violent material that teenagers can obtain from almost any source especially with the internet. I believe that our parents, government officials, and people like Jack Thompson just honestly need a finger to point at because they don't realize their very own mistakes. There needs to be an equal understanding and a way to keep violence down but just pointing fingers is never gonna help. So what are we gonna do? EDIT: I wrote this in an hour LOL so there's probably some spelling errors or grammar problems didn't really take the time to reread the story.