‘Ban All Games’ Say Daily Mail Readers, Unsurprisingly
A trial is one thing – the ability for Daily Mail readers to comment on the effects of violent videogames is another altogether.
Anders Breivik is on trial in Norway for the murder of 77 people in July of 2011. The case is currently captivating the mainstream media – and plenty of us folks, let’s not forget – with stories popping up everywhere, with every minute detail of the trial and proceedings filling newsfeeds.
Now I’m not going to comment on how this is giving a clearly deluded man a platform from which to spout his nonsensical views (I’d say ‘read his manifesto for proof of said nonsensical views’, but I wouldn’t want to put anyone though that crap) and I could spout off some other guff about it. But that’s not important here – we are a videogaming site.
As such we are brought into play as soon as videogames are mentioned. And mentioned they have been. But we’re not even going to go down the traditional route of defending games with obvious arguments, because everyone else is doing that.
No, what we want to do is go to the Daily Mail (WARNING: link contains Daily Mail), click ‘worst rated’ on the comments section and show you some of the best-worst.
Harry Goodhead says:
“Ban these games now..plus jail all those playing them..its the cause of the breakdown in our society.”
A fair and even reaction, no doubt. God Will Judge This Nation throws in:
“What are they waiting for, ban these games.”
Perfectly fair – what are ‘they’ waiting for? Mr Williams – I assume that’s not his real first name – adds:
“The question is, why do humans want to indulge in horror movies, violent films, violent video games, use the message of violence in music such as rap etc. etc. It is not about I told you, there is a stream of evil that has been recorded from the earliest historical records right up to this present day of which we can determine by the world events and news. Even children are in films which portray gore, violence and evil, this in itself is a form of child abuse. And so to the mindset of those who create all this, is this what we call normal? Thanks God for judgment. It is coming.”
I… the… yeah. Then Mr B comes along and shows he doesn’t pay attention to age ratings, stating:
“i’ve taken these games off my children after reading this. i don’t want them becoming killers”
But hey, can’t fault him for not wanting his kids to be killers.
Anyway, you get the point. It’s a horrible, terrible situation no doubt – but at least we can still chuckle about something. Or be afraid of some more people, depending on how you want to look at it.