Why Video Games Aren’t The Cause
Video games (particularly the violent ones) are commonly associated with mass shootings caused by young men. Adam Lanza was associated with being a frequent player of violent video games, so of course, the games are at fault, right? Not necessarily. Perhaps it wasn’t the games, but the fact that he simply wasn’t happy with his life. And it came to the point where he simply boiled over. What we have to ask ourselves is this: “Would he have not done this horrible thing if there were no violent games?” In my opinion, getting rid of the games wouldn’t make a difference. People aren’t going to be inspired by the video games to go out and commit crimes; something else has to push them over the edge.
The United States of America has more gun violence per capita than any other country in the world, and we are one of the biggest investors of violent media. But South Korea and the Netherlands spend around twice as more than the US on video games, yet have significantly lower gun violence rates than the US.
Why is it that video games are mentioned so much in the media? Personally, I think it’s because it’s an easy target for media and officials. Instead of focusing on that persons family and social behavior, it’s easy for them to blame the violence on “Modern Warfare.” And before you dismiss this idea as a radical young person’s opinion, consider this: in the past, comic books were considered to violence and strange behaviors in its young audience. Also, television shows have been blamed for crime waves in the 70s and 80s. So are video games just the new way to blame the media? I think so.
This Week In Technology
This week, Sony held a press conference announcing the PlayStation 4, the next generation home console, as well as a handful of games to be released with the system this holiday. The console will feature many abilities that allow you to enhance your experience, such as the “PlayStation App”, which allows your phone to become a second screen for your console.
How it effects us: Beyond the high prices come the holiday season, the PS4 will unlock a whole new layer of storytelling for game developers. The PS4 will allow larger, more detailed worlds, and characters that seem more alive, making stories seem all the more immersive.
Google released information on their new virtual reality eyewear dubbed, “Google Glass.” It appears much like a pair of glasses, but has no lenses and has a small display screen in the top right corner designed to not block your vision. The glasses will be able to send text messages, record and stream your point of view to friends and family members on a computer, and even translate your speech. Currently the only way to get your hands on it is to fork over $1500 to Google for a meetup in one of 3 cities for a demo. Expect the Glass to hit shelves Q4 this year at a still undisclosed price.