Grand theft auto and other games/movies like it

Connor Lyons By Connor Lyons, 21st Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Guides>Activism

So a lot of the times now, violent movies/shows and video games are under attack. But are they the problem for increased insensitivity and violence, or is it something else? Here are some of my views on it.

This is actually kind of funny

GTA5 or, Grand Theft Auto 5, is quite frankly a terrifying game in my opinion. A friend actually said to me, as she tried to convince me to come try it out, “You get to kill and steal cars!” She might have gotten carried away, or do you really get to kill innocent people in the game? I know you get to steal cars and square off against the police. I don’t know, I personally wouldn’t play that game. But what interests me, is that the friend in question, a female, was all for it, and yet in GTA women are trivialized and treated as property, I blinked several times, sure I had misheard her. Needless to say, I did not try and persuade her to give up the game, I’m not that brave. But here’s the thing, it is obvious that games and movies really are desensitizing child, teens, young adults and adults alike, but are they leading people to commit more crimes, act in an inappropriate manner or even just be rude or crude to their fellow human beings? You decide.

It’s a scary world and kids have accesses to it all…

I love this one gaming service called Onlive. You can play top-tier games on really loser computers, their game library is large and they have a lot of neat features. So one day I was playing Batman: Arkham City. One of the neat features of Onlive is the ability to be a spectator of another player’s gaming. This one kid, I didn’t know he was a little kid at the time, started watching me play, he then sends a request to use microphones to speak to me, I accepted and he started asking questions about the Batman game—I politely, though I was a little annoyed a child that young was playing and watching mature games. Soon the kid, he sound seven or eight, got bored and went to play another game, the game he went to go play carried over the still connected speaker option, something of which I was completely unaware of, until I heard what sounded suspiciously like very adult themed er—activities and the sound of the kid swearing happily over what was going on in the game. The game was Duke Nukem, by the way.

You can imagine how surprised I was at hearing this. A little kid, he couldn’t possibly be older than ten, playing a game where your character swears all the time and goes to whore houses for whatever reason. Quick note aside: Everyone should be offended by these sorts of games. Parents, you should be offended because your children are being warped. Men, you should be offended because it’s setting a bad example to confused people and making all men look bad, very, very bad. Women, you should be offended because it’s showing women in the games to be people without morals or dignity, plus shown as merely possessions who are mindless and who should under no circumstances be respected. This carries over in all three subjects to real life. The point of that little story: Why was the child sitting there watching me play Batman—not that bad, sort of—and then playing DN? When I was his age I was watching Barney the dinosaur and playing Super Mario World. This comes from parents not wanting to take the time to monitor their children’s activities, or just not caring much either way, because it keeps them silent. Then we have children doing crimes, or sex at younger and younger ages, because these games and shows , show that this is safe, cool, and fun as all get-out. Stop giving them accesses!

So enough of that

Well know fact: Children emulate characters in these games and shows, it can be far more dangerous with a video game, because instead of watching the character onscreen doing whatever, they’re controlling the character, they’re in it all the way.

Games like Duke Nukem or GTA. In the games, you’re encouraged to do wrongdoings, and taught that it’s cool. I’m not calling for a boycott of games, or violent video games either, I can list several dozen violent video games that while you shouldn’t play in front of the young children, teens and adults alike can enjoy with it warping your core values. What I am saying is that it’s important not to play these sorts of games and never so much as dream of your children even touching them.

The gist

Violent movies can, desensitize children and young adults. Games can be even more destructive, because the children and young adults are actually doing it. But this is so easy to fix, just don’t let the children and teens watch or play these games. Instill a sense of honor in the children so the idea of playing or at the very least, emulating such offensive movies/games is repulsive to them. Sit down and explain why these sort of things are wrong on the many levels that they are to the children and finally, if you play them yourself, don’t do it around the children. If you play a violent game, even if it’s lacking in the evil department, don’t play it around children, you don’t want them hooked on it. Same goes for movies. Send them to their rooms and cuddle on the couch, parents. But under no circumstances should sixteen-year-old Susan and her sidekick, fourteen-Louie be watching it with you. GTA and games like it? Well if you see angry looking people with guns, people getting arrested, but with style, and arousing pictures for the game, or hear that that’s what they revolve around… Then you already know what you’re going for. Don’t pretend you don’t.

Note aside, if you like the games, well that’s your choice; maybe I’m too sensitive and blowing it out of proportion. But then, maybe I’m completely right. It’s important whatever you’re doing, playing or watching to constantly review it and ask yourself whether or not it is right.


Advice, Bad Influence, Children, Family, Values

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