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 Nothing is more disheartening than reading that gaming continues to be the scapegoat for violent crimes. When are we going to take accountability for being shitty human beings.  Violent crimes are perpetrated regardless of visual stimuli and the sooner people realize that the better off we'll be. The article below is a shining example that gaming has a long way to go before politicians stop using it as a scapegoat.

Game violence to blame for rise in knife attacks, says police commissioner

Games have been publicly slammed by a police commissioner in Australia for inciting a rise in knife crime, because they let children act out ‘virtual crimes' and earn incentives for violent acts in-game.

via: www.vg247.com

The statement released by New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipone below is particularly disturbing since it fails to cite other factors that lead to violent behavior.

“How can it not affect you if you're a young adolescent growing up in an era where to be violent is almost praiseworthy, where you engage in virtual crime on a daily basis and many of these young people (do) for hours and hours on end,” he said.

Source: The Telegraph

 

Environments and upbringing play a bigger role than gaming in regards to crime. We have a rating system for games for a reason and if parents aren't doing their part to protect their kids than who's really to blame?

What do you guys think?

5 COMMENTS

  1. You have to be greatly biased to not see that gaming and all media in general have the possibility to have ill effect on their viewers. I listen to Odd Future and I wanna moshed and tear shit up. I listen to Lupe Fiasco and I feel enlightened and compelled to enact change in my world. The same is true of games, however this is not to say that they should be banned by any stretch of the imagination, it is simply to state the obvious, we are all affected by our environments some more than others. When we pretend that they don’t we are just ignorant and neglectful as, the parents we point the finger at for not claiming responsibility for their kids actions. 

    • If you ever watched wrestling and then pretend wrestled with your friends or schoolmates you automatically must realize that we are all susceptible to our environments. 

  2. as usual people are just ignorant i play violent video games almost exclusively and i have no urge to kill anyone it is absolutely ridiculous that anyone would think that video games are responsible for violence what about violent movies or music lets just blame all media and not blame parenting or the fact that some people are just fucked up in the head

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