Video Games Don’t Kill People

tdb_108_video_games_kill_people_by_shadowmaginis-d4ybhxx I was watching With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story the other day and there was an great segment of the documentary devoted to the heat that the comic book industry faced during the 50’s because it was comic books that were ruining and corrupting young people. The only proof presented was shoddy – 100/100 juvenile delinquents read comic books, which today would be like asking junior high boys if they played video games – and at the time it gave an excuse and a scapegoat for poor parenting.

“You’re not a bad parent, its those comic books ruining your kids!” – direct quote from the documentary.

Fast forward to 15 or 20 years ago around Columbine.

“You’re not a bad parent, its that heavy metal ruining your kids!”

And nowadays,

“You’re not a bad parent, its those video games ruining your kids!”

So where does that leave us? Maybe the issues of troubled youth and mental instability aren’t because of a specific form of multimedia culture but the lack of a proper upbringing. I like comics and movies and music and video games a whole lot. I’ve never shot anyone in the name of demonic music/movies/video games. I also had parents that were very stern with me on what was okay and what was not. Not very long ago after the shooting in Connecticut a major news outlet reported that “According to a friend of the shooter, his favourite weapon in a video game was the assault rifle!” Then the article continued that since he played a video game with an assault rifle that it made him do this atrocity (paraphrased). Neat. Sick reporting bro. I prefer shotguns in most shooting games. I also like to throw fire balls in RPG’s and perform fatalities in fighting games. Not once have I fired a shotgun at a human, tried to manipulate fire in my hand or rip someone in half. video-games-kill Maybe theses issues go beyond multimedia and into far more difficult avenues of society? But those lack the easy canned outrage that old ass senators, who’ve never held a controller in their life, can conjure up. Much like the ones before them blamed heavy metal. And the ones before them blamed comic books. Much easier to blame things you have no experience with. Its like wrestling and steroids. Any time a wrestler dies, STEROIDS! Not alcoholism, drug abuse, mental illness, etc. STEROIDS! Why? It is easy. It ruined baseball too so demonize anywhere it might be. Don’t mention that caffeine abuse has all the same negative side effects of steroids. Its STEROIDS! because of lazy reporting. Do you have a source? No. Ah whatever. STEROIDS. Take the easy way out. There is an argument to be made about a culture of violence in today’s society. But that culture doesn’t start and end with video games. Ugh.

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If he scored 4 goals, Joe Thornton would take his pants off. Don’t be upset

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Sharks’ rookie Tomas Hertl scored 4 goals against the Rangers and sealed it off with this beauty.

It sent the hockey world, at least in North America, into a tizzy. Most comments were in endorsement of the move. Its a highlight reel move. This got the NHL on ESPN which usually only happens after someone does something criminal on the ice, or a team wins the Stanley Cup. The NHL needs things like this. It was great when Daniel Sedin did it. Rick Nash did it. And especially when Marek Malik did it. And literally as I am writing this, Thomas Vanek just did.

So why are people upset? Apparently because these damn kids today have no respect! But really, who cares. 99.9% of people love it. Only Damien Cox and Adam Oates hate it. Its great to see “shootout” moves become part of regular play. People love it when someone does a flashy dunk in the NBA, so why not flashy dangles?

Today, the Vancouver Canucks will play the San Jose Sharks at home. Since the Sharks haven’t played a game since “Teenage Mutant Ninja” Hertl’s big night, it was still a topic of discussion. The Vancouver media were interviewing Sharks winger Patrick Marleau and asked about the showboat-iness of Hertl’s big night. This is when captain Joe Thornton piped in with this:

“I’d have my cock out if I scored 4 goals. I’d have my cock out, stroking it.”

Jason Botchford posted this quote in his blog at the Province.

Now people are mad at Botchford. Why? Apparently when a player shouts from across the room and interrupts an interview, its off the record. A lot of other media members (basically anyone who isn’t a Sharks media) have come to Botchford’s defence. Most echo some sentiment of “unless its stated that its off the record, then it is on the record.” Apparently, yelling an answer to the media is “locker room talk” and it stays there. But the the audio of the event is reportedly clearly audible on Vancouver radio who played the clip along with their Marleau audio, the stuff they actually wanted.

There are two camps on why this is so awful. The first is the above “off the record” crew that apparently won’t publish a juicy quote at all costs when it is shouted at them. The second group is the “think of the children” people. Apparently a newspaper, one that publishes stories about sex tips, rapists, sexual offenders, murders and other news, is a family paper and kids shouldn’t be subjected to “cock.” By the way, this is the homepage of the newspaper.

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So thats cool I guess. Suicide? Check. Domestic violence? Check. Rape? Check. Genetically predisposed to being pessimistic? Check. But a quote in a blog about a a guys dong? Apparently that crosses the line of what children should be subjected to.

But apparently the Mercury News, the above angry Sharks media outlet, had no issues talking about Brent Burns celebrating by getting naked in their article.

So what is the moral really? That the NHL is so boring that people will take something fun and devolve it into a cry-fest about journalist ethics. I never went to journalism school, but if I ask a question and get an answer from a guy who clearly wants me to know his opinion, I’m probably going to publish it. Imagine if this same “locker room” talk principal applied to when teams trash talk the other teams. Had Thornton shouted at the media something about the “Sedin sisters” or “Cindy Crysby” it would be published even though apparently it could technically be “locker room talk.”

This shows just how much NHL fans want to know what their players are like behind the scenes. How hungry people are for an unfiltered look into their favourite teams.  This is why 24/7, Oil Change, and Behind the B have been so well recieved.  Look at the NFL with Hard Knocks or even the WWE with Total Divas.

Something like this gets reported and forgot about in other sports as quickly as it was said. In the NHL? Its a big story and a call to arms to end all evidence of player personality.

I’m back!

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Did you miss me? I hope so. After some technical difficulties I’m back.

QUICK OPINIONS

NFL – I don’t have a weekly opinion besides that Trent Richardson is just another trash Alabama running back who can’t cut it in the NFL. Gets up to the line… dances for 5 seconds and gets tackled. Indy is gonna regret this trade. Browns 3-0 since the trade! And since my Bucaneers are awful, go Browns!!

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The Steam announcements

SteamOS – another point for Linux as Valve moves away from Microsoft. Curious to see where this will take the games library in a few years. Sony and Steam seem to be on board with eachother though so you might find PS4 games making their way onto this OS.

Steam Machine – I have a gaming PC but this could serve as a good “everything” box for people that like consoles. If there is a way to sync it with my PC and stream from it and I can play games in 1080p on my couch… well I may have to change my mind.

Steam Controller – The controller especially looks like nothing but a shooter controller. Granted I havent had a hands on but overall a resounding “meh”.  The big thing with PC games is key bindings. This controller appears to lack that. And honestly, I have no idea exactly how it works.

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NHL – Everyone, sit down and take a deep breath. It is the first weekend of the season. No reason to panic. Unless you’re the Flyers (then its always time for panic). Dear Edmonton fans, I listen to you on the radio every morning. You’re great, but Devan Dubnyk is a good goaltender. He’s in the same range of starting goaltenders that has Corey Crawford and Jaroslav Halak.  Anything from 8-18 in the NHL is interchangeable. Maybe the team sucks because the defence is awful and the forwards don’t know what to do defensively? I think that is why.

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I’ll have a new social media post up tomorrow or Wednesday, then another on Sunday or Monday and eventually a post about LinkedIn.