Our second piece is a personal anecdote care of Minda News, which covers the news on Mindanao, an island in the Philippines. Gail
Ilagan is worried about "combat RPGs" and violent video shown on television programs such as "MTV
GamePad." She feels the exposure is trivializing killing, and she cites a memory from 14 years ago (1992) where
her second husband took her to the video arcade and made her play a SEGA arcade shooter (we are not sure which). Seeing
a virtual soldier facing a virtual gun at her "rendered her immobile and hypnotized. Unthinking, I dropped my hands
and stepped back from the nightmare. The sound of muted battle raged on." She then watched a little boy finish her
game ... his "dreamy enjoyment was almost obscenely sexual," she observed. She then asks, "I wonder
where that boy is now. I wonder about the effects of his exposure to realistic simulations of battle where he endlessly
faces down murderous hatred."
For the record, I'm doing just fine.
The third article hails from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Entitled "Violent videogames not reality," the
article more or less blasts video games and links violent games as "typically a component in school killings"
based on quotations from gaming's antagonist Jack Thompson. Mr. Thompson uses the Civil War as an example of how games
have degraded society: "the willingness-to-shoot rate was about 10 percent in the Civil War. Today, with video
game training and other techniques, it's up around 90 percent." Thompson then points at Rockstar, only described
as "Grand Theft Auto makers" for the game Bully, which is purported to come out in August
... which is news for us, since we haven't heard a peep about the title in quite some time.
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