Back in the 1990s, we had controversy start to rise over video game violence when the video game “Mortal Kombat” was slated for release on home consoles. The game depicted life-like sprites of real people losing what looked like more blood than the human body is capable of even holding.
Thus begun the era of blaming video games for today’s violence, and every time someone gets out of hand with a gun, the games get the accusing finger. Personally, I prefer it virtual and kept out of real life.
Now gun violence has reared its ugly head once again with Connecticut’s Newtown massacre and various copycat crimes across the country. And which video game gets the accusing finger now?
The NRA is blaming the ten year old flash game “Kindergarten Killer”, a gruesome shooter that has you hunting down children, reports Buzzfeed.
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said:
“There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people. Here’s one, it’s called ‘Kindergarten Killers’.”
The free online program is a first-person shooter game that instructs players to “shoot the kids quickly before they shoot you.”
The game has you playing the role of a crazed janitor armed with a shotgun, and it instructs you:
“You begin your killing spree, first killing the kindergarten teacher, but then for some unknown reason the kids pull out their own guns! They’re outnumbering you, so kill them off and get out of the halls quick!”
That’s right twisted if you ask me, and downright paranoid on behalf of the game’s premise.
The horrific sight of blood spewing from children’s heads as you shoot them just rings too familiar to the imagination of anyone dealing directly with the events at Sandy Hook Elementary, says The New York Daily News.
Gary Short, the creator of “Kindergarten Killer” had this to say about it:
“‘Kindergarten Killer’ was pretty popular though and got me loads of visitors, and still does.”
He is the successful author and programmer of several web sites and video games across the internet.
Upon Friday’s decision to put more firearms in schools to prevent future tragedies, LaPierre stated:
“We should put armed security in every school.”
I call on Congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed Police officers in every school #NRA
— NRA (@NRA) December 21, 2012
Put more guns in schools? Really? Is he aware that not everyone is going to play by the rules? Adam Lanza certainly didn’t have much regards for them.
Experts had this to say about it:
“The argument can be made that in terms of taste and public opinion, there is too much gratuitous violence in video games.”
“But millions of people play violent video games and the overwhelming number wouldn’t dream of enacting what they see on the screen.”
There’s my point exactly. Society in the majority has played World War II simulators and only a small percentage of us has ever acted out what we saw in them. Most of the ones who do have a serious mental illness as well.
We need to start paying more attention to the seriously mentally ill and monitoring their behavior, and stop focusing so much on how video games are turning us into psychotic killers.