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Violence and Video Games: Scapegoatism

December 16, 2012

I usually stray away from blogging about sensitive content that may offend people. I would never want to offend any of you, and always try to keep my blogs fun, light, personal and informative. I decided tonight to make a slight change and blog about a relatively unpopular opinion. Now please, before I begin, let it be known I value and appreciate other people’s opinions. I am open-minded and friendly in all my debates, and I do not want anyone to read this and feel I am being patronizing. I write on the subject hoping it will be regarded as an open forum and would love to hear all your opinions on this.

I’m sure by now everyone has heard of the events regarding the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The news of this shook me to my core. It’s always a huge loss for humanity when events like this occur, and unfortunately it seems these events happen all too often. These were children. These children could not have any inclination that when their parents dropped them off at school and kissed them on their foreheads – that this would ultimately be the last time. Their lives were taken from them because someone was sick. The shooter was a 20-year-old boy with a history of mental illness and other disturbances. Now, we will never know the full story of his upbringing and we will absolutely never, ever understand him. We will never know his thought process, his feelings or his motives. Not only did he take the lives of 20+ children, he took the life of his own mother. It’s hard to wrap ones head around because the vast majority of humanity can not relate to this behavior at all. The shooter was more disturbed than we will ever be able to cognitively understand, and that essentially is wholly the reasons for his actions.

More like, Video Games: Society's scapegoat.

More like, Video Games: Society’s scapegoat.

For some reason though, it seems that people are so quick to look past the fact that this child was mentally ill, and rather start placing the blame on other unrelated issues; primarily the finger is pointed at video games. Sure – you can cut me off right now and say that I’m biased because I am a martyr of sorts for the video game industry and community. I can say that I grew up on video games and am extremely well-adjusted, but this isn’t about video games. It should never be about video games. It’s being reported that because this child played Mass Effect 3 that he was “encouraged” to commit this act. What about the millions of others that played Mass Effect 3 – what crimes have they committed? Why whenever there is an act of violence by a young adult are video games thrown into the fray of excuses? What about the young adults not exposed to gaming, what is their excuse? To blame video games for encouraging violence is just a scapegoat for inattentive parents and an easy way out for society. Instead of addressing actual issues like mental health, which is a way bigger issue in regards to violence than it seems anyone wants to admit. We don’t need less video games. We need to be more attentive and offer more support to young adults suffering from any of the array of mental health issues plaguing children. I realize this is easier said than done, but what has been done? Whenever a mass shooting happens people continually talk about the changes that need to be made, but once it’s out of the news it seems to go completely out of mind again until the next incident. It’s so easy to use video games as a distraction from the real issue but let’s be real:

The world has been an extremely violent place since way, way before video games.

The world is a mess. We are so quick to turn away from violence occurring in real-life physical wars going on and place blame on a war simulator instead. Remember when the Columbine shooting happened, and everyone blamed Marilyn Manson? They hardly focused on the two shooters. They immediately blamed Marilyn Manson – not because he was there, not because he personally encouraged them to commit this act, but simply because he made music that these two kids happened to listen to. What if these kids listened to Enya – would she be to blame? I doubt it. Here is an interview with Marilyn Manson from the film Bowling for Columbine. I happen to feel he makes extremely poignant points on actual issues.

Humanity has a lot work to do. A lot of the time I feel embarrassed to be a person. I wish I could just go back to being star-dust and float through space and time unencumbered. Despite the violence, the blaming – the omnipresent sadness that floats in and out of all our lives, there is still so much good in the world. More importantly there is so much good YOU can do as a person. You are an individual and you have so much to offer. We as people have so much power. The power to destroy, but also the power to repair and rejuvenate and make a difference. We are the one species capable of so much on such an individual level. I think if we all stopped being stoic and malcontent, we could really make a difference.

Here are 26 great examples of positive humanity in motion.

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A Love Letter To: Nerd Girls

June 1, 2011

To a lot of guys, nerdy girls are the holy grail. I know growing up my friends always called me a “unicorn” because to them I was such a rarity; an attractive girl with a brain and obscure, geeky interests. I obviously didn’t think anything of it because I was just being myself. I didn’t understand the reverie. Now it seems that lately, with the progress of video games and the prevalence of comic book movies, being into “nerdy” things is more allowable and mainstream, and with this I have noticed an influx of “faux-nerdy” girls. Girls who want to impress guys by pretending to be nerdy, because they played Tetris once on a road-trip, or tried to play Halo once with their brother, but don’t know the difference between Ps3 or Xbox. I don’t care if you think Peter Parker is “dreamy”, bitch, I saw him first – you know, when I was saving up my lunch money to buy comic books as a kid, not because my boyfriend took me to see Spiderman 3.

Whether you’re a Dungeon Master, a Marvel Girl, a Computer Engineer or the best Warlock in your guild, being a true-blue Nerd Girl will always have its appeal within society – and you will always be a unicorn within the Geek sub-culture, and that to me is just a wonderful thing. I put together a little compilation of song tributes to our kind.

While these girls voices pierce my ears, and their over-acting makes me want to stab my eyes with my light-saber chopsticks, Seth Green’s rap at the end makes it totally worth it.

“Farscape
Sailor Moon
Hogwarts boys all make them swoon
Aragorn, Legolas
These are the boys they love the best
I mean they’re good to go
Love Scifi, yo’
Marvel
DC
Vertigo
The girls are sweet
They can’t be beat”

This little number is from one of my absolute favorite shows, “The Guild”, with one of my favorite geek icons, Felicia Day. Definitely legit, and definitely a babe.

“Hang with me in my MMO
So many places we can go
I’m better than a real world quest
You’ll touch my plus five to dexterity vest.”

Oh, I think if you’re familiar with nerd related music at all, you know who MC Chris is. He’s classic. While I love the song, I don’t love the video so much – but I cant say I didn’t resemble the lead girl a little bit when I was much younger. Ah, memories.

“There’s a special kind of girl that goes to my shows
And I don’t mean the groupie hos
All along the front row
She’s more like a wallflower
Like the one that Stryker sniped
I’m like elixir when I’m with her
‘Cause I think I like her type.”

This song is by Chester French. I love a lot of the music he does, so you should probably get to know him. He is a Nerd Girls biggest fan – hands down.

“Most guys don’t enlighten me
But I’m intrigued by you
I’m your nerd girl writing sci-fi
But now I’m riding you
You’re my nerd girl
An extraordinary mind
Brain is of a kind so unknown.”

Well, on that note, I’ll be in Azeroth if you need me.

I wunna do bad things to you.

September 29, 2010

Sookie by San Smith!

After a few years of ” Hey, you watch True Blood, right?” I finally decided to Netflix it so I could stop disappointing people by saying I had not seen it. Do I look like the biggest True Blood fan ever or something? I dont know how to feel about that. Now, the first few episodes I didnt really care for it, I did like Sookie’s character right away, but as a whole I found it boring and slow-moving. After several episodes I finally started to give it a real chance and while I dont love it ( yet ) I am excited about getting the second season. A big motivation for me is I heard there are Werewolves in season 4! I can definitely get into that. The illustration above was done by my dear friend San Smith!

Do you watch True Blood? What are your thoughts on it? I feel like I have something new to talk to people about now. I dont think i’ll ever love it as much as Dexter – but we’ll see!