Should video games use prominent people as participants in violence?
Let's pretend the game had non-contraversial people as the targets for the sake of debate.
eta- And I'm not talking about legally, just opinions. I know they have the legal right to do so.
Last edited by wlillie; 09-07-2011 at 03:07 PM.
Totally odious and tasteless.
No, I don't think video games should use real people in violent situations. I also don't think video games should have scenarios where players get to hijack people and run over cops, but so be it. But more then that, I believe they have the right to make it and idiots have the right to play it and I don't think any politician should waste their time talking about it and getting up in arms over it.
Now if someone in politics or in an important position made statments or created pictures and videos promoting killing other politicians, then I might think it something worthy to talk about and get mad at.
I don't know. I think if you are portrayed in a video game where people are shooting at you, you have every right to waste their time talking about it and getting up in arms over it.
I mean, I'm never going to be famous, but if I was and someone had a website or a video game dedicated to violence against me, I think I'd have a few words to say.
Lillie, I totally agree.
Way back when we had the whole debate about Sarah Palin's crosshairs, I think someone (Lisa P, I think) made a great point about how stuff like that (and like this) just contributes to an atmosphere where we can't have a civil discussion about important things that matter to us. Would it be worse if a politician was putting out such hateful images? Sure. But that doesn't mean it's okay or not worth talking about just because it's not a politician. I think that whenever we find people that are intentionally using violent and hateful rhetoric, it's important that as a society we collectively raise our eyebrows and give them the side eye to let them know that it's unacceptable. It may be just a stupid video game made by and for idiots, but I honestly believe that it's the idiots that are increasingly having an influence all the way up the ladder by electing and influencing politicians to resort to ever more extreme rhetoric that appeals to their base. Whether it's an idiot holding a sign that has crosshairs over Obama's face or an idiot that writes video games where you shoot real, recognizable people, I think we should care.
OK, well I disagree. I think the media likes to focus on partisan BS that continues to keep us divided. Some idiot who created a stupid game about shooting politicians is not news worthy and sometimes the attention, even negative, is exactly what they want. No press is bad press. No attention is bad attention. And poltiicians have just played right into it, so in IMO they have won.
You don't think this would have made news if it had been one professional athletic team shooting another one in a video game? Or Christina Aguilera vs Britney Spears? I do. I think it's wrong to have people's faces being shot at whether it's darts, a video game, or anything that could be construed as violent.
And I never said it was OK or right to do things that are violent with the likeness of someone. I am pretty sre I said that, very clearly. what I said was, it does more harm to put so much energy and focus on it, when really all it does is give it more attention and press. Had FOX not run the story and no one got up in arms over it, you would not have seen the article, and I woudl not have even known this trashy game existed. That's my point.
Very wrong, I hate those types of games anyway.
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Sick, just sick, really.
Do I think we should talk about it because it is interesting or worhy? No. But do I think we should talk about it because we as a society should reinforce our ideals that people shouldn't hurt other people? Sure.
I get that no attention is bad attention and no press is bad press. But frankly that's just not the world we live in. I would love to just ignore their ignorant nasty butts and have it go away. I don't think that's realistic though. They created it because someone will always talk about it or play it or whatever. Given that I think it is wise to have open communicaton about what is means and why it's there. And hopefully enough people say the right things to help other people make good decisions about what they watch/play and what their children watch/play.
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