Dear Readers: Leave Us Alone

What did we ever do to you?

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GTA CoverDear Readers,

Leave us alone.

Seriously. What did we ever do to you?

Jack Thompson, leave us alone. No matter what you keep saying, the video game industry is not about to fall to your deluding hands. If we can survive the Virtual Boy, the N-Gage, and an endless supply of GTA clones, we’ll surely survive your heroic efforts to show that every single underage murderer is a video game-trained deathbot. To say that video games caused the recent shootings at Red Lake High School is borderline insanity, and you know it. Your only evidence is a flash animation created by the perpetrator that has vague parallels to Grand Theft Auto. Ever see an action movie, Mr. Thompson? They have exploding police cars, too. Why not blame Terminator 2 for this school slaying? Or heck, cop cars explode in real life too, you know — perhaps the “influence” for this teenager’s  flash animation came from watching the news! After all, it hasn’t even been shown that the boy has ever once played a video game.

Hillary Clinton, leave us alone. No video game is teaching kids that it’s okay to “diss people because they are a woman (sic).” Any video game that involves anything at all like that is clearly labeled as being for adults only; it’s not our industry’s fault that parents let their kids play games rated “Mature.” And anyway, video game violence as a political cause is so last decade — you should try for something more topical, like abortion, or gay rights. But I guess video games make for a much safer topic, don’t they? No one’s going to “diss” you for your unproven accusations that the gaming industry “encourages [kids] to have sex with prostitutes and then murder them.

Conservatives, leave us alone. Liberals, leave us alone. Activists, politicians, lawyers, and the uninformed public in general: Please, if you don’t know anything about video games, don’t blame them for the world’s ailments. All that has been proven is that kids who happen to be violent tend to be kids who play video games. This means squat, as anyone who’s taken an introductory psychology course can tell you. A correlation doesn’t imply causation, you dig?

Please, find another issue to make money and power off of, and leave us alone. We aren’t hurting anyone.

Love,

Paul Franzen
Editor-in-Chief
e-mail: pfranzen@gamecola.net

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