Gaming

5 Ways the Government is Getting Involved With Your Video Games

Normally I abhor fear mongering in journalism as a base practice designed to control a population through paranoia, but I grew a mustache recently and that means I'm now my own evil twin. With that in mind I'm here to tell you that the government is absolutely going to come for your video games in the name of protecting our children. Mwa ha ha.

You can't say you didn't see it coming. In the wake of any school shooting tragedy someone is going to bring up the most gory first-person shooter they can find and call it murder practice. Doom, Call of Duty, BioShock, just whatever's handy when it's time to run five seconds of footage on the news showing people mowed down with digital gunfire.

Previously I stated that the connection between gun deaths and video games was non-existent, but after some time to think about it I've decided to be the bigger man here. We live in a society that celebrates violence unabashedly in most of our art forms. Violent video games are an extension of that. Even though I stand by what I said about there being no causal link between a few hours of Hitman: Absolution and a real-world massacre I cannot deny that both are products of America's love affair with Second Amendment solutions to problems. That's why we're looking at...

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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