PlayStation Trying To Rally Gamers To Protect The Games Industry

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Video games have always been a hotly debated subject. My beloved girlfriend is so decidedly against games like Grand Theft Auto and first person shooters that most of our conversations relating to the subject end up as disputes rather than friendly chatter. This afternoon PlayStation has asked gamers to voice their opinion on the subject via the Video Game Voters network.

 

There’s a time and place for violent video games to be experienced. The medium needs to be handled with the same responsibility as R rated movies and explicit lyrics in music. The most important thing overall is that parents need to take ownership of what their children are exposed to. Period.

The act of playing violent video games has never led me to real life violence nor has it led me to contemplate participating in such acts. The same can be said about film and television. I’ve viewed plenty of violent television. Programs like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead show graphic imagery and contain explicit language. But film and television are viewed as a creative art and are therefore protected. It’s my opinion that video games should be observed and handled in the same fashion. I’ll be damned if my three-year old son plays a Call of Duty or meets Heisenberg anytime soon, but there’s no reason to take scapegoat an entire medium (video games) that should also be viewed as art. It should be up to parents to set clear guidelines for their children, not the government. Well adjusted adults should also have a strong grasp on what’s right and wrong. The ban or regulation of violent video games isn’t going to deter the next horrific tragedy that besets society.

PlayStation asking for gamers to voice their opinion for the good of the games industry is a good thing. On the other hand I’m almost always wary when a company asks their consumers for political aide. If you’re of sound mind and body, feel free to cast your vote, of if you want to, you can steer clear of the entire issue. It’s your choice.

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Dylan Zellmer

Dylan splits time between games journalism, designing video games, and playing them. Outside of his deep involvement in the games industry, he enjoys It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Shameless, A Song of Ice and Fire, fitness, and family.
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