|How gamers are like terrorists|
Mark Asher - News - 06/03/04 - Link
Perhaps I'm wrong, but this Arab News editorial writer might be guilty of a wee bit of hyperbole in an editorial that decrys violence in gaming.
The constant fictional portrayal of death and destruction is undermining our ability to appreciate the true horror of actual appalling events. The most pernicious consequence of this is that game players who glory in the electronic carnage that they can wreak on their computer screens are becoming dehumanized and inured to the bloody tragedy of real violence. If people?s view of the world is largely informed by fictional slaughter, then their reactions to the real thing will be inadequate and deformed. In the last three years, far too many people all around the world have learned to their bitter cost that the consequences of terrorism and the military response it spawns are extremely terrible. Terrorists show no more feelings of decency than the game player hunched over his computer keyboard. Both are divorced from the standards of humanity that ought to guide all civilized societies. The terrorists, however, are deaf to any persuasion that what they do it utterly evil. The players of violent computer game might however be susceptible to a stark and urgent message: ? Get real.? Dear god, is the world is full of stupid people or what? I need to pull out that quote and let it stand alone as a monument to stupidity.
Terrorists show no more feelings of decency than the game player hunched over his computer keyboard. Both are divorced from the standards of humanity that ought to guide all civilized societies. Stupid!