Fair Warning: TEXT ONLY, NON-Bondage, and I’ll be rambling a bit here. STOP reading if you’re looking for pretty girls bound and gagged in varying stages of dress. 🙂
So…Violent Video Games. They’re creating armies out of our kids with them, right? The games are corrupting our youth, turning them savage, foul-mouthed beasts who do nothing but brutalize women and prepare them for militarized service by running them thru combat simulations on par with anything the Pentagon puts out these days. Video Games are the reason kids are growing up to be monsters…they create serial killers and maggots who kick puppies just because they feel like it, right?
Only because parents let it happen. Hell…they participate in the creation, even!
I’m reminded of a PSA from a few years…OK, a few DECADES ago (I’m an old fart), where a parent confronts his child about drugs he found in the boy’s room. How did you get involved with that? How did you get started on drugs? “From YOU, all right?! I learned it from WATCHING YOU!” Dad shrinks back in horror. Video games aren’t too far removed from that, what with parents allowing TV screens to raise America’s youth, then crying “foul” when they don’t like the result. Parenting, it seems, is fastly becoming a lost art, and when the child reacts negatively to the way mom and dad are providing them to be, it’s easy to lash out at an industry rather than address the actual PROBLEM…curse the darkness rather than shine a spotlight upon it.
Let’s take a step back. Let me tell you about me a bit. Born and raised on vid games…my first console was a “Pong” machine that had the controllers built into it. The wonderful gaming device was made by Coleco…and it started me on a wonderful journey. Graduated from Pong to the Atari 2600…then to the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)…then to the Sega Genesis (“Master System”…tho it’ll always be a GENESIS to me). Something happened around here for me…it was at this time that Mortal Kombat started rolling out…and I was stunned by it. FREAKING AWESOME!! You could knock your opponent’s head clean off…pull his spine out of his body…send him falling into a pit filled with spikes…DAMN!! It was amazing! But it was all FANTASY and I KNEW it.
I was over 18 and working when MK first hit stores…WITH the “M” rating attached to it….”M”. meaning, for MATURE audiences only; much the same for an “R” rating for movies. I knew what I was getting into and knew what was going on within that little world…you have to wonder about younger minds, tho it’s been proven in study after study that games DON’T affect little Junior’s mind at all. Anyway…after the Genesis, I moved to Playstation 1 (PSX), then Game Cube, then Playstation 2 and 3 (haven’t bought a 4 yet…and don’t even ask me about that Orwellian XBOX ONE…the “XBONE” is a different rant altogether). I came up good and am not a stalker/killer of mass-proportions because of all the “M” rated games I play, right?
My point here is this. With the creation of the “M” rating and the ERSB for the purpose OF rating games (which parents hammered for and the gaming industry self-created in response), a system was created to keep kids from adult material. Stores are not allowed to sell “M” rated games to kids, just like liquor stores are not allowed to sell booze or cigarettes to minors; it’s treated in the same fashion. So…if kids are getting “M” rated games, parents are the ones buying them. Which leads me to a tweet I sent on my Twitter this morning…