Look out people, I'm a video gamer and libel to kill!
Jack Thompson is running his mouth off again. Now, he's harrassing a poor little town in Louisiana dealing with a homicide. Acting on Thompson's advice, the sheriff has confiscated video games from the homes of the teens involved.
Law enforcement experts, criminologists, prosecutors, and academics have said time and again the video games do not cause “real-life crime.” Thompson is just another moron who wants to do anything but let a person be responsible for their actions. When a person leaps off a building, you do not blame the building owner for not putting up a fence. You hold the person who committed the act responsible.
If I commit a crime, it is not because I've played Castlevania, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Super Mario Brothers, Sonic the Hedgehog, Simpson's Hit and Run, Lego Star Wars, Prince of Persia, Dance Dance Revolution, Mortal Kombat, Katamari Damacy, Shadow Hearts, Rayman, Resident Evil, Inuyasha, Legend of Zelda, Silent Hill, The Sims, Tetris, Star Ocean, Harry Potter, Full Metal Alchemist, Radiata Stories, Frogger, Pong, Galatica, Galaga, Contra, Life Force, Masters of Tera Kasai (there's an old one!), Haunting Grounds, or Shadow of the Collossus. If I commit a crime, it is my fault and not the fault of anything else. I am not inspired to commit a crime when I play a video game. I am inspired to write fanfiction, like most people.
Of course, this attitude toward video games doesn't surprise me. It's really the evolution of the 'blame Dungeons and Dragons' crap from years ago. And for the record: D&D does NOT lead to witchcraft and devil worship. It leads to Doritoes and Mountain Dew.
P.S. - The post title is a direct quote from Thomspon.
P.P.S. - You can't actually fight in Haunting Ground. All you can do is run.