Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Blaming videogames for the Norway massacre?

Latest post about the horrible Norwegian massacre done by Anders Behring Breivik. And my thoughts about him. Sorry if I offend anyone else. This is my way of coping with this whole thing.

Anders Breivik played videogames like Modern Warfare 2 (from the Call of Duty series). And normally I would say that games don’t change anything, since terror and murder has always existed, even before violent videogames. Now I have played that game, and I hate that he would bring shame to it. 

HOWEVER there is this part of the game, this sequence where you infiltrate a terrorist group that shoots a lot of people at the airport. And during this sequence you can only follow them (and even shot people yourself), but you can’t save them. I remember that media did criticize this game for that sequence, and in some countries it was even forbidden. At the time I did not think much of it, but now I feel kind of disgusted by that sequence, even that played it. It sort of lacks “good” in “good vs. Bad evil”. You see, I see the difference between games and life, like most people, even Anders. 

I don’t think violent videogames in general inspire to real life murder. It would be like, saying that chopping cucumber cause women to cut of male, ehm, well, you know. And I don’t think it is a bad analogy, sure videogames are simulated viollence, but they don't usually simulate the intent to actually end someones life.

Sorry but there will be a few more posts about Anders Behring Breivik and the norway massacre on the island Utoya.

More articles about Anders Behring Breivik:

The conspiracy theory of the Norway shooting

Psychological profile of Anders Behring Breivik

How does one shoot a crying kid in the face?

FAQ: Anders Behring Breivik

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