I saw an interesting article on the The Verge today about EA’s Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference and I couldn’t help but nod along in agreement. Authors Chris Plante & T.C. Sottek speculated about why gaming executives didn’t comment on the recent tragedy in Orlando, Florida which left 50 dead:
Perhaps EA executives thought it would be hypocritical to comment on a real-life shooting before promoting a first-person shooter.
The only reason it would by hypocritical to talk-up virtual guns and virtual violence would be if it had any effect on real-world behavior and that insinuation is completely on point.
The production of video games that require or reward people for taking digital lives are causing outbreaks of violence around the world. Late last year an attack in Paris was perpetrated by killers who were undoubtedly much more skilled at DOOM than even the most studious Polygon reporter. If research were carried out to compare the attackers in both cases the only link would probably be their love of gaming.
How can we let gaming companies completely ignore and neglect their responsibility in these tragedies? Completely failing to acknowledge real, actual shootings that were probably practiced in their games? Unforgivable.
Let us strive to make our voices heard: we want violence out of video games. To end mass shootings and end terrorism we, as gamers, need to look at how our hobby is fueling hatred worldwide.
Please… think about it. For world peace.