It seems that the media has taken fondly to using video games as a sufficient scapegoat for terrible acts of violence, most noticeably within the borders of America. After the terrible acts that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary, video games have taken center-stage as the catalyst for the tragedy, a point many are for and against. While the debate rages on, US Senator Joe Manchin has taking to the media to blame one franchise in particular for the shooting, that being Rockstar’s GTA V.
Speaking with MSNBC this past week, the senator talked about the mental health risks games have on the unprepared and called for GTA V to be banned before any damage can be done.
Look at Grand Theft Auto, put out by Rockstar Games in New York City and see what it promotes, shouldn’t that be looked into and maybe be banned?
This isn’t the first video game to come under the spotlight in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, with BioWare title Mass Effect 3 attacked on its main Facebook page, but then stopped once they found out it was Adam Lanza’s brother who liked the game. Massively popular title Call of Duty has also been the figure of blame with reports suggesting that Lanza played the game regularly, even on the days leading up to the shooting.
The war on video games will no doubt continue and until scientific facts conclude that they have a sinister effect on those who play them, there will be those who will protect them. What do you think?