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Actor Rob Lowe blames 'first shooter' games for real-world violence


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17 Jan 2013 19:07

There would have been bonus points had the interviewer said, "You know--I know nothing about video games, but I found what you just said fascinating" before patting Rob on the head and quickly leaving the room.
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17 Jan 2013 19:12

MaggotCakes wrote:
TheBitBlock wrote:@archer9234

Saying "bang bang! pow!" is hardly the same thing as playing call of duty and being exposed to realistic murdering and violence.



THIS... Slit throats much in cowboys and indians? ... drop the F bomb every sentance much while playing coyboys and indians? ... I especially love when we used to act the massive ammounts of blood and brains that splattered all over the wall as a bullet went through the skull ...

That's not the same playing cowboys and indians ... don't be rediculous
No, we just pretended to chop each other with tomahawks. Shoot each other with pistols, rifles, and arrows. Scalp each other, rob each other, and hang each other.
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17 Jan 2013 19:45

@joshb1983

Sounds like you played it a hell of a lot differently and more graphics than the rest of us. Video games probably did that to you.
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17 Jan 2013 19:48

why not, a study shows the following:
tertainment. These effects take several forms.
Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume that acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decrease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behaviors and a mistrust of others.
Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.

He could be right but I don't blame the games more the parents that let there children access them. you know like them little kids that act all big and bad on call of duty... you know who I am talking about! lol
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17 Jan 2013 19:49

I personally never would relate real life violence to first-person shooters, despite the fact that I dislike pretty much every first person shooter, exceptions being ones that are not rated M.

Rather the blame in some cases should go towards direction of letting kids shoot guns for fun. I don't know about you, but if someone can't drink until they're 21 why is it okay for children to use highly lethal weapons? Shouldn't we prevent kids from being able to use these weapons before we even mention violent video games?
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17 Jan 2013 19:54

good one GiriOni! Yes you are right!
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17 Jan 2013 20:15

Are we really questioning his negative opinion towards 'violent' videogames just because he personally has not played them?... I must've woken up on nonsensical world again.
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17 Jan 2013 20:19

M-O-O-N that spells video games
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17 Jan 2013 20:23

You gotta love how some of these people who own their own private weapons cache, are some of the folks quickest to go "Yep, it's video games alright!". Give me a fuckin break......
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17 Jan 2013 20:34

These games are R rated for a reason. Parents should be able to control what their children are playing.

Anyway, the people who actually carry out real world violence are f***ed in the head anyway, which I feel makes it the parents' and teachers' responsibility to detect any mental shortcomings and act on it through therapy and precaution (for example, NOT keeping guns in the house). Also on a more political note, I think America's gun laws are ridiculous; you should not be able to buy killing machines so easily.
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17 Jan 2013 20:56

Anyone who blames FPS games for violence clearly has never played one, and that is simply their own fear of what they do not know. If FPS games caused violence, each state in this country would be at war with eachother, lol I mean common.... common sense.
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17 Jan 2013 21:03

I like how many people aren't even watching the video and instead just respond to the misleading article title.
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17 Jan 2013 21:06

Totodile wrote:These games are R rated for a reason. Parents should be able to control what their children are playing.



I agree. However keep in mind, that parents first have to actually bother paying attention to what it is their kids are wanting them to buy, what their kids are playing/watching/etc.

A lot of parents would rather not be bothered, buying them CoD and leaving them alone in their room to play it gets their kids out of their hair. Sad fact.
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17 Jan 2013 21:09

TheBitBlock wrote:I like how many people aren't even watching the video and instead just respond to the misleading article title.

It's because nobody cares what Rob Lowe thinks. I barely know who he is.
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17 Jan 2013 21:13

He makes some very valid points - and hardly "blames" video games for violence. Smart guy - great actor.
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17 Jan 2013 21:19

@Totodile

He plays a character on Parks & Rec which is one of the top rated / viewed shows on TV right now.
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17 Jan 2013 22:27

slider64 wrote:that's just because Noah's Arcade is a sponsor


:lol:

Come bust a move
Where the games are played
It's chill
It's fresh
It's Noah's Arcade

*crosses arms, 80s rapper style*
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18 Jan 2013 00:21

TheBitBlock wrote:I like how many people aren't even watching the video and instead just respond to the misleading article title.

I blame the gamer persecution complex.
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18 Jan 2013 06:32

TheBitBlock wrote:@joshb1983

Sounds like you played it a hell of a lot differently and more graphics than the rest of us. Video games probably did that to you.

No, knowing history did it to me. All I had at the time was an NES. The most violent game I had played was Duck Hunt. It was a different world then. Kids knew the difference between reality and pretend.
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18 Jan 2013 08:10

Ignorance sitting there with all his millions.

No, it's not "first shooters" that are responsible for violence and shootings. It's people feeling like they are never going to achieve anything in their lives, that there's no hope, or they're sad, they're depressed, lonely, angry with the world, have crap family lives, were picked on and bullied excessively etc.

That's the kind of thing that drives people to do crazy stuff.
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18 Jan 2013 11:59

slider64 wrote:
TruPCNspace wrote:
slider64 wrote:that's just because Noah's Arcade is a sponsor


Nice. I got that Wayne's World reference. I forgot he played the producer in the movie.



Glad someone got it, was a little obscure


I thought it was a reference to Noah's Arc 3-D, a non-licensed FPS for the SNES.

Mike from Morgantown
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18 Jan 2013 12:10

Devil_Rising wrote:
Totodile wrote:These games are R rated for a reason. Parents should be able to control what their children are playing.



I agree. However keep in mind, that parents first have to actually bother paying attention to what it is their kids are wanting them to buy, what their kids are playing/watching/etc.

A lot of parents would rather not be bothered, buying them CoD and leaving them alone in their room to play it gets their kids out of their hair. Sad fact.


Or ignorance. My sister did not realize what she bought when she got her then 8 or 9 year old son one of the GTA games.

On a larger scale, a lot of people see video games, think children's entertainment, and just get whatever. It is akin to seeking a cartoon and automatically assuming the content is appropriate for children. In both cases, adults ignore the ratings because they have not educated themselves about the media.

Mike from Morgantown
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18 Jan 2013 16:11

I have guns, I like guns, I love to shoot ... but I don't like my kids play a videogame!


Americans: Just get rid of all your guns and you will have peace!
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18 Jan 2013 17:05

TheBitBlock wrote:@Totodile

He plays a character on Parks & Rec which is one of the top rated / viewed shows on TV right now.

Oh right! His face does look familiar. Still, I couldn't care less about an actor's opinion - they've been instilled with WAY too much self-worth by US culture. Stick to your profession - acting.

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