also, being an OSU student (i live mintues from that campus, it's students are nothing to write home about) doesn't mean anything towards a person's intelligence or social status or whatever else pineconn is alluding to above. elitist stupidity. i also like (sarcasm) how every time this subject comes up, RMC (or Jim Sterling, or blah blah blah) becomes member of the videogame defense force, and no matter how sensible the initial idea (ie that violence in media affects the minds of the young [and not so young]), it must be attacked. you're all ignoring a social issue That Is Real, in order to protect your "right" to continue your own personal mindless addiction (it IS completely fucking mindless, you know). i'm not saying it's time to ban gaming, but i'm also not saying that games play no part in the OBVIOUS increase in violence in our society which has so much to do with our glorification of violence in media. is it really that hard to see? it is certainly ignorant to dismiss the idea all together (as RMC does directly above, and on EVERY OTHER posting of this type [which seems to be a lot, since RMC seems intent to search out the net for exactly this sort of salacious bs]). maybe i'm wrong, though, maybe it's totally alright to play killing simulators all day, constantly under the barrage of virtual warfare. perhaps all the concrete science about environmental factors shaping behavior is just... um, ah... oh yeah, it's concrete science. turns out there's plenty (no really, it's overwhelming) of proof available from many scientific studies that, without a shadow of a doubt, environmental factors affect brain patterns (thoughts) which then affect habits, which then affect action. five minutes on google could enlighten one to what's going on here. although i already know that most GN readers are only going to ignore or flame me for saying so. (you're all so easily readable, which is again known because of this science of environmental factors. ie, a person unable to deal with this knowledge will lash out, because they are infected with a violent nature, because instead of nurturing that individual, the others in his/her life have chose to let videogames raise them, gifting our society with a selfish, egotistical individual who can't understand why their wants are not the most important things in the world.)
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