Videogame Violence 2005

Violent game furor:

Here we go again folks. Last year it was GTA: San Andreas. This year it’s a new game made by Eidos called “25 to Life”. This is the first I’ve heard about this game so let me quote the article…

“25 to Life,” allows players to attack police with an arsenal of Molotov cocktails, broken bottles and baseball bats. When weapons fail, players make strategic moves using civilians as human shields.

The game even lets players choose gang colors and create personalized graffiti tags.

It sounds like a GTA ripoff to me. I bet the gameplay will suck. But of course that’s not the point here. Certain lawmakers have their panties in a wad…

“It’s the worst in a series of violent and gruesome games that lower the common denominator of decency,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is trying to block the game from hitting stores in September.

“25 to Life” makes “other controversial games like ‘Grand Theft Auto’ look like ‘Romper Room,’” Schumer said.

Schumer called on PlayStation manufacturer Sony and Xbox maker Microsoft to cancel their licensing agreements with Eidos. The senator also urged stores and retailers not to stock the game.

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, slammed “25 to Life” for its cavalier treatment of murder.

“It’s outrageous that a company like this would try to desensitize our children,” Lynch said.

First off have you noticed that when a politician is usually involved in calling for the censoring of a video game it’s usually a Democrat? Secondly these are obviously people who have never held a game controller in their life or at least not since Space Invaders or the Atari 2600. Not all video games are aimed towards children anymore and haven’t been since the dawn of Mortal Kombat back in the early 90′s. Lastly the bigger a deal you make out of these games the more hype you’re giving them. You’re taking what looks like to be a mediocre game at best and you’re potentially making it a blockbuster by trying to censor it. People always want what they can’t have.

If this game ends up in the hands of children it’s because of irresponsible parents and I have yet to hear any kind of blame falling on them. Remember kids, censorship is the solution to bad parenting. Or so says the Democrats.