E3 is the biggest gaming event of the year, but of course that won’t stop regressive journalists from doing the utmost to take a dump on the one thing which they “cover”, and that “one” thing just happens to be games. And after a tragic shooting in Orlando, a number of click bait articles and think pieces (albeit with little thought) started popping up from certain sites. And these “Journalists” didn’t hesitate to seize the opportunity to attack games, in particular the FPS genre. As the journalists in question stated that FPS games (and violent games in general) glorify gun violence; which must be true because places like the UK, Germany, Sweden, Australia (and the rest of the civilised world outside of the USA) are blighted with gun crime from crazy gamers playing too much “Overwatch“.
The most sickening part of all this is that these people are using an unrelated tragedy to push an agenda that games are the issue, which is just pathetic. Of course, the usual suspects popped up to vomit their opinions on the web. Jonathan McIntosh decided to do the typical and plaster his moronic statements on Twitter. Quickly followed by many others, spouting nonsensical rubbish, I must admit though, would have loved to see these people dive for a safe space when “South Park” appeared during Ubisoft’s conference.
It’s a scary thought though. I mean, what do these people want games to be? Because shooting demons (do you remember when Anita sarkeesian and Jonathan Mcintosh whined about “Doom”?) bad guys isn’t going to cause me, you or anyone else to go shooting people in the name of “Crash Bandicoot“. It simply doesn’t happen, and when there is any relation to games and violence. Then they are minimal isolated cases. I mean, “Dynasty Warriors” sure never sent me off to pillage China. And “DriveClub” hasn’t made me a better driver, nor has “Call of Duty” made me want to shoot anyone in the real world. Gaming has an illness right now, a cancer. And it’s these people (agenda pushing Gaming sites, media and journalists) bringing negativity into the world of video games, trying to put blame on something where blame should not be placed. There is no solid argument that games glorify violence, or that they cause shootings. We survived idiots like this before, just as the Music industry and Movie industry survived.
There is no correlation between gun violence and video games. The same way there is no relation with moustaches and dictators. Simply put, the argument has no weight to it whatsoever. Nevertheless, journalists and the media still proclaim that it´s a fact, because they have an agenda. Here´s the hard truth though, they simply don’t care about gaming and gamers. And they don’t care about representation. No, because all they care about is the money, money which they can make from attacking games and Gamers. And naturally (the nature of the biased and corrupt media), all they do is blaming their countries problems on everything else but themselves (and this is where games and Gamers come into the picture, the great recurring scapegoat). Everyone else manages to get by in the civilised world without shooting each other, but no it must be “Call of Duty” because how else are you going to know how a gun works?
Furthermore, there was also a high demand for the acknowledgement of the Orlando tragedy to be acknowledged during E3 conferences. Why? Don’t tragedies happen daily? Don’t thousands of people die daily due to the lack of access to clean drinking water? And was everyday, up until now, considered normal? Here´s a reality check. The world is bigger than America. And sadly enough, people are killed daily. And quite a lot of them don’t get any acknowledgement, simply because they aren’t a part of the Western world. So, should we carry on as normal? Yeah, because honestly no one gave a damn about the Boko Haram attack earlier this year. An attack that resulted in children being burned alive, and over 80 dead with little to no acknowledgement by the western world (where´s their media focus? And where´s their justice?).
And the sad fact is that there are horrible, evil and bad things, which take place all around the world daily. Even so, what’s worse is that people think they can monopolize tragedy. That they (the biased and corrupt mainstream media, Gaming sites and journalists in general) use tragedies such as the Orlando mass shooting to push an agenda when it suits them. And truth be told, they can simply ignore an atrocity because it’s not happening on their doorstep, or doesn’t coincide with their political view. So it’s heart-breaking that people do this, using something truly awful to just point score and attack an entertainment platform because it doesn’t meet their crazy world view. And as a gamer, I’m passionate about my hobby and the games I play. And I will never tire of defending them. Because I don’t prescribe to a distorted reality where gaming is the root of all evil, it simply isn’t true. It’s like saying there are more murders in summer, and ice cream is sold in summer. So that must mean that ice cream causes people to murder each other.
However, E3 has been a blast nonetheless, with some fantastic announcements with diverse releases and characters. Even so. I think it’s safe to say that none of that matters to the SJW horde, because at the end of the day there’s no pleasing these people.
And with that said, what´s your take on this matter? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!
Robin Ek – Editor and co-writer
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