This post was written before 2007. As a result, there may be crude language and poor grammar. I was young and fairly immature. To be fair, I still kind of am, but I try not to let that shine through on here anymore. Either way, I apologize for the poorly written thoughts and non-G rated language.
Anyone who reads Penny Arcade or Ctrl+Alt+Del already knows about anti-video game person Jack Thompson and his outrageous proposal. In a nutshell, he said he will donate $10,000 to charity if a gaming company writes his sick and twisted game about a man who’s son is killed by a gamer, so he goes killing anyone associated to video games. This is what I tried to email him, but his e-mail address is probably flooded already, so it did not go through…
I would like to propose a question to you: What the hell are you trying to prove?? This is by far the most ridiculous stunt I have ever seen in my life. And as a college student who is 20 years old, I have seen a lot of stupid stunts. First of all, I see past the ploy of you probably saying things like “Gaming Companies won’t attack themselves” or “They won’t do charity work”. But let me tell you something, the company can donate the money themselves- I would say way more than $10,000. It would not be cost effective for them to spend (and I’m guessing here) millions of dollars on making this game for some fool who blames all of the world’s problems on them.
Secondly, I’d like to say that the game you wrote is the most vile piece of garbage I have ever laid eyes on. A grown man seeking “revenge” on a video game company takes out hundreds of people?? Not only is this the most ridiculous most ignorant piece of garbage I have ever seen, but i believe you are doing it out of selfishness. You are trying to use a charity to “prove a point” that video game companies can’t “target [them]selves as [they] target others.” That is disgusting. If you want to help people, do it. Don’t use it as a ploy in your sick and twisted world.
The final point I’d like to make is that people who play video games and then kill others already have problems. If you are 14 and decide that it is a good thing to kill others because you see it done in a video game, there are issues to be dealt with. Columbine- you want to blame on Doom- where did the kid get sawed off shotguns?? The kid needed mental help and his parents were not there to get it for him. I am 20 and have been playing video games since I was 4. Super Mario Bros. on NES Christmas of 1989. I grew up playing Doom, Golden Eye, Perfect Dark, Halo and Halo 2. At no time in my life have I deemed murder a good or necessary thing. Guns are nothing to joke about. You also mention on your site that people use video games to train for sniping sprees. First of all, the simulation of violence in a virtual reality is in no way, shape or form the real thing. If these people are “training” with these video games, there is no one to blame but themselves for wanting to go out and kill real people. Out of every single gamer I have met (and I live on a college campus, so that is a lot), not one has ever went out and killed someone or even made the notion that video games make them want to kill. It has actually been proved that video games at an early age help kids focus better and give them better hand eye coordination. You see, Mr. Thompson, by blaming video games you are just as guilty as the parents of the aforementioned kids for not taking responsibility. Teach them what is wrong and what is right. My parents did, and in my opinion, and the opinion of 99.99% of the people I come in contact with, I am a good person. I donate to charities not to prove a point and use them, but to help people. I play video games to relax, have fun and spend time with my friends. I do not murder people, nor will I ever.
In closing, I’d like to remark on the last sentence of your website: If you have kids, have them start shooting hoops instead of humans. I’d like to correct you in referring to the characters in video games “human”. They are actually computer generated images made in the image and likeness of humans. Those, are not real people. When you shot them, they come back. When you shoot a real person, they do not. This is something every parent should teach their children from the age of comprehension until the age the parents feel their kids are ready to play video games, and thereafter.
Joe, an Avid Gamer