I really don’t want to say I agree with anyone who says video games cause violence in people. They cause a bit of an adrenaline rush and probably make people feel a bit more primal for an hour or so after being done, but any rational person is never going to become violent due to a game. That’s just stupid.
Have you ever played something that would be utterly sick in real life and shrugged it off like it was nothing? I know I have. Yet when I see even minor things in real life, blood, needles, things people deal with… that scares the hell out of me. I feel horrible for people getting a shot. It’s just vaguely unpleasant and I wish it was unnecessary. If I were to see a real act of horrific violence, I wouldn’t sleep for months.
That said, it’s not rational people who do the shit we have to deal with as a society nowadays. One could say freedom is actually the problem, that people are free to not take mental health screenings, free to not take mental health treatment, free to indulge habits that aggravate diagnosed mental illnesses.
Will I ever advocate a lack of freedom? Certainly not. I believe in it too much. But our greatest achievement as a nation is probably also our greatest weakness at times. This is the scary part about every individual making their own choices and being responsible for them: a lot of people don’t have the capacity.
I do wish there were some way for people to have free physical and mental preventative care. This nation would be in much better shape, happier people, spending less of their paychecks on being alive, workers working better, companies making more money. Trickle-up economics. But to make it mandatory would be a huge problem.
At the same time, it’s the only way we’d find a lot of this nation’s mental illness. And that mental illness is what causes violence, especially when exposed to things that trigger it. There are so many different afflictions that people go through, things that if you knew of ahead of time, you would feel sorry for the same person who may be considered an evil killer later in their life. Except it’d never happen. There would be things that slipped through, no doubt, but percentages would go way down.
I could literally go around and around with this for hours. It is obviously wrong to force people into any kind of medical anything. But you can also not argue that it’s the only weapon against something like this (having a fight with a medium - like video games - is just ridiculous). Obviously preventative mental or physical care will never be a requirement, but what if it was at least free?
If anything video game-related is going to cause violence, it’s Always-On DRM.