Opinion: Porn and Video Games Are Ruining You…-ish

Posted: May 29, 2012 by Galvion in Gaming, Video Games
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An article from CNN was brought to my attention today. Titled, ‘The Demise of Guys’: How video games and porn are ruining a generation. 

Here’s a small little excerpt:

Is the overuse of video games and pervasiveness of online porn causing the demise of guys?

Increasingly, researchers say yes, as young men become hooked on arousal, sacrificing their schoolwork and relationships in the pursuit of getting a tech-based buzz.

So, I cannot help but ask… why is ‘Psychologist Dr. Philip Zimbardo attacking the porn industry and games?
I will not endorse adult entertainment. However, I will speak out on the behalf of gaming.

Many times before,  senators or different activists here in the United States have campaigned to have games: banned, outlawed, production stopped, etc etc – the list goes on. I often see articles such as Dr. Zimbardo’s and do not waste my time reading. However, with a blatant ignorant title such as “…ruining a generation”? Really? Seriously, this has to stop.  Especially this:

Norwegian mass murder suspect Anders Behring Breivik reported during his trial that he prepared his mind and body for his marksman-focused shooting of 77 people by playing “World of Warcraft” for a year and then “Call of Duty” for 16 hours a day.

So slaying raid bosses in WoW and getting a solid KDR in CoD will make you a mass murderer. Under what ground? What were they trying to spin in that trial? Innocent people died – so lets blame gaming for today’s youth being corrupted. I assume it’s safe to say the Dr’s article is slanted. As is this one. You fight fire with fire.
If you want to read a good article, read this. The Wall Street Journal went as far to say:

A three-year study of 491 middle school students found that the more children played computer games the higher their scores on a standardized test of creativity—regardless of race, gender, or the kind of game played. The researchers ranked students on a widely used measure called the Torrance Test of Creativity, which involves such tasks as drawing an “interesting and exciting” picture from a curved shape on a sheet of paper, giving the picture a title, and then writing a story about it. The results were ranked by seven researchers for originality, length, and complexity on a standardized three-point scale for each factor, along with detailed questionnaires.

I’m tired of seeing the endless posts about ‘gaming is game, gaming harms kittens, gaming is evil’.

It goes as far as Judge David Shaw wanted to recommend the International Trade Commission to ban the Xbox 360. [source]

We’ve witnessed it all before. If you want to read Dr. Zimbardo’s full article, click here. Gaming has come a long way. From the Odyssey to the Ps3 – with groundbreaking technology and pioneers – the world we know of video games will stay for a long time.

Lets just pull up a seat, sit back, and relax around a game of Soul Calibur.
Be sure to let me know how you feel.

 This post is purely opinion. Galvion’s post does not reflect the views of everyone at Link Dead Gaming.

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Comments
  1. Well, before videogames, there were movies. Movies took the exact same criticism, so we basically just have to wait for the next big entertainment market to come along and relieve videogames.

    Also, mentally unstable people are prone to being corrupted no matter what the medium is.

  2. Michel says:

    I was born with a mouse and keyboard in my hands.
    Did I turn into Patrick Bateman when growing up?

    Nope!

    Actually, I’m quite sane and relatively in good shape — thanks for your concern, though, Dr. Zimbardo.

  3. iggyfh says:

    Movies still take criticism really. The list of things that are being discussed as the demise of “some aspect of society” gets longer every day. I consider that whole line of “journalism” to just be sensationalism for the purpose of getting hits on the site, and it’s sad. The article is way too short to present any kind of real argument. To me, just the fact that it lumps porn and video games together shows a pre-existing bias. The article (as well as other ones I’ve seen with a similar argument) always seems to use extreme examples to try to prove a general point.

    Yes, either of those can be abused to the detriment of the individual just like anything else that one can grow addicted to. Playing a video game for 50 hours straight isn’t healthy, nor is playing one 16 hours a day for an extended period of time, or getting so lost in playing that you ignore social or other life responsibilities. The vast majority of gamers do not do these things, though. Eating an entire pizza for every meal isn’t a good idea either, but you don’t tend to see an outcry over pizza.

    For a TED talk with a positive angle on gaming (as a counterpoint): http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world.html

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