Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Video Games will Make You Kill People! Really!

Another teenage gun rampage , another blaming of video games.

(Here's the one voice of reason I found from mainstream media.)

Now, I'm no Nate Silver, but a quick Google search led me to these unscientific results:

Retail copies of the last Counter-Strike edition sold: 4.2 million
Number of killings in which the perpetrator played Counter-Strike: 5

which does not seem to me like a statistically significant percentage.

I'm tired of hearing that this hobby (yes, it is a hobby, even if you do it a lot) causes people to go insane. Before they had video games to blame, it was rap music. Before that was heavy metal. Rock'n'roll was blamed for the hallucinogen craze of the 60s. People demonize things they don't do. People look for something to blame when it seems like the world's going to hell in a handbasket.

The sad fact of the matter is that some people are simply prone to going nuts. It's horrible, it's tragic, and it is unavoidable in a free society. Banning sane people from their hobby is not going to make one iota of difference.

Now excuse me, while I go rid the virtual world of some zombies.

Friday, February 6, 2009


According to dictionary.com, a hero is "a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal".

For a pictorial and audio definition, all you need is this.

'Nuff said.