In response to Jane Grant’s Jan. 5 letter to the editor, “Violent games and violent acts,” there are a few things that need to be addressed.
It is easy to blame something horrible on something you don't understand. As a grandmother who obviously was raised in a different time, it is easy to see why Grant has the views she does, especially as a female who typically wouldn’t enjoy such things.
My generation is that of the Internet and rapidly advancing technology.
We grew up in the dawn of “Internet enlightenment” which allows us easy access to virtually anything.
I would have to agree that because of this, I am slightly more desensitized to certain things, like violence, but it in no way makes me a violent person.
As a female gamer, who very much enjoys violent video games as well as non-violent video games, it angers me to see another person aimlessly placing blame with no real evidence.
With so much violence in the world, accessible via the news, TV, movies, music and books, it seems odd to me that video games are the only thing that receive Grant’s criticism.
The acts of a disturbed individual are the product of said individual and not his hobbies.
A violent or disturbed person may enjoy violent games, but a person without a pre-existing condition wouldn’t become disturbed based solely on a game.
Those who plan to kill and murder will do so regardless of their exposure to video games.
Human history is filled with violence — it is in our nature, to a degree.
If anything, violent video games offer an outlet for natural feelings of aggression.
Furthermore, if Grant’s points were true, the number of violent acts we’ve seen would be astonishingly higher, as millions of copies of violent video games are sold every year.
The truth is, any sane person probably doesn’t want to kill innocent people. They play video games for that exact reason, because they know it isn’t real.
On a final note, perhaps Grant should do a little more research, as currently many educational, healthy and creative video games already exist. I own quite a few myself.