Let's Not Get Ahead Of OurselvesLast week saw some interesting news on the video game front as the National Institute on Media and the Family (NIMF) announced they will shut their doors at the end of the year.
Apparently, sitting around making up lists about what games kids shouldn't play doesn't make as much money as you'd think.
Now, the reaction on the gamers' side has been mostly positive. A lot of gamers saw those lists as an indictment of gaming as a whole. Do we really need another list of the most violent games of a year?
Gaming isn't all violence. Yes, some games do involve violence, but the majority do not.
Unless you include plumber on turtle violence.
The thing is, this isn't really a reason to celebrate. This isn't a victory any gamer should be happy about.
Yeah, they gave violent games a lot of shit. They created lists to keep parents from buying violent games.
That's not bad.
See, it wasn't censorship exactly. They were actually trying to educate parents about how little Billy maybe shouldn't be allowed to play the game with all the dismembering and the disemboweling and the hey now.
That's a noble ideal.
Sure, how they went about it made gamers a little angry. We tend not to like when anyone suggests that there could be anything wrong with video games whatsoever.
We're a very angry people.
Not at all related to video games, though.
But if you look at it honestly, what they were trying to do wasn't all bad. Behind the big bad list of the evil vidjeo games, there was a message that parents should work to make good choices for their children.
I'm sorry, but your ten year old kid shouldn't be playing Call Of Duty. If you purchased this game for your child, you are a terrible parent.
A lot of parents don't know that. All they know is that Christmas time is coming or it's Billy's birthday and all he wants is that MurderKiller8000 game for his Wiistation 480.
How bad could it be, right? Let's just take your kid's judgment on that one.
People don't end up violent because of video games. They end up violent because of their moron parents.
NIMF tried to change that. They were a cheat sheet for game buying.
I'm sure they did other things, but since they are not related to video games, they have no bearing on my life.
They were trying to help parents understand what games their kids were asking for were really like.
Was that really so bad?
Yeah, we won't have another list to bitch and moan about, but we'll also have entire fields of tech-retarded parents buying their retarded kids whatever games they ask for.
And servers packed deep with their retarded offspring.
Then one of those retarded, neglected children is going to do something stupid and/or violent. And who are they going to blame?
That's right. Video games.
Not the idiot parents who bought the game without finding out what it was about. No, sir.
Seriously, this was a hollow victory and not one to be celebrated.
We did win though.