|Prior to the invention of video games my friends and I played games like: "cowboys & indians", "war" and things like that. All those games could be considered violent as we ran around yelling "Bang, bang" pretending to kill each other.|
We also played hockey, football and any other physical (ie: violent) games there were.
My oldest and best friend in the world (we grew up together) and I are avid gamers and have been since before video games were invented. We've both also hunted and owned firearms our entire lives.
Between us we've played quite a few violent games. The latest two favorites of ours are Diablo III and Company of Heroes. We like those because we can join up online and play together.
I'm happy to report that after thousands of hours of gaming (literally - and you don't want to know how much we spent in arcades before PC's and gaming consoles were made both available and affordable) neither one of us has killed anybody. Oddly enough, nobody we know personally has killed anyone either.
When something bad happens people always want to blame someone....or some thing. Blaming violent games is convenient. But it's not correct. A violent game may feed some young soon-to-be mass murderer, but they don't turn "normal" kids into serial killers.
I think mental illness causes violence. I think things like greed, intolerance, hate, bigotry, and ignorance cause violence. But I do NOT believe violent movies/TV and/or games cause violence.
It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.