I was wondering when my state would chime in. Didn't take long.
Politicians all around the country are coming out of the woodworks, leaping at the opportunity to blame video games for the recent Newtown school shooting tragedy. We've got politicians who want to tax violent games, for instance, and even President Barack Obama has called for more studies concerning the subject.
Now it's the turn of Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy, who criticized violent games for "destigmatizing" violence in the US. Malloy made the following statement during the winter meeting of the US Conference of Mayors over the weekend:
"If we spent as much time and energy on destigmatizing mental health treatment as we do in the proliferation of these video games that destigmatize violence, we as a society would make great gains."
Malloy went on to say that on the same day of the Newtown disaster, there were games in stores that would let people go into a school and "shoot 'em up." …I must've missed that game, but all right. Questioned Malloy:
"Why do we do that? When we're willing to destigmatize violence and willing to bring it home to your living room or your den and put it on a 50-inch screen [and play games that award points for] when you hit someone with your semiautomatic and more points depending on how many times you hit someone with your semiautomatic, where is the social value in that? Is this the kind of thing we want to be involved in as a nation?"
In terms of desensitization, he of course has a point. But all our media does that; we're a society hell-bent on shocking and titillating to service the lowest common denominator. It's hardly unique to our industry, Mr. Malloy.