Posted by KraZKat on May 1, 2011, 1:14 p.m.

Okay so I am in a Journalism class, and our teacher moved the due date of our project a week earlier, but I need to interview people still!

My topic is video games, are they good or bad?

(more directed at games like Gears of War, GTA IV, MW2, Black Ops, etc- popular yet a little controversial.)

So give some opinions, give stuff worthy of quoting, and if you guys know of where I could find some people against them (Since we all design games, I figure most of us are for them.) that would be great!

How do you feel about video games in popular culture?

Do you think video games are too violent, why?

Do you think violence should be restricted in games, if so, or if not, why?

Should there be stricter age ratings on games, why?

^ Those are some general question that would be great of you to answer for the news story ^

And if you could state your real name with what you say for attribution.


PY 13 years ago

You're coming on to a video game development website asking us if video games are good or bad? Really?

For what it's worth;

I think Video Games deserve the same artistic freedom and respect given to other art forms, and no more. I think games being controversial just for the sake of controversy should be allowed, but looked down upon, just as they would be in film or writing.

Asking me whether "Video Games" are too violent is far too open a question. I can't say yes, because we have games like Flower, and I can't say no, because we have games like Rapelay. It's too varied a medium to give any real answer to that. They can be. Most aren't - we have a rating system that's generally quite fair (At least, in most of the world - what's that Australia?) that gets rid of that, mostly.

No, but at the same time, that's where ratings are important. If you want to make a game where slicing off the limbs of your enemies is a core feature, then that's fine, but then sale of your game should be restricted as appropriate - just as it would be in other forms of media.

Again, this is too vague a question. Yes, in some areas, no in others. Don't really have any specific data to work off, here, but it's not something that can be concisely answered.

Basically, my views boil down to "Video games are not special, don't treat them as such" - or as the Zen of Python so nicely puts it, "Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules."

It's a form of media, like any other - treat it like one.

Name's Andrew Heaford, if you end up quoting me.

Cesque 13 years ago

Journalism classes and Internet interviews. That's why it's so hard to get accurate reports from countries such as Libya these days - nobody there has Twitter or AIM!

Alert Games 13 years ago

I think video games are more addicting than before and therefore cause some people to play in exessive amounts. I admit I play minecraft all the time, mostly because its relaxing and simple. I used to play a lot of Halo and Call of Duty. They are woven into the younger generation today, and sometimes cause problems if people do not learn to avoid these problems.

No I dont think they are too violent because it doesn't change people's behaviour. More than just video games influence the culture, and I don't think violence in the games influence it too negatively.

To an extent yes. If its purpose is to kill a lot of normal people, then yes I think it should be restricted. That could probably even be called terrorism in the game.

No, I think the age ratings are fair on many games and there is no point in fixing a problem that does not need fixing.

Mark Palnau

felt like answering the questions haha.

Juju 13 years ago

Not true, Cesque. They even have Twitter in deepest, darkest Pakistan nowadays.

Cesque 13 years ago

Haha - well, it wasn't "deepest" and "darkest", really, and I think over-reliance on technology is modern journalism's greatest flaw. It's really visible when you compare the work of serious journalists with what's going on nowadays: the BBC just sends a bunch of white Anglo-Saxon asses into random parts of the world and expects they'll be able to go around without any cultural knowledge or second language education, then checks Kim Dzong Il's twitter for the news in North Korea and follows it up by quoting the Facebook status of Jessica Smith, 17, Norwich, for a valuable public opinion.

Castypher 13 years ago

Well everyone's already said online reviews aren't the best, but here we go anyway.

I've already discussed this topic about two years back. PY's got most of it, so I'll summarize with one word.


Video games in the real world (like WoW in the game world) are overhyped. Anything can become a problem when used too much or in the wrong ways. We all know that food can be a bad thing. Overexercising can be a bad thing too. Too much homework can be a bad thing. Television, sports, writing, drawing. And yet video games are the target.

Then we can look at the good side of things. Each of the items mentioned above can be productive. Yes, even video games. Games are being used more and more frequently as teaching tools. Even if you scrap the teaching bit, they're still used as a stress reliever, an excuse for people to get together and have fun, or just outright entertainment, which is pretty important for people in this stress-filled world.

If parents are noticing violent tendencies in their kids after playing gory M-rated games (and it does happen), then they need to step it up as parents. It's their fault for being there to purchase the game for them and/or just blatantly leaving it out, and having no sense of discipline.

It's like eating at McDonald's everyday and trying to sue them because you got fat. Ratings are there for a reason, and if people don't respect them, the results are their fault. You can't really blame the game companies (though there are some I don't really respect).