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Like Clockwork: Video Games Are Bad For Society

In light of the two recent violet shootings that happened in El Paso and Dayton, President Trump and many other politicians are shifting the blame to video games; which sparks the debate- are video games bad? are video games the root of all evil? should we demolish video games altogether?

The answer is no. Video games are not evil, brainwashing people into a life of violence, or causing people to develop physiological challenges. If that was the case, I would be outside trying to slay dragons or fighting evil spirits. Instead, I wake up at 6 in the morning every day to feed and spend time with my daughter, while getting ready for work; that is my life in a nutshell. I try to get in my gaming time when I can during my free time. Sometimes, I would live-stream my gaming sessions on YouTube. I enjoy playing video games. Video games help me relax after work.

There is no linked evidence between people with violent tendencies and video games. There are many other factors why people turn to violence; mental health challenges, lifestyle, negativity on social media, lack of resources, etc. But, video games are NOT the sole reason why people lash out at the rest of the world. People and politicians need to take a look at the individual behind the gun, and figure why did this person think it was okay to take the life of others?

I have played video games since I was 6 years old. My dad bought my first Nintendo console with Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt. Every day I would play these games every day (mainly because it was the only two video games I ever owned). Then, I upgraded to the fist Sony PlayStation, now PlayStation 4. Video games have been and will always be in my life, and I am a healthy female with a child. I have no urge to punch a stripper in the face on the street, or eat magical mushrooms and see what happens. That is not me. That will never be me. It is not in my personality.

If you, someone you know, or notice someone with mental health challenges or just need someone to talk to, help them find the resources needed to help that individual feel better. Be the bridge to success. Reach out your hand of peace and help that individual find better solutions. It is possible to show an act of kindness.

Let’s stop blaming video games or other irrelevant issues to justify violence. Let’s all be better people, and show an act of kindness.