Category Archives: US Politics
The President of the United States has launched a $10 million study into the relationship between real life crimes and violent video games; it is to see whether or not there is a vulnerability to those with psychological or emotional problems, which could trigger latent anger and potential violent actions.
I’m a gamer; a massive gamer. I own the following consoles:
Xbox, Xbox 360, NES, Master System, GameCube, PS1, PS2, PS3, Wii, Dreamcast, Commodore 64 and an Atari Jaguar (currently in the post). Every controversial game, dating back to Contra (retitled Probotector in PAL) I’ve either played or owned. And I am even old enough to remember the morbid “Game Over” screens of Friday the 13th (NES) and Grange Hill (Commodore 64); at the time, it was rather unheard of to say you were “dead” in a video game.
Back in the late 80s, early 90s, nobody have an issue with Nintendo and others releasing R-rated American “slasher movie” games for children. Heck, there was even a porno game for the Atari 1200 which depicted oral sex and rape. Again, not one single person complained.
But now, in the 21st Century, politicians use horror movies, violent games and music, to win votes. Unsurprisingly, their criticism is contradictory and hollow. For example, for eight years, nobody had a problem with gamers being Nazi SS Officer’s in the Medal of Honor [sic] series or the ability to set fire to children in The Sim’s. Or, worse of all, the depiction of dead children nailed to trees in Silent Hill 4: The Room.
Not one Member of Congress or the Senate protested.
Most video games do allow users to control the violence; you can either turn it completely off or enjoy a giant bloodbath. PAL gamers, however, will automatically find their games to be less violent that NTSC counterparts – only in minor terms, though. Even consoles now come with paternal controls, which can allow parents to limit potential disturbing games from being played. It is not hidden away, it has an entire chapter in the instruction manuals.
The video game industry is not this immoral hotbed of companies and individuals trying to make the most blood soaked games; it can create works of art (see Journey on the PS3). If you were to take a historical study, I’d assume the majority of games contain zero gore or blood; this [violence in video games] is a recent development due to enhance technology.
I shall end this post with a question – who is more influential:
a) a fictional character in a video game, who shoots people?
b) a President, who orders drone strikes and has the power to start wars?
Obama expected to nominate Jack Lew to succeed Geithner at Treasury wapo.st/SkomUH—
The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 09, 2013
About the possible new US Treasury Secretary;
In June 2006, Lew was named chief operating officer of Citigroup’s Alternative Investments unit, a proprietary trading group. The unit he oversaw invested in a hedge fund “that bet on the housing market to collapse.”
Imagine the outrage, if this happened in the United Kingdom…
Canadian kids watch same violent movies & play same violent video games. In their 10M households r 7M guns. Why don't they kill like we do?—
Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 21, 2012
I decided to wait a few days to pen my thoughts; but still, I really don’t know what to say. This is a heinous crime, and one of the most shocking in recent years. Whilst I still believe in humanity and its enormous potential, these unspeakable acts remind us that some individuals are capable of utter destruction.
I really still don’t know what to say.
Freedom is the very thing that makes human progress possible
President Obama, whilst speaking to students in Burma.
This less than two minute video perfectly highlights the problem: Republicans fail to understand the United States has changed; it’s not the conservative nation from the 1950s.
The fiscal responsibility message is successful, but becomes diluted with the desire for Federal control over a women’s body and marriage. Hard to promise small government whilst constitutional prohibiting the rights of certain citizens.
Supporting state intervention into social policies is alienating voters; justifying rape as “God’s will” is not a popular message, unsurprisingly. Nor telling the fastest growing demographic, Hispanics, they’re a bunch of illegals and not truly American.
America’s ‘white majority’ is shrinking; this was the first Presidential Election to have no WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) candidate and it could be a while before the United States elects one. Interesting to note, majority of the potential runners for 2016 are either female or non-white.
Obama won the popular vote by less than two percentage; it was possible for the President to lose. Yet, the GOP failed. This result is not a vindication of liberalism or socialism, but a recognition of the oppositions failure to mount a credible alternative.
IF Romney didn’t stick to the base, he probably would’ve been the 45th President of the United States.
Like the 1992 UK General Election, the media have already decided who has won – what if the polls are much closer and Romney wins? Just imagine the potential protests and disputes; it would be much worse than 2000.
My personal bet: Romney to win the popular vote and Obama to win the Electoral College.
(and I don’t want Romney to win, btw)
Picture the outcry among the unions and the left, if Ed Miliband wanted to ‘continue fighting for the middle classes’…
A centre-left President wants to the expand the middle classes; British counterparts only want to tax them.
In a debate among Indiana candidates for Senate on Tuesday, GOP candidate Richard Mourdock declared that he opposes aborting pregnancies conceived as a result of a rape because “it is something God intended to happen.”
Probably the most stupidest, insane, ridiculous, utterly obnoxious and fundamentalist statement I have ever heard. Even opposing abortion in cases of rape is beyond extreme – not even the Christian Right of the 1980s backed such a policy.
I thought God was a loving, caring omnipotent being; apparently rape is apart of his grand plan after all, according to Mourdock.
The lunatics have finally taken over the mainstream wing of the GOP.