Therefore the initial sensational impression will be a headline It ’ s also what is most likely to be remembered by the public
Need We Say More?
One More Case to Be Aware Of 1983: “ Hitman: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors ” published by Paladin Press 1993: Information in the book was used to commit a triple homicide Family members of victims sue, saying it facilitated the crimes May 1999: Out of court settlement because of Columbine This settlement sets a dangerous precedent
Even Plays? The idea that media causes a “ Monkey see, monkey do ” effect is anything but new Even Plato (427 BC- 347 BC) believed that. In “The Republic” he states that art should be subservient to morality And that the young and old might imitate what they see His student, Aristotle, did not share this belief, believed pretend violence was cathartic
“ Our youth now loves luxuries. They have bad manners, contempt for authority. They show disrespect for elders and they love to chatter instead of exercise. Children are now the tyrants, not the servants, of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up their food, and tyrannize their teachers. ” • Socrates, 425 BC
If We Have Been Trying Since the Days of Socrates to Destroy Youth… Why the Hell Haven ’ t We Succeeded Yet?
Lessons to Learn Every generation has a form of media that is not understood or feared by the older generations As the younger generations age, the new forms of media become generally accepted Many industries have been allowed to self- regulate, and they have been very harsh on themselves. Tom Hanks sucks
Videogame Violence Part II: Videogames: The Sex, the Violence, the Shocking Truth
Remember This Guy? ¡ During the Bushnell regime, Atari ’ s policy was to not design games featuring violence towards human targets ¡ Instead it was objects like tanks, jets, etc. ¡ Political recriminations were feared
And now, a screenshot of the vary first game criticized for its levels of violence. Brace yourselves.
Exidy’s Death Race (1976)
Death Race ¡ The first game to draw criticism for violent content ¡ The developer claimed the stick figures were gremlins, not people. ¡ Some arcades refused to carry it ¡ Only 500 ever made
It attracted the attention of 60 Minutes and the Associated Press
Exidy ’ s Chiller (1986) ¡ MUCH worse than Death Race ¡ Was not nearly as notorious, possibly because it was so rare ¡ Exidy seemed to enjoy being controversial ¡ Cheyenne (1984) featured ethnic stereotypes ¡ SPCA did criticize them for Crossbow (1983) for violence towards animals
Sex There have been a number of games with sexual content, stretching all the way back to Atari ’ s heyday Example: Softporn Adventure (1981), precursor to the Leisure Suit Larry series They are not nearly as prevalent as violent games Perhaps it is for this reason that they have drawn less attention and controversy…
- Spring '20
- The Republic, ESRB, Entertainment Software Association, fans