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September 15, 2019

‘Sup, fam?! It’s Reaper666
streaming for you live from the reap den. Today we’re going
old school with a classic! “Gut Cruncher III:
Blood-pocalypse Rising.” Henry, it’s time
for lunch. Dad?! Get out! Wait.
What is this? Are you playing
violent video games again? You’re gonna wind up
on the 6:00 news. (Adam)
Don’t worry, Dad. The idea that video games
cause violent crime is a total myth. That is disgusting. They’re trying
to brainwash you into thinking that
video games are safe. (Adam)
Nope. You’re the one
who’s been brainwashed. For as long as video games
have existed, they’ve sent
American parents into a frenzy of fear. In 1976, the National
Safety Council panicked over
the arcade game “Death Race,” calling these tame
little pixels, “Sick, sick, sick.” Actually! And in the ’90s, politicians
had a full-scale freak-out about a little game called
“Mortal Kombat.” Democratic Senator
Joe Lieberman claimed it taught kids to, quote, “Enjoy inflicting the most
gruesome forms of cruelty.” But despite these
repeated parades of pearl clutch and panic, there is still
no actual evidence linking video games
to violent crime. I don’t know. I’m still not
convinced. (Adam)
Well, let’s look
at the facts. As video game sales
in America have spiked, violent crime has actually
gone down. And other countries
where games are popular have even lower
rates of violent crime. (speaking Japanese) (Adam)
And despite
the lazy media narrative connecting mass shootings
to video games, multiple studies,
including an analysis by the Secret Service, have found that
school shooters actually consume significantly
lower amounts of violent media and video games
than their peers. So you’re saying
video games don’t have any effect
on our kids at all? Not even that
game “Fork Knife,” where you kill people
with pickaxes? It’s called
“Fortnite,” Dad! (sighing) A pickax
is a harvesting tool. (Adam)
Well, some studies do show that violent video games
can cause a temporary increase in aggressive thoughts
and behavior. But those studies
are pretty flimsy. Because they didn’t measure
anything the average person would actually
consider aggression. One study just measured
whether or not people who played
video games were more likely to feed their opponents
hot sauce. Hey! And even if these studies
had tested real-world acts of aggression, the change in behavior
they measured was tiny. Just 2% on average. Other studies have shown
a similar effect in racing games
and even real-life sports. Dad does rage out whenever I beat
him at ping-pong. That’s ’cause you
play dirty, Henry! Oh… Uh, I see it now. Guys, meet video game
researcher and level-30
demon slayer, Dr. Patrick Markey. ‘Sup, Reaper666? Hope you don’t mind,
I already defeated that final boss. Blaming video games
for real-world violence really took off after
the Columbine shooting, and it was an understandable
mistake, because we all
desperately wanted some reason why someone
would commit such a horrific
act of violence. But today we know video games actually
aren’t what’s to blame. And yet politicians across
the political spectrum still scapegoat video games. As recently as the 2018
Parkland tragedy, the president
of the United States was saying things like… And reporters parrot this
lazy narrative right back. After the Newtown
school shooting, it was widely reported that
the gunman played video games. But what they left out was
that his favorite game, the one he’d play
up to ten hours a day, was “Dance Dance Revolution.” The fact is,
it’s just easier to blame video games than to tackle
societal problems that actually
impact rates of violence. Things like educational
and employment disparities, stigma against seeking
mental health treatment, and, especially in the case
of shootings, access to guns. (Adam)
Instead, we’re wasting time and tax dollars on even
more research to try to prove a link between violence
and video games that just doesn’t exist. That’s right. I’m a video game researcher, and even I think
this is a waste of time. And that’s why I’m taking
a break to beat the next level. Oh, man,
it’s underwater! See you, guys. The truth is, scapegoating
and banning violent video games
doesn’t protect kids; it just distracts us from
figuring out what we
really need to do to keep people safe. Ah, you’re right. Henry, you can play
that gut game, with supervision. (sighing)
Okay, Dad. You just gotta narrate
everything for the stream. Mm-hmm. Let’s see what
we got. (gasping) Did you just shove
that gun up his… (gasping)
Oh, God!

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  1. Games today are made to rob you for money and create insecureness and rips apart the society. Just like Facebook did. Just see how many who killed themselves over Facebook and other social media. Thanks, mark Zuckerberg, go kill yourself.

  2. In the Army, we shoot at targets that are basically life size plastic Army men twice a year. That's enough to elicit a kill response in most soldiers.
    What is shooting running, screaming, bleeding people in these games doing to you?

  3. Ok, what about a person watching hours VIOLENT TV show, movies, music, and games do these all together have an effect?

  4. This has happened multiple times throughout history, the motive/agenda and practice stay the same, it's only the target that changes. You can apply these methods of blaming society ills on music, movies, video games, art, what have you. You will also come out with the same result every time. They will continue to blame it on the current target until something else massively popular comes out, then they will go after the new one, all the while the consequences of the problem remain.

    The problem is, it's easy for politicians to say it's your fault this is happening, and demand they fix it. That way they can move on to campaigning and other things they like more. If they had to admit it was a society problem, like jobs, healthcare and such they'd actually have to work at it, they'd probably would also have to take the blame because they are the ones supposedly in charge of making sure things like this get done. Politicians, especially recently never want to take blame for things, so they point the finger in all directions except back on themselves. This helps them look better but does nothing to solve the problems that are actually causing this.

  5. Yes Japan does have 96 times fewer deaths via guns, but that's because the Japanese don't have easy access to guns. Start by blaming the fact that the kids are able to get the guns in the first place rather than anything else

  6. Video games are not the only cause of violence obviously but they do contribute just like rapping about the glory of prostitution drugs robbery and murder

  7. A real researcher would never say more research is a waste… Your agenda is showing Adam.. quit trying to shove gun control down our throats and look at the CDC's self defense statistics vs the FBI's violent crime report. Thank God Stephen Welliford had easy access to an AR

  8. To be fair, we have more guns than literally anywhere else, which i think contributes a little bit more than games.

  9. The absolute icing on the cake is that adam is referencing to the game DooM.
    Which was like the most despised game for this very reason by parents.

  10. Me : "gets bullied and almost losses my mind"
    Me:"starts playing videogames to blow off some steam "
    Mom:" arent you in a bad mood?"
    Me:" yeah "
    Mom:" then dont play video games they cause violence "
    Me:" do you have research to back it up "
    Mom :" i don't need no research mother knows best "
    Me :" actually god knows best soooo thats not true "
    Mom:" go play your video games"
    Works on religious parents only :^)

  11. Only boomers are so unevolved and unintelligent that they unironicly believe that the media you consume has absolute domain over you, rather than you over it. That's why they think we'll shoot people after playing violent video games. Because every time they watch a soap opera they develop amnesia, forget we went over this stupid debate just a decade ago, and then their evil twins come out trying to take away our stuff.

    We need a final solution to the boomer question.

  12. We do have to agree that exposing mentalling sick individuals, which there are a lot of in America , to VIOLENT video games, doesnt help either. I love video games, and have probably played from the most violent to the most inappropiate video games, and as every type of enterteinment, it is fine if you have a developed brain

  13. worst show on tv…..adam is the biggest clown ive seen on tv….this show and that billy on the street garbage…..the two worst shows ever

  14. But "sexist" tropes on video games reinforce prejudices on people's minds and makes them act differently towards other people? Yeah, nice double standard.

  15. Despite does crime
    happen because of
    poisoning lead poisoning
    IN toys , water and the dirt affecting the brain develop in

  16. If Video games had any influence on people then the boys who played Packman in the 80's would spend the 90's in dark rooms, listening to monotonous music and eating little yellow pills

  17. I grew up on DK country & frogger(for the playstation) and would still imitate Milenas throat ripping move on a deserving victim like a child abuser

  18. I disagree with this Video, Not because I think Video Games are Violent.

    But Because I Don't believe for a Second Ernie was able to Reproduce.

  19. I think this myth came due to a mass shooter who played Doom? They blamed doom for this and since then, the view of politicians has remained the same.

  20. Children that don't understand what is REALLY happening, Us Boomers won't play the sick games because we have the wisdom to know the REAL effect to the little heads of mush. Very sad. The really intelligent children are getting early college education, not playing video games. Possibly spoiled, mentally weaker children who are very easily manipulated by the video game companies for MONEY. Wake up before it is too late Kiddies.

  21. I play war thunder alot, and although it makes me furious and angry, i wouldnt ever take the rage out on others. And when im not angry at it analyzing the situation im in to determine the best way out

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