Well that was a bumper day of work and as such I am now left with only one thing to do next week (excluding really piddly things like reading back over the thesis for grammar mistakes) before I can print the bugger off, getting it bound and hand it in. Super!
Anyway, enough about work as I seem to talking about nothing but that nowadays and God knows if there's one thing I cannot stand it is people who are obsessed by their work. So moving on completely I thought I would have a little rant about a computer game that is doing the rounds. I should begin by saying that I am not a fan of the mentality espoused by the likes of Keith Vaz and his ilk that violent crime is directly related to the likes of Grand Theft Auto
, even though I personally don't play those sort of games and in fact rarely, if ever, play any video games any more. Yes, these games do contain simulations of violent crime but the argument that they are to blame for the real thing falls down on two reasons. On the one hand plenty of people who play these games never commit a crime in their life and rather use the games as a recreation or a chance to do things that they as a human being would or could never do. In that sense a game where you steal cars is not really that different from a game where you play as Tiger Woods, or manage Real Madrid or any other activity that a game contains that you won't really do. On the other hand why should a game inspire crime and not a film or TV show or book or piece of music or painting? If you're going to start attacking or censoring games for their content where will it? Will we see paintings like Turner's "The Battle of Trafalgar", Picasso's "Guernica", Frank Bernard Dicksee's "Funeral of a Viking" or Schönfeld's "Rape of the Sabine Women" declared unfit for view because of their violent imagery? No, Vaz and his ilk have a lot more to do to get to the root of violent crime rather than just jumping on computer games. Still, there are times when people developing games, particularly at the lower end of the scale, just confirm the stereotypes. A recent example cropped up as some idiot has made a game about killing Muslims.
I personally do not altogether accept the criticism that it is "encouraging children and young people in a game to kill Muslims" due to my earlier stated belief that the link between games and people's concept of reality is very limited. However I do feel that this game sends out a terribly negative message that Islamophobia is an acceptable and justified reaction in the modern world and that it is a good thing that "American Heroes" are killing those bloody foreigners. The How You Can Help section of the website says "Don't whinge about how offensive and 'edgy' this is." Were I to write a How You Can Help section for the creator of this game I would counter "Don't create such narrow-minded and racist loads of old rubbish and then complain when people get hot under the collar" and "Don't keep confirming in the minds of critics that all video game players are mindless, bloodthirsty idiots". Stupid boy.
Until next week then.