In a world where everyone is on edge, people are afraid to discipline there kids without being called child beaters, people spill obviously scalding hot coffee on their crotches and go sue crazy, because they would be too stupid to know coffee would be served hot, Stephen King is keeping things real. Or at least defending what is just.
Stephen King, famous for writing amazing horror/thriller novels, stands by graphic video games, following a recent attempt to pass House Bill 1423. What this bill basically does is state that violent video games will be placed in the same category as hardcore porn. King was not very happy when he heard about this, and here is what he had to say:
“…when I heard about HB 1423 [I] hit the roof. HB 1423 would restrict or outright ban the sale of violent videogames to anyone under the age of 18. Which means, by the way, that a 17-year-old who can get in to see Hostel: Part II would be forbidden by law from buying (or renting, one supposes) the violent but less graphic Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
“…Now, what does and doesn’t have social merit is always an interesting question. But what makes me crazy is when politicians take it upon themselves to play surrogate parents. The results of that are usually disastrous. Not to mention undemocratic.
“…The most effective bar against what was called ‘the seduction of the innocent’ when this hot-button issue centered on violent comic books 60 years ago is still parents who know and care not just about what their kids are watching and reading, but what they’re doing and who they’re hanging with. Parents need to have the guts to forbid material they find objectionable… and then explain why it’s being forbidden. They also need to monitor their children’s lives in the pop culture ? which means a lot more than seeing what games they’re renting down the street.
“…Could Massachusetts legislators find better ways to watch out for the kiddies? Man, I sure hope so, because there’s a lot more to America’s culture of violence than Resident Evil 4.”
I have a new found respect for Stephen King after he spoke these words, because not many would speak out on the side of video games like he did.
It’s almost crazy to think about how much video games have changed since I was a kid. Like if we were still rocking old school Nintendo games, there probably would be such a problem. It’s almost like with the improved graphics, comes more problems. I mean I knew when I was playing Ninja Gaiden for NES that I was using a sword and shurikens, and I wasn’t planning on buying them and hurting someone. Countless games from back in the day were loaded with weapons and killing, and shooting a 1 megapixel bullet at an enemy, but now since you can actually make out whats going on in games, and they’re putting lifelike weapons and blood in etc etc, people?parents get in an uproar, rather that making sure their kids aren’t doing stupid sh*t. I’m rambling.