Haiku 1060

Posted: under Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , January 2nd, 2013

by Alison

by Alison

video gamers

shooting up their enemies –

this life is madness

This haiku is philosophical. I’ve been thinking about video games too, but for different reasons than Kelly. Years ago, when a friend enlightened me to the updated world of home video games I got to experience military-style combat. These games were going for a high sense of realism with optimal violence. The entire point of the game was to shoot and kill your enemies and lots of ’em. Sometimes the enemies were Nazis. Sometimes they were cops or innocent bystanders. Whoever it was the game designed you to kill, a high level of adrenaline surfaces for the video game shooter! I guess some would call it mindless entertainment. Others might call it intoxicating.

There are many studies that support the theory that violent video games cause aggressive behavior. I wonder how many studies have been done to decipher how children with personality disorders such as narcissism or psychosis absorb video games? I wonder what playing seven hours of target shooting and then watching Batman Returns does to the human psyche, particularly to those who are already vulnerable?

I’m not saying that guns do not cause violence. Personally, I do not understand the sort of gun that can kill many within seconds and I’m not sure why in many states gun ownership is easier than getting a driver’s license. But I’m surprised that many liberal-minded friends do not see a correlation between violence and the media. Good art is powerful and can elevate the human soul. If this is true, than what can bad art do? Do highly realistic, violent, negative, soulless images have their own sort of power? I’d love it if those who support gun reform would begin to discuss this too. Or is the artist, even the bad artist, never wrong?



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    *… *…*Happy New Year, 2013*…*.Alison..*
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    much love…

    Comment by GILLENA COX — January 4, 2013 @ 10:05 am

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    Alison,

    I am so disgusted with the level of violence in the video game Hubby likes to play. I don’t understand how it is entertaining to “shoot” people. I don’t understand how this relaxes him or why the game even exists.

    Who are the game writers that came up with this concept and who are the programmers who work to create this game?

    If you want to create a highly realistic looking video game in which you “shoot” at things, why couldn’t the concept be that you are on a different planet hunting down alien life forms that don’t resemble human beings?

    Hubby tries to tell me that it is the comradere of the game that he enjoys. That he likes spending time with his friends playing this game.

    Well, first of all, he’s not really “with” his friends. They are talking to each other online over headsets, but they are all in their own homes on their own couches and in their own lazy-boy pants shouting at a TV screen. They are not “together.”

    Plus, when he then actually does get together with these people in person, the only thing they are capable of talking about is this video game — and then — and this really gets me fired up — half the time, when they are together in person at a party, they actually all get up and go home at 10:30 pm so they can get online and play video games and be together.

    But they actually were together in reality and it turns out, they can’t “be” together without the game, so really, I wonder, is he spending time with anyone?

    And why can’t there be a game people can play online that doesn’t have anything to do with shooting people?

    Why can’t there be an online golf game? Why couldn’t each player have their own golfer and you meet up to have some sort of virtual PGA tournament? The golf courses could be crazy — in space or in jungles or in fantasy lands that could require just as much skilled programing as the shoot people games, thus putting no one out of work.

    I just don’t understand it at all.

    Comment by Kelly — January 4, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

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    Kelly, I find video games addictive and anti-social. I remember as a young teen spending hours playing Atari Pacman with a friend who would only let me play about 10 percent of the time since it was her Atari. Still, I waited patiently for my turn to eat up those little dots, ghosts and fruits. I think I am prone to technological addiction. I get addicted to FB very easily which is why I sign off every now and then. If my account is open, I’ll check it throughout the day. I think technological addiction is something to take seriously and there’s no shame in it! Many, many people are dealing with it on some level!

    The violence in video games is another big issue. When Ben enjoyed them years ago he would always become very angry at any claims that video games were bad for society/ caused violence/ aggression. Now that he doesn’t play them any more and has had some distance, he takes it more seriously. But when you are in the thick of it, it just seems like entertainment.

    Perhaps W could use a month free of video games? This is what I do with my FB addiction. I’ll close my account for a week or a month. It seems silly but it helps to clear my head. I might have to do it again soon!

    Comment by Alison — January 5, 2013 @ 11:30 am

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    So, what made B decide to leave behind his video game?

    Comment by Kelly — January 5, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

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    I think it was perhaps moving into a smaller apartment. He had to play games right on top of me and I’d complain. So we started compromising. Instead of games we would watch movies together. We would both compromise with the movies and end up watching thrillers and superhero movies. That’s why it was such a treat to watch Poetry with you!

    Comment by Alison — January 6, 2013 @ 8:51 am

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