Video Games: Promoting Violence Against Real People
Nothing like slaughtering an opponent through a video game...not an imaginary opponent, a real one. Tea Party Zombies takes the political kill game to a frightening new level--Does it cross the line?
No doubt the game will spawn a slew of elections where the politics of slander or personal destruction makes TV commercials and print ads look like those tacky brochures handed out for strip clubs on the Vegas Strip.
How will this play out in the courts? When one candidate points an AK-47 at the opposition party and slaughters them to gain points, even if it's a game, is it illegal?
Starvingeyes.com, the originator of the game, apparently is not too worried about how the Tea Party zombies will affect business.
Afterall, it's just a joke, right?
Pundits who believe video games promote real violence will be all up in arms in a game that not only goes for the throat, but the throat of actual people. The game doesn't hold back on names: Sara Palin, Bill O-Reilly, Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity, Michele Bachmann, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Glenn Beck, and the Koch Brothers, are all names with the their likenesses attached to the bodies of zombies.
If you did this to me? I'd be upset. My sense of humor has a limit. Will it actually trigger some psycho to go out and attempt an assassination? Even if the sicko blamed the video game, would Starvingeyes.com be held accountable?
Clearly programming and creating video games is not rocket science anymore. Game creators can knock them out as fast as a post in a blog.
Where will it end? Will we be able to blow up companies that did us wrong? Take revenge against our parents? Could we even take the likeness of our next door neighbor and poison his dog, rape his wife, and then tie him up to the tree we claim is hanging over the fence?
Video games most certainly have a good side when they can be used for military instruction, learning about medical procedures, and space flight simulations.
The word "entertainment" doesn't have to mean "cheap." Sometimes I wonder what is in people's minds when they come up with Tea Party Zombies.