Ever since the entertainment has been there to blame for the ills of the world, it has had the finger pointed at it. It doesn’t matter if you happen to be Ozzy Osborne in the 80s, or a Grand Theft Auto V in present day, there will be those who insist on blaming these things for incidents in which a disturbed youngster grabs hold of a gun, knife, or noose. Yeah, some video games are quite violent but then again, the Old Testament of the Bible isn’t exactly peaceful. Then there’s the second instalment where Jesus gets nails put through his hands and a spear in his side.
Games like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty often have the collective right-winged finger pointed at them for portrayal of violence. They will often come under some heat in the wake of a school shooting (which might give Marilyn Manson a rest) or other horrible acts of violence. But let’s be honest, they are invariably aimed at these creators or art by people with very little understanding of the motivations behind such video games, music, or films. I mean, I have heard a few Marilyn Manson tunes too and I haven’t decided to kill anyone. Just as I have seen the Saw films and somehow, neither has this inspired me to kill.
Interesting that the video game Dark Souls should join the list of games being linked to fatal atrocity. The Craigslist killer Miranda Barbour, did admit to being a fan of the game, but does that mean we should ban such games or perhaps address social/mental issues.
Fox News Legal Analyst Peter Johnson Jr gave his thoughts. “We do know that she has an affinity for the fantasy game called Dark Soul [sic],” Johnson said on Fox News, “which is a very dark, death-laden video game that’s on PlayStation and other kinds of video-type things where there’s a lot of killing involved”.
Then, on the segment Fox and Friends, the Fox News team went on to further the point. The following is a transcript from a show earlier this year.
“Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Now that we’ve uncovered that this game Dark Soul is the reason for the Craigslist killing, what else has this game done to our society?
Steve Doocy: It’s a good question because for so many years, we never knew this game existed. Now that we do, it seems like the perfect answer as to why video games are ruining America.
Brian Kilmeade: Well, look closely at the title. It has dark right in the name. Clearly this game has some racial overtones that probably has inspired a lot of video game playing racists. It really speaks to how out of touch gamers truly are.
Doocy: Video games like this one is exactly why racism is alive today in America.
Hasselbeck: Again, it’s another Japanese-made video game trying to pollute the minds of young Americans. It just shows how everyone wants to undermine America in any way possible.
Kilmeade: That is a very good point.
Hasselbeck: Thank you. I know.
Doocy: To reiterate, I have not heard of this game until a few minutes ago, but this looks like Grand Theft Auto times a million from what I can tell. We have to give some credit to Grand Theft Auto because despite it promoting violence, it never promoted cult violence.
Hasselbeck: Cult racism, cult violence, it never ends with these video games. We all thought Mario was fun and games until Mario became a dark soul and started killing people.
Kilmeade: Now look here.
[Kilmeade gestures to footage from the game]
Kilmeade: Apparently, you are able to invade other people’s games and kill them. You essentially kill people in a place that is supposed to be safe. This sounds a lot like a school shooting, does it not?
Doocy: I know children love these video games, but they’re too young to understand what’s going on so I don’t blame them. Then all of a sudden, some gamer comes in with a weapon and kills them. Yes, it sounds exactly like a school shooting and it has probably inspired all of these shootings that we hear about.
Hasselbeck: They get that first virtual taste and then they go after the real thing. It’s so sad how many lives were taken because of this Dark game. Shame on the creators.
Kilmeade: It’s unfortunate that these sick people are all in Japan. There’s no international law that will get them, right?
Doocy: I think we need to do some more research.
Hasselbeck: So tell us your thoughts on Dark Soul. Should the creators face the death penalty for making this game?”