People say dumb things about video games all the time. Sometimes it’s a crazy, baseless conspiracy theory about a specific game, other times it’s special interest group with too much time on their hands that have come to the startling conclusion that video games are as dangerous as vaccines.
Though people say dumb things about video games all the time, these 5 soundbites are far and away the dumbest things anyone has ever said about video games. If you are prepared for your head to explode from the frustration, continue reading.
5. Pat Robertson: “Murder committed in video games is no different than real life murder.”
As someone who does both often, I can assure you that they are nothing alike. Very dumb thing to say, Mr. Robertson.
4. Blaming Satan for your Kickstarter’s failure
In 2014, Richard Gaeta and Martin Bertram, founders of a company they call “Phoenix Interactive,” despite the fact that an ATM software company is already named that, wanted to make a video game based on the life of the Abraham, a character from the Bible. It was to be called “Bible Chronicles: The Call of Abraham,” and would have been an action-RPG in which you play one of Abraham’s buddies and get to witness all the Biblical events like Abraham killing his son and banging his handmaid.
In order to bring their dream to life, like so many others, they created a Kickstarter for it. Alas, while they had been hoping to raise $100,000, they only raised $19,000.
Who was to blame for the Kickstarter’s failure? Satan.
I need to be clear on this point: Are you telling me that Satan is literally working to confound your plans to release this game? You’re saying that the actual Devil is scheming against you?”
I’m sitting in a nondescript office in an unremarkable neighborhood in Bakersfield, CA, interviewing three men about their plans for a Biblical game based on the life of Abraham.
“I believe that, 100 percent,” replies Richard Gaeta, a co-founder of Phoenix Interactive. He argues that since the launch of the Kickstarter for Bible Chronicles: The Call of Abraham, trouble has come into all their lives.
Maybe no one wanted to play a Bible action-RPG?
3. International Committee of the Red Cross: “War crimes in video games should be punished.”
“The ICRC believes there is a place for international humanitarian law (the law of armed conflict) in video games,” the organization that works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people caught in war zones said in a statement on theirwebsite.
“The ICRC is concerned that certain game scenarios could lead to a trivialization of serious violations of the law of armed conflict,” they added. “The fear is that eventually such illegal acts will be perceived as acceptable behavior.”
Maybe start with trying actual war criminals for war crimes before going after video game developers?
2. Glenn Beck on Watch Dogs
“The idea here is they are teaching you to hack and then become the ultimate voyeur in other people’s lives, including their bedrooms, by hacking into their phones and everything,” Beck said during a segment on violence in video games.
“This game is teaching you to hack into whatever is docked in your bedroom. What the heck is wrong with us? What are we thinking? We are inviting this into our home and our lives. We are teaching our kids for entertainment purposes,” Beck continued.
We all had some serious misconceptions as to what Watch Dogs was going to be, but I don’t think anyone was more off-base than Glenn Beck.
1. Jack Thompson: “Nobody shoots anybody in the face unless you’re a hitman or a video gamer.”
Does that mean former Vice President Dick Cheney was a hitman/gamer?
What are the dumbest things you’ve ever heard someone say about video games? Let us know in the comments!