Sessler's Soapbox: Violence IS Entertainment!

Posted: April 27, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: Violence IS Entertainment!
Adam points to the movie Kick Ass and violent video games as examples of violent entertainment that has existed in human culture for centuries.

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  • agirlyman

    I play videogames so I don't kill people in real life.

    AM I NOT MERCIFUL?!?!?!?

    tEE hEE[tm]

    Posted: April 27, 2010 1:17 PM
  • waywardfable

    Violence in the any form of entertainment will always cause controversy. I don't think its so much about the violence but the people are afraid when people emulate these actions especially children. I don't think parents give kids enough credit. If they raised them well enough, they should trust them to do the right thing.

    Also if people are so afraid that violent video games turn people into criminals, we would have had a epidemic by now, given how many people play violent video games like Modern Warfare 2. But instead, many studies have shown since 1990, violent in youths have drop significantly except for a few high profile cases all linked to video games.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 1:08 PM
  • UltraViolence74

    worst shirt ever

    Posted: April 27, 2010 12:46 PM
  • JDarkley

    "Don't take your toddler to an R-rated movie! It makes you look like a jackass!"

    Mr. Sessler, thank you so very much for your weekly dose of common sense. It gives me a small glimmer of hope for humanity.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 12:45 PM
  • Mega Man X

    I argree with Adam. Ninja Assassin Was The BEST Blood ACTION ninja Movie EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted: April 27, 2010 12:44 PM
  • Imatech94

    The person playing God of war is horribly distracting, for the first couple minutes he (or she) had no idea what was going on

    Anyway awesome soapbox once again

    Posted: April 27, 2010 12:43 PM
  • cymcyms

    That's not true though. *steps on his smaller soapbox* Video games have been a scapegoat ever since they were created and the argument that they are so easy to access has flaws. If you go to any retailer to purchase a T or M rated game , you will be asked for i.d. If you go to an R rated movie, you should be asked for i.d. The problem is not that games are so easy to access, it's that parents need to do a better job educating their kids about the matter and retailers need to continue to abide by the system in place. The ratings systems are in place for that exact reason and I agree with Adam, nothing bothers me more than parents bringing little impressionable kids to R rated movies.

    This is a very important debate and we can't just let it fall by the wayside. We are currently looking at serious game legislation that would threaten basic 1st amendment rights. Everyone needs to know that the people trying to ban these games are using the Supreme Court for their own political and religious agendas. The same thing happened with every form of media in the past (printed word, radio, tv, the internet). All of these things are wonderful and amazing and while yes they do possess the potential to be violent and bad, it is our right to choose for ourselves. If you find a game horribly offensive...don't buy it. You can share your belief with your friends family, co-workers etc...but they still deserve the same choice that you had.

    sorry to rant, I just have serious problems when constitutional rights are being stripped because we have to "think of the children." Parents, do a better job educating your children and then they can make their own choices too.

    *steps down from his mini soapbox*

    Posted: April 27, 2010 12:42 PM
  • chantler

    Thank you Adam Sessler for saying what I have always said to people when they get all up in arms about something. I tell them to look to the past and see what life and cultural normality was back then. People seem to forget that our history is filled with horrors and evils that men did well before video game, TV or movies where ever dreamed. And I think we are even less desensitized to violence than ever before, people in the past had to see death on a daily bases and had no filter or buffer between it and them. Don't get me wrong, I know the world is a violent place with awful things happening everyday. But average mom and dad with 2 and 1/2 kids don't know so see that too often. Look if you don't like violence and gore, don't buy things that have that in it, tell your friends not buy or watch things with violence in gore in them. I hate censorship.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 12:41 PM

    the gym, sessle? lol no offence. more on point, you're not arguing your point that well, not that i disagree, ie. titus andronicus is driven by the drama whilst no one lays gears of war for the storytelling. I prefer to tell haters that they should be focusing on boxing if they feel so strongly about it, and that children aren't supposed to play mature games anyway

    Posted: April 27, 2010 12:36 PM
  • Swal

    The only reason people are up in arms with violent games is because the player dos the action themselves and doesn't watch someone else do the action (like in a movie) that they themselves will probably commit acts of violence in real life.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 12:33 PM
  • Justindbz

    Nice sum up.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 12:31 PM
  • SereneSNIPER

    I totally agree! Violence is good entertainment. All this talk about V.games being the cause of violence has me in a state of mental masturbation.
    By the way, god of war 3 = awesome!

    Posted: April 27, 2010 12:31 PM
  • osubluejacket

    Excellent Soapbox. Working in education, I often have to explain to parents the merits of "M" rated games and how the demographics of electronic entertainment are shifting rapidly away from kids to Gen Xer's and Millennials.

    Coming from a Theatre/English background, I also LOVE the reference back to Shakespeare (The action in his history and tragedy plays is just as bellicose and gratuitous as anything in modern games or cinema.) and Greek Theatre before him. You can even rope in the Roman bloodsport that was The Coliseum and its gladiator events.

    Long story short, it's the developer's/publisher's responsibility to create media for its market. It's the market's responsibility to deem what is enjoyable. It's the parents responsibility to determine what is appropriate.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 12:29 PM

    The only reason people have a problem with violence in video games is because violent video games are so easy to access.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 12:23 PM
  • xXxSTRANG3xXx

    Don't take your toddler to an R-rated movie it makes you look like a jackass!!! Lmfao

    Posted: April 27, 2010 12:19 PM