But I cannot remember which election year I heard it.
You know what? Politicians and video games just don't mix. I don't care if they are Democrat or Republican, they should just stay out of video games completely.
Let's take our good buddy, Joseph Lieberman. Here's a man who can't think of why kids are truly violent today, so he tries to make video games the scapegoat. Let's conveniently ignore the fact that so many kids are brought up in single family homes, or that the population has become so large that many kids have an attention deficit. And let's forget to sweep under the rug how their peers make it so difficult to be an adolescent. Gee, I NEVER recall getting bullied in school! I NEVER wanted to exact a little revenge on the guy who stole my chocolate milk. No, not me. Never, never, never.
So, rather than spending some serious time and effort in discovering the REAL reasons kids are violent, he takes the EASY way out and targets video games. Rather than trying to cure the disease by finding the source, he'd rather tackle the impossible job of trying to patch the symptoms. As long as he is doing something, his constituents must think he's doing a good job. I say, throw the bum out!
I've been around before dirt. And back in the old days, there were violent people. Long before there was such a thing as the Atari 2600. Long before Pac-Man was violently gobbling ghosts. Long before Carol Shaw's River Raid blasted through TV screens. Long before Berzerk, Doom, Quake, and Soldier of Fortune, there was violence everywhere. Ever read the Bible? It's one of the bloodiest, goriest, books ever written. And I don't see the politicians attacking that. Oh, wait. I forgot. They just banned that book completely. Yet another reason the government should stay the heck out of our lives!
We gamers should all give thanks that George W. Bush became President. Had Gore and Lieberman won, it's likely that video gamers around the country would be thrown in jail for even mentioning a video game. You would probably get the death penalty for playing a game, and all game companies would hereby be illegal and be run out of business. SWAT would storm in and destroy all CDs and cartridges. You wouldn't even be able to play Solitaire on your computer!
I can just imagine how a prohibition on video games would make us all "Game Runners" driving from city to city delivering our illegal booty to the crying masses. Boy, would we make some money... Hmm...
Ok, Leiberman. Make video games illegal then! You'll be doing me a favor because then I could unload all of my crummy video games for ten times the original price! I'll be getting over $1,000 for a copy of Aircars. Perhaps I could get a million bucks for my copy of BattleSphere? Any takers?