The GG Podcast Talks Video Game Violence & Real-Life Violence

TJ Denzer,

August 15, 2019 9:56 AM

This week of GG Podcast gets violent, but don't worry. Nobody gets hurt this time. The crew discusses the recent gun violence and the logic of video game violence as a contributing factor.

Violence in video games has always been an easy target when it comes to discussion of real-life tragedies. That’s why politicians often go after video games in the wake of incidents like the shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Or is it? This week the GG Podcast goes deep into discussion on why video games are often blamed for real-life violence, as well as more intricate discussion on the plausibility of video games as a contributing factor to violence versus other possible reasons. Thankfully nobody gets hurt this time, save for the image of Candice Keller.

The August 14, 2019 episode of The GG Podcast - Violent Video Game Viola - can be heard in its entirety below.

Recently, Ohio Republican Senator Candice Keller blamed Obama, gay marriage, marijuana, and violent video games for both the El Paso and Dayton, Ohio shooting. Soon after, Donald Trump chimed in on “stopping gruesome and grisly video games” and Wal-Mart issued policy to remove violent video game displays and violent movies out of their entertainment section, but no policy was made on gun sales or displays.

With so much concentration on turning eyes towards violent video games as a cause of real-life violence, the table discusses whether or not video games are capable of cultivating violence or the mindsets that allow for these mass shootings to happen. They also discuss whether or not it’s actually the guns or something else with consideration of the process to acquire a firearm, whether it can be manipulated and more.

As a bit of nuance to the conversation, Jace brings the question of whether violent video games could even be a contributing or influential factor to violence in comparison to other factors. Finally, the table talks about exactly why the video game industry comes under attack so frequently compared to other supposed contributing factors of violence.

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