Leland Yee, senator of California, has given his sage advice to the gaming community: quiet down. In an interview with The Francisco Chronicle, Yee criticized gaming and the industry as a whole.
“Gamers have got to just quiet down,” Yee said. “Gamers have no credibility in this argument. This is all about their lust for violence and the industry’s lust for money. This is a billion-dollar industry. This is about their self-interest.”
While I suppress my lust for violence over here, I should also mention that Yee’s violent video game law was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2011. With the recent tragedy in Connecticut, the effects of violent video games on the youth has become a bigger issue of focus. President Barack Obama has recently put forth legislation for research to be conducted on violent entertainment and its impact on society.
I’m willing to put my money on, just with every other “study,” that they will not find sufficient evidence to link video game violence and real world violence. As long as we, the gaming community, take a levelheaded and mature response to any of these accusations, then we will come up on top. All new emerging forms of art have had to face these same trials.