Anyone who knows me will tell you that two things I like most are games and music. One thing that majorly annoys me is the misconception that games and music cause bad behaviour, I might end up ranting quite a lot in this one, but it is something I feel strongly about. I’ll try to split it in to the two separate parts of music and games, but I make no promises I can’t keep.
Games have been a major part of my life since I was very, very small. I’m probably the reason that games have a 3+ rating, although knowing me I possibly broke that as well. I was even playing games at Nursery, they helped me learn the alphabet with a game that was basically Space Invaders, except you shoot a letter and it tells you what it was, allowing you to recognize and name letters. Ever since I was a kid I have loved games, and they have helped me through a lot of tough times. I do have to bring up things that games have been blamed for, one such thing is the case of Brandon Crisp. Brandon Crisp was a kid who was banned from playing computer games, and then he ran away from home, and froze to death, and of course, the games were blamed. His parents are to blame and so is he. He should have at the very least tried to find some warmth, and his parents should have got him back into the house, as he was actually just outside the house. Not to mention all the people who say that games cause violence. Games haven’t made me violent, if anything they suppress my violent tendencies by giving me an outlet that doesn’t hurt anyone. If someone is violent after playing a game, the game did, at the most, bring out what was already there. The game is NOT to blame. One argument I absolutely love is that kids would mimic good games as well. I think it was the CEO of Nintendo who said that if games influenced kids, he would be running around his room trying to eat dots because he’d be copying Pacman. I’ve also read stories about games helping children heal and get better by providing them with a distraction so their bodies can focus on healing, and even fast paced games like Sonic being used to help increase a kids reflexes. In closing, on games at least, they are not a negative influence, I’ve played every single Grand Theft Auto game there is, except the additions to IV, and I’m yet to drag a prostitute into a back alley and murder her, like Fox News claims I have.
About the only thing that’s been in my life as long as games, and as important to me for so long, is music. I like music of almost any variety, even some rap if I’m honest, and while they can influence us and teach us words, they can also do a whole lot of good, and, once again, will only usually bring about what was already there. One band I like is H.I.M, if you don’t know who they are, they make very depressing music about love and death, like Funeral of Hearts, and Join Me In Death. But these songs aren’t making me suicidal, anyone who knows me, I’m not suicidal, seriously, and bands like HIM are one of the reasons why. I believe that sadness creates true artistic beauty. I also like Insane Clown Posse, which, despite their image, spread many, many, many good messages. If you can get past the image, and the violent lyrics, I recommend them, there’s even beautiful messages in the violent lyrics. I do have a strange mix of tastes, to like both Iron Maiden and Bryan Adams. Heavy Metal and dance music. Although I still do love to say that rap has a silent c, and that the stuff in the charts these days barely class as music, but hey, I am getting old. Despite my cuteness.
In closing, when you think that games and music are influencing people, remember, they can influence positively as well, they’ve really saved me, and sometimes, it’s nothing to do with them, it’s a problem with the person, or their upbringing.