For years, self-righteous goons have tried to pin violence on video games. They blame shootings, fights, and other acts of aggression on the medium, and they usually do little to prove their point. They hide behind the “games with guns are bad” argument and don’t provide hard evidence to back their statements.
John Carmack, id Software co-founder and Doom creator, would like to argue otherwise. “People just play games now and I never took seriously the violence in video games debate,” Carmack told IndustryGamers. “It was basically talking points for people to get on CNN and espouse their stuff on there.”
According to Carmack, games can provide a relaxing, therapeutic experience that actually lowers stress levels in gamers. “And I really think, if anything, there is more evidence to show that the violent games reduce aggression and violence,” said the id Software head. “There have actually been some studies about that, that it’s cathartic.”
I seriously think less people should ride the “video games equal violence” bandwagon, and more people should jump on the “video games reduce violence” train. Without substantial evidence to back their claims, these overzealous individuals just come off as jackasses, especially since they don’t demonize movies or TV shows. John Carmack, I hope more people think like you do and spread the word about violence in video games being normal.