Video games have been in the media spotlight following Friday’s tragic school shooting in Connecticut. with politicians and pundits blaming violent games for violence in real life. Gamers from around the world have spoken out, calling for a “Day of Cease Fire” on Friday, December 21st, in honor of the shooting victims and their families, and to show that real violence affects them and they aren’t disconnected from the real world.
On Friday, December 21st, thousands of people from across the United States are participating in an act of solidarity to show support for the victims of Newtown, CT. For one day, gamers of video games that depict fictional violence will put their controllers down in recognition of the lives of the lives that were lost.
There are those in the media who would have you believe that video games, movies and even music is the cause of tragedies such as the one in Newtown. This display of respect is not an admission of that fact, but proof that the very notion of entertainment being the root cause of violence is inherently flawed. As gamers we are equally devastated by a tragedy such as Newtown. To suggest that a human being whose hobby is gaming is prone to violence, or removed from society’s grief when it strikes, is a travesty of the absurd.
The above statement is merely to correct any misconceptions the public may have due to media reports that claim this is some kind of video game boycott. It’s also to clarify our feelings to those in our own online community who may believe this action will perpetuate this fallacy.
Our true intentions are far less political. The only real statement we are trying to make is our solidarity with the families of Newtown, CT. This is just how we’ve chosen to show it. To those who are suffering by this loss: We love you. We are sorry for your loss and we are here for you. You are not alone.