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As a Former Marine... what do I think of "shooter" video games...
Not claiming to be any kinda of expert... I was asked my opinion.
I can only assume that this person was wanting my thoughts on the effects that playing these kinda of games can/do have on peoples (mainly young peoples) minds and thought processes...
So here's my thoughts..
If your kid (really anyone for that matter) sits and stares at a game or movie or for that matter reads a book... that is solely based around the concept of killing others until you die, but oh wait, you come right back after you get shot... I think there is a huge potential that person will become very de-sensitized to the reality of shooting someone or being shot... and not have a grasp of how "final" death is.
That being said... In my house there is a Playstation 3 and we own 3 versions of "Call of Duty" and a few other "shooter" games. I play them with my son... he plays them alone some...
1. Because... we parent our kids... we control the amount of time spent on them. We don't just yell at them and bitch to our friends how much they play video games... we make them stop... we set limits... they stop when we stay stop.
2. But even more important, my son and daughter are aware of the finality of the pulling the trigger on a real gun, the severity of death, the reality of the fact that our Military People are coming home from that shit hole of sand without limbs, with bullet holes and in caskets. They are very well tuned to the reality of the dangerous nature of being a Law Enforcement officer. We talk to them about the news and the real world and force them to think about it.
If #1 and #2 are happening... "Call of Duty" is just a game, that my 12 year old kicks my ass at.
Do I think "Call of Duty" could lead to people doing horrible things... No.
Do I think that allowing your kids to be babysat by a video game and not making them understand the real world, can lead to kids with no grasp on reality, and maybe they do horrible things because of that... absolutely Yes.
Guns don't kill people, Cars don't kill people, Video Games don't kill people...