Will Dr. Phil be nasty or nice to video games?
GamePolitics has learned that the popular TV shrink is taping an episode about game violence on Thursday.
Readers may recall that just one day after the Virginia Tech massacre, Dr. Phil made comments on the Larry King show which seemed to indicate a belief that violent games played a role in the killings:
LARRY KING: Why, though – OK, you want to kill someone, you’re crazed, you’re a little nuts, girlfriend drops you, why do you kill innocent people?…
DR. PHIL: …the problem is we are programming these people as a society. You cannot tell me – common sense tells you that if these kids are playing video games, where they’re on a mass killing spree in a video game, it’s glamorized on the big screen, it’s become part of the fiber of our society. You take that and mix it with a psychopath, a sociopath or someone suffering from mental illness and add in a dose of rage, the suggestibility is too high.
And we’re going to have to start dealing with that. We’re going to have to start addressing those issues and recognizing that the mass murders of tomorrow are the children of today that are being programmed with this massive violence overdose.
As of this point, we don’t know when the video game themed episode will air or who Dr. Phil’s guests will be. There was some talk with the show’s producer that ECA president Hal Halpin would appear. However, we’ve heard that Dr. Phil has instead lined up a “game violence specialist.”