Iraq War Vet Defends Games in NY Times Piece

A back-from-Iraq Marine talks about his love of gaming in today’s New York Times.

Jeffrey Barnett, who was deployed to Fallujah, is also the author of a blog called The Midnight Hour. For the NYT he writes:

In addition to being an engineer, new homeowner, and seasoned curmudgeon, I also moonlight as a gamer. I started gaming almost as soon as I could hold a controller. My father purchased an Atari 2600 in 1981, the year I was born…

Video games get a lot of negative press for supposedly promoting, condoning, and even conditioning violence in gamers…

On one hand, I can see how a player might gradually decrease his human inhibition towards violence and killing through repeating the act in a video game. On the other, I think the vast majority of players understand that what is acceptable in the game world may be unacceptable in the real world…

I think steak knives and swimming pools pose a greater threat to children [than video games], but nobody is trying to restrict adult access to those tools…

GP: The NYT readers provide interesting and lively commentary to Barnett’s piece. Worth a read.

Via: Kotaku

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