A pair of German researchers claim that violent video games are a creation of the U.S. military.
Writing in the latest issue of Current Concerns, Renate and Rudi Hänsel call for a ban on violent game and echo the military conspiracy theme espoused in the U.S. by followers of fringe political figure Lyndon Larouche:
During the nineties the killing simulators, employed for hand to hand combat in the US army and police, were released by the Pentagon to be sold for private use on the public markets. As a consequence the computer and video game industry that had co-operated with the Pentagon from the very beginning, boomed. Since then the so-called killer games have wreaked havoc among children and youths.
The US army’s electronic training programs for killing people must be taken back to the US barracks, where they came from. They have to disappear from civil society altogether. They may be appropriate for the purpose of national defense or fight against crime; they have no place, however, in children’s rooms or in living rooms.
In addition, the Hänsels relate violent games to school shootings and quote German and Swiss political figures who have called for a ban on such products.
Oddly enough, they also harken back to a post-World War II German ban on war-themed toys.
GP: Thanks to longtime European reader Soldat Louis for the tip!