Schoolwise Author Tackles Violent Games

December 8, 2010 -

Author, teacher, and all around frenetic Carol Josel pens a rather lengthy blog post about Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association. As you can guess her words are not kind to the video game industry, the EMA, or the ESA's ESRB ratings system.  

Pointing out that the law's author Leland Yee is a child psychologist, and that the American Academy of Pediatrics believes there is a link between gaming and aggressive behavior in children, The "Schoolwise" series writer hits the ground running with a blistering attack on the game industry.

Interestingly enough an unattributed quote from the AAP claims that there is "over 30 years of research" showing that "viewing entertainment violence can lead to increases in aggressive attitudes, values and behavior, particularly in children." It is interesting because this "research" never came up while the State of California argued its case before the Supreme Court.

Josel goes on to point out the labeling system and fines that would be put in place should the law be upheld by the Supreme Court, and then follows it up with tips that "every parent should know." She also questions the usefulness of the ESRB ratings system.

You can read the whole thing here.

Commentary: In Josel's view, games are evil because they are interactive… Dungeons & Dragons and Pokémon used to be the secret sauce that made our youth go crazy or be obsessive... because they were interactive. Those whipping boys have been forgotten for loftier targets like social media, cell phone use, and video games.

On a positive closing note, check out Josel's books if your child needs help with becoming a better student. She is an expert in that field - she has been a teacher since 1966.


Comments

Re: Schoolwise Author Tackles Violent Games

I work for Gamestop, and the thought of losing my job for not checking an ID is terrifying enough without the added threat of being fined or imprisoned.

Every parent I have taught about the ESRB over the years has always been grateful, and my regulars make full use of it. As far as I know, no parent who knows about the ESRB has negative feelings on it.

"Power means nothing without honor and pride."

Re: Schoolwise Author Tackles Violent Games

Don't worry, the Supreme court will hand down a verdict, probably a close one, but still one in favor of the games merchants. After the Supreme court has spoken I think a lot of this will die down. Video games are too mainstream now and too many adults have grown up with them and still play them.

Re: Schoolwise Author Whines About "Violent" Games

Another bilthering idiot whining about something they have no understanding of and lying about said something to justify the desecration of the Constitution of the United States. How pathetic.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra. Hell will stay frozen over for quite a while since the Saints won the Super Bowl.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Pelicans. Solidarity for the Saints = No retreat, no surrender. 2013 = Saints' revenge on the NFL. Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always.

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Re: Schoolwise Author Tackles Violent Games

D&D leads to Pokemon, and Pokemon leads to Gaming, and Gaming leads to ... suffering...

-yoda

Re: Schoolwise Author Tackles Violent Games

- She mispelled "Sotomayor" as "Sontomayor".
- She references "handing over the Gameboy", showing her age and misunderstanding.
- Almost every point she presents include percentage figures that are comparatively low, like how 3% of girls in a study of thousands of Connecticut high school students report "problem gaming". Shocking!

Ma'am, your arguments are invalid.

On the other hand, the last section of the page has several tips directed at parents about what they should do about the games they buy for their kids. On that much, we can agree.

I wouldn't say the piece is so much a scathing blast at games as much as it is a one-sided view from a very old and misinformed person whom no one would hear from were it not for their articles being... linked to... by... GamePolitics...

:facepalm:

Re: Schoolwise Author Tackles Violent Games

Fear of a new media. Same old song.

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James Fletcher, member of ECA Canada

Re: Schoolwise Author Tackles Violent Games

It's odd how some of the first targets of the moral watchdogs was dancing, be it ballroom, latin or rock'n'roll.

I would have thought you couldn't get much more interactive than dancing...

 
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Matthew Wilsonthat kind of system only works when most people (around 70 to 80 percent ) do not need to work.07/11/2014 - 1:21am
TechnogeekConjured up by who, though? If by the players, then it's not really "on a whim" since they're kind of putting work into it. If you mean the developers/government, then hello and welcome to monetary sovereignty.07/11/2014 - 12:34am
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TechnogeekOr, if your concern is that people won't even bother to work at all if their basic needs are met...well, let me put it this way: do you really want people like that in the workforce anyway?07/10/2014 - 11:51pm
TechnogeekAlso, you raise a valid question, but I'd argue that as things stand we're artificially limiting the amount of "gold/silver" that could be produced. The whole "work a job you hate to pay the bills" thing meshes poorly with the entreprenurial spirit.07/10/2014 - 11:49pm
TechnogeekSeriously, though, it looks at how in-game economies work and what lessons can be applied to reality, focusing primarily on multiple currency systems. Such systems do exist in real life (food stamps, for example), although generally aren't seen as such.07/10/2014 - 11:43pm
MechaTama31Or to produce the gold and silver, for that matter?07/10/2014 - 11:42pm
MechaTama31But in seriousness though, the F2P games can conjure up all the "valuables" out of the ether. Are there going to be enough people going for the "gold" and "silver" to actually produce the necessities the "free energy" is supposed to cover?07/10/2014 - 11:39pm
TechnogeekHey, it works for Wall Street.07/10/2014 - 11:36pm
MechaTama31We should base our real economy on something that is reviled as a soul-sucking scourge? ;)07/10/2014 - 11:25pm
TechnogeekRelevant to this website's stated focus: an argument for a guaranteed minimum income using F2P games to illustrate how and why it could help. https://medium.com/@gthoreau/game-socialisme-6312268d469507/10/2014 - 8:28pm
ZenOk, so yeah...it's kind of a lie...but I HAD to go with "Nope. I'm zen." lol. Only broke one controller myself (PS3) on a playthrough of Uncharted that got frustrating.07/09/2014 - 10:38pm
MechaTama31I am not proud of this, but I had to select the "multiple times" option. Not for the same game, but I went through several controllers (particularly dreamcast ones. fragile, maybe?)07/09/2014 - 6:52pm
Andrew EisenI'd say breaking a handheld out of anger counts (even if it's just the hinge). Likewise, I'd say busting a keyboard or mouse counts so long as you were playing a game at the time.07/09/2014 - 12:28pm
ConsterAnd since there happened to be (without me realizing) a towel which broke the fall resulting in 'only' a damaged hinge, would that be option 2 or 4?07/09/2014 - 12:23pm
ConsterAbout the most recent poll: since the "controller" for the DS is basically part of the DS, does throwing my DS against the floor because Mario Basketball cheats count?07/09/2014 - 12:22pm
Sleakersaw this on Forbes, thought it was pretty good: http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2014/06/03/if-comcast-and-time-warner-dont-compete-then-why-shouldnt-they-merge/07/08/2014 - 9:09pm
Adam802the Sun is claiming games are as addictive as herion: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-07-08-the-real-story-behind-the-suns-gaming-as-addictive-as-heroin-headline07/08/2014 - 6:43pm
ZippyDSMleeIt takes 2-6 days to transferfunds to your bank, it can take up to 30 days for ebay to give you moeny from a sale. But lord to spend it its instant!07/08/2014 - 10:50am
 

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