Video Game Developer and IGDA Member Daniel Greenberg has challenged Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to a debate on whether video games are a bigger problems than guns in America. His comments were made awhile back during a segment on MSNBC.
While it is unlikely that the Senator from Tennessee will take up Mr. Greenberg's offer for a vigorous and substantive debate on guns, media violence, and real-world violence, he has thrown down the gauntlet anyway:
Dear Senator Alexander,
I challenge you to a debate.
Subject: Your comments on video games.
To make it even easier for you to win, I will give away my opening line: "You said that 'video games are a bigger problem than guns' because, unlike guns, games 'affect' people. Ask the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School whether or not a gun 'affected' them."
Video Game Developer and IGDA Member
Greenberg has been vocal about the video game industry's need to defend itself against an assault by the media and pundits representing both sides of the aisle about violent video games. In a recent article on The Atlantic Greenberg laid out the framework for doing just that.