Re: Mortal Combat II and violence

Jeb Card (
17 Dec 1994 20:08:49 GMT

In article <3cvfds$> (Patsy E) writes:
>In article <>,
> (ABOY) writes:
>>The rapidity with which a single generation can assimilate a new mode of
>>thought which is incomprehensible to their parents says a lot about the
>>plasticity of our collective intellect and points out the differential
>>rate of development for culture vs biology.
>I don't disagree with this at all. My nine year old son is really quite
>different that I am in terms of quick responses to games. Iwas a kid who
>did my homework in front of tv which for my generation was the multimodal
>developmental process... I aint against new technology per se... NBA Jam,
>Soccer, Football all elicit the wild behaviour which the more violent
>games do, in terms of raising respiration rates, etc. but at least they
>are not desensitizing the intellect into condoning heart extraction. Last
>night on one of those tv newsshows they dissected Power Rangers and
>whether watching them made kids violent. The reporter who did the story
>had a son who watched and earsn his living from the medium which likes to
>broadcast such tripe. My kid, no dweeb, active, smart and computer
>literate, comments that he can tell the difference between the van damme
>addicts and other kids... Technology and culture is one thing. violence
>and culture is another... remember the roman collesium! Patsy e.
>unc-chapel hill abd in cultural anth.

Just for my 2 cents. The people I know who are into the Mortal Kombat style
fighting games are quite pacifistc (except for this one guy into the martial
arts, but he was a pretty belligerent guy anyway). As far as I have seen, in theupper age brackets of vid-game players (late-teens and on) it's the sports games
lovers who get violent and worked up. They bring the whole jock mentality in
with them.
As to being desensitized, just remember that the boomers who create and sell
this "violent" media grew up on "sanitized" kids-tv etc.